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In all honesty, I'd still rather the wireless charging. I have a S23 Ultra that lasts the full day, so I never need to charge in a hurry. For me wireless brings convenience to not have to fumble with a cable. Example 1, My bedtime routine is to scroll in my phone until I'm near asleep. At that point I just want to slap it on a wireless charger with one hand and not worry about using both to plug in. Example 2 is in my car where I don't want to use both hands to plug in or take my eyes off if the road to charge. I just plop my phone in the wireless spot without even looking. Example 3 is when I'm using my phone in the water and want to charge later. Wireless charging ensures I don't fry something with moisture still in the port.
 

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I have the complete opposite opinion of this article.

I've always loved OnePlus phones, but have refused to buy them because the affordable models don't have wireless charging, and some don't have proper waterproofing.

There are 5 reasons that I refuse to buy a phone without wireless charging:

1. Wirelessly charging eliminates the risk of wearing out or breaking your USB port.
2. Wireless charging gives you a secondary charging option if your USB port gets damaged. Without it, your phone becomes a brick should anything happen to the USB port.
3. At night, it's much easier to throw the phone on a wireless charger, and no risk of accidentally grabbing your phone and yanking on the port/cable that you forgot was plugged in.
4. Slow charging your battery is better for it's longevity, as such, slower wireless charging is much healthier for your battery.
5. It costs next to nothing for manufactures to include wireless charging. With the cost of phones, even budget phones, there is no excuse for not including it. Charge me the extra dollar it costs and add the feature.
 

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This was never a needed feature. Considering how inefficient and slow it is, I never understood why anyone thought they did.

As a repair technician who sees broken and worn USB ports every day that renders phones useless, I believe wireless charging is very important. It gives you a secondary way to charge your phone if the port is damaged, and it greatly reduces the chances of a damaged USB port. Slower charging is healthier for your battery anyway... Who cares about the speed if you just toss it on the charger before bed?
 

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As a repair technician who sees broken and worn USB ports every day that renders phones useless, I believe wireless charging is very important. It gives you a secondary way to charge your phone if the port is damaged, and it greatly reduces the chances of a damaged USB port. Slower charging is healthier for your battery anyway... Who cares about the speed if you just toss it on the charger before bed?

I'd be curious to know the cause of those port failures and the ratio of those to phone sales in general. With millions of phones in use, problems are bound to pop up. Since you work in a repair shop, you're going to see a disproportionate amount of problems related to any number of things. No one brings you a healthy phone.

My first smartphone was the LG Optimus S, so we are talking over a decade of smartphone use and I keep my phones longer than the average person (basically until it breaks or performance can no longer keep up with software demands). I now have two teens with phones that have been in use for a few years, plus my wife and her phones. In all that time and many phones, only once did the USB port become a problem, and that was due to a design flaw of the port itself. So I question just how prevalent that sort of failure is in the grand scheme of things, short of people abusing their phones. It's the USB cables that are the weak link when it comes to reliability.

Yes, slower charging is better for battery health, but only to a point. With large batteries, the trickle charge you get from a wireless charger isn't helping anything. It does generate more heat, which can make for an argument of hurting the battery.

And to your other point about charging overnight, I don't do it and don't recommend it. At least not unless your phone has specific programming to limit the charging. Most phones don't have that function and will run full speed ahead right up to 100%, and then hold it there the rest of the night. Keeping them at a full charge can cause battery degradation. Charging also has a slight increased risk of causing a fire, so I still wouldn't recommend overnight charging even with a phone that is programmed to allow it.
 
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I'd be curious to know the cause of those port failures and the ratio of those to phone sales in general. With millions of phones in use, problems are bound to pop up. Since you work in a repair shop, you're going to see a disproportionate amount of problems related to any number of things. No one brings you a healthy phone.

My first smartphone was the LG Optimus S, so we are talking over a decade of smartphone use and I keep my phones longer than the average person (basically until it breaks or performance can no longer keep up with software demands). I now have two teens with phones that have been in use for a few years, plus my wife and her phones. In all that time and many phones, only once did the USB port become a problem, and that was due to a design flaw of the port itself. So I question just how prevalent that sort of failure is in the grand scheme of things, short of people abusing their phones. It's the USB cables that are the weak link when it comes to reliability.

Yes, slower charging is better for battery health, but only to a point. With large batteries, the trickle charge you get from a wireless charger isn't helping anything. It does generate more heat, which can make for an argument of hurting the battery.

And to your other point about charging overnight, I don't do it and don't recommend it. At least not unless your phone has specific programming to limit the charging. Most phones don't have that function and will run full speed ahead right up to 100%, and then hold it there the rest of the night. Keeping them at a full charge can cause battery degradation. Charging also has a slight increased risk of causing a fire, so I still wouldn't recommend overnight charging even with a phone that is programmed to allow it.

I mainly fix computers, phones occasionally. Phone repair really isn't my cup of tea. Statistics of broken ports would be interesting to see for sure. But being in the tech industry for 25 years, I can say that charging ports, and fragile screens, are very likely the weakest point of any mobile electronic device. Having 3 kids, and a large group of family and friends, I can't tell you how many devices I've personally seen, even outside of work with broken ports.

A lot of ports are damaged by dirt and debris from our pockets packing in the ports, further compacted in there when you insert your cable. Yes, I'd say most broken ports are from neglect or damage caused by the user, but what does that matter? It furthers my point that wireless is a more durable option that can prevent a lot of headache for a lot of people. Sure, mindful people like you and I take better care of our equipment so it's less likely to fail, but I'd argue that the majority of phone users, especially younger ones, do not. Wired charging will never be as durable as wireless. Why do high end phones include water resistance.... Because people don't always take the absolute best care of their devices. Durability matters.

The only wireless chargers I've ever had generate noticable heat were the quick charge wireless chargers. I prefer slower wireless charging, so mine don't generate much, if any, heat. But heat generation is not an argument specific to wireless charging... All fast charging phones, wired or wireless, generate heat while charging. The faster a device charges, the more heat it generates, regardless of how you're changing it. Heat generation is not an issue specific to wireless charging.

As for overcharging the battery, the issue is the same for wired and wireless charging, so again, not a valid argument against wireless charging, moreso charging habits and understanding how your phone manages charging.

Overnight charging, same thing, not an argument against wireless charging, as it's the same situation regardless of how you charge your phone. That being said, most modern phones have negated this overcharging issue to some degree with adaptive charging baked into the software. My Samsung S20 FE had several settings you could adjust for this, my Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 have adaptive charging that learns your charging habits and slow charges the phone so it only reaches 100% right before I typically wake up. Most phones implement smart charging to extend battery longevity these days.

No matter how you shake it, slow charging is always healthier for your battery than fast charging.

Wireless charging costs very little to include in a phone, the only reason some companies, like OnePlus, exclude it is to use it as a marketing ploy to separate and justify the price premium of their higher end phones. I don't agree with this tactic, so I won't buy phones without wireless charging when there are many other competing phones at the same price which do include it.


At the end of the day, people can debate anything, but for me personally, I see zero reasons that every phone over $300 shouldn't include wireless charging. It cost manufacturers very little, it decreases the likelihood of damaging your phone's USB port, it's more durable than cables and ports, it's not bothered by water and debris like ports are, it provides a secondary way to charge your phone should you break your port or have a faulty charger short it out, and it's arguably more convenient than fumbling around with cables. There are so many benefits, but no real arguments against it. I will always recommend people to use wireless charging, and will only recommend people to buy phones with wireless charging capability.
 
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Why do high end phones include water resistance....
Because manufacturers saw a valuable (to their bottom line) marketing gimmick. Until they will warranty against water damage, that's all it is, a gimmick.


As for overcharging the battery, the issue is the same for wired and wireless charging, so again, not a valid argument against wireless charging

You brought up the idea of overnight charging being a benefit. Wired or wireless, I don't recommend it, so my argument is valid. If you still don't believe that, then I'll additionally counter that your claim of it being a benefit on wireless charging isn't valid for the exact same reason. You also misstated me. I didn't say it overcharged the battery. I said it charged to full and keeps the phone there. Letting a Li-ion battery dwell at high charge levels over about 80% accelerates battery wear.
 
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I went eight years with my previous phone with a broken USB port and relying on wireless charging only and wireless FTP for data transfer. Eventually got a new phone and still use wireless charging overnight if it is a school night and I have be out of the house early. Otherwise use cable charging an hour or hour and a half before I plan to leave the house so always start the day out and about on a full charge. Also am in the habit of blowing into the socket and the plug before I connect them to get rid of any dust or fluff that may have been picked up.
 

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I like wireless charging to top off the charging when I'm at my desk. It's convenient to just plop the phone on the charger, pick it up if I need to use it, and plop it back on the charger without concerns about catching the charging cable on something or having extra cables getting in the way.
 
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Switching over to the OnePlus 12R made me realize that I can live without wireless charging. This led me to question whether we even need the feature.

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I had a friend drop her phone in the water bathing her kid and my husband's phone got wet in a downpour and this all happened in the same week. They still needed to charge the phone but couldn't because the port was still wet. I had two Samsung wireless chargers. I dropped one off at her house and gave my husband the other. So in my opinion having another option to charge your phone cant hurt.
 

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I had a friend drop her phone in the water bathing her kid and my husband's phone got wet in a downpour and this all happened in the same week. They still needed to charge the phone but couldn't because the port was still wet. I had two Samsung wireless chargers. I dropped one off at her house and gave my husband the other. So in my opinion having another option to charge your phone cant hurt.
Totally agree
 

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I've been using wireless charging before it was cool. Back when the only phones to support it were Windows phones. Specifically, the Lumia Icon/929. Probably one of the most practical developments to come along in the mobile industry.