Do you use wireless charging on a regular basis? (results)

Do you use wireless charging on a regular basis?

Yes
37.24%
I use it every now and then
12.41%
I don't use it at all
50.35%
We asked you last week how often do you actually charge your handset wirelessly, given that this is an increasingly common option that is now available on iPhones and Androids alike, but is slower compared to conventional cable charging, and requires an extra accessory. A lot of phone makers moved to glass bodies to facilitate wireless charging, and we wanted to gauge whether this has been worth all the cracked rears. 

It turns out that more than half of our 2433 respondents don't care at all about it, whether because they don't have it on their phones, or simply because they don't find it more convenient than taking a second to plug a cable in, and charge their phones much faster. A good, 37% number, however, say they use it very often, indicating a healthy amount of interest once you get used to that method, while 12% dabble in wireless charging every now and then. Given the cumulative number of people who eventually find it convenient, and the fact that those who never use it might not have the option on their phones, it seems that the move to glass backs rammed down our throats, may have been justified somewhat, after all.

With Powermat joining the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) juggernaut, and pushing an update to its legacy pads in Starbucks to make them compatible with Qi, there is now one wireless charging standard to rule them all, but do you use the wireless charging option on your phone at all? 

Needless to say, the wireless charging pioneer Powermat threw in the towel, as the last wireless charging holdout Apple went the way of Qi. Thus, Powermat obviously concluded that there is no point of being the odd one out, and it turned out the right move, as Apple sold 77 million iPhones just last quarter, and most of them were equipped with the Qi standard that has been used by Samsung, LG, and other mobile stalwarts for a long while already.

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11 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

As an LG phone owner, I do use wireless charging when I am not in hurry. If I am in hurry I connect it to a Quickcharger. I have that Ikea lamp with a built-in wireless pad.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I will when TRUE WIRELESS CHARGING is offered. One that works like BT or NFC. Onr that does not need any external cable.

4. DolmioMan

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Why does it need to be “true” wireless charging? Placing it on a mat to charge is still more convenient than plugging it in.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Actually, I find it’s quite the opposite. The biggest inconvenience is not being able to touch my phone while it’s charging. If you were still using micro USB I can see how it would be annoying but with lightning and Usb c it’s easy

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Depends how you use it I guess. Rarely will I finish a day with less than 60% charge because I have pads or cradles in my office, car and nightstand. If it's down, it's often charging. So I can grab and use it without worrying about it not charging.

10. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Why can't you touch it while it's charging? They sell some decent stands, ex:https://www.amazon.com/Turbot-Wireless-Charger-Charging-QI-Enabled/dp/B01EMWJ6Z6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1517939667&sr=8-3&keywords=qi+stand Just throw it on one of these things, put it near your keyboard or wherever it's convenient. Play games/text/read/whatever while it's wirelessly charging.

6. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Only when you leave the phone but if you still want to use it then it's not convenient at all. I use an s7e now and it gets hot on the wireless charging + i need to use my phone almost the whole time because of work so I'm not using it at all anymore. I think the battery degrades faster with wireless charging cause mine has within 3 months of use considerably less stamina. From 18% - 0% in 4 minutes of YouTube with low brightness -_-

3. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Every time I go to bed. Just set the phone down on the charger, done.

8. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Wireless is useless. 1 ur phone gets incredibly hot. 2. U cant use it while its charging. 3. Its slower then using the reg wire charge. 4. Means the phone has to have a glass back as of these days. Which means ur phone is now in a thin case 24/7. And i hate cases.

9. rawlgnd19

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

They should have added and option of "My phone doesn't offer wireless charging". All those No's make me thing half of them do not even have wireless charging.

11. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I have a wireless charger. I use it a lot, as a coaster for my hot drinks and it also holds up as a pretty good frisbee

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