Wired and wireless charging port docking stations and USB sockets.

Wired vs Wireless Charging

The first device to feature truly integrated wireless charging was the Nokia Lumia 920. Released in 2012 this phone was very unique at the time, as it had its own windows operating system and a few unique features.

It was the first windows phone to come in at a flagship price and would later go on to popularise the use of wireless charging. Samsung and then Apple would soon copy this technology and add it as a standard in their flagship devices, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S6, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

There had initially been a lot of worry around wireless charging causing batteries to overheat or explode and thus the charger would melt the phone.

Nowadays, wireless charging is a commonly accepted piece of technology. One that now comes as a standard accessory fitted into modern cars and something you can find in most coffee shops in metropolitan areas.

There are even rumours of the next iPhone having no charging port and running entirely off wireless charging.

Wired connections are still very useful. Without them, transferring data might not be possible. This can be difficult where WIFI is not available or you have internal software issues.

Why should you use wired charging?

The main benefit of wired charging is in the speed and accessibility. Not every location has a wireless charging dock. However, you can be sure that they will have a USB socket or at least a plug to charge your device.

Cables are small and portable. Wired charging allows for rapid data transfer and quick steady charging.

Additionally, as of yet, not every device supports wireless. So, for most devices, wired charging is the only way to get your phone juiced. The only issue with wired charging is if your charging port is broken or not working.

An iPhone being charged by a cable to the charging port.

Why wireless charging?

The main benefit we can see as a mobile phone repair service is the reduced damage to charging ports.

One of the most common repairs we see for all brands of phone is a charging port replacement. This repair is due to using non-genuine cables, rough handling or just general wear and tear of using the device as intended.

Powering up wirelessly means that your port is no longer put under the same stress it normally would sustain. Therefore, you can save the port for important data transfers or software updates.

Additionally, wireless charging while a little slower is more energy efficient. It cuts out once the device has hit 100% charge, which some wired chargers are incapable of doing.

An iPhone wireless charging station on a table.

Wired or wireless charging – what should you use?

It depends on the situation. It’s very useful to carry a charging cable as you never know when you might need to refuel your device.

However, fuelling up wirelessly is here to stay. Furthermore, it’s very useful for taking the stress of off one of the most easily damaged components on your phone – the charging port.

It’s probably worthwhile to invest in a wireless charging pad for your phone. It will prolong the life of your phone and make keeping your handset fully charged super easy.

If you’ve got an issue with your phone’s charging port or wireless charging not working we can help you repair it. Get in touch today or look up your phone to book a repair in less than three minutes.

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