Wireless charging has become a popular and widely available trend. The beauty of this is that it allows you to charge your phone on the go without having to find an outlet at any given time. This, in turn, can make getting into your car a much simpler task than before, as there are no tangled cords or frustration awaiting you when you get inside.
When it comes to wireless charging in cars, however, many problems have arisen from its use. In particular, there are many issues with range and power. This is caused by a lack of clear standardization in the wireless devices being used. The limitations of the technology itself also cause it. There are two types of wireless charging: inductive and capacitive, and each has its unique issues that consumers have encountered when using it in cars.
Inductive Charging and Its Problems:
Inductive charging works with magnetic fields, as opposed to alternating current or even chemical resonance. In this scenario, the charge is passed through an electromagnetic field to the mobile device being charged. To do this, you need a transmitter that can send out magnetic fields.
The main issue with wireless charging in cars is the problem of range. Inductive charging systems are not very powerful (hence why they are wireless), and they have difficulty transmitting energy over long distances. This means that you must be sitting very close to the transmitter for it to charge your phone. This poses a problem for those concerned with safety and security while driving, or we can even say that they are not paying attention to the road. For example, if you are on the highway at 70 miles per hour and need to check your navigation app quickly, you will need to take your eyes off the road for about 10 seconds for your phone to charge up enough power to see the map.
Another issue that is causing major headaches for drivers is the amount of power sent out. The transmitter uses a capacitor, which acts as an electric battery for a mobile device being charged. This means that the energy sent out by the transmitter cannot be stored for extended periods. If you are charging your phone while driving, you will need to ensure that you have enough space in your car to keep its energy for later use.
Charging your phone is not the only problem surrounding wireless charging in cars. The signal from the transmitter can also cause interference with devices such as satellite navigation systems or other gadgets in your car. Because of this, it is generally not recommended that you use an inductive charging system while driving. Despite these restrictions, however, there are still a few options available for you to consider, which I will outline below:
1.The first option is to use a wireless charger with a smaller transmit range than usual. This allows you to sit closer to the transmitter, and your phone will then charge faster. There are also some adapters available for this purpose.
2.’For an even easier solution, you may want to consider buying a specific car kit. Most of these kits come with a charging pad as well as an additional receiver that can be placed on the seat or in the center console to ensure that it will work properly with your particular car’s system.
3.Another option is to plug the charger directly into the cable that you use when charging your phone at home. This allows you to charge even while driving, provided that you have a way to rest the charger on your seat or center console.
4.If you must have full-range wireless charging, then make sure that you never use an inductive transmitter if it interferes with other electronics in your car.
Capacitive charging problems:
Capacitive charging works by transmitting an electric current between two electrodes that are bridged by a conductive object. This also generates an electric current in the conductive material, which charges your phone or another device.
1.This charging method is more complicated than its inductive counterpart and can be more challenging to use in certain situations. Because of this, wirelessly charged vehicles need to have a dedicated wireless charging pad installed by the manufacturer or else they cannot even charge wirelessly at all!
2.The issue with this is that the charging pad needs to be connected to a wire for the car’s system to activate it. This can cause significant problems if an accident happens and the connection between the charger and wireless charging pad is either severed or damaged.
3.’This can lead to an interruption in charging or even a total loss of power, which will then cause you to have an empty battery during your driving experience.
4.Even though it is not on the market yet and there are some problems with the technology, there are still a few viable options to consider. If you happen to have a second wireless phone charger that you no longer need, then you may consider using this as your charging pad for your car. This way, you will only need to plug in the charger once before it is activated by your car system when you start driving; this will save on extra power usage over time.
Wireless charging is an improvement in smartphone technology and will become more prevalent in the future. The issues with range and power are currently being resolved by both the technology and the manufacturers, which should mean fewer headaches. The problem with wireless charging in cars is that it simply does not work very well out of the box, which means even more research is required before you can use it to its full potential.