Does my phone have inductive charging?
The option of wireless charging is already a standard in newer smartphone models. Users appreciate the convenience of this solution, and find chargers such as the Green Cell GC AirJuice not only a useful gadget, but also an aesthetically pleasing complement to the workspace. But what if you don’t have the latest Samsung or Apple flagship phone? How to check if a phone supports inductive charging?
Qi wireless charging technology
Fortunately, there is one very easy way to determine this. In the case of wired smartphone charging, there is a choice of 3 plugs – the slightly older micro USB, USB-C, which is standard in new smartphones, and Lightning in iPhones. In the case of induction technology, there’s just one standard found in all smartphones – Qi. For that reason, you don’t have to worry whether a given charger will be compatible with our phone, and all you need to check is whether your phone supports this one prevalent technology. This system was created in 2008 by the Wireless Power Consortium, which included brands such as Apple, Samsung, Nokia, LG and Asus, and 2010 saw the launch of the first chargers using this technology. The word Qi itself comes from Chinese and means energy flow, which, admittedly, fits perfectly.
Checking if a phone supports inductive charging
If you have access to a charger, the matter is simple – just place the phone on the induction panel and charging should start automatically. No smartphone confirmation and no clicking required – the percentages on your phone should start rising immediately. 😉
If the phone is not signalling that charging has started, you can be nearly certain that your model doesn’t have the so-called Qi coils. The same applies to all other devices, such as tablets or wireless earphone cases. These devices also use the Qi standard.
However, if you found this article, you are probably thinking about buying an inductive charger and you don’t have such an option. The easiest way to find out is to search for your phone model on Google with the “specification” or “technical data” annotation. E.g. “Samsung S8 specification”. Then you’ll surely find a comprehensive information sheet for your device. Then, all you need is to find information about “wireless charging” or “inductive charging”, and voila. Everything will become clear. To make finding this information easier, use the CTRL + F command, which enables the website search function in browsers. Type in “indc” or “wireless” and you’ll will quickly find the desired entry.
If you have one of the popular
models, we have prepared a list of the most popular Qi-compatible smartphone to save you some time.
iPhone 8 and above, as well as AirPods and AirPods Pro earphones
Galaxy S6 and newer, as well as Galaxy Note S5, S8, S9, S10, Galaxy Buds and Buds + earphones, and Galaxy Gear S2, S3, Galaxy Watch and Watch Active smartwatches
P30 Pro, P40 Pro +, Mate 20 Pro, Mate RS, as well as the Freebuds 2 Pro and Freebuds 3 wireless earphones
Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, Mi 7 and Mi 9
Interestingly, some smartphone models – e.g. the Samsung S10 series and above can also act as inductive chargers. You can then use them to recharge your earphones.
Can wireless charging be fast?
The short answer is YES, but as it usually happens in such situations, it would be more appropriate to say “It depends”. Firstly, it depends on the charger itself. Some of the models available on the market support a charging power of only 5 W, which can’t really be called fast charging. The case is different with the Qi certified Green Cell GC AirJuice inductive charger . This model allows you to charge with a three times greater power rating – 15 W. This is of course the device’s maximum power – there is also the question of the phone itself or the earphone case.
Some phones can handle charging power up to 15 W, but for iPhones and headphones, for example, that limit is 7.5 W or lower. So the charger will not always work at full speed. However, you can be sure that AirJuice will charge the devices you place on it as quickly as possible.
So, if you’ve already made sure that your phone is compatible and would like to equip your desk with an elegant charging stand – hit us up, and if you have any questions, please visit the comments section below, or contact our Customer Service Team. See you soon!