Wireless charging has actually been out for a very long time. In fact, it’s really existed since the 1800s when Nikola Tesla discovered how to transmit electricity through the air by building a magnetic field between a receiver and a transmitter.
But for over a century, wireless charging was without any real practical uses, and it remained largely underdeveloped until fairly recently.
Today, we have an abundance of technologies that uses wireless charging, with perhaps the most notable being wireless charging stations. In fact, wireless phone charging is incredibly common in this day and age, and the technology has definitely come a long way to the point that we can effectively use it both in our homes and at public businesses.
That being said, the current technology surrounding wireless phone charging is not perfect, and it’s important to understand what the technology is capable of and what its real limitations are. That’s what we are going to discuss in this article.
Here are five things that you need to know about wireless charging stations:
1 – It Is Convenient
First and foremost, wireless phone charging is indeed convenient. In fact, this is probably the number one reason why people are drawn to wireless phone chargers. It just eliminates the hassle and messiness of having to contend with tangled up cords. You also don’t have to worry about keeping track of all of your cords as well
2 – Multiple Device Charging Is Possible
Another big reason why people like wireless phone chargers is because of the ability to charge multiple devices. It’s not incredibly common where different types of phones can be compatible with the same type of charger. At the very least, Apple and Android phones require different chargers.
But wireless chargers are designed to transmit electricity through the air in order to charge the phones, which means you can use the same device with virtually any kind of a smart phone. In addition, wireless phone chargers can also be used to power other kinds of devices as well, such as tablets and laptops, which furthermore increases their overall practicality and versatility.
3 – They’re Not The Most Efficient (At Least Not Yet)
But for all of the practical reasons to have a wireless phone charger, they are also not among the most efficient power charging devices. In fact, this is the primary reason why they are not so widely adopted yet and why power cords are still something we have to deal with on a day to day basis.
For example, the overall charging time for a wireless charger is much longer in comparison to using a power cord. Furthermore, wireless charging devices also put off a lot of heat in contrast to more typical corded charging methods.
That’s not to say that this efficiency won’t change over time (on the contrary, it almost certainly will), but for now corded charging is simply more effective and time efficient.
4 – Mobility Is Also Restricted
The only part about a wireless phone charger that is truly wireless is the connection between the phone and the charging device. The charging device can indeed charge a phone (and other electronic devices) wirelessly. But the device itself needs to be plugged into a charging station in the wall.
This means that mobility for wireless charging stations is still very restricted, and they should not exactly be considered as fully portable devices. That’s also not to mention that the phone needs to be kept in physical contact with the charging devices at all times in order to be properly charged as well, and it essentially can’t be operated while it is being charged (in contrast to using a cord).
5 – Compatibility Issues Exist
Finally, certain compatibility issues still exist with wireless charging devices and phones as well. For example, just because you bring your phone into physical contact with the charging device does not guarantee that it will charge. Depending on the type of phone you have and the type of wireless charging device that you are using, it may not work. It’s up to you to research which makes and models of smartphones work with which makes and models of wireless charging devices.
Using Wireless Charging Stations
If there’s anything that can be said about wireless charging now, it’s that the technology is not yet at its full potential, but it’s certainly getting there. As the technology continues to develop, the existing drawbacks are sure to become less and less of an issue.