When we first received news that the next iPhone could be charged wirelessly, we got very excited. That was back in 2017, and we were left with buzzing imaginations of how we no longer needed to plug and unplug chargers, at times miss the port or scratch the delicate surface of our phones in the dark.
It is not like Apple was the first company to implement the wireless charging technology, but come on! Anything that Apple releases kind of disregards the impact of other manufacturers that did it earlier. As usual, the information technology giant garnered a lot of attention from the announcement.
We are now in 2021, the hype has gone down considerably, but wireless charging hasn’t dissipated yet. Currently, it is installed on even more smartphones than when the trend started.
Close to ninety smartphone models have wireless charging capabilities, according to Powemat, the self-appointed global wireless charging giant. What is the deal with this new technology anyway? Is it worth all the hype that came with the release of the iPhone? Should you use it to charge your smartphone up?
Advantages of wireless charging
Fewer cords are required
It makes sense that you will need less cords to charge your phone using this method. You don’t really need to have a USB-c cable or charger when you are travelling. The only cable that you need is one to enable you to power up your charging pad.
Wireless charging features compatibility with a wide range of devices
Qi is a technology built around universal standards. If you own different devices that are capable of being charged wirelessly, one charging pad can effectively charge them up.
You no longer need to repeat the plug and unplug process, meaning that your smartphone socket suffers no wear or tear.
All charging processes take place in an environment that is enclosed and that does not make use of cords. The result is reduced corrosion due to the absence of oxygen and water in the components. The connection also reduces the risk of faults arising from electrical components getting into contact with foreign objects.