Wireless charging is no longer the technology in the future, it has been widely applied for juicing up phones. Wireless charging is easier and neater, all you need to do is placing your phone under the charging pad. Does it sound simple? Before going further, some fundamental definitions that are worth checking out.
Generally speaking, wireless charging refers to the transfer of energy from one object to another through an electromagnetic field. There are various competing standards for wireless charging. The most popular is Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which in Chinese means “air” or “spiritual energy flow,” was established in 2008 and deals with 206 companies, including Microsoft, Samsung and Sony. All of the phones on this list use Qi technology, but that might change soon. The PMA standard is not that commonly used, however, PMA standard mat won’t power your Qi standard phone, while some phones are developed to be compatible with both standards like Samsung S6 and above.
Since the wireless charging technology had become mature enough, most customers will ask the question of what phones have wireless charging capability and how to identify them. I have rounded up the information of lately released smartphones and make a summary below.
The list of phones with built-in wireless charging ( Qi / PMA )
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge / Samsung Galaxy S7 / Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ / Samsung Galaxy Note 5 / Samsung Galaxy S6 / Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Google Nexus 4 / Google Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 6 / Google Nexus 7
LG Lucid 1 / LG Lucid 2 / LG G2 (Carrier dependent) / LG G3 (Carrier dependent)
Motorola Droid Maxx / Motorola Droid Mini / Motorola Droid Turbo
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL / Microsoft Lumia 950 / Nokia Lumia 1520 / Nokia Lumia Icon / Nokia Lumia 930 / Nokia Lumia 928 / Nokia Lumia 920
Blackberry Priv / Blackberry Z30
Sony Xperia Z4v / Sony Xperia Z3v
Before you jump into wireless charging, please definitely make sure you know what standard your phone is, as well as double-checking that versions of it in your region actually have wireless charging at all.
Without a built-in wireless charging?
As we all find out that only the latest phones are manufactured with built-in wireless charging, what if your phone is not on the list above? You still got chance to transform it by applying linked accessories.
Qi has a product that can turn any device into one with wireless charging, but it’s far from perfect. It’s fairly ugly, requires you to cover it up with an external case and monopolizes your micro USB port. You might get away with squeezing it inside your phone’s rear cover, although most phones don’t have too much unused space around their innards.