How Wireless Charging Works

Learn how this technology will make staying connected so much easier.

Running out of battery power on a smartphone can cause a whole host of issues, especially if you like to stay connected to family and friends no matter what. But hovering near an outlet waiting for it to charge isn’t always ideal, and those pesky charging cables often get in the way. The good news is that things are about to change: wireless charging, which involves plugging a charging mat into your wall and placing your phone face up on it, is here to make it easier for you to keep your phone’s battery powered up.

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What is wireless phone charging?

Wireless charging, also known as inductive charging, is a technology that uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. For smartphones, this means charging over short distances without the use of cables. Although the idea for wireless charging has existed since the late 1800s, it didn’t achieve practical use in smartphones until about 2010.

All about Qi

In the realm of wireless charging, there are multiple competing standards for portable devices, including smartphones. One of the most popular is Qi, which you’ll find in most new devices that support wireless charging. QI, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, involves using a charging pad and compatible device.

How can you use wireless charging?

If your smartphone is Qi-enabled, you need a charging pad that’s Qi-compatible.

First, you need either a compatible device or a phone case that supports wireless charging. Second, you must have a wireless charger that works with your device. For example, if your smartphone is Qi-enabled, you need a charging pad that’s Qi-compatible.

To charge your device, simply plug the charging mat into your wall and place your phone face up on it. You’ll be able to tell if your device is charging by checking the battery icon. Take note that the charger itself doesn’t necessarily have to be made by the same manufacturer as your cell phone.

If you need help finding a wireless charger that works with your device, you can use the online store locator and get assistance in person, or give us a call to learn more.

The benefits of going wireless

The No. 1 advantage that wireless charging has over traditional methods is that you don’t need to plug and unplug your device every time you need to recharge it. This also helps reduce wear and tear on your device’s connector and attached cable.

Want to experience all the benefits of wireless charging for yourself? Browse our selection of new smartphones and discover the latest smartphones equipped with wireless charging technology today.

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