Hidden Damage to Your Phone’s Battery Due to Wireless Charging? Sticking to Quality Cables May be the Way to Go.

Potential Damage to Your Phone’s Battery Due to Wireless Charging

What is Wireless Charging?

Wireless charging, also known as inductive charging, is a newly introduced approach to charging mobile-phone batteries. This method uses induction from the electromagnetic coils in the phone and charging platform to transfer power.

While this new concept is convenient for phone users, it may actually be causing phone batteries to weaken and degrade over time. Because both phones and chargers naturally radiate heat, when a phone is placed directly on the charging platform, heat can transfer, and generally, there is no safeguard to prevent excessive heat exposure between the two.

In the article, “Bad News: Wireless Charging Is Probably Killing Your iPhone’s Battery” by iDropNews, the author mentions how this method of charging is not only potentially damaging, the amount of heat radiation can amplify if coils are misaligned within the phone or charging pad. They note how wireless charging systems may increase the amount of power to compensate for this misalignment.

Studies Prove that Inductive Charging can be Damaging

Researchers have even done some studies that prove these hypotheses to be likely. One study determined that properly aligned coils within a phone will cause the iPhone temperature to raise up to seven degrees hotter, while another study showed that misaligned coils would also raise the temperature up seven degrees, but at a much quicker rate, and the temperate would remain at this caliber for longer.

The article also provided some tips to help prevent the potentially harmful effects of wireless charging, including ensuring coils are aligned, not charging in heat, avoiding phone use while charging, and using a fan.

Sticking to Quality-Made Cables Can Save your Phone

While there are safety precautions in place, simply avoiding wireless charging altogether and using wired charging may help protect against unwanted battery damage.

Using compliant cables as opposed to wireless charging will help ensure that your devices are properly and safely connecting to each other, ensuring these devices are maintaining their proper function. With that said, it’s still vitally important to use quality-made cables when charging phones. Our blog, “What are the Dangers of Manufacturing and Using Untested USB Cables?”, explains the many consequences of using and manufacturing poorly-made cables.

 Unlike wireless charging, charging with compliant cables can end up saving your phone’s battery life.

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Because this tool is designed for mass-scale production testing, this tester will provide a complete report of a passing or failing cable in just seconds, so maintaining a cost-effective and efficient quality control system is achievable.

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