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There are many different types of wireless charging technology on the market today, but by far the most common wireless charging standard is Qi. Now globally accepted as the industry standard, wireless charging has the opportunity to grow into a facility that is useful, widespread and practical. Today’s wireless chargers are able to power portable devices such as phones, but will soon be powering tablets, laptops, even drones and electric vehicles. Qi wireless charging has been adopted by technology industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Huawei and Oppo.
Qi wireless charging uses an inductive method of wireless charging, where charging can happen by placing a device on or very near a wireless charger. The power reaches the device not through a traditional cable, but through an inductive electromagnetic field created by coils within the charging device, picked up by coils in the receiving device.
There are no safety concerns around Qi wireless charging as the electromagnetic field is small, and operates over such a short distance. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has declared that there are no known hazards around Qi wireless charging. In many ways, the technology is actually safer than traditional cable charging. With no need for contact with cable connectors, and the ability to encase the charger in hard, waterproof plastic, there is less of a chance of electric shocks, and fires. Inductive wireless charging has been used in toothbrushes, and in medical devices for years because of this as it is safer to be used in more environments than traditional methods.
All devices that are Qi certified will work with any Qi certified charger. Be sure to look for the Qi logo when you are making a purchase. Find out which smartphones currently use Qi wireless charging here.
Now that there is a universally recognized standard for wireless charging, and all of the top smartphone manufacturers have committed to Qi, it’s only a matter of time before almost all of your customers or guests will have a device capable of wireless charging. At the moment, wireless charging is an unexpected convenience for your customers which boosts customer and guest experience, one which you can use to drive footfall and brand appeal. Soon, it will be another necessity.
However, Chargifi’s solution doesn’t stop with industry grade wireless charging hardware. Why not boost your customers’ experience while also gathering actionable insights about them? Chargifi’s Wireless Charging Spots gather usage data from your customers, which can be combined with data from your existing CRM to inform business decisions, and as a touch point to trigger experience-boosting events.
These services mean that wireless charging is not only a solution to ‘battery anxiety’, smart wireless charging at scale also provides businesses with actionable insights on customer behavior, and creates an additional touch point to interact with guests in a whole host of ways to boost brand loyalty and revenue.