Wireless charging might be fine and dandy, but, in addition to two or so competing “standards”, it usually suffers from one fatal flaw: it is slower than charging through wires. “Usually”, because LG Innotek, LG’s components arm, is trying to prove that wrong. It has just announced a new wireless charging pad named Quick and, just as its name implies, it is advertised to be very fast indeed. So fast that it could actually match wired quick charging technologies currently in the market.
Most quick charging tech these days promise at least 50% charge in just 30 minutes. Wireless chargers, on the other hand, don’t usually boast of quick charging at all. The closest we’ve gotten was in Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which already takes 2 hours to fully charge.
The LG Quick, on the other hand, claims to be able to charge a smartphone up to 50% in just 30 minutes, the very same time frame of wired quick charging. This is possible because the charging pad outputs 15 W, which is thrice the output of regular wireless chargers.
Now, the reason why wireless chargers don’t usually put out that much power is for safety, and because the technology is still relatively new. Given the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 calamity, there is warranted concern about potential fire hazards. LG assures customers that the Quick pad has safety mechanisms and temperature sensors so that it will immediately shut off when it detects too much heat from the smartphone.
LG plans to sell the Quick wireless charging pad in North America, Europe, and Australia later this month. The pad is compatible with devices supporting the Qi wireless charging standard, which leaves out PMA-enabled devices out in the cold.