Ok, sorry to leave you hanging there, but we’ve been doing some product research and reviews, and want to take a moment to tell you what we’ve learned so far about wireless charging. As always, we’ll keep it simple, fun, and personal, but welcome feedback on your experiences with wireless charging as well.
Before we start, let’s have a quick lesson about wireless charging:
What is Wireless Charging?
Wireless Charging is another name for the founded name, Inductive Charging.
It is also referred to more commonly with techies and product descriptors as Qi charging, which in Chinese means “energy flow”, but is actually the open interface standard that products have to meet. All that to say, the big dogs in wireless charging, the Wireless Charging Consortium, created their ideal product needs and specifications and run the show.
Believe it or not, Nokia was the first the utilize Qi technology around 2012. Since then, it’s made it’s way all over the industry. In our opinion, it really started to take off when Samsung started utilizing the products. But for you Apple users, 2017 (rolling into 2018) is the year that every thing changes.
There are so many types of wireless chargers out there. After you read our FAQ’s and have decided to pursue wireless charging, make sure you check out product reviews, and we highly encourage video reviews on these products because each one charges a little differently.
We’ll list some of our favorite chargers and other chargers we’ve tried on our Pinterest page. However, here are a few pictures of our favorite so far for the price, and hopefully these photos will help you understand how the product works as well.
The Joyroom Wireless Charger in White
- Fabric on top (can use with our without case)
- Minimal lights (that annoy you when you sleep) – Green and Blue lights tell you if your phone is charging or not.
- Line indicates where you place your phone to make sure it charges correctly.
- Charges via USB
- Less than $30
You can purchase this Joyroom charger in multiple colors, and they have a non fabric version with a stand as well. The amazon page doesn’t really tell the products story, because as you can see from the pictures, the charger is so simple and sleek, the packaging was also amazing, and the product has a line that says where you should align your phone. For less than $30, it’s a steal in our opinion. If you are interested in purchasing, head on over to Amazon and check out the reviews and specs. And don’t forget to use the $2 off coupon!
Frequently Asked Questions about Wireless Chargers for Smart Phones:
Do I need to buy the official phone branded charger?
Not at all, there are great brands out there for very reasonable prices. We’ve heard of Apple fans using Samsung and others loving their non-name brand charger (like we do). You have to decide what works best for your phone. Just know that the Fast charging doesn’t always work with wireless chargers and Apple products.
Will it hurt my phone?
If you are buying a Qi standard product and it has great reviews, you should be fine. We don’t want to say it can’t happen, but we would say the same about any type of phone charging. We haven’t had any issues, but as always, do your research.
Do I have to lay my phone on the charger a certain way?
Yes, yes, and 10 times yes! This is the most important lesson we have learned. Most chargers will have a line or stand to help you align the charge, but always read the instructions and see how to align your phone. We also recommend checking it to make sure it’s charging. We’ve had some tell us it was charging because it was attached, but it wasn’t charging at the capacity it could have been.
What is “Fast Charging”?
To put it simply, it charges your phone, fast. I know, mind blowing. However, there are lots of details, pro’s and con’s involved. Apple products specifically require accessories to make this work, and the price can be hefty, however, it’s the safest way to assure your phone charges correctly. We’ve tried a few fast chargers without those accessories, and only the one mentioned above has been successful. However, most android phones with wireless capabilities work well with the fast chargers on the market at all price ranges.
Our friends at Digital Trends wrote an amazing article about this and the science behind it. If you want to learn more, visit the post here.
Do I need to charge with my case on?
We recommend this, although some Qi chargers have fabric on top which can help if you decide to go “commando”
What cases work with wireless charging?
Surprisingly, most cases do. One apple user reported they were able to charge through their Otterbox Defender Case, which is pretty impressive. We’ve personally used the Apple Leather case, and a bumper case with clear plastic backing.
Can I charge multiple devices at once?
It depends on the product. Read the fine print, it is possible, but there are a few different types of products out there, and each work with different alignment, capacity, etc.
What phones work with wireless charging?
What if I don’t have one of those phones but want to do wireless charging?
There are vendors out there who have created cases you can use that attach a Qi case to your phone and make it able to charge. Mophie, one of the bigger charging case brands, has a few cool products you can check out here. Although we haven’t tested out any amazon Qi Charging cases, we’ve found a few with great reviews at a decent price here for you.
Have more questions? We’ve got you covered.