The world of wireless charging technology
Do you have “battery anxiety”? That’s what the Wireless Power Consortium has dubbed the concept of being away from a power source with a quickly waning smartphone battery. While it might sound a bit extreme, it’s understandable in an age of social media-induced FOMO and Smartphone Anxiety.
Whether it makes you anxious or not, having a low or dead smartphone or tablet battery while you are on the go is frustrating. We rely on our devices for GPS capabilities, news updates, apps and to settle bar bets on the fly. But the battery life of our treasured devices has not kept up with the demands. And when it comes time to charge up, you’ll probably find yourself tethered to a wall or desperately seeking an outlet.
One answer is wireless charging, a technology that promises to free you of cables and allows you to charge your smartphones and tablets on the go. The problem is that it hasn’t become standard on new devices, especially the popular iPhone. And while companies like Samsung push their wireless charging capabilities, you’re still more likely to see wireless charging in appliances like electric toothbrushes or as a third-party charging mat for compatible devices.