As travelers, we’ve all dug through carry-ons and suitcases full of jumbled wires, reaching for our phone chargers tangled around makeup bags, belt loops, and other travel must-haves. We know this frustration so well, but also are familiar with broken and dysfunctional charging cables leaving us hanging. At InMotion, we know how this struggle affects the overall enjoyment of your travel experience, which is why we’re proud to carry a selection of wireless chargers for frequent travelers equipped with Qi wireless charging technology. But what exactly is Qi charging, how does it work, and how can it help make your travels easier? We’re here to break it down for you.
Qi Charging - though a relatively new addition to Apple’s line of products - had its basic technological roots planted over a century ago during testing conducted by Nikola Tesla: the namesake for the car company under the same name. In short, Qi charging allows users to charge without connecting devices using wires within a very short range. Introduced in Samsung phones in 2009 and Apple in 2017, Qi charging introduces a new, user-friendly charging technique that un-wires our lives.
To utilize wireless charging, both the charging port and the device must be Qi-compatible. Popular Qi-compatible phones include:
The beauty of Qi-compatibility is that it is a universal charging solution across all phone brands. With Qi charging, you never again will struggle to find an android charger amidst a sea of lightning cables because any brand of Qi-charger can charge and brand of Qi-enabled phone.
At InMotion, we carry the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand for all the Qi-compatible travelers in need of a universal charging solution. The Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand charges your device 1.4x faster than standard wireless charges using fast charge technology. Completely wireless, the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand has a built-in LED indicator light that tells you whether or not your device is properly aligned for charging. One of the most unique features of the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand is its angled design that provides your phone support for continual use while charging -- perfect for streaming your favorite show while charging your phone when on the go.
Twenty years ago the thought of cell phones becoming such an integral part of everyday life was unfathomable, nonetheless that these tiny portals to the world could charge without a cable. By 2019, we consider wireless charging the new standard for phone charging, but as previously mentioned, this is not groundbreaking technology. Research into Qi-charging began over a century ago and utilizes knowledge of conduction and electromagnetic fields to channel energy from one device to another wirelessly.
While the full explanation of how wireless charging is lengthy and frankly unnecessary, it can be summed up by a short explanation of resonant inductive coupling. Resonant inductive coupling involves the interaction between two conduction coils in the sender (the Qi-charger) and the receiver (the phone). When close enough together, these coils act temporarily as a transformer that creates an electromagnetic field. From this field, an electrical current is sent through the conductive coil in the phone and delivered to the battery.
Wireless charging stops are popping up more and more in urban and heavily-trafficked areas -- which we predict will be coming to more and more airports over the next several years. This technology, despite being relatively new in the mainstream world of cell phones, has been used in technologies like electric toothbrushes for several years. As a great hack for travelers, this means you can use your Qi-enabled charger to charge most electric toothbrushes on the go.
Though Qi-Charging has been around for several years, Apple’s adoption of the technology is expected to make wireless charging not only the new standard, but a vital piece of technological integration in restaurants, airports, and the like. Much like the transition from the Apple USB 30-Pin Sync cable to the Lightning Cable, the world is expected to follow suit as Apple makes the switch.
Not only will the availability of this technology in the places you travel most make staying connected easier than ever, but it will also streamline your packing processes in the future. Qi-Charging technology is beginning to be integrated into furniture, meaning it is likely that hotels will soon have nightstands and lamps that can wireless charge your device.
Until then, bringing your own wireless charging port along still provides benefits as a traveler. For current day travels, grab the mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL at InMotion. This 10,000mAh Qi-compatible portable charger allows you to charge your Qi-enabled device anywhere at any time. The mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL can hold up to 48 hours of additional phone battery on a single charge and can charge multiple devices at once with a built-in USB-A port for wired charging when you need it.
No longer will you be sorting through your carry-on through wires and cables or spending time untangling your devices from one another. Though unwired, Qi-charging allows you to be more connected than ever by freeing you from the limitations of wired charging.
Need to grab a Qi-charger to set off on your journey? Stop in at InMotion and grab all the tech you need for traveling that is guaranteed to make your adventure a little more enjoyable. Need help finding the tech that’s right for you? Our expert associates are readily available to help you find the tech that’s right for your needs.
Check Your Email for a $10 Store Credit*