Is Wireless Charging the Future?

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The Ghost 220 Wireless Charging Base offers Qi technology to wirelessly charge up to three devices.

The short answer is yes. The longer answer gets into the why wireless charging is the future. Worrying about charging your device has been around since the dawn of the smartphone. You still see people sitting on the floor at airports charging their phones in between flights. Be prepared for that last statement to be representative of your age in the future, because within the coming years you most likely won’t see that scene anymore.

You might be wondering ‘what is wireless charging’ and if you are, you’re not alone. It’s pretty simple actually and basically means that if you’re phone has access to wireless charging compatibility, then you can charge up using a wireless charger.

Wireless technology is slowly starting to roll out and will become the new norm in no time. For example, Starbucks announced they were installing wireless charging Powermats in San Francisco and plan on rolling this out nationally. If your smartphone has PMA compatibility built in, you’ll be able to use Starbucks’ Powermat chargers, if not, you’ll have to get an adapter to charge up.

Starbucks isn’t the only corporation to integrate wireless charging technology into their business model. In January of this year Ikea announced they would be offering Qi wireless charging integrated into their furniture in the UK. Car manufactures have danced around the issue, but pretty soon a wireless charging option will be standard.

A lot of smartphones already have the Qi charging capability built in, but we haven’t seen the technology implemented by dominant manufacturers until recently. Samsung’s newest phone includes Qi wireless charging capabilities and this means wherever you find Qi wireless charging pads, you’ll be able to wirelessly charge up.

The newest release of Samsung’s S6 and S6 edge puts the pressure on Apple to also include the wireless charging feature, but they seem to be trying to go their own way with new charging techniques. All of Apple’s phones are Qi enabled though, so if you want to add a Qi enabled iPhone case to charge wirelessly, that’s an option. As Starbucks and Ikea roll out their wireless charging options, it’s safe to say that we will be seeing a lot more wireless charging in the future.