Xiaomi 20W Qi Charger for $25.78 – Accessories for Xiaomi Mi 9
One strength of the new Xiaomi Mi 9 is the ability to charge it wirelessly with up to 20W of power. In addition to the smartphone, Xiaomi also presented the necessary devices on 20 February: A Qi charger, a charger for the car and a power bank. All three gadgets charge the mobile phone without cables.
What does Qi mean?
The Qi standard describes a method of charging electronic devices wirelessly by induction. Many will have heard the term in another context: Qi (or Chi) in Chinese means “breath” or “life force”, among other things, and plays a central role in various Asian religions.
20W Qi charger
Xiaomi already sells a charger with up to 7.5W output power. The new Charger looks exactly the same: A simple, white, circular plate with a USB port. But what really counts takes place inside. The device supports up to 20W output and charges the battery of the Xiaomi Mi 9 from 0 to 100% in only 60 minutes. The charger is downward compatible, so it can also charge older smartphones that support the Qi standard. In China the Charger should cost 99 RMB, converted $14.
- 20W Qi charger
- at GearVita for $25.78 (Coupon: XM20WFC)
20W car Qi charger
The same principle is followed by the presented car charger. The only difference is that it is specially designed to be attached to the dashboard in the car. The charger is powered via the on-board power socket (commonly called a “cigarette lighter”). Strictly speaking, this is not only the charger, but also a complete holder. This is motorised and closes automatically when it registers that a smartphone is being installed. The price in China amounts to 169 RMB, converted approx. $25.
Last but not least, Xiaomi also introduced a new Powerbank. With it you can even charge your mobile phone wirelessly on the go, independent of external power sources. The battery capacity of 10,000 mAh is sufficient to fully charge the Mi 9‘s battery more than twice. Due to the design, however, a large part of the energy is lost during wireless charging, so it remains to be seen to what extent Xiaomi has optimized this.
Unlike the two Chargers, the Powerbank charges “only” with 10W, which is still very good for a mobile battery. In the past we tested Qi-Powerbanks like the Tronsmart AirAmp with an output of 5W. The Powerbank costs 149 RMB (approx. $22).
Finally it looks as if the wireless shop could become really suitable for the masses. With an output of 20W, long charging times are a thing of the past. It’s good to know that Xiaomi’s new Mi 9 is a consistent continuation of this approach and also develops the appropriate accessories directly.
How do you generally feel about “wireless charging”? Actually, it’s very practical. Do you already have a smartphone that supports the Qi standard, or are you thinking about buying one? In a few years, will we be charging all our smartphones (and other devices) wirelessly? Tell us in the comments how you feel about it.To the gadget