Today Samsung released the Wireless Charger Trio, a charger that charges three devices at the same time. This really is the long and short, or it WOULD save the timing, VS Apple’s brand new multi-device charger. It’s not like Apple unveiled its MagSafe Duo charger on October 13th. Three days later, Samsung developed AND released its Wireless Charger Trio – that would be a pill too big to swallow.
The Samsung Wireless Charger Trio was officially launched on September 2, 2020. It was shown how it works with a pair of Samsung Buds, a Galaxy phone, and a Samsung watch perfectly in position for charging – their own reserved seats – but don’t be fooled, they ONLY have to sit in those seats.
The Samsung charger has six charging coils, a step further than the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo. For the Wireless Charger Duo, you had to center your device on one of two clearly marked charging areas. The trio contains 6 charging coils, creating a cargo space similar to what Apple originally wanted to deliver with its unfortunate AirPower charging pad. *
When the trio was originally announced, Samsung didn’t provide any significant information about the number of coils inside and its ability to charge off-center. Notice again the second image in this article, which shows the device when it was first opened to the public, with three devices perfectly aligned. Below you can see the same charger as shown by Samsung today.
Now that the charger is on sale, the Samsung Wireless Charger Trio suggests: “Six coils in the Wireless Charger Trio make it easy for you to put down and charge the device. No more alignment issues – just put it on the pad for better performance. ”
Samsung also suggests that charging two devices at the same time using the left pads (the non-watch area) “can affect charging speed”. And on the right side, the space for the Galaxy Watch, there is a magnet. Obviously, the magnet reflects the chargers that have been in boxes of various types of smartwatches for the past few years – but the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo doesn’t have such a magnet.
The Samsung Wireless Charging Duo was released at around $ 120 when it was first introduced in August 2018. If you move forward now quickly, you can find the “Samsung Charger Duo Pad” in the Samsung Store for about 100 USD. The Wireless Charger Pad Trio costs around $ 90. The duo works with a maximum of 7.5 W fast charging on all compatible devices. The trio works with 9W fast charging and has a PD 25W travel adapter included.
* Below is the original September 2017 reveal of the Apple AirPower Charger. This charger has never been released to the public, but is designed to allow wireless power-compatible devices to be placed anywhere on the pad for charging (without magnets).
On October 13, 2020, Apple announced the rebirth of its MagSafe brand, previously reserved for magnetically attached chargers for MacBooks. This new Apple MagSafe system was introduced to wirelessly charge the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and is likely to expand to other types of products in the future.
ABOVE: The Apple MagSafe Duo as Apple revealed on October 13, 2020. BOTTOM: An exploded view of what the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro work with to enable MagSafe charging, alignment, and connectivity.
The Apple MagSafe Duo and the basic MagSafe charger can charge at 15W, but ONLY when connected to an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro (and future iPhone devices, we must assume). Apple’s MagSafe charger and MagSafe Duo deliver a maximum of 7.5W for all other Qi standard wireless chargers. As such, we have a real war over wireless charging pads on our hands here, as if this were the final undisputed battlefield for smartphones and wearables.
If they just made a charging pad that automatically connects my phone to my car radio (and disconnects my phone from my car radio when it’s removed from that pad) that would be really great.