3 things you need to know about Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is a convenient way to charge your device by removing the need for charging cables that fit your device. Below are 3 things you should know about wireless charging.
1. Qi Wireless Charging
The standard for wireless charging is called Qi. Qi (pronounced “chi”) technology is used in brands from iPhone to Samsung to Google etc., so the same wireless charger can be used for any wireless compatible device, similar to WiFi and Bluetooth technology.
A device must be Qi-compatible to be able to use wireless charging technology.
Wireless charging works by transferring energy via electromagnetic induction from the charger to a receiver. Using an induction coil, an electromagnetic field is created, which the receiver coil converts back into electricity and delivers power to the battery.
Trying to find out if your device has wireless charging? Check Qinside for an extensive list of devices that are compatible with Qi Wireless Charging Technology.
2. COMMON PROBLEMS
Wireless charging is very simple, but there are a few things that could interfere with delivering a successful charge to your device.
The most common issue is that the phone’s receiver does not line up with the charging coils. Even if your phone is just a little off-center, your device may not charge.
This is a simple fix – keep your eye on your phone and if you do not see the charging message initiate, reposition your phone until it works. The images below demonstrate where the charging coils sit inside a iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9. These coils should be aligned with the wireless charger that you are trying to use.
Use the location of the blue rings in the images to see where the wireless charging coils and receivers are located in different devices.
Another common issue is the thickness of the case on the device. Most wireless chargers can deliver power through 40mm (1.5in) of material. If your device is not wirelessly charging, your case may be too thick. Simply remove the case wile charging.
Do you have a metal receiver or magnet in your case? Some mounts or cases add metal components to allow them to function. This will also interfere with the wireless charging connection.
3. CHARGING SPEED
Wireless charging is slower than conventional charging using a cable. Each device can accept a different amount of power that influences the charging times for the device. Wireless charging has a lot of pros and cons in regards to its convenience and compatibility, but its charging speed falls to be its biggest downside to the technology.
- 10W is the wireless fast charge for Samsung devices.
- 7.5W is the wireless fast charge for Apple device.
- 5W is the standard to deliver a charge wirelessly.
* The charging times displayed above are approximate and based on an individual test. Charging times may vary by device and charging method.
- Cable free
- Universal across brands
- No privacy and security concerns
- Less clutter
- Convenient set up
- Slower charge
- Phones heat up
- Must line up device precisely with charging coils
- Harder to use the device while charging
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Limitless Innovations is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium to contribute to the purpose of contributing to the worldwide compatibility of all wireless chargers and wireless power sources.