Other Wireless charging... worth it?

McDLT

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i haven’t bothered getting a wireless charging set up yet. Those of you who use it, is it any practical improvement over just sticking the lightning cable in there?
 

sjperformance

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X since launch and been using a Samsung wireless charger. Why Samsung? Well because to me they are the best built and hold my X better overall. I can’t never go back to having to plug an iPhone to charge while I sleep. I just sit it on the wireless charge cradle and that’s it. It’s a plus for me and very convenient.
 

TheBacklash

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Wireless charger on my headboard of my bed.
Wireless charger on my desk.
Wireless charger in my Truck.
Wireless charger setup for travel.

I used a cable once since I got the 8 Plus.
Go cordless, so much easier.
 
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afir93

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It's mostly a matter of convenience, not so much of practicality. Think of how often you put your phone somewhere on the table or nightstand at home, and now think of it being charged while you do, instead of having to put in a separate cable each time. How much this convenience is worth is really up to you as it's hard to quantify in practical terms. Personally I find it nice that it's one less step in my evening routine that I can accidentally forget (thus creating more hassle in the morning when I realize I haven't charged my phone), but if plugging in the cable is a non-issue to you to begin with, then you won't really profit from wireless charging in any way.
 

Chacocliff

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It is super easy to use, and usually more convenient. I’m just curious if the improved wireless charging will be 10w or 15w. Either should be a nice upgrade.
 

Freakonomics101

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@afir93 is correct. It’s a convenience, not a necessity. A lot really enjoy it, including myself. It’s nice if you have pets that like to chew on cords.

I definitely enjoy it. I’ve used a charging cable maybe a few times since buying my iPhone 10.
 

KrisLord

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I got one of the ikea self install ones and fitted one to my bedside table.

It’s much easier and quieter than shuffling around to find a cable.

I don’t use one in the car as I need a wired connection for CarPlay.
 

Newtons Apple

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I would never go back to plugging in. Just set it on the pad and walk away. Can check emails and text by just touching the screen. Do not need the “AirPower”. My Morphie charger works just fine and will be seeing the MAX soon.
 
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SisterBlue22

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I have wireless chargers on my nightstand, desk at home, and desk at work. Best things ever. I haven't plugged a cable into my X since I got it. I have the stand types, so I can unlock using face ID without even moving - I just turn my head so my face is facing the phone, and the angle is perfect to unlock.
 

off3nc3

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I have wireless chargers on my nightstand, desk at home, and desk at work. Best things ever. I haven't plugged a cable into my X since I got it. I have the stand types, so I can unlock using face ID without even moving - I just turn my head so my face is facing the phone, and the angle is perfect to unlock.
Yea and the charging times are abysmal compared to lightning fast and even the 12w standard package charger. Big nono for anyone that wants the best / fastest charge times on the market and settle with 3 hours of 1-100% just because it's more comfortable.
 
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TheBacklash

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Can anyone link me to a good one?
This is what I bought
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W4XB76/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (want to say I paid $40ish)
Works great at night. Wasn't sure about the little plug for the airpods.. but I have a silicone case over the case so other airpod charge options wouldn't work. Oh and the rubber on the bottom.. it does not move around the headrest. I had a different one that the slightest breeze would move it. It now sits on my moms desk ;) (Taped down)
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Yea and the charging times are abysmal compared to lightning fast and even the 12w standard package charger. Big nono for anyone that wants the best / fastest charge times on the market and settle with 3 hours of 1-100% just because it's more comfortable.
my iPhone lasts all day, gets to 20-25% before bed.. drop on charger and it's 100% in the morning. Does not need to be 100% in 5 minutes.
Also have a wireless charger setup on my desk... if it does get close to dead before bedtime... drop and charge a bit.

Have not drained a iPhone while out of the house in years. It's always late at night, when I'm around a quick wireless charge if really needed.
 

Deguello

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Yea and the charging times are abysmal compared to lightning fast and even the 12w standard package charger. Big nono for anyone that wants the best / fastest charge times on the market and settle with 3 hours of 1-100% just because it's more comfortable.
I sleep more than 3 hours most of the time, so not an issue. If I need to charge quickly for some reason — would be rare because I can charge in my car — I’d plug it in.
 
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off3nc3

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This is what I bought
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W4XB76/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (want to say I paid $40ish)
Works great at night. Wasn't sure about the little plug for the airpods.. but I have a silicone case over the case so other airpod charge options wouldn't work. Oh and the rubber on the bottom.. it does not move around the headrest. I had a different one that the slightest breeze would move it. It now sits on my moms desk ;) (Taped down)
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my iPhone lasts all day, gets to 20-25% before bed.. drop on charger and it's 100% in the morning. Does not need to be 100% in 5 minutes.
Also have a wireless charger setup on my desk... if it does get close to dead before bedtime... drop and charge a bit.

Have not drained a iPhone while out of the house in years. It's always late at night, when I'm around a quick wireless charge if really needed.
I sleep more than 3 hours most of the time, so not an issue. If I need to charge quickly for some reason — would be rare because I can charge in my car — I’d plug it in.
It might work but what happens if your into gaming and want to spend a few hours of gaming a day / on a roadtrip or travel abroad and you don't have a powerbank with you.
The wireless charging option seems more fit for the nighttime and even then..
 

TheBacklash

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It might work but what happens if your into gaming and want to spend a few hours of gaming a day / on a roadtrip or travel abroad and you don't have a powerbank with you.
The wireless charging option seems more fit for the nighttime and even then..
Maybe cause i have not played a Game on my iPhone in probably 2-3 years...
Getting old does that to you.

Besides, when I'm on the road, guess who's driving?
Fire up my audiobook/music/podcast and drop on the built in wireless charger in my truck.

oh, and in my backpack is a powerbank and cables. Cause "Always be Prepared"
 

off3nc3

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Maybe cause i have not played a Game on my iPhone in probably 2-3 years...
Getting old does that to you.

Besides, when I'm on the road, guess who's driving?
Fire up my audiobook/music/podcast and drop on the built in wireless charge in my truck.

oh, and in my backpack is a powerbank and cables. Cause "Always be Prepared"
Can't argue with that but still i would prefer the fastest charging option vs. / comfort. To each their own I guess :)
 

Deguello

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It might work but what happens if your into gaming and want to spend a few hours of gaming a day / on a roadtrip or travel abroad and you don't have a powerbank with you.
The wireless charging option seems more fit for the nighttime and even then..
What? What am i going to be using as a power source in that scenario, regardless of my connection type?
 

Lyn2012

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Well if I had the choice I’d pick a lighter aluminium phone and forgo wireless charging. This is having used the 8 for a year, I’ve got a wireless charger but rarely use it. I find it just as easy to connect a cable and leave the phone within reach overnight. A charging plate on my bedside table isn’t safe as I found the phone slips off and there is also the danger of knocking over the glass of water when half asleep and trying to see the time.
 
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