Is MagSafe the Same as Qi Charging
Mar 26, 2024 By Claire

Is MagSafe the Same as Qi Charging

In the wireless charging tech world, there are two popular wireless charging standards: MagSafe and Qi charging. Both promise the convenience of charging without the hassle of wires, but are they truly the same? Do MagSafe and Qi charging offer distinct features and functionalities? Is MagSafe the same as Qi charging?

The answer is both yes and no. Qi charging, a universal wireless charging standard for mobile devices, is based on inductive charging. MagSafe supplements Qi charging with additional magnets for enhanced alignment and charging efficiency. On the other hand, Qi2, the latest generation of Qi standard, also applies magnetic wireless charging for faster speed and higher efficiency. So, to some extents, MagSafe works the same as Qi charging.

In this article, we will explore the differences and similarities between MagSafe and Qi charging to help you make an informed decision about selecting the right wireless charging case and wireless charger for your devices. 

What is MagSafe Charging?

MagSafe charging has been making waves since its introduction with the iPhone 12 lineup. But what exactly is MagSafe, and how does it differ from Qi charging?

apple magsafe charging

MagSafe is Apple’s proprietary magnetic wireless charging technology. It uses a ring of magnets embedded in the iPhone 12 and later models to magnetically align with compatible accessories, such as the MagSafe Charger. The magnets ensure a secure and efficient charging connection, preventing accidental misalignment. 

One of the advantages of MagSafe is its ability to deliver up to 15 watts of power, which is faster than standard Qi charging, offering users a unique and more convenient wireless charging experience.

What is Qi Charging?

Qi charging is a wireless charging technology that allows you to charge compatible devices without the need for a cable. It’s based on inductive charging, which uses electromagnetic fields to transfer power from a charging pad to your device. 

pitaka qi wireless charging stand

Qi charging has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many smartphones and other devices now offering this feature. The convenience of simply placing your device on a charging pad and letting it power up without any hassle is truly remarkable. Not only is it convenient, but it also minimizes wear and tear on charging ports, as there is no need to constantly plug and unplug cables. 

MagSafe Charging vs. Qi Charging

Qi charging came out a few years earlier than MagSafe and applied to a wider range of devices, including smartphones, earbuds, and watches. Qi charging standard and technology eliminates the hassle of plugging and unplugging. However, one of the headaches of Qi charging is that the alignment between the device and charger can be challenging. Sometimes, you have to move around your phone to find the sweet spot. Also, to charge your phone on a Qi wireless charger, you have to put your phone down; you can’t use it normally while it’s charging.  

MagSafe is a type of Qi charging specifically designed for Apple devices. It uses magnets to align the charging coil on the device with the charging pad, ensuring a more efficient and secure connection. MagSafe-enabled iPhone 12 and later models are also Qi charging compatible. You can charge them on a Qi standard charger or a MagSafe charger. The main difference is the speed. Charging iPhone 12 or later models on a Qi, non-certified charger will be limited to 7.5 watts, while a certified MagSafe charger offers up to 15 watts.

That said, non-Apple devices can also enjoy the convenience and efficiency of magnetic wireless charging. All you need is a MagSafe case to make your phone, say Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, MagSafe compatible – so you can also snap your Android device to a MagSafe charger for a steady and fast charging experience. 

 

Qi Charging

MagSafe Charging

Release year

2010

2020

Charging speed

5 watts

Up to 15 watts

Compatibility

Over 9000 products (phones, earbuds, smartwatches, etc.)

iPhone 12 and later models;

Pros

Eliminate the hassle of cables;

Unify the wireless charging industry under one global standard;

Secure and fast wireless charging;

Easier usability;

Cons

Limited use of device while charging;

Difficult alignment;

Possible charging interruption;

Designed for Apple devices

MagSafe Charging vs. Qi2 Charging

Apple has proven that using magnets properly in inductive charging would not cause any problems; instead, magnets can take wireless charging to the next level. Therefore, the Wireless Power Consortium launched the Qi2 standard that features Magnetic Power Profile technology, which aligns devices and chargers perfectly for enhanced charging and energy efficiency. 

qi2 charger from belkin

Qi2 wireless chargers can supply 15 watts to iPhones and other phones, even without Apple certification. In the future, it may overtake MagSafe in terms of charging speed. So, for people who want to wireless charge their iPhone 15 at 15 watts, their option is no longer limited to Apple-certified MagSafe chargers. 

 

MagSafe Charging

Qi2 Charging

Release year

2020

2023

Charging speed

Up to 15 watts

15 watts or higher

Compatibility

iPhone 12 and later models;

iPhone 13 and later models;

More certified products on the way

Pros

Secure and fast wireless charging;

Easier usability;

Secure and fast wireless charging;

Easier usability;

Wide compatibility;

Cons

Designed for Apple devices

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Do Qi2 Chargers Work with MagSafe?

MagSafe is compatible with Qi charging. MagSafe phones can work with Qi wireless chargers. 

Qi2 chargers are backward compatible with Qi, so they will charge iPhones and Android phones using a MagSafe case.  

 

Recommended MagSafe Wireless Chargers

A Versatile 3-in-1 MagSafe Charger to Use At Home or On the Go

pitaka magsafe and qi wireless charger for iphones, s24, earbuds, and apple watch

MagEZ Slider is a 3-in-1 wireless charging stand that embraces both MagSafe and Qi charging. It can be seamlessly used with a wide range of devices, including non-iPhone products. To charge iPhone 12 or iPhone 15, just snap the device to the charging stand, and you can view the screen at a comfortable 45-degree angle while it’s charging. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S24 with a MagSafe case, you can also charge the device while using it. 

If you need to charge your phone on the go, simply remove the detachable wireless charging MagSafe power bank from the stand and take it with you or attach it to the back of your phone. 

Besides smartphones, the Slider can also wirelessly charge Qi earbuds like AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously. It’s a 3-in-1 Qi and MagSafe charger that boasts a compact and sleek design, with a durable aramid fiber and aluminum build that offers a premium feel. 

A MagSafe Wireless Charging Car Mount

pitaka magsafe wireless charging car mount for phone

PITAKA’s MagEZ Car Mount Pro is the ultimate solution for hassle-free and secure mounting and charging of your smartphone in the car. It incorporates both MagSafe compatibility and Qi charging capabilities, presenting a versatile solution for any phone.

What sets PITAKA’s wireless charging car mount apart is its powerful magnetic connection. The mount features strategically placed magnets that effortlessly snap your phone into place, ensuring a secure hold even on bumpy roads. Additionally, it supports Qi charging for compatible devices, allowing you to charge your phone wirelessly while it is secured in the mount. It's time to say goodbye to messy cables. 

Designed with convenience in mind, the MagEZ Car Mount Pro is easy to install and can be attached to the air vent or dashboard, providing a sturdy and convenient mounting solution. Furthermore, it’s compatible with PITAKA’s range of magnetic cases, allowing for a seamless transition between using the mount and carrying your phone on the go.

 

 

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