Everything Wrong With Wireless Chargers | Untangled

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Wireless charging sounds great, right? Just plop your phone on a stand, a pad, or even furniture with
built-in wireless charging, and voila, it starts charging. No cables, no fuss. Even though most newer phones
have wireless charging, one research report showed
that only 29% of people use it. Why hasn’t it taken off? Well first of all, you need
a phone or a phone case that’s capable of wireless charging, and not everyone has one. Qi is the standard for
almost all wireless chargers. Phones that support Qi
are mainly newer phones from Apple, Samsung, Google, and LG. Secondly, wireless chargers
are slower than wired chargers. The thing about wireless
charging is it uses something called electromagnetic induction, basically transferring
energy from one place, like your charging mat, for example, to another, your phone. Wireless charging uses two physical coils. The induction coil in the charger and the receiver coil in the phone. If you don’t align the two
coils on top of each other, your device won’t charge correctly. This method of charging is slower than plugging your phone
straight into an outlet, which lets the power flow from the outlet through the wired charger to your phone. Most wired chargers have a rating of at least 12 watts, while
most wireless chargers only reach about 7.5 or 10 watts. Basically, the smaller the number, the longer it’ll take
to charge your phone. And if you have a case for your phone, it’ll charge even slower, or
might not even work at all. Some wireless chargers do
have a fast-charge mode, but it’ll only work with phones from the same manufacturer. So a Google Qi charger might fast-charge a
Pixel but not a Galaxy. Yes, if you’re not looking
for a fast charger, or if you’re only charging
your phone at night while you sleep, then a wireless
charger could work for you. But for the most part,
you can’t use your phone while it charges wirelessly. If you take your phone
off the wireless charger to do anything, it’ll stop charging. You can’t text comfortably without lifting your
phone off the charger, you can’t sit on the couch
and scroll through Instagram, and you can’t even take
a phone call properly. But with a cord, you
can do all those tasks while staying plugged in. Also, these wireless chargers
are technically not wireless. They still have to be
plugged into an outlet. The only wireless part about it is eliminating the wire between
your phone and the charger. The price of these
chargers is another issue. The more affordable chargers
range from $15 to $30, while the fancier ones cost
anywhere from $60 to $100. But it doesn’t look like wireless charging is disappearing anytime soon. One report is expecting that by 2023, there will be a cumulative shipment of 2.7 billion wireless chargers and 6 billion devices with
wireless charging capabilities. But for wireless charging
to become the norm, companies will need to figure out ways to make it more practical
and frictionless. Companies like Pi, Energous,
and Ossia are getting there with their truly wireless
charging products. They claim that their products can charge multiple devices wirelessly
when you bring them within a short range, kind
of like how WiFi works. Basically, if you hold or place your wireless charging phone, tablet, and headphones around
the wireless charger, it’ll begin to charge your devices, which sounds pretty cool
and is a great step forward. But the thing is, none of these companies have released their product yet. It’s just all talk. Just like Apple with their AirPower. So, I’ll believe it when I’m
scrolling through Instagram on my couch while truly
charging my phone wirelessly.

 

100 Responses

  1. Tech Insider

    May 20, 2019 9:11 pm

    What tech companies, issues, or stories do you want to see us cover next? Let us know in the comments below!

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  2. Mason Hunt

    September 9, 2019 5:31 pm

    I got a wireless charger because the cords keep breaking or stop working AND my iPhone 7 eventually started to stop working on the plug in part. So instead of paying to get my charging port repaired and etc if this happens again, I just went ahead and got the wireless charger

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  3. Lord Vader

    September 10, 2019 12:28 pm

    Go for Magnetic charging wire
    Better than these wireless charging Stands, cant talk on phone whike ut charges or use it comfortably
    https://youtu.be/kLxqxKVP2Fo

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  4. Prince Risen

    September 12, 2019 9:27 am

    Pretty sure in the future they will remove the charging port to wireless charging entirely in order to improve Water Resistance.

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  5. Tj H

    September 15, 2019 12:11 pm

    "wireless" is a bit of a misnomer isn't it? you still NEED wires: you still need to plug the charger into the wall. Talk to me when we can deliver power wirelessly from the wall like something out of Tesla's dreams.

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  6. Alexander Mason

    September 17, 2019 9:23 am

    Samsung has had wireless charging for a few years now unlike apple and other brands. Get it right whatever channel this is.

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  7. Alexander Mason

    September 17, 2019 9:28 am

    “ fast charging mode“ this lady clearly has no idea what she’s talking about. The more watts the charger has the faster the charging will be so if you get a fast wireless charger for example a 15 W wireless charger and you have an iPhone XS max which wirelessly charges at a maximum of five watts, it will charge slow. But if I use a Samsung galaxy S 10 that can charge at 15 watch it will charge just as fast on that same charger as any other 15 watch charging phone. It’s not about some mode or settings option.

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  8. mamamia88

    September 22, 2019 8:08 pm

    Come get me when I can get my phone to charge wireless anytime it's on my bed. I always browse Reddit in bed before bed then just wake up and plug it into a fast charger while I'm in the shower or getting ready to go.

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  9. jimv1983

    September 29, 2019 12:47 am

    "only charging your phone at night when you sleep"

    That's literally the worst thing you can do to your phone's battery. That is true with wired and wireless charging but ESPECIALLY with wireless charging.

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  10. eastern2western

    October 2, 2019 4:20 am

    Electricity needs metal to travel. Thus wireless charging does not exist because they all need cables.

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  11. laissez-faire Sith Lord Starkiller Base 3.

    October 8, 2019 5:26 am

    Phone chargers are f**** gay if you don't plug it in all the way they don't charge.

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  12. Mohamadtheboss 302

    October 10, 2019 3:10 am

    But you have two ways of charging the phone and you don't use the charging port as much so you don't have to worry about it getting worn out

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  13. Victor Ryan

    October 13, 2019 12:42 pm

    I actually like the 5w charger Apple has always given because it’s perfect for charging the phone overnight without killing the battery health like a fast charger would. But I still do fast charge during the day sometimes

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  14. TeslaKaniv

    October 15, 2019 2:05 am

    Long time Qi charger user here. Only 0:35 is the problem. 0:42 Not a problem because the phone spends most of it's time charging. 1:04 is just false and magnetic clips for alignment exist. 1:59 Not a problem because the phone is always close to full when you pick it up for a call or something. 2:22 Not a problem because the wire to the pad does not need to be reconnected often and is neatly tucked away.

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  15. RemingtoN1981

    October 17, 2019 3:32 am

    This whole channel is just bashing innovative products. Of course you’re not going to be able to scroll through insta while your phone is laying on a wireless charger, if that is your worrie with wireless charging, just use the charger that comes in the box. Wireless charging is for people who need to set their phone down and not have to worrie about faulty chargers. Stop doing this because you are pointing out the obvious

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  16. Nick De Las Alas

    October 18, 2019 5:31 pm

    I’ve been using a wireless charger since the iPhone 8 Plus, now I’m using it with the 11 pro max. It’s really not that hard to use if it’s a daily thing

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  17. Cool Jazz

    October 19, 2019 9:15 pm

    Wireless charging is all about convenience. People who use both Androids and iPhones can use a single charger.

    Charging speeds aren't as fast as wired chargers, but fast charging isn't something you should use unless you're in ahurry to top up. It's bad for the bettery health as it stresses the battery too much.

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  18. abhijeet balsaraf

    October 20, 2019 12:30 am

    It's so funny that she took all names except Huawei, which has fastest wireless charging and charger till date. It is on par with Apple's latest wired charging😂😂

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  19. Scott Michael

    October 21, 2019 10:19 pm

    Not to mention the vampire draw running one's utility bills up as it continuously exhibits energy when not in use

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  20. MuhLazer

    October 23, 2019 4:06 am

    Note 10 + owner here. Went to best buy one day to see if they had a longer charger cable for sale. Saw 2 different wireless charging pads. Both were from Qi certified and Samsung manufactured. The cheaper one I bought was $39 since it had a sale discount of 11 so it would've been 50.. while the other was bigger but more expensive but offered idk anything better but being bigger?? Both had fast charging options so I went with the cheaper one. What I didn't know was that the wireless charging pad offers not only a lil longer cable than the one that comes with the phone but a wall charger adapter (adaptive fast charger) and a cable that's USB to USB-C that u can plug into a computer for example. The one that comes with the phone is basically one charging cable since u can't disconnect the cable from the adapter so all in all, your basically getting 3 values for one price with the wireless charging.

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  21. alex wileman

    October 23, 2019 11:53 pm

    I wireless charge regularly during the day.
    Not usually for long between pickups but it keeps the battery at a good level all day.

    One major benefit of wireless charging is you don't ware out your physical charge port. It could save a costly repair.

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  22. Marcos Freire

    October 24, 2019 5:24 am

    You 👏🏽 should 👏🏽 not 👏🏽 use 👏🏽 your 👏🏽 phone 👏🏽 while 👏🏽 charging 👏🏽

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  23. Abraham Tehrani

    October 26, 2019 7:22 am

    I have been using wireless charging since 2012 and it is super convenient. Even my cars now have it integrated. The issues mentioned here are extremely minor and more nitpicking.

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  24. Erwinjitsu _

    October 26, 2019 6:27 pm

    The idea of wireless charging after all isn't any of these points.

    You can place your phone and you don't have to plug-in a charger cable. You don't need to think of the cable, is it Usb-C, lightning or regular micro-usb. The port the phone has doesn't have wear out of you putting in charger cable and taking it off. Also bent cables are no more as there is literally no cable to bend.

    Wireless charger makes things much easier even tho it's slower than traditional wired charging.

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  25. Dian Dakov

    October 28, 2019 3:33 pm

    wireless charging is slower than wired yes but it is better for your battery health, don't forget that as faster you charge the battery of your phone as faster it gets damaged! Yes, I cannot really use my phone on the wireless charging pad but thats a great opportunity to reduce my time on the phone! Staying away from your phone is good for you! Its a matter of personal choice and wise at the end of the day

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  26. im just a gamer

    October 29, 2019 12:22 am

    You shouldn't even be on your phone while its chargin this is why so many people complain about battery life

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  27. -PARADOX-

    October 31, 2019 9:27 pm

    It's pathetic trying to charge a phone by placing it on wireless charger. Might as well just plug it directly to the cord.

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  28. m0rtallyw0unded

    October 31, 2019 11:40 pm

    If your charging port broken, wireless will allow you to use your phone I stead of having to buy a new phone or pay for repairs.

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  29. PassionateTechnology

    November 1, 2019 1:26 am

    Um. She does know that you can quick charge devices regardless of who the manufacturer is doesn't she? Also, wireless chargers are super useful in situations where one person has an iPhone and another has an android. They are good for quick passive chargers as you go about your day. I find them really useful in and on the nightstands, coffee table, or around the house.

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  30. Alex

    November 2, 2019 10:22 am

    1) slow charger is better for longer battery life
    2) increasing availability of wireless charging everyone reduces fast charging.

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  31. Alexander Tang Qiye

    November 2, 2019 10:51 am

    If there's a frequency of distance such as the distance between the phone and the user in combination with the length of distance of the wirless charger and the user, it might be good too

    Much more like a wifi modem, but it's a wireless charger similar to a WiFi modem device

    Considering latency network and the amount of users using it, it might be a much better product

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  32. Kyle Langley

    November 6, 2019 6:59 am

    I see a world of wireless charging cars in a parking lot. Not for my phone.
    I just fast charge my Note 10+ in an hour every morning. Why buy a slow wireless charger when the fast charger came in the box?

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  33. Kal Jak

    November 11, 2019 3:17 pm

    qi charger Incipio Ghost is 15W that's fast charge., if it's slightly slower its better for battery. Most charger base use your ph power supply, Incipio Ghost comes with it's own, NOT yours. For a "regulation fast charge" BEST of all worlds and since it's a 2018 item it's sometimes discounted. I bought the small incipio $20 on sale , fantastic and fits the Echo/Alexa esthetic. I've tried every phone from iPhone to samsung to LG and the ones with qi built in work fantastic . Its 39.99 at Walmart.com

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  34. BenjaminLee2009

    November 13, 2019 7:58 am

    Wireless chargers are just bad.
    1. They don't come in the box for free
    2. Which means we have to buy it (extra money needed), and the good ones don't come cheap
    3. You can't text someone or scroll through social media while wirelessly charging your phone
    4. Generally, they're slower than wired charging

    Name me at least 1 positive thing about wireless chargers and then I may consider switching.

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  35. ArcaneII 707

    November 15, 2019 10:18 am

    The only thing matters is the position you gonna play it
    Wireless charge people: idle charging waiting for full
    Wire chargers: I can play while charging
    Gamers should understand it!

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  36. Tyson Coote

    November 17, 2019 9:45 am

    "Wireless charging" The wireless charging that "Nikola" Tesla originally invented was shut down due to that the electricity could not be measured and billed for on the end machine/device. Now that "Elon musks" Tesla EV's are all connected by 4G/WIFI and GPS can't they now charge via ionosphere charging with secure password encryption?

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  37. 95thRiflesOCI

    November 20, 2019 12:03 am

    Video should be updated: Samsung fast wireless charging is 15W now. Before was 12W 9W and 7.5W. Standard wireless charging is 5W or less. For comparison most fast wired charging is 15W (samsung adaptive fast charge) and the new fast chargers are 25W+ .

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  38. Macauley Mills

    November 25, 2019 7:08 am

    See a few of these videos but finally found the right one.
    Did you know wirless charging came out 119 years ago if you don't believe me watch https://youtu.be/oveNsd4c8Is

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  39. Arindam Awasthi

    November 29, 2019 12:18 am

    This reminds me of solar energy, like how it seemed like such a great option, but sadly as it was a rather new technology, it wasn't too capable in comparison to other methods of energy generation, just like the wireless chargers…The biggest problem with solar energy is the cost being really high while the output being really low (just like the wireless chargers)…so even though this technology already kinda exists, companies dont really care about them because other methods are way cheaper and way more productive in comparison, and you might know that big companies will always take the 'financially practical' route..the only hope is if theyre able to increase its output and decrease its cost, people might consider going for it, thats what happened with electric cars, initially people didnt really care about them because they were pretty 'weak' and slow, but with ever improving technology, its become a pretty worthwhile option for consideration, and to be honest wireless charging feels more like a gimmick to me at this stage rather than being a superior substitute or the next big step towards the charging technology thatll change everything, like bluetooth, amoled screens, etc.. oh well, lets see what the future holds for us and this technology.. Time will tell…

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  40. HaaaNoooooo

    December 1, 2019 1:40 am

    The only two is: They aren't wireless and you can't use them whilst charging. These are plastic lazy human non-biodigradable garbage. You can get 15 watt versions of garbage.

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  41. Simple Brian

    December 3, 2019 10:08 am

    Wireless charging is just wired charging with more steps.

    Instead of an electronic brick with a wire attached, it's now a double electronic brick with a wire attached.

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