Wireless charging has become the next big thing in mobile technology in recent years. The ability to power up mobile devices without the need for wires sounds promising, as it offers a lot of benefits to people on the go who need to stay connected all the time.
But then there are fears and doubts about this new technology. Of all the rumors we read online, which ones are true? To clear things up, here is a list of wireless charging myths and facts that every smartphone user should know.
Myth # 1: Wireless charging is bad for your mobile device
Wireless charging itself does not cause damage to a phone and its battery, as long as you are using a certified high-quality wireless charging product.
Other factors actually lead to a damaged phone, primary of which is excessive heat due to lack of ventilation (such as charging a phone in tight spaces). Using a low-quality or fake wireless charger can be harmful to your phone, as units like this had not gone through strict testing and quality checks.
Myth # 2: Powering up a phone while it is on will damage it
Nothing bad will happen to your phone if you just leave it on a wireless charging pad for receiving messages and playing music. Just make sure that you do not leave it to charge for very long periods and that there are no running apps while your phone is charging wirelessly.
Myth # 3: Wireless charging is bad for the health
Although wireless chargers emit electromagnetic fields (EMF), these emissions are of insignificantly low levels and are not strong enough to affect human health. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that exposure to small amounts of EMF emissions is not harmful to humans. Wireless charging does not cause health problems associated with high-level EMF emissions such as fatigue, headache, depression, nausea, and loss of libido.
Myth # 4: Wireless chargers in public places may hack your personal information
When wireless charging has become more accessible in public spaces such as coffee shops and airports, rumors and concerns started to spread as well about the privacy of customers who use wireless chargers in those places. To date, there have been no reported cases of hacking personal information from smartphones through wireless charging technology.
The public misinformation had gotten so bad that even Powermat, the partner of Starbucks for its in-store wireless charging stations, spoke up to clarify that the charging spots do not track or gather personal data from customers' smartphones. The only data that Starbucks can get involve customer behaviors, particularly the duration of their stay and frequency of their visits.
Myth # 5: Older smartphone models cannot be charged wirelessly
You can use a third-party add-on like a power receiver that transmits power from a wireless charger to your smartphone's battery through the contact points or charging port of the phone where the receiver is connected to. This way, you can make your phone compatible with wireless charging.