Wireless Inductive Charging

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CIE’s HowToAV.tv examines wireless inductive charging and the devices that it can be used with...



Since our love-affair with electronics began, one of their much less-loved aspects has been the vast amount of wires needed to power and connect them together. Despite the amazing innovations which have been created up until now, technology which has been designed to remove these wires is only just starting to emerge on the devices we use every day.

For many people if you mention the word ‘charging’ to them, the first thing that will come to mind is their beloved smartphone, which provides us with the world at our fingertips – until the battery runs out. However there are now major innovations around the corner which are aiming to overcome this issue.

What Is Wireless Inductive Charging?

Wireless inductive charging is where a device such as a phone or tablet is charged without the use of a traditional wire phone charger. Instead it is placed on or near to a special charging pad which uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between the pad and the device.

The technology was invented back in 1981, but is only now being included into the latest devices. It has already been used for a number of years in other technology, including electric toothbrushes and shavers.

One of the leading types of wireless charging is the ‘Qi Standard’, which has been developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, a collection of worldwide tech companies which aim to create a proprietary standard for wireless charging technology that will eventually operate worldwide. ‘Qi’ comes from the Chinese concept of energy flow in traditional medicine.

The Qi Standard is already included in around 60 different phones and tablets, with many more coming over the next year. Any device using it will still need close access to a wall plug, as the charging pad will still need to be connected to the mains.

Wireless Inductive Charging

Will Wireless Charging Be Used In Public Places?

It is expected that in the near future these conductive charging pads will start emerging in public places such as coffee shops, airports and public transport, allowing people to charge their phone whilst enjoying a drink or on the move.

Already a variety of companies are looking to take advantage, with Virgin Atlantic announcing they will be one of the first to offer it in their airport lounges. If successful trials like this could help the technology reach all kinds of different places, including IKEA furniture, which is being developed with the charging pads included in some of their latest sofas and tables.

What Devices Can It Be Used For?

After working successfully in bathroom products for a number of years, the next major developments will come on smartphones and tablets. Nokia and Samsung have already released phones with it available using the Qi Standard, however it has taken the commitment from all of the other manufacturers to invest in the infrastructure needed and begin the process of making it a standard feature on every phone.

Another aspect which makes the technology more important is the development of wearable technology such as smart watches, which will use wireless charging to keep their small batteries going for longer and removing the need for charging ports on devices, helping make them look more fashionable.


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Thank you for reading our guide on Wireless Conductive Charging. We’ve looked at what inductive charging is and how it will aid our lives in the years to come as the technology is added to public places and consumer furniture. If you have any further questions regarding wireless charging then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of AV experts.

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