Wireless chargers — are they worth it?


Wireless chargers are a burgeoning technology, which offers charging without the hassle of ports.

Austin Rushnell

One of the most powerful devices that has ever been widely available is something that can be carried in our pockets — the smartphone.

The smartphone can do just about everything from running a business to monitoring daily health and fitness trackers. But, all of that utilization comes to a screeching halt when the battery runs out.

Even in our modern life of high-tech, we still need to keep our phones and mobile devices plugged into the wall — or do we?

Wireless chargers offer a dynamic new solution to having a phone plugged into a wall, through a wireless charging station. Unlike standard cables, which tend to become non-responsive or break over time, wireless charging ports allow for users to simply place their phones on the wireless dock and the phone automatically begins charging itself.

While wireless charging seems like the perfect solution to wire-driven problems, there are a few issues with wireless technology that users ought to consider before buying.

Wireless chargers work via electro-magnetic induction, which is notably slower than normal, direct-cable charging by anywhere from a 5-watt to a 2-watt difference. This difference might seem minimal, but the charging rate is noticeably slower for wireless users.

Another issue is that wireless chargers require phones/devices that are capable of functioning with the charger itself. If the device cannot accept the right type of wireless charger, it won’t be charging at all.

Furthermore, even if a user has purchased the correct charger to match his or her phone, the electromagnet might not be able to access the phone through a case, which means the case might need to come off each time the phone needs to be charged. This completely negates the ease of use of a wireless charger.

On top of these issues, the cost of wireless chargers might turn some users away from the technology since it is far cheaper to simply buy a plug-in charger.

Wireless charging technology is a somewhat new technology for the average buyer, which means that the kinks still are getting worked out. It might be worth waiting a while for the technology to become better adapted to tomorrow’s phones, or to see what new developments there are for wireless charging.

There is one new development that seems promising, which theoretically offers ranged wireless charging. Users of this new technology would only have to be in the same room as the wireless charging dock, which would truly revolutionize wireless charging at home and even abroad. While this new technique still is in development, it might use some sort of Tesla-coil to charge devices at a distance — perfectly merging old technology with new.