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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    i bought one for my S7, phone heated up considerably, I unplugged it and haven't used it since.
    I had the same experience with my S7, it just didnt feel safe to use.

    I now have a OnePlus 6T with rapid charging so I don't need a pad as it charges quick enough.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    I use mine daily - I have the bequiet case above so when at home on my PC, I stick my phone on top and it keeps it going. I have a generic £5 ebay one on my desk at work, and since I am constantly up and down from my desk to and from meetings, again I stick my phone on it and just pick it up when I move.

    It's very, very convenient and much easier than constantly plugging in/unplugging a cable - not to mention it removes the charge port wear etc. My S9 supports fast wireless charging too so it charges almost as quickly as when cabled.

    Not at all a fad, not going anywhere soon in fact the opposite - the tech is moving towards true wireless electricity where you don't even need to put your phone on a pad, it just charges when nearby - even better.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
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    however!, wireless charging pads in public areas is a good idea, having your phone on the table in starbucks or costa charging your phone? great idea. .....
    I agree it's a great idea ..... right up to the point where someone organises a distraction, like a loud noise, and in the handful of seconds you look away, an accomplice walks past and vanishes your phone.

    Couldn't happen? I was in a Costa a couple of months back when it did, to a girl a couple of tables over. The only time it could have been nicked was when someone walked past just as someone elso dropped a tray. She didn't even notice it was gone for about ten minutes but that's the only time anyone went anywhere near. And, of course, that person was long gone. As was her iPhone.

    Be warned, and be aware.


    Oh, and she wasn't charging. Just had it sat there. But ... same difference.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen999 View Post
    I agree it's a great idea ..... right up to the point where someone organises a distraction, like a loud noise, and in the handful of seconds you look away, an accomplice walks past and vanishes your phone.

    Couldn't happen? I was in a Costa a couple of months back when it did, to a girl a couple of tables over. The only time it could have been nicked was when someone walked past just as someone elso dropped a tray. She didn't even notice it was gone for about ten minutes but that's the only time anyone went anywhere near. And, of course, that person was long gone. As was her iPhone.

    Be warned, and be aware.


    Oh, and she wasn't charging. Just had it sat there. But ... same difference.
    So, having a charging pad or not is irrelevant.

    People who are going to have their phones stolen in public places more than likely have them sitting out on the table anyway.

    People that lack the sense to keep an eye on their property will fail to do so regardless of setting.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    My neighbor wanted me to put my phone on one of them charging stations recently and I got paranoid and thought they wanted to steal my information or something. I take it any phone can be charged with one? You don't need it to have a charging receiver or something? Dam I feel old not understanding technology anymore.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    I love my wireless charger, esp when im at work and place my phone on my desk, then I just have to grab it when i go to meetings etc, I treat them more as a trickle charger so didnt go for a high powered one.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    Only specific phones support wireless charging, although you can get add on cases with the technology in.

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    Re: Are wireless charging pads worth it?

    I had a wireless charging stand right back in the days of the Palm Pre.

    I find them useful for one thing only and that's charging at night when you alse use your phone as a clock, a torch at night and an alarm. I also use it to minimise use of the USB port as I want my phones to last and that's a potential point of failure.

    Beyond that, no. No use whatsoever. If you're using your phone whilst charging, they're pointless. If you're using the phone as a satnav and wireless charging in the holder it will cook. As in properly cook. And the charge rate will be so slow as to only be able to just keep up with the battery drain in this scenario. This experience was with an S7 using some kind of fast wireless charger. I have not tried with an S8 and nor do I intend to.

    But for me, by the bedside, they are useful enough to be worth the outlay. I would just never use one whilst the phone is in heavy use (mostly due to the charge rate being meh) or when I want a fast charge.

    I have, by my bed, the wireless charger, the fast charger (useful for when getting changed to go out and need a quick boost) and then a stupid 8A 8 port hub with a charge rate, voltage and status read out for every input..... because I'm a nerd with serious charging needs and an Amazon account that gets well used when I've been drinking.

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