In a previous post (read it here), we explored the history, proliferation, and function of inductive (or wireless) charging. The most common wireless charging standard for consumer electronics is known as “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Some popular smartphones and tablets now come equipped with a Qi receiver built-in to the device, allowing you to charge the device without cables. Some of these popular devices include Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S7, Note 5 and Motorola’s Moto 360. Nokia made a splash when it introduced Qi-enabled Lumia Smartphones way back in 2012, before any other brand, but the cutting edge technology wasn’t enough to save the Lumia line from the unpopular Windows Phone platform. So, what about iPhone owners?
Despite being the most lauded smartphone on the market since its launch in 2007, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models still do not have Qi capabilities out of the box. This doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to wired-only charging. You can now take your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and provide it with Qi charging capability using a sleek case that features a built-in Qi receiver.
Here’s how it works:
The case is designed to match the elegance and style of your iPhone 6/6 Plus. Like many cases, it features flexible TPU plastic to provide shock absorption while retaining a high-quality feel without adding bulk. Within the back of the ultra-slim case resides a Qi receiver coil. You simply place your iPhone into the case with the Lightning connector sticking freely out from the bottom. Once the phone has been fully fitted with the case, just insert the Lightning plug into the Lightning port of your iPhone. The metal Lightning connector will sit flush with the bottom of your phone. Once this is done, you are ready to begin charging. Just place your iPhone on any Qi-compliant charging pad, and charging will begin automatically. This Qi Receiver Case charges at up to 1A speeds with the appropriate charging pad (such as the MobilePal 3-Coil Qi Charging Pad). This speed is equivalent to the charging speed achieved with the Apple Lightning Cable and Power Brick that comes with the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, and is a big step up from the much slower charging speeds of 500-750mA for many competing cases and/or charging pads.
Convenience is not the only benefit to wireless charging. An often overlooked source of damage to your smartphone is the charging port. The reason is pretty simple: wear and tear from constantly inserting and removing a charging cable eventually takes its toll on the charging port. Whether it is an Apple Lightning port or a simple Micro-USB, the problem is the same. Sometimes, it isn’t repeated use that can damage your phone. We’ve all grabbed a phone we forgot was plugged in, only to rip the charging cable violently from either the phone or charger. It takes just one of these moments of forgetfulness to do costly damage to your phone, charger, or both.
Don’t let this happen to you!
There are other reasons to go wireless as well. Some iPhone owners have reported corrosion on the Lightning Cable that came with their phone, rendering the cable useless and posing the risk of internal damage to the phone. In fact, an article from July 2015 published by Observer.com (a highly respected news, arts, and technology website) illustrates how far this problem stretches, with reports from many iPhone owners and technophiles regarding the issue. The article (which can be read HERE) suggests using a different brand of Lightning Cable. We have a better idea: don’t use the Lightning Cable at all; Go wireless.