Up until a few short years ago, everything still had to be plugged into ports and power sockets. But now that wireless charging is making its way into airports, coffee shops, and other public establishments, it’s probably safe to say that many of us have heard of (and probably even used) wireless chargers by now.
Being able to charge a smartphone or tablet without dealing with a whole mess of wires and cables is a huge convenience for all mobile device users. In many ways, wireless charging can make our lives a whole lot easier, and it’s definitely something that everyone should look into.
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These days, practically anyone can take advantage of wireless charging regardless of what smartphone or tablet they have—whether it be an Android or an Apple device. Some devices have built-in wireless charging capability, while others require an external device such as a wireless charging case (like BEZALEL's Latitude for iPhone 7) to be able to forego the traditional charger.
Not sure if making the switch is worth it? We’ve compiled and listed a few wireless charging benefits that just might convince you to shelve your traditional wired charger and go wireless.
The Difference Between Qi and PMA
First, let’s review your options. Currently, there are two popular wireless charging standards: Qi and PMA.
Both of them use inductive wireless charging, but PMA can account for the number of hours and minutes you spend charging while Qi cannot. As a result, businesses like food chains and cafes favor PMA over the latter.
However, Qi has a larger consumer base due to it having more compatible smartphones and devices in general. To date, there are a total of 1,296 Qi-compatible products.
Why You Need to Switch to Wireless Charging
Charge your device wherever you go
If you’re perpetually on the go, then you’ll find it enormously convenient to be able to just whip out your wireless charger to juice up your gadget whenever and wherever you want. With portable wireless chargers like the Prelude, which stores energy (sort of like a regular power bank) and allows you to charge your device simply by placing it on top of the wireless charger, you can even charge your phone while walking—although you may have to hold your phone and the charging device in place for a continuous charge.
With a true wireless charger, you won’t ever have to worry about bringing your charging cable with you or finding an available power outlet to plug into.
Save money on power cables
It’s a well-known fact that charging cables are prone to wear and tear with constant use. We typically use these cables every day, sometimes even several times a day, which means they will inevitably break or become ineffective after a few months of use—and constantly replacing these cables can be quite costly.
This is another big advantage that wireless chargers have over traditional chargers. You will no longer have to worry about breaking and replacing your charging cables. In fact, you won’t have to bother with cables at all.
Of course the wireless charger will still need a cable to charge itself, but it’s a lot less prone to breakage since using it will be a less frequent occurrence than using a cable to charge your phone (which again, can occur several times a day).
Safer than traditional charging options
After decades of conducting extensive research on the possible effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions on human health and the environment, the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that there is no evidence to support the claim that low level EMF exposure can cause negative health issues. But even if there was any evidence, you can be sure that there is still less risk with a wireless charger compared to traditional chargers.
Why? Aside from the fact that your body will have limited contact with the charger while it’s on, EMF emissions produced by wireless chargers (particularly those using the Qi standard) have already been proven safe for humans. In fact, this charging standard has been used in electric toothbrushes for quite some time now, which should give you an idea as to the safety of the technology.
Serves as your charger for everything
If you are a gadget enthusiast, then you probably have a lot of wires, cables, dongles, and other connectivity and charging equipment scattered on your desk (or in your bag) at any given time.
Now in that case, one of the most compelling reasons to make the switch is the fact that wireless chargers are designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution for all your charging needs. Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or smart watch, as long as it’s Qi or PMA compatible, your wireless charger will be able to charge them all.
It’s the future for all mobile devices
Wireless charging will soon become the norm. Several airports, hotel chains, restaurants, and many more establishments have already installed wireless charging stations that are free for the public to use, and we’ll probably be seeing more places (both locally and internationally) offer wireless charging in the not too distant future. Additionally, many car companies and even furniture makers are now making products that have wireless charging capabilities.
Whether we like it or not, wireless chargers are clearly here to stay—and pretty soon, traditional charging options will be completely obsolete. So why not get with the program and take advantage of all the convenience and portability that wireless chargers have to offer as early as now?
With all of these promising benefits, you’ll have nothing to lose when you give wireless charging a try. Who knows? You might actually enjoy using it over traditional charging devices and be compelled to make the switch permanently.