Wired vs. Wireless Charging: How To Choose

When it comes to charging our phones, it comes down to two options: wired or wireless. Deciding between the two involves knowing the positives and negatives for both, and which may prove to be more effective for your lifestyle. 

Wired Charging

Benefits

With wired charging, a top benefit is that it will provide a faster charge if you're short on time. The direct wall-to-phone connection saves you those precious minutes if you're in a rush to get enough charge in your phone to last as you head out. 

As your phone is charging you still have full usage capabilities with limited mobility to use your phone. Though this may get annoying if you have to continually unplug/plug your phone throughout the day, you still have the ability to use your phone to scroll on Twitter, Instagram, or check emails.

Disadvantages 

Since it is a wired charger, over time the cord and your phone port does risk wear and tear with continuous plugging/unplugging. Eventually this can lead the cord to fraying and breaking open, which can expose you to the wiring inside. 

Wireless Charging

Benefits

You have a lot more freedom when using a wireless charger with not being tethered to a cord while charging, and no longer having to search for the right cord to charge your phone. It's a different satisfaction being freed from having to deal with cords (aka that annoyance that comes with having to detangle or hold a certain way to get charge...we've all been there) and being able to simply place your phone on the pad and carry on with your day. Whenever you need it just grabbing the phone and going, it really is bliss. 

As long as a device is Qi enabled, you aren't limited to what the wireless charger can be used to charge. For example there are wireless chargers that can charge different things like your smart watch, and earbuds/airpods. This cuts down your need to buy different chargers, when you can just have the one wireless charger to cover most of your charging needs. Imagine how much simpler things would be, I'm already less stressed. 

Disadvantages 

Compared to a direct wall plug charger, the charging speed is a little slower with a wireless charger since there isn't a direct transfer of power. Although slower, it isn't a dramatic decrease in charging time, still offering an adequate charge.

To be able to use a wireless charger, your device must be Qi enabled, which not all phones are. This can act as a limitation because of the confined convenience it offers. 

Choosing Your Charger

So which do you get? That all depends on your lifestyle and how you use your device. If you have a more on-the-go lifestyle then a wireless charger may be more suited for you with the added convenience it offers. If you have a more stationary lifestyle then a wired charger may be more for you as it matches your level of productivity. 


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