My answer is YES! I have never liked cords. The sight behind our television used to give me major anxiety until my husband found a way to make it nice and organized…well, as much as cords can be anyways. Now though, certain devices are becoming compatible with wireless charging, and my Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of them!
Like most cell phone users, I’ve gone through a lot of cords. They wear out or they get lost. Then there are users whose charging ports stop functioning. This is where a wireless charger comes in especially helpful. But be sure to grab a “fast” wireless charger if your phone supports it because it will make a difference in charging speed!
As I mentioned before, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7. This phone supports “fast charge” through Qualcomm 2.0 technology. What does this mean? There is a technology that has been developed, tested, and approved for fast charging, and my phone works with it. While searching around for wireless chargers, I found many that were cheap, but they didn’t support fast charging. I ended up deciding to stick with the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad. This product is $30-60 depending where it is purchased.
So how does it work? Well a cord is still involved in order to get electricity to the charger, but you can hide it out of sight and never have to see it again. After making sure the charger is plugged in, it will flash a couple colors of light, then it will be ready to charge your phone. Simply rest your phone on it and it will begin charging within a second or two. You should be able to use it with or without a case. I use a LifeProof case on my phone, which is thick, but it does not interfere with the charging.
The obvious pros to using a wireless charger are that you can just set the phone down to charge, then pick it up at your leisure without wearing out the charging port. It is convenient on a desk, on an end table, or even on your nightstand.
The cons are that it is a bit slower than charging by cable. By fast charge cable, that is. My phone still charges faster via the fast wireless charger than a 1.0 cable, but it is still noticeably slower than the 2.0 cable. My husband explained that some of the charge is lost through the process, making it a little slower. With that being said, I am definitely glad I opted for the fast wireless charger than the regular one. With high use, I was able to still lower my battery faster than it charged on the wireless charger. I have not succeeded in doing that with the fast cable.
Any questions? I am pretty excited to be able to just set my phone down and not worry about plugging a cable in the right way every time I want to boost its charge. I still keep my Nomad key chain cable with me so I can always recharge on the go when necessary, but at home, I love being “cable-free!”
Please ensure that your wireless charger is certified to support the phone you are charging!