The good and the bad of setting up wireless charging
The ability to use wireless charging is slowly making an appearance on more handsets, with Nokia and Samsung leading the way with their respective high end Lumia and Galaxy devices. Some devices feature built in technology and others require additional accessories. With this post I’ll give a quick run down of some of the good and not so good aspects of wireless charging.
Convenience – Once you having a wireless pad plugged in and set up ready, all you need do to charge your device is set it down. No more searching for a USB cable or plugging it in.
Scalability – Wireless charging pads can be installed in several locations, around the home, on your work desk or even, in the case of coffee shops and fast food restaurants, built into tables and work surfaces. A bit of engineering and determination could install one in your own furniture!
Multiple devices – Some wireless pads have the provision to charge multiple devices. Newer wireless charging protocols may even include the ability to create a charging box, that could charge any compatible device placed inside it.
Heat – One drawback of some Qi wireless charging solutions is excess heat. Aside from the possible uncomfortable feeling of picking up a warm phone, too much extra heat around the battery can impair the lifespan and maximum capacity.
Slow charging – Not every charging pad or solution is slow however some of the cheaper models may deliver a lower charge than the official mains adapter. This has no adverse affect on performance however it does mean that the overall charging time will be longer.
More than 1 standard – At the time of writing this is not a major issue as only one standard, Qi, has proliferated the industry. A second standard called Power 2.0 is on the march across the USA though. It is possible that phone manufacturers could start choosing between standards, splitting the compatibility of accessories/handsets down the middle.