Making the Switch to Wireless Charging

Before I got my iPhone X, I never really saw the value in wireless charging. I mean, is it really “wireless” if you’re still tied to a charging pad that requires a wire, and how is having to leave your phone on a charging pad any better than having the wire plugged directly into your phone? At least with a charging cable, I can still use the phone in my hand.

And yet, as I write this, I’m more than giddy about having just received my FOURTH Qi charger in the mail.

Wireless charging isn’t more efficient. It’s pretty slow. Wireless charging doesn’t help if you want to use your phone in your hand while it’s charging. In fact, none of my initial thoughts about wireless charging have changed. If you’re looking to charge your phone fast, a cable is the way to go.

If you’re not that concerned about fast charging, what wireless charging does offer is simplicity. There’s no fiddling with cables and ports. You drop your Qi-enabled device on the charger, and it charges.

I first hopped on the wireless charging bandwagon by putting an Anker Qi charging pad behind my bed. My habit of dragging a lightning cable into my bed to facilitate late night browsing always seemed a bit unsafe, but getting back out of my bed to charge my phone never seems that appealing once I’m in it. Putting a charging pad behind my bed allowed me to charge my phone without fear of being choked by a lightning cable. It turns out this particular location was also perfect for charging my Kindle, which I added wireless charging to shortly after.

My next round of Qi chargers replaced my beloved Fuz Everdocks – one on my nightstand and the other at my desk at work. (Note: The Everdock is probably one of the few tech accessories that has stood the test of time, my two having been with me since my very first iPhone[4]. They don’t make them anymore, and I couldn’t possibly throw them out, so they’re being relocated to other places in the house.) The beauty of Qi charging docks is that, like the Everdock, they don’t care what phone you have as long as it supports Qi. Unlike the Everdocks though they don’t have the friction of having to align ports. If you’re curious, these are the ones I picked up.

And this brings me to my most recent purchase, which is the real game changer in my opinion.

The layout of my home means the most logical way to arrange my living room is to float the sofa in the middle of the room. Not having your sofa against a wall means missing out on the obvious lifehack of hiding a charging cable in your sofa. Instead, my solution up until now has been to run my Macbook Pro’s USB-C charger across the floor with a USB-C to Lightning adapter. It’s not only unsightly, but it’s a tripping hazard which I tend to fall victim to almost weekly.

My living room is also the entrance to my house, so I always felt that the landing zone cabinet between the front door and tv would be a perfect spot for a charger, and now there will be one. This isn’t just any charging pad though. It’s also a wireless charging battery pack, which means instead of dragging a cable across the floor to my sofa to charge my phone, now I can simply bring the battery pack. It was the priciest of all my chargers, but for something that sits out on display, I’d rather have it look nice. You can find it here.

Whenever people talked about the future of wireless charging, the world was going to be full of chargers – charging tables in restaurants, charging consoles in cars, charging bags, etc. For a while, this seemed like a far-fetched dream, but as I look around my house, that dream might not be as far off as I thought.

The last place to switch to wireless charging is my car. The vent mounts I’ve found haven’t been compelling enough to replace my trusty Kenu Airframe, but thankfully that wait is nearly over as Kenu has announced their Qi-enabled Airframes.

What do you think about wireless charging? Love it? Hate it?

Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash

Adding Wireless Charging to the Kindle Paperwhite

imageFive years ago, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite on a whim. During those 5 years, it has become one of my most cherished tech devices, rivaling only my iPhone or my AirPods.

It’s nothing fancy. I haven’t felt the need to upgrade to a newer model. It does one thing and does it well. It lets me read books anytime, anywhere, without hurting my wrists or triggering my OCD when it sits unevenly in my hand like actual books tend to do.

For as long as I’ve owned it, there’s been only one complaint I’ve ever had with it – the battery life.

There’s a funny thing with battery life. Make it too short, and you are constantly worrying about charging a device. Make it too long, and you’ll notice you’re in the same boat because you forget to charge it. That’s my problem with the Kindle. The battery life is so good, I never think to charge it, so whenever I pick it up, it’s telling me the battery’s about to die.

I recently picked up an Anker wireless charging pad for my iPhone X so that I could mindlessly throw my phone behind me to charge on those nights I want to use my phone late into the wee hours. That charger happens to sit right next to where I also mindlessly throw my Kindle before bed.

The Kindle seems like the perfect device for wireless charging,. Surprisingly, Amazon hasn’t added it to any Kindle on their line, but it turns out I can.

For $13, I picked up a Qi wireless charger receiver, plugged it into my Paperwhite, and plopped my case back on it. (For those wondering, you’ll want the “Micro USB narrow-side” variant). I wasn’t sure if it would work through my case, but sure enough, it worked!

For $13, my 5-year-old Kindle now has wireless charging, and I couldn’t be happier.