Completely wireless Qi charging – well sort of


Have I said how much I despise cables? They’re everywhere! So any type of device that reduces the number of wires in my life is something that draws my attention, like the Vinsic Qi Wireless Charger & 10400mAh External Battery Power Bank. This is a Qi wireless charger that is also a 10400 mAh battery so you use it without having to plug in the charging pad – that is until you have to charge the battery. When you want to wirelessly charge your Qi compatible phone (or device), you press the power button and place your phone anywhere (no alignment necessary) on the charging pad (output of 5V/1A). Since this device is also a battery, you have the option of charging your device using a USB cable (output of 5V/2.4A). This Qi wireless charger/battery uses a micro-USB charging cable to charge it which is included with the product but does NOT come with an AC adapter. It is unclear from the product description whether or not this device will allow passthrough charging (charging the battery while charging your device). Thus, it may not be for daily use since it may require several hours to charge the battery before you can use the Qi wireless charging to charge your device. If you’re interested, the Vinsic Qi Wireless Charger & 10400mAh External Battery Power Bank is available from Amazon for $49.90 and try entering the code OUMVES4P to get a $10 discount (I’m not sure when the code expires). Please visit the Vinsic website for more information on this device.

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  • Sandee Cohen August 1, 2015, 8:44 am

    Is that picture correct? It shows an iPhone hovering over the wireless charger. I don’t see any sort of modifications on the iPhone.

    I didn’t think iPhones have Qi charging. How can they show that phone?

    PS: So for at least a year I’ve been reading “Qi” as “Kee”. Now I found out it’s “Chi”. D’oh!

    • Kathleen Chapman August 1, 2015, 12:44 pm

      Good question. I don’t have an iPhone but looked up the compatible phones and devices and found the following:

      Popular QI Charging Devices Compatibility List

      Qi ready devices with built-in receivers (no additional Qi receiver required):
      • Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4
      • Nokia Lumia 928, Lumia 920
      • HTC 8X, HTC Droid DNA, Rzound, Incredible 4G LTE
      • Moto Droid Maxx, Droid Mini
      • LG D1L, LTE2, G2

      Qi compatible wireless charge receiver required models (Qi receiver purchased separately):
      • Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3, Note2/Note3
      • Nokia 925, Nokia 720

      External Qi compatible receiver required models:
      • iPhones
      • Nokia 820

      Also, a long while back I had to look up how Qi was pronounced. You’re not alone!

  • John Kes August 1, 2015, 6:05 pm

    I think Chinese pronounce it “chee” and Japanese pronounce it “kee”.

    • Sandee Cohen August 1, 2015, 9:03 pm

      OK, so I looked it up.

      The Chinese pronounce it “chee”. And the Japanese “kee.” So I must have Japanese ancestors.

      However, I also found a source that says the Brits pronounce it “chee” and Americans “kee.” Must have to do with the Brits having a colony in Hong Kong.

      But it’s possible that the technology itself is properly called “chee.” And the essence of life is either chee or kee.

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