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Car wireless charging development history

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Car wireless charging development history

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Wireless charging technology has been around for more than 100 years, but its inclusion in devices such as Apple's new iPhone line has given it new life. Here's how it works, and why it could soon show up in everything from homes to robots.


As convenience goes, wireless charging can’t be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.


Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.

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You really can use a wireless charger in your car to power up your phone on the road, but very few cars come with the technology built in. If your car doesn't have a built-in charger, but you're still interested, we'll go over how this technology works, why you might want to use it, and how you can get it in your car

How to Charge Your Phone Wirelessly in Your Car

Your basic options, if you’re interested in wireless charging on the road, are to buy a car that comes with an OEM-installed charging station or install an aftermarket charging station in a car that you already own.


If your phone doesn't support wireless charging, you'll also have to either buy a new phone with built-in wireless charging functionality, or purchase a wireless charging adapter. These adapters are inexpensive, and you can sometimes install them inside your phone case.


Nothing is ever quite that simple, so it's important to point out that there are two competing wireless charging technologies that you may run into: Powermat and Qi.


Qi is the clear leader in the world of cell phones, with a host of cellular phone manufacturers having jumped on the Qi bandwagon. So if you own a phone that is already Qi-compatible, then you’ll want to look for a Qi-based charger.

Built-in Automotive Wireless Phone Chargers

Two of the first automakers to commit to installing wireless phone chargers at the factory were Toyota and Chevrolet, and each one opted for a different standard.

The Qi system is currently available from Toyota, and GM’s first demonstration of wireless charging technology was in the 2011 Chevy Volt, although the option didn’t make it to production vehicles at that time.

If you’re in the market for a new car anyway, and you’re an early adopter type, then those are two of the places you can look. Or if you’ve already purchased a new vehicle that came with a wireless charger, then you’re pretty much locked into whatever it came with. However, it’s also possible to install an aftermarket charger, and in that case, you have a lot more control.

Aftermarket Automotive Wireless Phone Chargers

Unlike factory-installed systems, which lock you into one charging standard, you have options if you go the aftermarket route.

The first thing you have to do is choose between Qi and Powermat. If your phone supports Qi without any attachments, then you’ll be best served by choosing a Qi charger. If it doesn’t, then you’ll need to buy a special charger case, and you’ll probably have your choice of either Qi or Powermat.

When you go the aftermarket route, you also have a lot of different choices in terms of what base station you go with.

You can select a flat pad, like the ones that are designed for home and office use, but you’ll find that there are better options out there for automotive applications—like cradles, holsters, and even chargers that are designed to slip into a cup holder.

Each of these options is better for use in a car than a flat pad since it will prevent your phone from sliding around while it’s trying to charge.

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