LG announces high-speed wireless charging hardware

Wireless charging sounds like such a great idea, but too often we find the technology plagued by trade-offs: sure, we may get to charge our phones without the need of cords, but charging range is often perilously short, hardware alignment can be tricky, efficiency isn’t great, and speeds just can’t compete with wired charging. The good news is that there’s the potential for improvement on multiple fronts there, and particularly in the case of speed, we’ve heard about some big steps to deliver wired-charging parity. Now LG has confirmed that it’s producing hardware capable of taking advantage of that new tech, with a 15-watt wireless-charging transmission module.

Last year we saw the WPC set standards for high-power Qi wireless charging, increasing output from 5W to 15W. And while some modern phones are already capable of taking advantage of this high-speed, high-power mode, 15W chargers have been a little hard to come by – even Samsung’s own fast wireless charger only appears to be a 7W component.

LG Innotek (one of the many LG brands, like LG Electronics, or LG Display), has now announced that it has a 15W charging solution ready to enter mass production this year. While it will deliver high-speed charging to hardware capable of supporting it, the module will also gracefully fall back to lower-power modes in order to make compatibility as broad as possible, including working with both WPC and PMA devices.

When dealing with a fully discharged battery, one of these 15W LG chargers should be capable of restoring the battery to a half-charge in just about 30 minutes.

Source: LG
Via: PhoneArena

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