Blog Post #3
With the amount of times I have replaced my phone charger, I could have probably used that money to buy a whole new phone. Phone chargers are constantly breaking, whether it just stops working completely or you have to play around with the cord until you finally hear a “bing” noise notifying you that your phone is now charging. Regardless of the case, phone chargers that stop working are a huge inconvenience to all mobile phone users. However, now, Ikea has come up with a new technology that may reform the phone charging game.
Ikea’s wireless phone chargers come built into different furniture, such as lamps and nightstands. They also offers charging pads that can be placed on top of a surface or installed into any piece of furniture. This may seem like a dream come true when it comes to faulty phone chargers, but recent reviews may tend to disagree. In order to charge your phone, you must have one equipped with Qi technology. These are mostly found in the new Android phones, which, on a side note, may help with competition against Apple iPhones. If you want to use the new Ikea furniture to charge your phone and you don’t have the Qi capabilities, there is a special phone case, also by Ikea, on the market that you can purchase. However, this type of phone case is bulky and not that attractive to consumers. Also with this case, “if you do want to plug it in with a traditional wire charger while using the case, you need a Micro USB connection” which can actually add more wires instead of fewer (Bloomberg). Another problem with this technology is that your phone has to be placed on the furniture very precisely in order for your phone charge. Another issue with this type of charger is that you cannot touch your phone whatsoever when using it. With just this, someone can argue that wall chargers are better than this type of new wireless technology, “Even if you’re tethered to a wall charger, at least you can tweet without interrupting your charge” (Bloomberg). Wireless charging like this can also add excess heat that could damage your phone.
Even though there are some critics to this new way of your charging your phone, some people think that it is a great idea. One person found the new way to charge to be “magical” and “simple”. He also noted that “despite the many warnings about wireless charging generating excess heat” and potentially damaging the battery life, he did not notice his phone getting hot at all. Also arguing against the claim that you cannot use the phone while it’s charging, he said that it was easy enough to pick up the phone mid-charge, answer a text, and then place it back down to continue charging.
In the end, I believe this is a neat new way to charge your phone. The “bulky” case issue can be solved if you just use the case while your phone is charging. Whether or not this type of charging actually damages your phone will be proved in the upcoming months when this product gets more popular. If it is true, I believe newer models will be built to fix this problem. In my opinion, this type of technology is a step towards the future and soon enough most smartphones will be charged this way.