Wirelessly charging iPhone

Wirelessly charging iPhone

For a couple of months now, I have not connected my phone even once to its cable and I’ve been using it EVERY – SINGLE – DAY 🙂 How is this possible? I just place it in a certain place on the desk and it magically recharges… (Well, not so magically but it kind of feels like it) and the best thing is that the whole thing for my home & office cost under 40$!

Is this charging process better than the regular cable charge? No. What’s the point then? You ask, Convenience – no more looking for the cable to charge the phone or having to untangle the mess of power cords every once in a while. Taking the phone with you is now only a matter of picking it up and no risk of pulling a bunch of devices along with it (did you know that the average person would spend 3.4 days of his entire life sticking phone plugs into sockets or disconnecting them?*) and if you are still not convinced… who cares? It’s cool!
(*)That 3.4 statistic is totally made up and has no base in reality…

Some background “QI charging for dummies”

Wireless charging for phones has been around for a few years now but adoption rate was pretty slow. Perhaps it’s the expensive prices or the bulkiness of the cases that were introduced to the market compared with the “nice to have” benefit that was simply not enough to drive people to adopt this cool little gizmo, I don’t know…

It may surprise some of you to learn that the ground for wireless charging which is Electromagnetic induction was laid nearly 200 years ago by Michael Faraday and was later developed further by Nikola Tesla, and it’s now in use in countless products.

The principles of which include:

  • A Charging base (usually connected to a power source), that includes a transmitter coil that created an electromagnetic field
  • A Receiver connected to the smartphone, that collects the power once it’s inside the electromagnetic field and feeds it into the phone battery
How Qi wireless charging technology works illustration, phone with magnetic charging plate placed on transmitter with alternating current which generates a magnetic field and induces a voltage transfer.
Illustration by Brown Bird Design VIA Bloomberg Businessweek (Technology)

What’s involved in wirelessly charging your phone?

I already dedicate a whole post to my favorite new e-commerce gadget store Banggood so here are the components you need to get:

Mini QI Wireless Charger Charging Cover For iPhone Smartphone

This is the charging base where you’ll put the phone to charge it, you should strategically place these where you can conveniently drop your phone and let it charge for some time as you go about your business.

You’ll probably want at least 2 of those, one for your home and one for the office. If you have a big home maybe you’ll want even more…

Mini QI Wireless Charger (Starting from 11.64$)

Mini QI Wireless Charger Charging Cover For iPhone Smartphone box / content / open product
Mini QI Wireless Charger Charging Cover For iPhone Smartphone “unboxing”

Protable QI Wireless Charger Receiver Cover For iPhone 5 5S 5C

(*The spelling error is in the product name… hey! It’s a Chinese site…)

This is the receiver which connects to your lightning connector of the iPhone 5/5S instead of the old cables which you’ll put away in a drawer… the metal plate should be tacked away behind one of a thousand optional iPhone soft cases (probably not metallic and not too thick so that the electromagnetic field would work it’s magic).

These connectors may seem fragile but mine seems to hold very well so it’s possible one is enough (you can order more just to be on the safe side if you plan to connect / disconnect it often from the phone and there is a chance that it may damage as a result).

QI Wireless Receiver For iPhone 5 5S 5C (Starting from 10.52$)

Protable QI Wireless Charger Receiver Cover For iPhone 5 5S 5C - box / content / open product / attached to phone in case
Protable QI Wireless Charger Receiver Cover For iPhone 5 5S 5C “unboxing”
Basically that’s it… (2 X Base + 1 X Receiver + 1 case < 40$)

More QI Suff?

My experience is limited to the above items, however there are plenty of other products that are offered such as:

There are also plenty of option for other devices so take a look…

 

Combined review Mini QI Charger & QI Receiver

The two items are sold separately as I they are described above and you can probably use them with other components as well, but I chose to review them as a bundle so here goes:

Build quality (4)

Overall very good, the charger is sturdy and looks very nice. The receiver looks a bit weak since it can potential “dangle” from the phone but since it’s supposed to be tacked away behind a case – it’s not supposed to and the fact that it’s as thin as it is actually a huge advantage – so you hardy feel it.

Operation (4)

Works perfectly, charges the phone pretty fast even from ZERO and up to a full charge. There is enough surface area so that it’s not too hard to find the point where the phone actually starts to charge (but you do need to learn how to place the phone and where… which is very simple really).
The charging process does generate some heat, like most none original batteries do – but I wouldn’t say it’s too much that it caused me any concern.

Value for money (5)

I suppose this technology is finally reaching the price point that can help it gain popularity and finally spread as people expected it would when it was first introduced over four years ago…

Wireless Charging quick animation movie
Wireless Charging quick animation movie

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Wireless Charging quick animation movie
Wireless Charging quick animation movie

 

Mini QI Wireless Charger (Starting from 11.64$)

QI Wireless Receiver For iPhone 5 5S 5C (Starting from 10.52$)

My Review Scores
  • Build quality
  • Operation
  • Value for money
4.3

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