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The future is wireless, something you probably know as you begin to see more headphones without cables and computer accessories without cords. But what about charging your phone: can this be done without cables, too?
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When your phone is out of battery power or heading that way, chances are that you go looking for the nearest power outlet, portable battery, or any USB port.
At home, though, things are different: you have your nightstand set up with the right cables and plugs, and possibly even a dock for your device, and before you go to bed, you plug the thing in leaving it there until you wake up and the phone is all good to go.
But what if you didn’t need the plugs? What if you could leave your phone on a little block and have it receive charge wirelessly, much like an electric toothbrush?
That might sound like a science fiction, but it’s more a thing of science reality, and thanks to wireless charging and the Qi standard that exists, phones with wireless charging built into the body can be charged wirelessly, provided you have the right charging dock.
Even if your phone doesn’t support wireless charging natively, you can bring wireless charging to the device, with cases made for a variety of smartphones including Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S.
There aren’t many phones that support wireless charging natively, mind you, but 2015 saw a few more added to the pile.
While LG dropped the wireless charging from its G3 when it made its way to the G4 (something that actually confused us), Microsoft offered up a double attack with the Lumia 950 and 950XL both supporting the technology.
Really, though, the focus was on Samsung which pushed wireless charging by making sure it was present in every one of its flagship handsets, with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 handsets all receiving the technology.
Officially, these handsets rely on the same standard that most of the other wireless-supporting phones use, also known as “Qi” charging. More than that, though, Samsung pumped up the power, adding a little extra oomph to provide faster charging.
That’s something you can get with Samsung’s fast charging adaptor that comes with the phones normally, but it also exists in the wireless charger.
In use, you’ll find the Samsung Fast Charger is super easy to set up, and you simply need to plug it in, with a couple of LEDs lighting up to tell you that you’re ready to go (green the blue at the front).
If you plug the charger into the Samsung provided brick, essentially it just transfer that high speed charging to your device, with the same recharge time exhibited between either a plug point or the wireless charger using the same brick.