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December 13, 2019

The pros and cons of wireless charging

Wireless charging was announced as thé new hype a while ago. Nevertheless, lots of people still keep on using their trusty cables. You might wonder why - that’s why we’re listing the benefits and disadvantages of wireless charging!

How does wireless charging work exactly?

Before we explain the pros and cons of wireless charging, it’s useful to explain how wireless charging work exactly. Wireless charging, also known as inductive charging or cordless charging, is a way of charging in which no cables are used. You just put your smartphone on top of a charging device, and the phone starts charging. The wireless charger generates electrical voltage through magnetism. The charger has an electromagnetic field that transfers energy by electromagnetic induction. This energy is sent from the charger to the device, which can use the energy to charge the battery.

Pros of wireless charging:

  • Wireless charging is super handy for people who are prone to losing their cables. Are you also a bit of a scatterbrain? Then you probably know how irritated you can be if you can’t find your charging cable. You could have sworn you knew where it was … If that’s often the case for you, wireless charging can be handy. Of course only if you do not lose the entire wireless iPhone (News - Alert) charger! (translated to Dutch: iPhone oplader)
  • The charging port of your smartphone is used less; this prevents wear.
  • No more problems with broken cables you have to replace.

Cons of wireless charging:

  • Much less convenient for people with a busy life, that are always on the go. Do you, for instance, tend to charge your smartphone while working on your laptop or with a tiny power bank during your daily commute? Then charging with a cable is much more convenient for you. After all, chargers and cables are light and small, while a charging station is heavier and needs a power outlet. It is therefore not convenient to take the charging station everywhere with you.
  • Furthermore, not every smartphone can charge without a cord. The latest smartphones all have the Qi standard needed for wireless charging, but older smartphones and some cheaper/ mid-range smartphones do not have the Qi support.
  • Wireless charging is also slower than charging with a cable. Are you the kind of person that combines airplane mode with a super fast charger? Then you’re used to having your smartphone charged and ready in no time. Unfortunately, you need to be a bit more patient with a wireless charger. Most smartphones have a charging speed of 10W to 18W with a cable, with some new models - such as the Huawei (News - Alert) Mate 20 Pro - reaching speeds of 40W. The speed of wireless charging depends on the model of your smartphone. The latest iPhones, for example only have 7.5W as the maximum wireless charging speed.
  • Wireless charging asks for a bigger investment than a normal charger. If you want to buy a normal cable or adapter, for instance an iPhone adapter, you can score a good deal. Wireless chargers are anno 2019 still a slightly bigger investment. Maybe in the future you’ll also be able to score a good deal!
  • Wireless chargers make it more difficult to use your phone while charging. If you often continue to use your smartphone while charging, you’ll find that this is harder when using a charging station. You can’t bring the charging station into bed with you, for instance!

What about you? Do you use wireless charging already or do you continue to put your trust into your cables?

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