Do you use wireless charging on a regular basis?

Do you use wireless charging on a regular basis?
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.

That's all fine and dandy, but, given that wireless charging is slower, and is just marginally less of a hassle than simply plugging in a cable into your phone's omni-directional charging port, we wanted to ask you how often do you actually charge your handset sans wires. Tell us in the poll below, and sound off why in the comments, so that we can gauge if the mass move to glass phones in order to facilitate wireless charging, has been worth all the cracked rears.

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%


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56 Comments

1. macawmatt

Posts: 142; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Besides does it run Android, does it have wireless charging is honestly one of my first questions when looking at a new phone. The ease of charging can't be beat.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iPhones too now have wireless charging and this poll is for both android and iOS users. So don't try to be an android fanboy here.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

He only states that he has two criteria for a phone, is it Android and does it have wireless charging. He doesn't imply iPhones don't have wireless charging.

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I do sometimes feel sorry for you. You know what you did to yourself by trying to 'not' be the fanboy? You ultimately became the fan boy.

2. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Only when my phone is wet. Cable charging is much faster on my s8+

41. Skizzo

Posts: 405; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

There is an excellent example of when wireless charging saved me. Went to charge my phone via wire once, as my phone was about to die, and "moisture detected in the charging port" pops up, not letting me charge my phone. I went to another room, and set it down on my wireless charger. Done.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, I use it ALL the time. Literally all the time because I believe in 40-80% battery theory. For those who are wondering; it's best to keep your battery's charge between 40 and 80% for maximum battery life. Normally, 40% charge is enough to get me through the day as I'm not a heavy user but sometimes I've to charge as many as THREE times a day and wireless charging provide great convenience in this regard. I shall NEVER buy a smartphone without this handy feature. Oh well, G'Day!

18. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I don't think I could live with that theory. I wire charge my Samsung Note 8 overnight and unplug it around 7 AM. It lasts me all day including 2-3 hours of streaming video using the DirecTV app. I then plug it in usually between 11-12 PM to charge it for the next day. To me wireless charging is not really wireless since I still have to plug a cable into the charging pad.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Agreed. It's not even a consideration for me when buying a phone. Battery size is more important to me. I charge overnight, start my day at 6am and it's back on the wired charger by 11pm or so with about 40% remaining and sot of 3-5 hours depending on how I've been using it.

57. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It's wireless because the phone is charging without a cord Isn't internet wireless? But the towers providing the signal are plugged into power though. Right? It is wireless. To say otherwise just sounds ignorant.

23. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I might have missed it, but what does keeping your battery 40-80% have to do with wireless charging?

27. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I guess his point is that under his theory many short charges are needed rather than one long charge a day so wireless is more convenient?

37. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Ahh ok

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Temperatures are higher with inductive (wireless) charging, and the slowest possible way to charge. More stress to the battery. It's a fast easy to degrade the battery. Why would I want that!

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You are right about the temperature, but slow charging is not stressing the battery at all. Quick charge does heat up the battery as well, that is why quick charging usually stops at 80%. Charging it to 100% every time is degrading the battery too.

10. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No. Trickle charging 10 to 20% at a time, and even reaching full charge reduces wear. The shallower the Depth of Discharge increases the more it extends the battery life's effectively by 100 times more.http://flic.kr/p/J9T9mh It means you could get your battery to last around the equivalent of 3,000+ full charging and discharge cycles! Information from Battery University Dotcom. Heat is the number one enemy. But, you can do a charge from 60 or 70% to 80%. I do it with a Zerolemon battery case, by turning it on when I need to trickle charge. My phone temperatures are below 35°C.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Trickle charging is actually bad for the battery, even battery university states this. Worst thing to do for a battery is discharging under 20 (especially to the 0 point) and charging it to 100% every single time. And yes heat is the number one enemy, so wireless charging and quick charging are the worst kind. But to not use them is also denying yourself a lot of ease of use.

39. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Did you read about Depth of Discharge? "A partial discharge reduces stress and prolongs battery life". Charging after 10% every time can give you an equivalent of some 3500+ life cycles instead of 300 to 500. Replenishing 25% would give you up to 2500 cycles equivalent. Not hard to interpret that.

54. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes but I think you have the wrong idea of what trickle charging actually is. It's keeping the device on the charger and discharging it a little then charging it again so it stays full. Which is a bad thing. Charging it 10 to 20% at a time (without exceeding the 80 - 90) is indeed a good thing and something I do on a regular basis (I keep it between 40 to 80, charging it multiple times a day)

55. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

That's what I do. I don't keep it full 100% (90% of time}. My wear is now 4%, which means it has 96% efficiency after 4 months of use. AccuBattery Pro app.

6. middlehead

Posts: 467; Member since: May 12, 2014

The move to glass phones has absolutely not been worth it. They should've stuck with plastic backs.

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

But plastic looks and feels cheap.

25. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If you use your phone naked you feel the plastic. But most people use cases and feel the cheap plastic of that.

47. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Agreed but plastic phones were perfectly capable of wireless charging IMO Lumias had the best body material ever

7. ONmyLvL_

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Newest Samsung charger is a perfect addition to anyone using a desk. This is ultimate scenario for wireless charging and the only time I am not using the cable to charge my s8+. With a desk full of sketches and stuff the last thing I want is another cord.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Wireless charging should come standard on all phones. Once you use it you don't want to go back to wired charging plus as an added benefit you put less stress on the charging port. I use it all the time on my S8 plus.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I honestly don't see the appeal of wireless charging. It;s slower and I don't find inserting a cable into my device to be all that difficult.

17. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. Never used it on any of the devices I owned that had it.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm a shift worker. Sometimes I get home at 4am.Idon't rant to wake the wife. Its so much easier to set the phone down on the pad next to the bed than to fumble for the cable, then try to line it up correctly and insert it, all in near pitch dark. I put my watch on its wireless base, the phone on its and climb into bed.

19. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Since you still have to plug a wire into the wireless charging pad the only real advantage I see is less wear on the phone jack.

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