5 Beliefs about Wireless Charging That are Actually Wrong

November 14, 2016

If you’re considering to switch from plug-in to wireless charging, you’ve probably done a lot of research and have heard or read about its effects on mobile phones.

Confused as to what claims about wireless charging are true and what aren’t? To dispel some false beliefs about wireless charging, we’re listing them here and sharing the real score about each misconception.

Myth #1: Wireless charging pads can damage the phone or its battery.

Fact: Not entirely true. Chances of your smartphone getting damaged are high if you use a low-quality wireless charger.

Some wireless charging pads are built to prevent damage to the phone while in use. The Futura X, for example, features a magnetic alignment that guides the phone to the proper charging spot, so the user won’t risk fumbling and dropping the phone.

Myth #2: Off-brand chargers are defective.

Fact: Not all unofficial third-party wireless charging devices are faulty products.

A distinction should be made between an off-brand charger and a fake or knock-off charger. Some wireless chargers perform well even if they’re off-brands because they’re manufactured using strict quality standards and are supplied by reputable retailers. As long as you’re using a certified premium-quality wireless charger like the Prelude, nothing bad will happen to your mobile phone.

In contrast, you’re going to take a big risk with cheap and fake wireless chargers. They’re likely produced without quality control measures and are supplied by shady distributors.

Myth #3: Wireless chargers don’t work with older phones.

Fact: By themselves, older phones that are Qi-enabled can’t be charged directly with wireless charging devices because they don’t have a built-in receiver. But they can still be charged wirelessly by attaching a third-party add-on like a receiver patch at the back of the phone.

Myth #4: Leaving your phone turned on while it’s charging will damage it.

Fact: You shouldn’t be bothered if you’re charging your phone and keeping it on just to receive messages or play music (with the screen turned off).

What you must watch out for are conditions that cause overheating and eventual phone damage such as running graphics-intensive apps and poor ventilation while powering up your phone on a wireless charging pad.

Myth #5: Charging your phone overnight will damage it.

Fact: Smartphones and even wireless charging devices are smart enough to stop transmitting power to your device the moment your phone is already fully charged.

Charging your phone for a longer period might be harmful though, as wireless charging pads still produce some heat. So be careful not to leave your phone on the wireless charger for unreasonably extended periods. To maximize your phone’s battery life, keep your phone charged between 40% and 80%.

Wireless chargers are generally safe and convenient to use with proper handling and use of both your phone and the charging device. It also boils down to the quality of wireless charging device you’re going to use, so pick one wisely.