Although I acknowledge the fact that wireless charging was in no way intended to be necessary, but still, the prospect of a safer and “cooler” way to charge is quite frankly tempting. There are probably lots of people who have fallen into this “digital temptation” and would do almost anything to get a feel of of the wireless charging experience, but are unfortunately limited by the hardware restrictions. I for one have recently been a die-harde fan of wireless charging, my first introductory article on the subject is available on this section. The qi standards which is the global standard for wireless charging has been quite a “pain in the ass” as only few mobile device manufacturers build devices that come with hardwares that comply to this standard and thus support wireless charging.
Despite this seemingly insurmountable challenges and restrictions, wireless charging is no longer a gimmick, it’s easy, convenient and now its finally available for all. How? That’s where charging sleeves leads the troope. The only two things you need is a wireless charging card(charging sleeves) and a wireless charger. Armed with a wireless charging card and a charger , first plug the wireless charger to a wall power outlet then all you have left to do is plug the card’s usb cable into the device’s micro USB port, hide the charging card behind the device’s removable back or case and viola your wireless charging just begun. Its simple and easy, and most surprisingly its incurs less cost than using the standard Qi chargers. At just around $16, pricey is definitely not the word to describe the cost of getting your own personal feel of wireless charging.
What’s the fuzz?
Ok, I know lots of disgruntled readers my probably ask “what’s all the fuzz?” . well the catch is, the card is extremely thin and flexible, meaning you can plug in the card, hide it, initiate charging and no one would even notice you are charging. with a phone case, when the card is connected to the micro usb port, you totally cannot tell that something is there, nothing is sticking out, totally nothing. So if you are among the geeky pedant bandwagon, you got yourself a date. Not being noticed is cool, but perharps something more cooler is being able to charge and run around at the same time. With the flexibility offered by the charging card, just about any device with a USB port work just fine. Even with a port on the side, head or bottom of the device, the card is surprisingly able to bend in extreme proportions to fit in to any position.
However the may be little issues with devices that come with waterproof casing, the casing interferes with the electromagnetic field crated by coils in the device and wireless charger. phones that may have this issues include Sony xperia z, xperia m4 aqua, xperia z3 compact and Samsung s5.
Waterproofing device casing doesn’t bode well for wireless charging.
The other problem, and the only real downside, raises if you transfer data often via
micro USB. After the card is connected, and hidden between the phone and either the
phone case or battery cover, it’s either impossible or extremely hard to use the USB
port without removing the case/battery cover first.
Using wireless charging card is less pricey than using going the standard way. But just like any wireless charging method, this way of charging takes a significantly longer time to charge unlike using normal wired chargers. It does have any ‘side effects’ of any kind, so I will recommend it for those wireless charging enthusiasts out there without a qi standard compliant device.
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