So does wireless charging work with a case? If you've bagged yourself one of the best wireless chargers, then it's worth knowing how it'll work with your current phone case, especially if it's on the thicker side.
Here, we'll dive straight into what you need to know, so you can buy your next case with confidence, plus, share some insight into wireless charging and why some phones are starting to ditch the functionality altogether...
Does Wireless Charging Work With A Case?
Yes, it does, but there's a little more to it than that.
Basically, wireless charging works up to a point, but if your case is too thick then it won't charge properly. How thick does the case have to be to stop charging? That's a little up for debate and does seem to vary on a case by case basis... sorry.
There are some incredibly thick cases on the market that are designed to be 'rugged', but in most situations, you should be fine. A general agreement is that most wireless charging pads will work through cases up to 3mm.
Aluminium can interfere with wireless charging, so we'd say to steer clear of those types of cases. If you check out the latest iPhones you'll notice glass instead of aluminium, which is believed to be for the purposes of wireless charging functionality.
Another thing you'll want to factor in is the wireless charger quality itself. It may sound obvious, but the better the charger, the higher chance of it being able to connect through thicker cases... at least, you'd hope so.
There are many brands on the market that have excellent options both from a power-output and design perspective (take this popular one from Native Union, for example, in the picture above), so we're sure you'll find something that'll work well with your chosen phone.
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Is It Safe To Wireless Charge With A Case?
Metal and aluminium phone cases are great for protecting your phone, but they can also block wireless charging.
This is because a metal or aluminium case can interfere with the magnetic field that is used to charge the phone.
In this situation, you will have to remove the case to charge the phone.
How Does Wireless Charging Work?
What looks like magic is actually fairly simple... well, sort of.
In the charging base of a wireless charger, you've got an electromagnetic coil, which creates a magnetic field.
The magnetic field acts as a sort of antenna, which can be used to transmit energy through the air.
When you have a phone which can be charged wirelessly, it'll have a coil that can receive this energy, which can then be converted to charge the battery.
But if it's that 'simple', why doesn't every phone have it?
Is Wireless Charging Worth It?
Wireless charging is usually seen in more premium and high-end phones. Think about the latest iPhones or Samsung phones and you'll get the idea.
Adding components to a smartphone designed to be easier on the wallet is counterproductive, as it drives the price up.
Not only this, but they also boast fast charging capabilities, in this case, up to 25W. Comparatively speaking, many wireless charging pads hover around the 8W- 12W region and tend to be slower.
There's even more you could go into, but wireless charging (at least in our opinion) shouldn't be the be-all and end-all of your decision when purchasing a phone, as with larger batteries and even faster charging than ever before, they're arguably starting to become less vital to phone users in recent times.