Qi technology may be in its infancy, but it’s becoming ever more clear that wireless charging will move from a luxury to an expectation. The increasing power demands of portable technology, with battery life seemingly unable to keep pace, has resulted in swathes of cables and packed plug points – not to mention the compatibility issues. With users now used to flowing UX on their devices, this unwanted consequence is surely the next inconvenience to fall.
Although Qi charging started with smartphones, its sheer popularity has seen growth in other areas like home appliances – with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) creating a specific work group to study this space. So far the WPC have only developed Qi-enabled food processor, but it just goes to show the relentless march this technology is on. Even Apple, despite ignoring it initially, is now embracing the trend.
And you don’t have to worry if your devices don’t offer the functionality. For those products that haven’t adopted wireless charging, Qi-compatibility is easy to obtain, simply by adding a special Qi charging case.
Still wondering what all the fuss is about? Here are five reasons why it’s worth considering:
- No more cables: One of the main benefits of Qi charging is its aesthetic appeal. Although we’ve gotten used to seeing them around, charging cables can be ugly. They often don’t match the design of the room and they can make surface areas appear messy.
- Desk integration: You don’t even have to have a specific charging pad any more, you can have it built into other desk accessories. IKEA, for example, have released a range of bedside lamps and bedside tables with integrated Qi charging technology. All you need to do is rest your phone on top of the base of the lamp and it’ll charge.
- Clean desk, clean mind: Getting rid of all the extra wires and gadgets means a tidier desk. Not only does that reduce the risk of losing important print-outs or knocking a drink all over the worktop – and damaging devices – it’ll also result in a more clear-minded and productive employee
- Consistent charging: With a charging pad on the desk, employees are more likely to keep their devices fully functioning if it’s right in front of them. Most of us don’t charge our devices until we notice that they’re running low on battery, which means people often leave the office for meetings with a phone that’s only half charged or running low on battery – not ideal when availability is a must.
- Compatibility: Everyone can charge their phone or other Qi-enabled device, including clients that come to visit. This can be particularly helpful if that client has a smartphone or device that nobody else in the office has (and so nobody is likely to have a cable for) or if the client is visiting from abroad and would normally require a power adapter to plug the device into the wall socket.
Therefore, for IT managers in particular, whilst the aesthetic benefits are a key facet, the practicality of this charging method surpasses any other that’s so widely available and should be strongly considered as an investment
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