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    Default Re: Why are people so interested in wireless charging?

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilMonkey View Post
    ^^ Ditto. I don't know how many USB ports I've had to have repaired on previous phones, but it's probably in the neighborhood of a half-dozen over the years, and I frequently just have to buy an extra battery and charger for it since the USB port no longer charges the phone.

    Plus, at work and in the car and at home, I have the USB cable kindof all over the place....if I just had charging mats (that you just place and don't have to every move), it would keep a clean look rather than having a USB cord dangling hapharzardly all over the place.
    I have one for my office and it does help that I can just grab and go once I have meetings and then just drop it back in the plate when I get back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkbredx View Post
    My only problem with wireless chargers is the fact that you cant use your case in most instances which sucks. Other than that it's awesome
    I think the new technologies have overcome that issue. The S4 most likely make use of it. I am on an extended battery from Seidio with NFC. They didn't have an NFC extended battery before, but eventually they manufactured one. Like NFC, the case manufactures will take note of the wireless charging and integrate it in to the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilMonkey View Post
    Plus, at work and in the car and at home, I have the USB cable kindof all over the place....if I just had charging mats (that you just place and don't have to every move), it would keep a clean look rather than having a USB cord dangling hapharzardly all over the place.
    But your charging mat still needs a cord to connect it to an AC outlet. It's not like you can just toss it down anywhere and have it work.
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    Default Re: Why are people so interested in wireless charging?

    I think it's a gimmick designed to make people spend money and it also encourages wasting energy because the charging pad is always plugged in even when not being used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerweb View Post
    But your charging mat still needs a cord to connect it to an AC outlet. It's not like you can just toss it down anywhere and have it work.
    I know. My point was that I would place the mat, hide the cord, and never mess with it again. I would just become a "permanent" fixture. Rather than how it is now where I have my USB cable plugged in and the cord just happens to fall wherever I drop it after unplugging the phone. I have 3 charging cables: the one in the kitchen usually ends up stretching from the outlet and across the kitchen counter with the end dangling in front of the silverware drawer, while the one by my bed usually ends up falling behind the nightstand and the one at work just adds to the cable mess I have on my desk.

    The mat would be like a lamp or anything else that I put on the counter, plug in, hide/conceal the cable the best I can, and then you're done (as long as you don't have to relocate the mat somewhere else). I'd put one mat on the kitchen counter, one on the nightstand by my bed, and one on my desk at work. Would be nice and clean for me.

    But to each their own. Some don't see the point, but I'd love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whymista View Post
    Is this the same as what the blackberry bolds had a few years ago. I know you could just place them on these pads that touched on these two silver metal parts on the back and its been around for a while now.
    Its completely different on other phones like the droid DNA. You simply place the phone on the pad or stand and it starts charging. No metal contacts no special back. It even works even through a case.

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    I could see "wireless charging" that could be useful in public places if they had mats, etc. Many places still have the tables in their lobby that have several AC outlets so you can plug up your laptop or your phone. It would be nice for a business to have something like that where you could just place your phone on the table, etc to charge it.

    For home, unless like was said, I could just walk in the room, not interested really. There are many times while mine is charging I'm doing things, so having to leave it docked or laying down to charge isn't something I would be interested in.

    Now, one of the good things about the mat is that if someone is at your home or you are at their home and they have one, and you don't have your charger, no problem having to see if there is a charger that will fit your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Its completely different on other phones like the droid DNA. You simply place the phone on the pad or stand and it starts charging. No metal contacts no special back. It even works even through a case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilMonkey View Post
    I know. My point was that I would place the mat, hide the cord, and never mess with it again. I would just become a "permanent" fixture. Rather than how it is now where I have my USB cable plugged in and the cord just happens to fall wherever I drop it after unplugging the phone.
    That's how I had it at my office. A touchstone mounted next to the monitor. When streaming music to a BT headset the whole day, just set the phone on and then you can control/change songs as needed. The phone stayed in one place and was angled nicely for good viewing.

    Now I've got a USB cord that janks back and forth around my desk. Not nearly as elegant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwhat View Post
    I think it's a gimmick designed to make people spend money and it also encourages wasting energy because the charging pad is always plugged in even when not being used.
    Kind of like saying you're wasting water because it's always turned on to your kitchen faucet. You only use water when you turn on the tap. It's the same with chargers, whether they be USB or a charging mat. There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in, but until you connect something at the other end you're not really using any energy. If you leave your USB charger plugged in or not plugged in for an entire year, I doubt you would see any difference in your overall power bill.

    If it's a gimmick, then it's a very handy gimmick and I'd buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trucky View Post
    Kind of like saying you're wasting water because it's always turned on to your kitchen faucet. You only use water when you turn on the tap. It's the same with chargers, whether they be USB or a charging mat. There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in, but until you connect something at the other end you're not really using any energy. If you leave your USB charger plugged in or not plugged in for an entire year, I doubt you would see any difference in your overall power bill.

    If it's a gimmick, then it's a very handy gimmick and I'd buy one.
    Your analogy is completely wrong. It's called Vampire Power.
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    No huh... sometimes my kitchen faucet leaks a little, even if I replace those little round rubber thingies, so there is a cost associated with leaving the water on and ready to use when I want it. And the dang toilet, once in a while the handle sticks and it runs a while until you go jiggle it. I did say that There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in (usually about 0.2W).

    So yes, there is phantom power loss, but no, I'm not going to stress over it.

    And I liked the anology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwhat View Post
    Your analogy is completely wrong. It's called Vampire Power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trucky View Post

    And I liked the anology.[/COLOR]
    You may like the analogy but that doesn't make it apt. You're describing the occasional malfunction of a faucet and toilet and comparing it to the standard operation of an electronics charger. One is an occasional, unintended occurrence, the other is steady, constant and intended. When plunging in a charger you know it will leak power all the time; not so when you install a new faucet or toilet; in fact, the hope and expectation is that the new toilet and faucet will not leak water.
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    Default Re: Why are people so interested in wireless charging?

    Im not interested in the slightest bro.
    Id need pads or whatever theyre called all over my house lol.
    Also as i dont use a computer, my phone is either plugged in and being used, in my pocket, or under my pillow with a charger stuck in its ****

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    Soon personal devices will charge from the electricity running through your body. No ports, no plugs... truly wireless.

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    I've never seen any need for them!

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    Id be siked with a wireless charger! I hate having to fiddle with my charger at night when I cant see shhh lol. Placing my phone down and it charging automatically would be bomb son!

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    Default Re: Why are people so interested in wireless charging?

    Since so many people here have not really answered the question, except to either say they like or dislike it, here is my own feeling on it. For starters, the implementation of "Wireless Charging" can be handled in different ways. The Galaxy S3 and other devices that have support within the device means that you only need the back cover to include support for it, no special cases are needed in this case.

    So, with induction charging(what people call wireless charging), you just place your phone on the charging pad, and your phone will charge. No docking connector or anything like that. As a result of the lack of using a physical connection to the phone, you never need to worry about the connector breaking, or wondering if the problem with not charging is caused by the cable. This lack of needing to worry about breaking the physical connector over years of use is by itself a very nice benefit that should not be ignored. It does speed the process of taking your phone off the charger compared to the normal charging methods as well.

    The real issue that many seem to feel is that since the back cover that comes with the S3 does not include support for the charging pads, people don't want to pay a lot of money for the back cover PLUS the charging pad.

    Now, on the plus side, if you get a back cover that supports the Qi standard, you can get the charging pad of your choice, and are not limited. This is the key difference between the Touchstone version you see people talk about, and the Qi version. Qi is more "standard", while Touchstone is limited to working with a part that is no longer made. Also, I've seen people mention that they don't get the full 1 amp while on the Touchstone, while a proper Qi implementation would make using the wireless charger work as well as plugging in.

    Until you try using it for a few days, it almost seems like it is just a marketing tool to include support for it, but really, once you have it, you realize how much you hate having to use a physical connector. I miss it from my Palm Pre days, but want to go with a Qi method, so have been looking for something cost effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trucky View Post
    Kind of like saying you're wasting water because it's always turned on to your kitchen faucet. You only use water when you turn on the tap. It's the same with chargers, whether they be USB or a charging mat. There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in, but until you connect something at the other end you're not really using any energy. If you leave your USB charger plugged in or not plugged in for an entire year, I doubt you would see any difference in your overall power bill.
    Your analogy is wrong. A charging brick, whether connected to an induction pad or a micro-USB plug, always draws power, unlike a faucet that is turned off. Modern chargers don't draw as much as older designs, but they still draw power. Even if nothing is plugged into the other end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cqpearson View Post
    Soon personal devices will charge from the electricity running through your body. No ports, no plugs... truly wireless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenseMonkey View Post
    Id be siked with a wireless charger! I hate having to fiddle with my charger at night when I cant see shhh lol. Placing my phone down and it charging automatically would be bomb son!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerweb View Post
    Your analogy is wrong. A charging brick, whether connected to an induction pad or a micro-USB plug, always draws power, unlike a faucet that is turned off. Modern chargers don't draw as much as older designs, but they still draw power. Even if nothing is plugged into the other end.
    If you read my post again you'll see where I say "There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in, but until you connect something at the other end you're not really using any energy."

    Now I stand by the first part, but the second half has to be viewed in perspective. You are using some energy with any wall wort plugged in, some more than others. Our S3 charger is about 0.2W of consumption with no phone attached. Some energy, not a bunch. I'm not an electrical engineer but that's not enough for me to go buy some carbon credits from Al Gore over. I bet someone smarter than me can calculate out how much I'm wasting by leaving my charger plugged in. No matter the cost I'll still leave it plugged in just because I'm like that. I still have to open the fridge now and then to see if the light is really on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trucky View Post
    If you read my post again you'll see where I say "There is some insignificant drain just from having any charger plugged in, but until you connect something at the other end you're not really using any energy."

    Now I stand by the first part, but the second half has to be viewed in perspective. You are using some energy with any wall wort plugged in, some more than others. Our S3 charger is about 0.2W of consumption with no phone attached. Some energy, not a bunch. I'm not an electrical engineer but that's not enough for me to go buy some carbon credits from Al Gore over. I bet someone smarter than me can calculate out how much I'm wasting by leaving my charger plugged in. No matter the cost I'll still leave it plugged in just because I'm like that. I still have to open the fridge now and then to see if the light is really on.
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    Yes, there's some insignificant power consumption when you leave things plugged in, and it's minor on a per-device level. But between everything in your house, it does add up. Normally, when people mention Vampire or Standby Power, it's usually not for things like your toaster or a charging cable (although they can be classified as such), but it's for devices that have standby features, like a clock on a microwave or VCR, or the orange standby light on my TV or the red one on my Playstation 3 or my computer monitor's and tower's and webcam's standby lights. Those things draw more power than just my USB charging cable being plugged in, but everything together adds up. ( claims the can make up to 5-10% of your energy cost)

    Sometime, turn all the lights off in your house and walk around and see how many standby lights and clocks are glowing, even though everything is "off"....

    All that being said, what's one more thing plugged in? I'll take 3 charging mats, please. Take my money!
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