For many, it is a fixed ritual to connect the smartphone to the socket via a wire before going to sleep. However, you don’t have to, because more and more devices can be charged wirelessly. How that works and what the pros and cons are.
As early as 2012, the Nokia 920 was one of the first popular smartphones to be charged wirelessly. By placing the device on a specially developed holder, you could charge it almost as quickly as via a cable. Before that, it made use of Qi, the interface standard that is now used by just about every player.
The holders of yesteryear still exist and can be used as a charging station for your desk, in the car, on the bedside table… Some chargers have space for several devices at the same time, such as smartwatches or earplugs.
But it doesn’t stop there. For example, IKEA has special desk lamps that can charge your smartphone wirelessly when you put the device on it. Starbucks has tables that fill your battery while you sip your coffee.
There are, of course, also disadvantages. For example, wireless charging is still slower than wired charging. Bigger pain point: when your device is on a charging station, you cannot use it.
Most high-end devices can now charge wirelessly, and there are also various smartphones from the middle segment that offers the function. With these three excellent devices, it is already possible.
1. iPhone SE
For a few years now, almost all new iPhones can also charge wirelessly. Not only the most expensive models, but also the affordable iPhone SE. On its official website, Apple sells various MagSafe chargers that you can use for your iPhone SE, among other things. What makes these devices unique is that, thanks to magnets, they ‘click’ the iPhone 12 exactly in the right place.
2. Samsung Galaxy S20
Charging your phone wirelessly is one thing, but Samsung takes it one step further. With ‘Wireless PowerShare’ you can use your Samsung Galaxy S20 to charge other devices wirelessly! Your friend’s smartphone, for example, or your smartwatch and wireless earbuds. You can also use this technology to place another device on your smartphone while it is being charged wired so that both batteries fill at the same time.
3. OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus is committed to speed and therefore launched the OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger. When you place your smartphone in this holder, it charges from 0% to 50% in just 29 minutes! An ideal accessory to put on your desk, so that you can rest your smartphone while you are working diligently.