What is it?
Just as its name suggests- and as you can already probably guess- wireless charging is a means of charging a device (like a smartphone) without the need to plug a cable to it.
Wireless charging, when it comes to mobile phones, can come in two forms; it can either be built into the phone (as you can see with the Samsung Galaxy s6), or it can be added via a wireless charging case to a device (as it is with the Galaxy s5)
With the latter option, you’ll be able to add wireless charging to devices that originally didn’t come with the technology.
How does it work?
Wireless charging is technology that makes use of electromagnetic fields in a device. These fields are used to induce and emit electric current in the metal coil that is contend in another device.
This released current is what powers the battery, and you can rest assured that there are no safety issues whatsoever because the electricity that is created is contained inside the device. You won’t notice any sparks, and the whole process is as safe as you can imagine.
What’s the point?
The ability to charge your mobile phone without using a wire is a very nifty one. Also, if you’ve ever had to suffer through the experience of a busted charging cable- a situation where the end of the cable gets frayed due to excessive use- the increased longevity that you can enjoy from having a static charger as opposed to having to pull cables in and out on a daily basis is one that you’ll definitely be grateful for.
However, great as all this is, it’s still not the only reason why wireless charging is something you should embrace. If you have one of the latest smartphones that are water (and dust) resistant, the covers for the charging port can get very annoying at times. With wireless charging, though, you never have to touch any of that again. Wireless charging offers full freedom n ease.
Other benefits include availability. For instance, the most common standard in wireless charging, Qi, can be found in various types of public place. This means that if you’re at the airport or bus station and you need to power up your phone a bit, you will most probably be able to find a wireless charging pad. Doing this is much more dignified and civilized, as opposed to trying to find a plug socket or outlet in the hopes that you can get some power in your phone before you get shoved off by housekeeping staff because they need a place to plug in their tools.
Another benefit is universal compatibility. Due to the fact that wireless charging is a standard that upholds around the world, it is most likely that you can make use of a set of chargers for various types of devices. Phones, smartwatches, and tablets will all be chargeable with the same wireless charger. This means that wireless charging can be responsible for a reduction in the amount of international power adapters and cables that are used and discarded. Also, if wireless chargers can be used with phones that have disposable batteries, the environmental impact could be reduced as well.
What phones are compatible with it?
A wireless charger can be used by almost every modern smartphone. However, in certain cases- like with iPhones, you might need an adapter that will plug into the phone’s charging jack.
Should you choose it?
In a word, definitely. In a lot of cases, buying a good phone also means having a wireless charging apparatus packed with it. It’s easy to use, and the possibilities that wireless charging holds are almost infinite.
Going by that fact, you should definitely use wireless charging. It also costs pretty low (most wireless charging odds can be bought for less than 50 USD; a price that is meagre, especially when you consider the convenience that you’ll get from plugging your phone in a wireless charging pod as opposed to scrambling around and looking for your cable.
The major benefits that wireless charging holds- the possibility of one pad that will charge every kit and wearable that you have in- might still be in the future. However, for mobile phones, this benefit is here. It works, and there’s no downside to it at all.