Belkin is embracing the new magnet-enhanced Qi2 wireless charging standard with a pair of new products being announced at Berlin’s IFA 2023 tech show. There’s the BoostCharge Convertible Qi2 Wireless Pad to Stand (yes, that’s the name), which can either work like a traditional Qi pad or hold a phone upright while it charges — great for the iPhone’s new StandBy feature. There’s also the BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with Qi2, which is equipped with a pair of wireless charging pads (one 15W and one 5W) plus a USB-C port for charging a third device like an Apple Watch via an optional dongle.
Although Belkin’s press release describes the Qi2 chargers as being “MagSafe-compatible,” (which normally suggests a charger will only charge a MagSafe-equipped iPhone at 7.5W rather than the full 15W) Belkin says these new Qi2 chargers will deliver a full 15W of power to MagSafe iPhones. “The Qi2 chargers will be able to charge MagSafe iPhones at 15W,” Belkin’s head of product marketing for EMEA Mark Robinson tells me. And, when they start releasing, “any Qi2 compatible device will charge at 15W.”
Belkin’s Qi2 chargers are just two of the many accessories it’s announcing today. It’s also launching the absurdly named BoostCharge Pro Universal Easy Align Wireless Charging Pad 15W, a charging pad that it says can charge Qi-enabled devices at up to 15W (but with no mention of Qi2). Meanwhile, it’s also got a Connect 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Hub equipped with four Thunderbolt 4 ports and one USB-A port. The upstream port can deliver up to 96W of power to an attached laptop, while the three downstream ports can provide 15W of power to accessories and enough bandwidth to drive two 4K displays at 60Hz or one 8K display at 30Hz.
Meanwhile, for those who prefer their charging wired rather than wireless, Belkin’s BoostCharge Pro 140W 4-Port GaN Wall Charger is equipped with three USB-C ports and one USB-A port. Belkin’s also announcing an interesting “hybrid” charger (full name: BoostCharge Hybrid Wall Charger 25W + Power Bank 5K) that’s both a wall charger and a power bank equipped with one USB-A and one USB-C port.
In the UK, Belkin’s new accessories are releasing in early September, and we’ve followed up with the company for US release information. The BoostCharge Pro Universal Easy Align Wireless Charging Pad 15W will cost $39.99 (£29.99), the BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with Qi2 will be $129.99 (£119.99) with an included Apple Watch charging USB-C dongle and $79.99 (£69.99) without. The BoostCharge Convertible Qi2 Wireless Pad to Stand will be $59.99 (£49.99). The BoostCharge Pro 140W 4-Port GaN Wall Charger will set you back $129.99 (£139.99), while the BoostCharge Hybrid Wall Charger 25W + Power Bank 5K will be available for $59.99 (£59.99). Finally, the Connect 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Hub is set to cost $199.99 (£199.99).