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Wireless Charging vs. Wired Charging

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Increasing smartphone capacity and usage is creeping into our everyday lives, but with it comes shorter battery lives… alongside an ever-shortening tolerance for lack of phone access.

We just can’t seem to get stuff done without a device on-hand. Libraries, fast food joints and airports all now offer charging facilities so that we don’t run low; but what’s the difference between those that actually plug into your handset, and those that don’t?

How do chargers actually work?

Wireless chargers can come in the form of charging cases, docks, or pads. These can be single-use or rechargeable, and the charging is inductive; meaning an electrical current is passed between two coils (one in your phone, one in the charger) to create an electromagnetic field.

Wired chargers are an easier-to-understand solution, literally using electricity to re-charge a battery once plugged in.

Most phones can manage both – even if it isn’t a model that can be wirelessly charged, adaptors are available for a wide range of models.

Which is easier to use?

The darting around behind the sofa to find a spare plug socket can be tricky, but a wired charging cable does have advantages over wireless docks and pads if you want to continue using your device as it charges – as once you pick up or move a phone from a dock or pad, the connection breaks, and the charging stops.

You also need to make sure that wireless chargers are already charged before they can charge your device, but of course for the mains, you just plug in and go.

What’s best for my phone model?

For Samsungs, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the Note, J5, J3 and A5, charging pads and docks are available, as well some pretty heavy-duty cases that charge on the move (don’t forget to pick up a screen protector for full protection coverage!).

Charging cases are currently best for you if you have an iPhone, Nokia Lumia or Huawei Mate 9.

Those with a Sony Xperia (m5/x/z3/z5/XA/X/Xz), Google Pixel (or Google Pixel XL) or Moto G4 have ‘Qi’ enabled phones. This means they’re accredited by the Wireless Power Consortium and can all use the Noosy Universal pad.

Is wired charging quicker?

It depends on your phone and the charger. Lots of Android phones now have ultra-fast wired charging, so it’ll take about half an hour to replenish your battery back to 100%. However, faster wireless solutions are being worked on for Samsung and LG models, so watch this space for updates there. Technology seems to allow 0-50% of a charge in about 30 mins, so wireless charging isn’t far off already.

What will you choose? It’s all down to your individual preferences, but worth trying both and finding out which you like best. 

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