What is wireless charging and why can be convenient?

Wireless charging isn’t magic, but it can be convenient.

Wireless charging, such as the Qi charging tech many Android phones use, isn’t new technology.

My Panasonic electric razor used it many years ago, and most of us have seen toothbrushes that charge wirelessly in a cradle. And of course, we can’t forget Palm and the way it brought wireless charging to the masses with the Touchstone.

Now that size, cost, and efficiency constraints have all eased up a little, putting wireless charging in something like your Android phone or watch makes more sense.

We get more than a few questions about wireless charging and how it works, so let’s take a few minutes and talk about the basics; what it is, how it works and why you would want it in your next Android purchase.


What is wireless charging?

Wireless charging isn’t magic — you still need a wire. The difference is that the wire is connected to acharging base instead of your phone, so you can just drop your Android onto the charger and things get to work without hooking anything up to your phone. The charging base can be almost any shape or size, and can even be in something like your car dash or desk. As long as you’re able to get the right spot on the rear of your Android on the right spot on the base of the charger, it will work.

A good example would be having a wireless charging base on your desk at work. When you’re not using your phone, you set it on the charger. When you need to use your phone, pick it up and it has a charge. Wireless charging isn’t as fast as Quick Charge, but it’s easy and something you’re more likely to use to keep your phone topped off throughout the day (in our example). That’s where wireless charging shines — ease of use.

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