There are many Qi accessories available for iPhones: receiver mats, cases and much more. Although many of these accessories are indeed quite cheap, you should be aware of the fact that not all of these are part of Apple’s MFi program. The MFi program is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with Apple’s iPod, iPad and iPhone, the so-called iDevices. The name is a shortened version of the original long-form Made For iPod.
For example, some Qi receiver mats have a very bad connector quality and thus sometimes cannot be recognised by your phone or even don’t work at all. This means that your iPhone could show you the message “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” You will face the same problem with a lot of cases which are available.
What if I don’t use MFi licensed Qi Accessories?
With Apple’s new lightning connector, Apple can detect whether the cable/case/mat or whatever accessory you use is part of the MFi program or not. In the worst case they update the software, cap the current supply and you are not able to charge your iPhone anymore – even if it was working before. This does not apply to the iPhone 4 and 4S, since these devices don’t have a lightning connector.
Another point is that non MFi certified accessories also often don’t have full 1A output meaning it takes even more time to fully recharge your iPhone.
We recommend to always check if the Qi accessory you want to buy for your iPhone covers the official MFi logo and is part of the MFi program. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about interrupted charging processes or accessories not working (at all). Nevertheless, we also suggest Qi accessories without MFi for those of you who don’t worry too much about these issues.
Did you buy a certain case, receiver mat etc. for your iPhone before and experience such issues? Or do you know any Qi accessories which work best for iPhones? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!