What is wireless charging technology and how is it going to change consumer behavior?
Wireless charging has been around for years, however, the lack of devices that would have demanded the technology of wireless charging inhibited the trend from growing.
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Now, with Apple’s inclusion of wireless charging on the iPhones the whole mobile industry has lit up again. Though a variety of phones have featured wireless charging for years, Apple plays a big marketing game to sell their brands ahead of other brands as usual.
What is Wireless Charging?
Without getting too technical, the key element in the concept of wireless charging centers around electromagnetic fields that transfer energy (charge) from one place to another through something called electromagnetic induction.
Pronounced “chee” charging, Qi is developed by Wireless Power Consortium and has 247 members. New iPhone models feature Qi wireless charging, along with more than 90 other phone models, and it is predicted that wireless charging will become something of a norm in most public places. There are already thousands of Qi wireless charging spots in public places like libraries, hotels, and restaurants, and WPC members are continuing to install wireless charging points in more than 25 countries.
The Benefits of Wireless Charging
How many times have you left your charging cord somewhere only to realize it’s gone once you’ve arrived at the home and desperately need a charge? In the near future, this concept will be obsolete—as will charging cords—thanks to wireless charging. Smartphone users with wireless charging capabilities can charge their phones wirelessly throughout the day without searching for cords or outlets.
Phones that don’t have built-in wireless charging capabilities are also able to benefit from the wireless charging convenience. Simple wireless charging accessories will make all phones compatible with wireless charging.
Wireless charging is slower than using a cord. This drawback is something each consumer will have to decide whether or not it’s worth the waiting time over using a traditional charging cord. Additionally, it is harder to use the phone while it’s wireless charging than when it’s charging with a cord. Perhaps advancements in technology will improve this, however, for now, this is the situation.
But whether you like it or not, rumor has it that eventually, all phones will only be able to charge wirelessly. This means that businesses and other facilities looking to provide mobile charging as an amenity to their clients and customers would be wise to get in on the ‘Wireless Charging Bandwagon’ now.