Which charging method do you use more often: cable or wireless?

Which charging method do you use more often: cable or wireless?
So, wireless charging has pretty much become standard nowadays. With all major flagships sporting a glass back with some coils underneath, from your Apples to your Sonys, you can pretty much lay any handset on a Qi mat and get that sweet charging icon.

But wired charging is not obsolete just yet, oh no. Various manufacturers have been implementing Fast Charge technologies to their phones and power bricks, allowing the handsets to hit 50% of charge in minutes, and a full charge in an hour and a half (on average). All the while, wireless charging is still slower than even a non-Fast charger, and it tends to warm up your phone more than you might like.

What wireless charging has going for it is that you can basically set your phone down on a mat and pick it up multiple times throughout the workday, as you need it. Once 5:30 pm rolls about, your device's charge will likely still be north of 90%, meaning you can spend the evening without charging it and still get that reliable alarm to ring in the morning. So... why even bother with cables?

Well, you tell us — looking back on the past months, what would you say was your main method of charging your phone?

What do you use most often? Wireless or good old wired?

Wireless! This is the future!
29.53%
I still prefer cable as my main charging option.
70.47%

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35 Comments

1. warrenellis93

Posts: 557; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I prefer cable because a lot of the time i use my phone while its charging

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4318; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I prefer to use mine while charging too but I use wireless almost exclusively and can still use my device.

27. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I had been exclusively using wireless charging with my S6 but now that I've an iPhone 7; my only option is wired charging, sadly! My poor wireless charger is sitting like a sad puppy on my bedside table; longing for love... I really should've gone with The iPhone 8. Oh well, G'Day!

28. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I had been exclusively using wireless charging with my S6 but now that I've an iPhone 7; my only option is wired charging, sadly! My poor wireless charger is sitting like a sad puppy on my bedside table; longing for love... I really should've gone with The iPhone 8. Oh well, G'Day!

30. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I had been exclusively using wireless charging with my S6 but now that I've an iPhone 7; my only option is wired charging, sadly! My poor wireless charger is sitting like a sad puppy on my bedside table; looking and longing for love... I really should've gone with The iPhone 8. Oh well, G'Day!

2. dynamite

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Using Samsung wireless charging for about a half of year. For me its a great feature to have!

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

All wireless, unless I'm in the car.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Had wireless, didn't like the extra heat generated. Wired since then.

5. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why not both? Before I got my P20 Pro, I would use wireless charging at night and cable charging if I need to charge my phone during the day. I'll be going back to that setup once the Mate 20 Pro gets released.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree I do both

13. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I do both as well.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Cable... I have used wireless charging in the past and of course, it has come a long way, but it's still slow, inefficient & heats up the battery (which is bad). Not to mention you can't really use the device when it's charging wirelessly.

7. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You will find majority users of wireless charging from Samsung's stable. And that is because they are still stuck on outdated QC 2 standard. They don't even have an idea what's decent wired charging is like. Those who are accustomed to speeds of DASH, VOOC, SuperVOOC, Huawei SuperCharge and Qualcomm QC 4/4+ are never going to prefer Wireless charging. As for the point that with wireless charger phone can be picked multiple times a day, that can be done with wired chargers too! You know they have cables that can extend quite a bit? Moreover, unlike wireless, wired charging method still keeps charging the phone even when it's being used! I see absolutely no benefit of wireless chargers as of now. It is just a novelty feature that helps manufacturers look different and justify $800/$1000+ for their phones

11. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I've used wireless charging since the Verizon version of the LG G2, which came out like 4 or 5 years ago. What I've found is it's great for overnight charging but stupid for even an emergency charge because of how slow it is, even with the newer stuff.

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

This is how it should be, Wireless as primary charging, Cable to quick charge in case of emergency

9. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Have the Huawei Mate 10 Pro so have no choice, plug in only, but did use Wireless on my dead Samsung s7 edge.

10. macawmatt

Posts: 142; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I can really understand that this could depend on what you do for a living. I'm 75% at or near a desk, so having it propped up on my wireless charger is awesome, and I can grab it without thought when I step away.

12. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Wireless on my nightstand

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Buyers of the XS and XS Max would like to vote for a cable charger but due to unforeseen issues, have to resort to wireless charging

16. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

I have been using only wireless charging for over a year now and I love it.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4318; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'm essentially wireless only. The chargers I use still allow me to use my device when needed. I don't worry about needing a top up because I have wireless chargers everywhere so my battery isn't typically lower than 50 percent

19. gamehead unregistered

I use wired but want to use wireless in the future

20. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wired is always the way for me. I might think differently if I had a car that supports wireless charging.

21. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Wireless for me. Never had a heat issue. I have two wireless chargers and my phones are usually on them, so I don't have to worry about needing fast charging. One plus to wireless charging is that it reduces the wear-and-tear on the data ports.

22. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Old school.

23. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1276; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I am using Lenovo P2 for second year. It has a huge 5100mAh battery, but no wireless charging support. But it has super fast charging and great battery life. It charges from 20 to 100% in 1.5 hours and last for 2 days. So I charge it during lunch break every ALTERNATE day. So far battery life has NOT degraded at all.

24. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Bedside I’m all wireless as it’s the easiest way to charge my phone. At work and in the car wired.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Even though Samsung does offer fast charging with their wireless charging accessories, it's still a bit slower vs using the cord. I also notice while charging, wireless charging heats up the device a bit more because of the coil, which is why it has a tiny fan inside. Wired charging I think can never be replaced because it would take away speed an convenience of charging while on the go. No one wants to carry an wireless charger around

26. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Which one I prefer or which one I use it is 2 different thing!

29. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I had been exclusively using wireless charging with my S6 but now that I've an iPhone 7; my only option is wired charging, sadly! My poor wireless charger is sitting like a sad puppy on my bedside table; longing for love... I really should've gone with The iPhone 8. Oh well, G'Day!

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