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Xiaomi's new wireless charging pad is an AirPower clone that should embarrass Apple

Xiaomi Wireless Charging Pad Coils
Xiaomi Wireless Charging Pad Coils (Image credit: Xiaomi)

What you need to know

  • Xiaomi has launched a wireless charging pad that can charge up to 20W per device.
  • Xiaomi claims that it took two years to develop, starting just after AirPower was canceled.
  • A separate wireless charger offers 80W wireless charging.

Xiaomi had quite a bit to announce at its "mega launch" this morning. While you may have thought the OnePlus 9 Pro was impressive with its 50W wireless charging, the new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra decided to take things up a notch with 67W wireless charging. Expanding on the Xiaomi Mi 11 family, the Mi 11 Ultra aims to become one of the best Android phones of the year with its powerful camera array, rear display, and great specs. Xiaomi then paired the launch of its most impressive smartphone with two new wireless chargers, including its own AirPower clone.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charging Stand

Source: Xiaomi (Image credit: Source: Xiaomi)

Even amongst the best wireless charging pads, you'll be hard-pressed to find one that can match the 67W speeds of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, so the company decided to launch one that could. The Mi Wireless Charging Stand Set offers a whopping 80W charging speed, which can be achieved whether your compatible smartphone is placed vertically or horizontally on the stand thanks to its double-coil design. At this speed, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra's 5,000mAh battery can be fully charged in just 36 minutes. And powering the charger is a 120W power adapter which should offer similar speeds or better, assuming you have a device that supports it.

Xiaomi Wireless Charging Pad

Source: Xiaomi (Image credit: Source: Xiaomi)

The star of the show was Xiaomi's "AirPower" wireless charging pad. Featuring a 19-coil design, the charging pad can charge up to 3 devices at a time thanks to an internal motor that moves the coils. It can reportedly achieve 20W charging per device, which is still quite impressive considering even the best Samsung phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can achieve only 25W wired fast-charging.

Xiaomi states that it began developing the charging pad two years ago when Apple announced that it canceled AirPower after running into difficulties managing heat dissipation. In fact, the company even shows an iPhone being charged on the pad to pour more salt onto Apple's wound.

The Mi Wireless Charging Stand Set will retail for around $76, while the wireless charging pad will go for $90, making it more affordable than other similar options on the market like the Nomad Base Station Pro. Both devices will be available in China, although there's no indication yet of a global launch.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

5 Comments
  • That's what Apple gets for stopping and letting their leaked idea of a potential product get developed from a wannabe Apple company
  • Still doesn't do what AirPower was supposed to do. AirPower was supposed to do both Qi devices and Apple Watch without regard to where things were placed. The Apple Watch is not Qi. That means the AirPower device would have done location agnostic charging on two distinct charging technologies, 4 years ago.
  • Would have, but never did. Basically vaporware.
  • Just saying it isn't an AirPower clone (of something that doesn't exist?). It doesn't do what Airpower was supposed to. So, no, they haven't done what Apple couldn't.
  • All the Xiaomi bashers, at least they get their products to market and guess what?...they actually work and they show how overpriced Apple and Samsung products really are.