5 Myths About Wireless Charging Pads
A Qi wireless chargers is an electronic gadget to have around, especially for the busy bee that needs a convenient method of charging their smart phone without being tied down by a cable connection.
There are, however, quite a few misconceptions about wireless Qi charging pads floating around out there. Some have a grain of truth to them, while some are outright false from the get-go. So what’s true and what’s not when it comes to Qi wireless charging pads?
Myth 1: Wireless Charging Can Harm People Through Radiation
Direct exposure to electromagnetic (EM) radiation can be harmful to the body in the long term, though that harm is all but eliminated if the coils of the charger and the receiving devices are properly shielded. This radiation is also only generated when the wireless charge pad is actively being used, and the inductive standards used by the creators of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for Qi result in negligibly low levels of EM radiation. In short, quality Qi charging pads certified by the WPC don’t pose any real danger to the human body if used properly.
Myth 2: Wireless Chargers Will Damage Your Device Or Its Battery
Not if you use a Qi wireless charging pad properly. Excessive heat is the most common cause of reduced battery life spans, and modern wireless chargers generate significantly less heat than their older counterparts. Although it is possible to damage both the device and the battery if you use a fake or extremely low-quality charger. These chargers do not go through rigorous quality control measures, so there’s no guarantee they will work as they should. Also, wireless charging could create enough heat to damage both device and battery if it is not properly ventilated. Wirelessly charging your iPhone in a tight space and preventing air from carrying away the heat is not recommended.
Myth 3: All Unofficial Wireless Chargers Are Cheap And Defective
There is a big difference between unofficial third-party chargers and fake chargers made by crooks with no concern for quality control. A certified Qi wireless charging pad sourced from a reliable retailer or wholesaler is often better and safer than one you bought off a sketchy retailer on eBay that doesn’t talk about his or her sources. This is why it is very important to verify your sources before committing to a purchase. The effort will go a long way to giving you peace of mind.
Myth 4: Leaving Your Phone Turned On While Wirelessly Charging Will Damage Your Phone
Just because you leave your phone on while wirelessly charging it will not automatically result in damage. The only real risk here is when your phone heats up to the point that its battery starts to get damaged — which is relevant since Qi wireless charging pads generate still generate some heat. Using older charging pads that generate more heat, running graphics-intensive applications that cause your phone to heat up and carelessly letting heat to build up without proper ventilation will all generate enough heat to potentially damage your phone. But simply leaving your phone on to receive messages and play music while the screen is off? No, the risk of damage is non-existent.
Myth 5: Wireless Charging Will Never Work With Older Phones
Two words: add-ons. Third-party wireless power receivers can be attached to the contact points or charging port of your phone’s battery. The receivers will then channel power from the wireless phone charger to your gadget’s battery. All you need to do is find a wireless receiver that is compatible with your device’s battery and then follow the instructions to install it on your phone. This is how you can get older Android, iOS or Windows devices to be compatible with Qi wireless charging pads.
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