The Most Common Myths About Wireless Charging
Despite the fact that wireless charging has been used in consumer products for over a decade, there are still a number of misunderstandings about the technology—particularly concerning its safety—that may deter customers from making the transition. When it comes to some of the most prevalent wireless charging misconceptions, we're separating reality from fiction today.
Wireless charging is slower than wired
The early version of Qi wireless charging only had a maximum charging power of 5 W, which is considered sluggish by today's standards.
However, advancements in the standard have allowed for power outputs of up to 15 W, which is more than the output of many wired chargers—prior to the iPhone 11, Apple only supplied a 5 W cable charger in the box.
Wireless charging is inefficient
While the transfer from electric current to electromagnetic field and back results in some power loss, while charging wirelessly, up to 80% of the input watts can be transmitted.
The charger's coil design accounts for a large part of its efficiency; superior design and high-quality components result in reduced energy loss. Inexpensive, non-certified wireless chargers are likely to be made of substandard materials and components, and will be inefficient and unreliable.
"Inexpensive, non-certified wireless chargers are likely to be made of inferior materials and components, and will be inefficient and unreliable."
Wireless charging is dangerous
Wireless charging is just as safe as standard wireless charging in practice. To avoid harm to gadgets while being charged, the Qi standard contains strict design and temperature management criteria.
All Qi-certified devices have built-in safety mechanisms that guarantee charging current is only emitted when two suitable devices are positioned close to one another and dynamically regulate charging output to avoid excessive heat build-up. A wireless charger's electromagnetic field also presents no danger to people.
Wireless charging is bad for your phone's battery
While this isn't entirely true, a low-quality wireless charger increases the risk of phone damage.
It's also likely that wireless charging is better for your battery. Apart from eliminating the wear and tear caused by continually connecting and unplugging a phone charger, today's smartphones react better to "topping up your battery" rather than going from 0% to 100%.
Tip: Invest in high-quality, Qi-certified wireless chargers to avoid overcharging, overheating, and damaging your devices.
You can't use wireless charging with your case
In general, Qi wireless chargers are strong enough to charge through the vast majority of cases available on the market. There is the possibility that you may have difficulties if your phone has a magnet or popsocket on the back of your phone.
Most phones don't support wireless charging
This used to be true. But now the wireless technology is becoming far more widely adopted.
Benefits of Wireless Charging
Aside from the apparent advantage of being able to charge your phone by just placing it on a charging pad rather than having to plug it in, users of Qi wireless charging will discover that the technology's benefits much exceed its disadvantages. The following are some of the advantages of wireless charging that may persuade you to make the move.
The modern world is overflowing with cables connecting every device, from the phone and laptop to the watches and earbuds.
The shift to wireless technology enables you to free up any available space from a tangle of unnecessary adapters and cables.
No More Broken Cables
Using a wired charger for many months might cause it to malfunction, bend and break, or tear at the ends, putting you at danger of receiving an unpleasant electric shock.
Wireless charging, when used properly, lowers the chance of cable damage and preserves the phone's connections and ports.
Compatibility & Convenience
Put an end to the frustration of trying to locate appropriate wire chargers, whether at home or on the move.
With Qi wireless technology, you can charge a variety of compatible devices on a single charging pad, saving you time and money.