Nowadays, the world can’t function well without the aid of advanced technology. What used to be tedious manual labor became more efficient and effortless in a matter of years. Gadget sizes become more portable and sleeker while memory capacity becomes bigger. And what used to connect through wires seems to transform into wireless devices that can reach longer distances than their wired counterparts. From mice to headphones and chargers, every part of our lives is dominated by technological advances that make things more comfortable and more accessible.
While wireless devices have captured the fancy of both tech experts and consumers, there is still an ongoing debate whether going purely wireless is suitable for all tasks and fields. For example, wireless charging seems to be the trend to market sleekness, convenience, and style. Plus, as many brands introduce their versions of wireless chargers, you might have considered getting one to recharge your devices quickly.
Now the question is if getting a wireless charger is worth your investment. Here are the pros and cons of wireless charging, and if they are essential or just another aesthetically pleasing technological advancement.
Wireless charging means you won’t have to deal with looking for cables that you might have misplaced or that might have tangled with other cords. You just need to place your device on the charging plate and it will replenish its battery. Wireless chargers are convenient at night as you don’t need to check whether your adaptor is plugged in and your cable is inserted correctly. Your wireless charger may also act as a secondary light so looking for items on your dresser will be more convenient for you.
Because wireless chargers only occupy one area on your dresser or work table, you will have less clutter in your space. Their slim size makes them suitable for smaller spaces similar to the studio units at Urban Deca Homes in Tondo, Manila. You can keep them plugged in an outlet that has an on/off switch, or store them in your drawer. In other words, wireless chargers are ideal for those who hate losing their cables and those who hate rummaging through a pile of cords while saving their devices from dying.
Less Wear and Tear
One struggle many have with typical chargers is that their cords break easily. Pulling and tugging make your cable wear and tear faster. Plus, if you tend to insert the charging pin incorrectly, you can also damage your devices’ port. As a result, you will spend money on replacing faulty charging cables and charging ports.
With wireless charging, you may experience less wear and tear. Since you only have to place your device on the charging plate, you won’t have to worry about accidentally tugging your cable and dragging your phone along. Likewise, you will be doing the environment a favor because you will lessen the number of destroyed cables you will throw away.
Newer Phones Charge Faster
With wireless chargers introduced just a few years ago, older phone models might charge slower than newer models. Newer phone models may charge faster with at least 7.5 watts up to 15 watts. Additionally, since many smartphone models are Qi (pronounced “chi,” like the Chinese philosophy of life force) integrated, most wireless chargers will work on them. Adaptor cases are also available to fit phone models that are not enabled with Qi technology.
Multiple Device Charging
While most wireless chargers are designed to charge only one phone at a time, there are others that are wider and have more wattage to cater to tablets and multiple devices. Having a charging device that recharges multiple devices simultaneously also reduces the amount of cables that you have to plug. You might even prevent sudden power surges and short circuits.
While wireless chargers can accommodate many device models, some people report that their phones don’t charge well enough or at all. Others say that you have to accurately place your device on the middle of the charging plate, otherwise it will not charge at all. Before buying a wireless charger, it is wise to research if it suits your phone and tablet models. Doing so also keeps you from wasting money.
Wireless chargers can be pricier than typical chargers. The cheapest ones you’ll find may cost around $20 up to $70. You might think that flagship device chargers also cost the same. However, licensed third-party brands offer chargers that are durable and worth your money. Comparing the costs, you might save more with a charging cable and adaptor than a pricey wireless charger.
A wireless charger may also charge some devices much slower compared to a cable. For example, many smartphones charge at a speed of 10 watts up to 18 watts. Wireless chargers, however, may only charge with a speed of 5 watts. If you are in a hurry, charging wirelessly might not be ideal.
Lack of Mobility
While the charging process of your devices happens once you place them on the charging plate, you still have to plug the charger into an electric source. In turn, they are not entirely portable. Plus, their large size might not fit in your bag, making them useless for long travels.
Likewise, you need to keep your device steady on the pad for continuous charging. As a result, operating your device, answering a call, or even the slightest movement might stop the charging process.
May Contribute to Global Warming
While wireless chargers are great alternatives to keep you from destroying your cables, they may also produce heat that contributes to greenhouse gases. And because they tend to charge slower, imagine how much heat they will emit if you keep using them.
Overall, wireless chargers have their advantages and disadvantages to your convenience, budget, and environment. But as technology continues to advance, there will be a time when wireless charging will be more efficient and sustainable in the future. Consider these factors and check whether wireless charging is suitable for your daily tasks and lifestyle.