Wireless Chargers: A flash in the pan or the future?
When Apple released its 8th generation iPhone it sparked a whole wave of wireless charging innovation amongst a marketplace ripe for disruption.
Wireless charging is nothing new, its just struggled for mass market adoption as mobile phone and laptop manufacturers have struggled to take it to scale. Most folks will happily just plug in a laptop charger - so what trends are afoot to drive this slow moving market.
What is it?
Its all about electromagnetic fields and other such funky stuff which essentially transfers energy between two objects. The device will then make use of this energy in order to charge the product.
What are the advantages
- Convenient: You don't need a wire and you can charge multiple devices at once.
- No mess: The days of annoying tangled wires maybe gone forever?
- Continued Improvements: Currently you'll still need to plug the charging device into a power point to charge you devices on top but who knows with solar and other such power generation advances what the future holds.
- Speed Improvements: 40 watt charging for mobile phones, notably the Samsung's and LG device is nearly there. This will charge your device at 2.5x the speed, imagine what this means for your laptop!
- Easy: Over the air charging is too not far away - never leave the couch and simply connect your device to your wireless charger wirelessly. Sounds good right?
Mass market wireless charging might be some way off and we'll still be carting around and forgetting our laptop chargers for some time yet, but the future is wireless and its probably not far away!