All About Wireless Chargers – Part 1

Wireless charging is the latest and greatest way to charge mobile devices. It’s easy to use, fast, safe, and fiddling around with cables is not required.

Toddy Gear's Wireless Charging Line

But what is wireless charging? How does it work? And how do you make sure you are offering your customers the best quality promotional wireless charging product? Here at Toddy Gear, we know a thing or two about wireless chargers, and we’re ready to guide you through the maze of wireless charging!

Wireless charging?

Wireless charging is a way of charging electronic devices without the use of a cable. In technical terms, it is called inductive charging. Place a compatible smartphone on the wireless charger, and it will start charging instantly.

There are plenty of advantages to using a wireless charger. As far as we’re concerned at Toddy Gear, it comes down to these major factors; convenience, staying charged, true universal compatibility and, of course, decoration area and branding.

Wireless chargers make charging a smartphone enabled with Qi technoloy a breeze. Just set the phone down on the charger, and it starts charging immediately. There’s no need to worry about a charging cable, no connector compatibility issues, just set the wireless charging enabled device down on the wireless charger and it starts charging.

In most instances, there is no need to remove the phone from its case to charge. A majority of wireless charging pads and stands will work through a phone case from 3mm up to 10mm, of course, it all depends on the specification of the wireless charger. Make sure to check the range before committing, the larger the range, the thicker the case it will work through.

Note: Be aware that cases made out metal like aluminum will cause issues with wireless charging. This is a reason why Apple dropped its aluminum shell for the solid glass back. Wireless charging cannot conduct through aluminum or any metal.

How does wireless charging work?

Wireless charging is based on inductive charging. During inductive charging, power is created by passing an electrical current between two coils. When this happens, an electromagnetic field is created.

When the receiving magnetic field on the mobile device comes into contact, or even within the range, of the wireless transmitter, the electromagnetic field generates an electrical current. That current is converted into direct current (DC). Just like with wired charging, the DC charges your device’s battery!

Single or dual-coil?

It only takes a single-coil to charge your phone, but a number of wireless chargers offer a “dual-coil” option. Why is that?

You might expect that a second coil would increase the charging speed, but actually, this isn’t the case. A dual-coil charger gives you the ability to position the phone in various orientations– landscape, portrait – and still get a charge. Having dual-coils is truly important when you are dealing with wireless charging stands.  Why? Say you have a wireless charging stand and it offers portrait and landscape orientation. If it only boasts a single-coil, charging will just work in one orientation. Without the second coil, the transmitting and receiving coils for the alternate orientation will not line up, therefore they will not be in range for the transmission to happen.  Dual-coil devices offer the option to charge in both landscape or portrait orientation, solving this problem.

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced chi) is the established wireless charging standard. It’s owned by a group called The Wireless Power Consortium, and it’s backed by pretty much every major mobile device manufacturer; Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Nokia, Motorola and more. The Wireless Power Consortium’s aim is to deliver safe and easy-to-use wireless charging, as well as compatibility with all devices that bear the Qi logo.

Both Qi-Certified and Qi-Standard devices have been manufactured to meet or exceed Qi specifications, resulting in the highest quality product. The difference between Qi-Certified and Qi-Standard is that Qi-Certified wireless chargers have been tested by a third party, whereas Qi-Standard devices have been tested by the manufacturer.

Branding has never been this powerful!

Everyday products that make lives easier make the best promotional gifts. Wireless chargers have a massive footprint in this category.

Being able to simply set down your phone to power-up makes staying charged and connected breeze! What this also means is that wireless charger doesn’t get put in a drawer or covered by clutter. Unlike other products, the wireless charger is always out in the open, waiting to have a smartphone set on it. Thanks to this visibility, you’ve got a fantastic surface area to brand on! 

Looking for a modern high-gloss look, a vintage canvas look, or a one-of-a-kind wireless charger with the highest quality dye-sublimated imprint?  Explore all of your options. The more unique the promotional product is, the more memorable/successful the branding program will be. 

Choosing a Supplier

Keep in mind, not all suppliers are created equal. Make sure choose a trusted supplier, one that has a great track record for customer service, on-time delivery, decoration, and product quality to ensure you are presenting a product that you will stand behind.

Toddy Gear offers Qi-Certified and Qi-Standard wireless chargers, including the most unique wireless charging solution, the new The Wedge™ Mobile Device Stand (available spring 2019) with built-in Wireless Charger.

To see our entire line of wireless charging devices, click here