Wednesday, November 1, 2017

iPhone 8 and iPhone X: frequently asked questions about wireless charging


Think of Nikola Tesla. An inventor and scientist with legendary status, who established the fundamentals of electricity, including how energy arrives at your home at this time. He also explored the potential of wireless energy transfer, dreaming of a world where power is available to all, wirelessly and without cost.
Unfortunately, his ambitious idea did not materialize, but the principles that underpin Tesla's wireless power distribution system are in use a century later on all phones that support wireless charging, for example.
And now you can add the iPhone 8, iPhone Plus 8, and iPhone X to the list, all of them compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard for comfort and style. But, at the same time, this technology has its limitations .
There is a clear benefit to wireless charging on your iPhone, it is more convenient since you do not have to deal with cables . You just have to place the phone on a charging platform, either on a table next to your bed or on the desk in the office, and let the technology take care of the rest. As an additional benefit, the wear on the Lightning connector and the cables , which are so famous at Apple for being short-lived is reduced .
Wireless charging is also available in some public places such as restaurants, coffee shops and airports . It is true that the number of places that offer this comfort is small, but we assume that it will increase. Apple now has three models with this type of load and that must have its answer.
Many automakers are also including wireless chargers in their latest models. These include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Citroen, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Some models of American vehicles such as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and can also charge the iPhone 8 wirelessly . Although there is a disclaimer: some vehicles may not be able to adapt to an iPhone 8 Plus on its charging platform.

What are the disadvantages and limitations of wireless charging?

Unfortunately, there are a number of disadvantages. One is that a wireless charging platform has an extra cost: Belkin and Mophie are around 60 euros, while Apple's official AirPower mat will probably cost more, since it is larger and can charge several devices simultaneously.
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Another drawback is that while charging wirelessly you can not do more . How do you do it with a game or watch a video while it is on the loading platform? That would be complicated.
In addition to that, some covers that are too thick or contain metallic elements can interfere with the charging process. Credit cards, RFID tags and other metallic objects should not be placed between the iPhone and the charging platform. In addition, the iPhone has to be perfectly focused on its charging platform to absorb the greatest amount of energy . If it slips, after an incoming notification causes it to vibrate and move, the charging process may slow down or stop altogether.
Also keep in mind that a wireless charging platform is not a cable replacement . It will not allow you to copy files from the iPhone to a computer although it is capable of feeding a loading platform from the USB port of a computer.

Is the wireless charge slow?

At this time, charging an iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus wirelessly requires a little more time than using a normal 5-watt charger. There are a few minutes of difference .
At some point in the future, and hopefully soon, a software update will allow wireless charging of up to 7.5 watts, which would be an improvement. However, it would be to get the iPhone very far from the 15 watts of other phones, such as the Galaxy Note 8 . For now, the fastest way to charge an iPhone is still to buy a USB-C with Lightning end, along with a USB-C wall charger .

Can the battery charge an iPhone charge wirelessly?

In theory it does have the potential to do so. Wireless charging generates additional heat, and exposure to heat reduces the life of a battery. This is the reality of all the phones that support wireless charging. But in practice charging your new iPhone wirelessly willprobably not cause any harm other than the use of its standard charger . As Apple explains, the iPhone 8 software will detect if your battery is too hot, in which case the charging process will stop until it cools down.

Should I charge my iPhone wirelessly?

There is no denying that wireless charging is convenient. You just have to place your iPhone on the loading platform and let everything flow . It is very convenient to have a wireless charger in the office or on your bedside table. If you agree with the limitations outlined above, then do not hesitate to get on the wireless technology car.
Of course, never get rid of your standard wall charger because they still have a lot of life and in certain circumstances you will come well.
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