With the rise of wireless charging and the huge number of benefits wireless charging technology can bring to both businesses and consumers alike – it begs the question, is wireless charging actually better for batteries?
There is no disputing the fact that wireless charging technology is good for business and good for the consumer. As well as the obvious benefits to help your employees and customers stay connected throughout their day, a smart wireless power solution also has the ability to gather unique and rich data as they use it, allowing businesses to understand exactly where their employees or customers are. But is wireless charging good for our phone and laptop batteries?
Short answer – Yes! Wireless charging is better for batteries and can actually enhance the lifespan of a battery. But this is partly down to how people use it and how often they charge their devices – let us explain.
Lithium-ion batteries have significantly longer lifespans when they are recharged mid-drain (50%) as opposed to full-drain (0%). This is the conclusion drawn by EE Times in Max Maxfield’s recent article.
If you are like me, you are frustrated when your smartphone’s battery has dramatically reduced performance after 10-12 months of use. At first, my phone will last all day and still have 15% in the tank by the time I go to sleep. Around the 1-year mark, I have to carry an auxiliary battery charger around or else my phone will be dead by 5 pm.
I don’t have this problem now that I use a wireless charger everyday at home and work. Due to the convenience, I’m “topping up” throughout the day, and that is a key contributor to my consistently-full battery.
However, my phone lasts longer without intermittent wireless charging sessions too. When I’m travelling and not near my wireless chargers, my 11-month-old Samsung Galaxy S6 (with wireless charging) lasts full days, whereas my previous phones (mostly a mix of iPhones and Motorola devices) would’ve been on battery life support by this age.
Can wireless charging really be healthier for batteries? Based on the EE Time’s article, conferring with the engineering experts at NuCurrent/customers, and my personal experience, I believe the answer is “yes”.
At the end of the day, wireless charging is about convenience, improving devices and becoming less reliant on finding the nearest outlet. Knowing that it can be better for the longevity of your battery and device is a nice plus.
Power has now entered into the ‘basic requirements’ category. Wireless charging is already available in a small number of laptops and this will become the case more extensively in a broader range of devices – and even cars – over the coming years. Because of this, there will be increasing opportunities for brands to target an individual in the workspace, at home, socially or on the move.
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