Tech companies like Apple, Samsung and LG are some of the companies that aims to provide users with the perfect gadget. One thing that's becoming mainstream is the use of wireless charging. But did you know that it is way older than you think?
It all started when Michael Faraday discovered Induction way back in 1831. It all works when an electrical current creates a magnetic field which then converts into voltage. Thus, creating the “wireless charging” concept. Some of you may asked, Is it really convenient to use it? Below are some Pros and Cons in using the wireless charging technology.
What are the advantages of using wireless charging tech?
Each year, there are billions of disposable batteries that are created that contributes toxic materials to landfills. Wireless charging emits less CO2 emissions when compared to traditional batteries. This is because wireless charging pads doesn't use toxic materials and metals that will be discarded and degraded into landfills. Additionally, having wireless power means people will more likely stop creating and manufacturing batteries that will greatly help in reducing lead and acid into soil making it more beneficial to plants that gives off oxygen. Wireless charging not only helps in reducing wastes, it also helps in promoting healthy living environment for its users.
QI Standard and Convenience
There are numbers of emergent tech companies out there that developed Wireless Power Consortium, a cooperation of worldwide companies that aims to create a standard form that will operate worldwide. “Qi” comes from the Chinese concept of energy flow. It was developed with the goal of having a worldwide QI hotspots that aims to provide users with convenience when they charge their mobile devices. Another thing to take into account is the cost. Every year, Battery manufacturers and companies are spending billions of dollars to create and market their batteries. By minimizing the use of traditional batteries, companies and users alike will be saving huge amount of money. Another thing is that wireless charging is more robust in terms of charging capabilities.
Things to Consider
Wireless Chargers needs to be close enough for your gadgets or appliances to work. You need to be literally a few-inches away from it. Added the fact that you cannot use your phone while charging, it’s really a nuisance to use. Good thing Strike offers a way to maximize the use of your cradle by holding your phone into place combined with hands-free solutions for your smartphone.
Another thing to add up is the energy loss in the transfer. According to a study, around 10%-15% energy are lost in the process making it a little inconvenient to users. It slows down the charging process due to the loss. Efficiency, was also reduced in comparison to direct contact.
Worst, is the coil itself. Manufacturers need high-grade copper materials for it to be conductive. As time passed by, copper gradually degrades losing its effectiveness.
Now this may seems a lot to take in, but the overall concept, effects, and use are more than enough to beat all the negative consequences.
The Strike Alpha Cradle
With the recent release of iPhone 6 phone specific cradles, Strike had released its newest addition to its massive range of phone specific cradles. Strike Alpha Cradles with wireless charging capabilities, saves you the time of cleaning up the messy wires. Since it uses hands-free Bluetooth technology, It allows users to maximise their cradles by being perfectly usable while charging. As of the moment, it is available on selected phones such as Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and LG G3.
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