LG mass-produces 15-watt charging pad for smartphone

LG Innotek has succeeded in mass-producing the world’s first 15-watt wireless smartphone charging pads, which charges handsets from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The top-tier camera module manufacturer said the new charging pad will particularly help the company diversify its revenue streams in the North American and European markets where demand for wireless chargers run higher than that of Korea.

“This proves that LG Innotek has the world’s best wireless charging technology,” Huh Sung, vice president of the firm’s electronic components division, said in a statement. “As a wireless charging module is directly related with conveniences and safety of handset users, we will meet customer expectations with advanced performance and perfect product quality.”

The company said the quick wireless charging pad will be available for customers in North America, Europe and Australia in mid-October.

LG Innotek stressed that the latest achievement is meaningful, as the 15-watt charging pad is three times faster in speed than existing 5-watt charging modules.

The new pad also guarantees safety for its customers, as the pad is equipped with a special sensor used to measure the temperature of the smartphone, the company said. This will help reduce the risk of possible battery explosions, as the sensor suspends electric power supplies to batteries when the temperature reaches a certain level, LG Innotek added.

According to market research firm TSR, global sales of the wireless charging transmitter-receiver module was some $553 million (627.8 billion won) in 2015 and will surge to 2.2 billion in 2019.

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