Wireless chargers: The future of mobile phone charging

Wireless chargers: The future of mobile phone charging
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We all are tired detangling our charging wires over and over again. The thought of wireless charging seems so convenient. Just pop your phone on the stand, and your device starts charging. So simple! But do you know that even though every new-age devices in the market have inbuilt wireless charging feature, hardly 29% of people use it?

However, though wireless charging is so convenient, it is still not popular.

The following reasons will illustrate why:

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Your phone should support wireless charging

This is the mandatory feature your phone should have if you want to enjoy wireless charging. Not every phone has one. Qi is the standard for all wireless chargers. Newer phones from brands such as Apple, Samsung, Google & LG support this feature.

Wireless chargers are slow chargers


Wireless chargers use electromagnetic induction to charge your device. In common terms, your device is charged via mediator source and not directly. The induction coil (charger) and receiver coil (phone) need to be appropriately aligned for charging the phone. That’s why wireless chargers are slow chargers. Most of the wired chargers have a reading of at least 12W, whereas wireless chargers have only 7.5-10W. If you’re charging with a cover on, it’ll be even slower or won’t charge at all. Some have fast charge mode but that only works for phones with the same manufacturer.

Wired charger lets you use your device, the wireless charger doesn’t

For people who are used to charging their phones during the night, wireless charging is the right choice. However, those who want to use their phone for texting, calling or scrolling through Instagram, while charging your phone, wireless chargers might not be for you.

Wireless chargers are not entirely wireless

Technically a wireless charger is not entirely wireless, as it has to be plugged into a power outlet with a cord. The only wireless thing is the elimination of wire between your phone & source.

Price factor

The most significant factor that forbids people to use a wireless charger is its high price.

However, this doesn’t stop it from becoming the upcoming trend. It is believed that by 2023, there will be a shipment of 2.3 billion wireless chargers & 6 billion wireless charging compatible phones. However, if these chargers became more practical and frictionless, no one can stop it from being the most used method for charging.