Go wireless charging now and love it later

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This holiday season I received the gift of wireless-ness. I bought three Anker wireless charging stands and I'm going to buy three more Anker charging pads. I already have a bedside light with a wireless charging pad built in.

I have four (soon seven) wireless chargers in my house. I have two next to the couch, one on each side of the bed, and I'll soon put one in the kitchen, one on my office desk (instead of plugging directly into my laptop), and one in the kid's bedroom. He has a phone now and it charges wirelessly.

I'm going all-in on wireless and I highly recommend you do the same.

Wireless charging today is much faster than it once was, but it's still slower than the wired charger that come in the box, and it's much slower than the high-wattage chargers that work with today's best phones. That's just fine by me, because my wireless lifestyle means I'm never in a hurry to charge my phone. In fact, I barely think of it as "charging" my phone at all.

I'm never in a hurry to charge my phone

I love wireless charging, and I think of it as a lifestyle and not just a technology. Wherever I am, I can plop my phone down to sip some juice. When I'm cooking, my phone is charging. When I'm watching TV, my phone is charging. When I'm working … well, you get the picture. Whenever I'm not using my phone, I'm going to lay it down somewhere anyway, so why not sit it atop a wireless charger? There's no fumbling, no effort on my part, and it even makes my phone more convenient to find later.

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By adopting this habit— constantly topping off — I never have to worry about how much power I have. I'm always near the top of the bucket. It helps that I have a wireless charger in my car, which is a sweet, wireless magnetic number that works with magnets in my phone's case. I still need a wire running up the dashboard to the magnetic charger, but many cars are coming with wireless charging built in.

If you bought a phone in the last year or so, it almost certainly has the capability to charge wirelessly. All of the major manufacturers — Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Google, LG — build wireless charging into the flagship models. Most phones are "Qi" (pronounced "chee") certified by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), so no matter who makes your phone, no matter who makes your charger, you'll have no problem powering up.

Wireless charging is the one standard that works with every type of phone.

This is the closest we've gotten to a universal charger. Consider that Apple uses lightning connector, a different plug standard than all the other phone makers. Most Android flagships use USB-C, but plenty of devices still have micro-USB charging ports. If you have a family with more than one type of phone connector, you can get a few different cords to carry around the house, or you can go wireless. Wireless charging is the one standard that works with almost every type of phone.

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I use my wireless charging stations with my Galaxy S9+, my iPhone 11 Pro Max, and my mom's Galaxy S7. When we have guests, we can easily invite them to set their phone down for a quick charge. It's also a nice way to get the phone out of someone's hands, and they're less likely to pick it up if it interrupts charging.

Phones will not have ports forever. Between cloud storage, wireless charging, and wireless headphones, there is less reason than ever to connect a cable to your smartphone. There are already rumors of Apple dropping all of its ports for a seamless flagship at the very high end of its line-up in the near future. Android manufacturers will follow suit, as they always do, and soon seamless phones that only charge wirelessly will become the norm.

The next phone you buy will work with the wireless chargers you have today, no matter how weird phones get. Since the WPC settled on a single standard, wireless charging has had a solid track record for backward compatibility. If you prepare yourself for a wireless charging lifestyle now, you'll be ready for our wireless charging future.

8 Comments
  • Not the best option in the developing world. Faster charging via a cable is preferable.
  • The total lack of efficiency probably isn't good where electricity isn't cheap, clean and easy to produce either. May not seem too bad phone by phone but when you're talking hundreds of millions of phones that inefficiency will add up.
  • Go wireless charging now and go back to wires later, because wireless charging sucks.
  • I've bee a devotee since the Palm pre. wireless charging is a no brainer and super convenient and finally adopted by more and more manufacturers as table stakes. Hate it but face it
  • I've always been confused by the people that hate wireless charging. Sure, it's slower, but the more you use it, the less you have to worry about it being fast. Your phone isn't in your hand all day long. Whenever you put it down, just put it on a charger and never have to worry about plugging in. I have a wireless charger by my bed and one in my car. It charges when I sleep and charges on my 40 minute commute each way, and I never have to plug the phone in to anything. Get in car, drop phone in cradle, charging starts. Easy peasy. HOWEVER. Google annoyed the crap out of me with the Pixel 3 with their fast wireless charging BS. They get everyone to adopt the Qi or powermat or whatever standards, then they release a new phone that can only quick charge with two specific $80 chargers and not the half dozen fast chargers I already have.
  • I don't hate it, most people don't, its just way way way overrated. There is nothing wireless charging provides that wired charging doesn't do better. Nothing. If you really wanted to get technical I guess plugging a cord in does take like half a second but it also (at least) doubles the speed in which your device charges. Now, what makes wired better? 1. You can pick your phone up and use it WHILE its charging. That isn't the case with wireless. Unless you want to hover over or around your mat/post at the perfect angle. Obnoxious. 2. As said, wired charging is much much faster. 3. Wires take up FAR less room than charging pads. You can also plug your phone in and set it side ways, or upside down, or balanced on the wing of a god damn angel if you want. Mats/terminals have rigid space requirements. 4. Most energy wireless mats use just goes down the drain. They are far less efficient. In a world where energy and climate change are no longer issues we can back burner, it should at least be a consideration.
  • Wireless does not wear your cable port on the phone, making it lose loose cable within a year.
  • Wireless is the right choice for me, especially in the car. I don't care that it does not charge as fast, the ease of use and convenience factor outweigh all