The other day I downloaded BlackBerry Virtual Expert (BBVE) for the Priv and ran the full spectrum of diagnostic tests. One thing that piqued my curiosity was a test for wireless charging. So naturally I searched the interwebs for ‘Priv & wireless charging’ and lo & behold I found out the Priv I had purchased from ShopBlackBerry supported wireless charging (models STV100-1, STV100-2, and STV100-5)*! Without getting into techno-jargon guaranteed to glaze your eyes over, there are #2 types of wireless chargers available-
Power Matters Alliance or Powermat or PMA–
This method requires a Powermat (transmitter) and customized phone case or battery cover (receiver). Therein lies the rub, the phone cases or battery covers may not be readily available for many makes and models of phones, but the price is nice for both, averaging around $19 USD.
This method also requires #2 components, a wireless charging pad and a charging adapter (preferably QC2.0). While the cost is about double that of PMA, the charge rate is higher with the newer QC2.0 technology resulting in a faster charge. As an FYI, you may need to remove any case on the phone and a metal case may interfere with charging.
Bottom line- for commercial use such as Starbucks and businesses the PMA charger seems to be the leader, for consumers the Qi appears to be a good fit due to potential limited availability of charging case. While the charging hardware are not compatible, many newer phones support both types of charging, including the Priv. I chose the Qi charger as a matter of convenience- I was able to purchase the charger and QC2.0 charging adapter easily thru Amazon for $36 USD – no need to hunt for a phone case or wait until one is manufactured
*To find your device’s model number, swipe down from the top of the screen once using two fingers, or twice using one finger, and then tap > About phone.
According to the specs for the Priv-
- QC2.0 Enabled – Compatible with QC2 Chargers
- Dual mode Wireless Charging capable for Powermat (PMA) and Qi