If you like to keep up with the latest smartphone technology, you might have heard two new terms being used in conjunction with wireless charging lately. Wireless PowerShare and MagSafe are both new forms of wireless charging technology, with PowerShare linked to Samsung and MagSafe owned by Apple.
Discover exactly what Wireless Power Share and MagSafe do, and how the two technologies compare, below.
Samsung Wireless PowerShare
First appearing on the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung's Wireless PowerShare is actually an exclusive Samsung term used to describe reverse wireless charging.
With a device featuring Wireless PowerShare at your disposal, you'll essentially be able to transfer power from your Samsung to another compatible device - be it a different mobile, Samsung Galaxy Earbuds or even a Samsung Galaxy Watch - in a matter of seconds.
There's no need for charging cables either, you simply need to make sure the device that requires powering up is Qi-charging enabled. If it is, all you have to do is place it on the back of your Samsung handset (making sure there are no obstructions in the way), and reverse charging will instantly begin. Before you know it, the second device will be charged and ready to go. Wireless PowerShare is a fantastic way to share your battery with a friend that's running low, or to boot up your other Samsung smart devices if you're out and about, and forget to charge them the night before.
If you'd like to use Samsung PowerShare, you'll need to check a few settings on your Samsung phone first to make sure the feature has been activated. Super easy to do, just open up the notification panel on your Samsung handset and tap Wireless PowerShare. Look for a blue light, and once this appears, you're ready to start charging. Place the two devices back-to-back, and wait for a pop-up to appear on your screen. This pop-up informs you that charging is successfully taking place. A red light will also appear to let you know that your second device is fully charged and ready to be removed.
Apple's MagSafe, meanwhile, is a new form of wireless charging designed to not only improve speeds, but efficiency too.
Using a ring of specialised magnets built into iPhone 12 models, alongside other components including a new magnetometer and single-NFC reader, iPhones with MagSafe can now charge at a speed of 15W - that's double the previous wireless charging speed of 7.5W.
As long as you use the MagSafe Wireless Charger, or the MagSafe Duo Wireless Charger which can power up your Apple Watch at the same time, you can instantly enjoy the benefits. Wirelessly charging your iPhone is really simple using MagSafe too, just place the device onto the charging pad and that's it - charging will instantly begin. Just make sure you remove accessories like phone rings first.
The added magnets inside iPhone 12 models, and any future iPhones with MagSafe, will make sure your handset charges correctly too. Previously, if a Qi-compatible handset was placed onto a charger off-centre, or knocked during the charging process, the circuit between the phone and charger may break, resulting in a slower charge, or preventing charging from taking place completely. By adding a ring of magnets inside the latest iPhone models, Apple has ensured this issue can never occur - your iPhone will always be fixed firmly into place for optimum charging. This method works with any MagSafe iPhone case too.
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