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A Beginner’s Guide To Wireless Charging

If you've ever untangled a knot of wires and cords or struggled to find the cable to charge your device, then you understand the appeal of wireless charging.

While older smartphones have to be connected to the charger with a cable, new smartphones have started to charge wirelessly. All you have to do is place the device on a suitable charging station.

There are various reasons why one should include wireless charging into their list of needs-  the obvious one being that you no longer have to plug in your device or worry about plug compatibility issues. Other than that, wireless charging is also safer since there is no contact with exposed electrical connectors. It enables you to quickly charge your devices on the go. You can also charge multiple devices without having to untangle charging cables.

So, how does wireless charging work? 

Contrary to its description, wireless charging does not work completely without cables: charging stations are still connected to the socket via a cable and remain connected constantly. However, the smartphone charges wirelessly.

Wireless charging works on the principle of electromagnetic induction. Coils of wire in the charging station create a magnetic field as the current passes through them. This field can induce an electrical current in an adjacent coil of wire without actually touching it.

When a smartphone is within this magnetic field, it is being charged.

Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) charging is the dominant standard for wireless charging. Most smartphones that offer wireless charging conform to this standard. This makes it easier for the consumers because they don’t have to worry about buying different wireless chargers for different brands. 

The advantage of wireless charging is that it’s quicker and easier, as you don’t have to plug and unplug each time – you just place your device on top and when you need it, pick it up and it's fully charged. It also looks neater. 

It puts less strain on the charging socket as it is no longer used as often as before, and as a result, suffers from less wear and tear.

Speed is however one of the main downsides of wireless charging, as it’s not as fast as the fastest wired solutions. In addition to that, if you've got your phone charging via a cable, you can still hold it and use it normally (even though it’s not recommended doing so). If you take your phone off a wireless charging pad to use it, it stops charging.

With Beam X, you can charge your QI enabled devices horizontally or vertically with dual coil adaptive charging. Certified by the Wireless Power Consortium, Beam X protects your expensive devices against excessive current, over-voltage, short-circuit, overheating and overcharging.

With the increase in fast charging options, acceptance among users towards wireless charging will also continue to grow. Beginning with some smartphones, wireless charging will slowly be adapted by various brands. It also won’t just be restricted to smartphones but slowly extend to a range of other devices. 

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