By Steve Jarratt, Technology Writer
Ever since their introduction, smartphones have used traditional wired chargers, with a cable connected to a mains adapter. They’re simple and efficient, if at times a little impractical. But that’s starting to change.
Many new phones now include wireless charging options. Devices from Apple, Google, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi, for example, all adhere to the ‘Qi’ standard.
Introducing wireless Qi (it's pronounced 'chee'...)Developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, Qi (based on the Chinese word for material energy or energy flow, and pronounced ‘chee’) uses inductive charging, a system whereby an electric current creates a fluctuating magnetic field in a charging pad. This field induces an electrical current in any compatible device placed on the pad, which is then used to charge the battery.
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It’s a wonderfully convenient system. There are no exposed electrical connections to wear out or suffer damage, and there are no cables strung across the room, waiting for people to walk into them. While the process of charging might be slightly slower, this is outweighed by the general practicality and ease-of-use.
Although still in its relative infancy, Qi wireless charging is growing in popularity. A recent survey by the Wireless Power Consortium saw a distinct increase in interest for wireless charging while people are travelling – most notably in airports, hotels and restaurants, where wired charging can be problematic.
Qi is a global charging standardWireless charging systems are perfect for hotel rooms. They are inconspicuous, easy to install and secure, plus they need practically zero maintenance. And as Qi is a global technology standard, a single charging pad will work with a wide range of devices, irrespective of make or brand.
Google, LG and Sony adopted wireless charging in 2012; it’s been in Samsung phones since 2015; in Apple phones and smartwatches since 2017; and both Huawei and Xiaomi introduced wireless charging in 2018. In fact, 2018 proved to be a watershed year for the technology. The market grew by 77%, with more than 366 million devices shipped, with smartphones accounting for 270 million of those.
Wireless charging pads are easy to install
There are currently more than 245 phones on the market that have Qi built in, as well as a number of phone cases that add Qi wireless charging to older models.
Add a wireless charging pad to any hotel room with the Brandstand CubiePoint.
Adding Qi wireless charging to a hotel or entertainment venue couldn’t be easier. The Brandstand CubieDot, CubiePoint (which also includes two USB ports) and CubieSpot tabletop chargers all provide a neat and elegant charging pad onto which guests simply place their device. The CubieDot and CubiePoint can be located anywhere near a power socket, while the CubieSpot can be fitted flush into a desk or bedside table for the ultimate in secure, discreet charging.
The Brandstand CubieDuo (EU,UK & US) and CubieTrio (US only) bedside clocks, meanwhile, deliver useful multi-functionality in a stylish form factor. Both devices provide Qi wireless pads and USB charging ports, plus an easy-to-use alarm clock with snooze and dimmer operations. The CubieTrio (US only) goes one better, boasting a pair of plug sockets embedded into its top surface, making it ideal for any gadget-loving hotel guest.
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