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Qi wireless charging for your phone

The latest in wireless charging for Apple® and Android smartphones


ur devices need charging, and charging means cables, right? But different phones need different cables, they wear out fast, and most of us forget to bring them along in the first place. So it’s no wonder people are asking us about Qi wireless chargers for car and home.

"I'm excited about the Qi wireless chargers in our lineup, and so are many of my customers," said KP. "I get a lot of questions about how it all works. Everybody wants to go wireless and use Bluetooth® so having a wireless charging option is huge."

Ventev wirelesspro Wireless Qi phone charger

To be honest, some of us are asking some of the rest of us about Qi, too! KP knows her stuff, so we asked her to explain the basics and tell us about some of the most popular Qi wireless chargers.

Q: Okay, what is this 'Qi' thing, exactly?

A: "Qi (pronounced "chee") is the universal standard for wirelessly charging phones and other devices. The cool thing about Qi is that it works with compatible devices from a wide variety of manufacturers."

Q: How does Qi wireless charging work?

A: "Just place your compatible Android or Apple® phone on the Qi charger pad — the charger will keep a constant inductive charge flowing into the device."

Schosche Qi Dock Powerbank

Q: Is my smartphone compatible with Qi?

A: "Qi works with a wide variety of newer smartphones, including the iPhone® X and iPhone 8, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S8, S7, and S6, and select Google, Microsoft, LG, HTC, and Motorola phones. If you have questions — and you probably do — just give us a call."

Q: How can I get Qi wireless charging in my car?

A: "There are several ways. First, there are universal options that mount on one of your car’s A/C vents. Just plug the micro-USB cable/dashport mini-adapter into your car’s 12-volt port. Mount your smartphone in the cradle and you’re charging."

Scosch MagicMountT Qi wireless charging kit

"For some popular vehicles, there’s also a cool custom solution. There are Scosche custom mounts available for a variety of vehicles. Just enter your vehicle info to see if there's one for your vehicle, or give us a call."

Q: Can I use Qi to give my phone a fast charge when it’s low?

A: "Um, not quite. Qi wireless chargers aren’t designed for high-speed charging — they’re typically rated at 5 to 10 watts which is less than wired charging. But they’re absolutely brilliant at keeping your smartphone charged while you’re driving around using maps or watching a video at your desk. That way, you won’t need that fast charge!"

Q: I’d like to use Qi charging in my home or office. Is there a charger that’ll work on my desk?

A: "Yes, there are wireless charging docks that also work as a portable battery backup when you’re on the go. With some, you can charge your phone and a connected USB device at the same time!"

Scosche QiDock Powerbank Qi wireless charging dock

Want to learn more about Qi wireless charging?

Contact one of our expert advisors via phone or chat today! 

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    Posted on 2/24/2022

    Does Crutchfield offer a "BLACK" 6' (1.8m) length Belkin 3.5 mm Audio Cable with Lightning Connector for sale? I do know a "WHITE" model is offered. Please advise. Thanks,

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 2/25/2022

    JA, You might want to check out the #599BTL03B cable. It's out of stock at the moment, alas, but you can order now to reserve one.
  • Anthony Nardiello from Union NJ

    Posted on 4/18/2021

    Can your product simply be plugged into the 12v socket w/o doing anything else? 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 7/21/2021

    Anthony. In many cases, yes. Just plug the micro-USB cable/dashport mini-adapter into your car's 12-volt port. Mount your smartphone in the cradle and you're charging.
  • Jill from Boone

    Posted on 10/29/2019

    I want touchless charging in my vehicle. Is there such a thing?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 10/29/2019

    Jill, This is basically that, unless you're thinking of something else. With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human, so give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • brad from Sharpsburg

    Posted on 8/25/2018

    Charles, it depends on how thick the case is. Have a LifeProof case with no issues.

  • Charles Henke from Harrison Township

    Posted on 8/25/2018

    With Qi charging, is it necessary to take off any protective items, (like OtterBox) in order for the phone to charge?

  • Tim Owen from Tipp City OH

    Posted on 8/24/2018

    I have the iPhone 7 smart battery case that has extra battery built in. Will the Qi charger work with my setup.

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    Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    on 8/27/2018

    Tim, Alas, we're pretty sure it won't work with the Qi charger. There's an additional lithium-ion battery inside the case, and it doesn't have circuitry that allows the magnetic induction through the case to charge the battery.
  • Steph

    Posted on 8/24/2018

    Thank you for your very informative article!

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