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Can Wireless Charging your Cellphone Damage it?

by Geek Insider Staff

There are a lot of old wives’ tales and myths about our smartphones, an item most of us use countless times a day. From silly things like being able to cook an egg on it or being able to use rice to dry out a wet phone, to supposed battery-saving “tricks” that just don’t work, and a whole lot in-between.

 

We’ve all heard various things about our phones but today we want to cover the popular question – “Will it damage my phone to charge it wirelessly?”

 

Let’s break it down.

 

First and Foremost

There is a real danger of wireless charging damaging your smartphone if you use a low-quality wireless charger. However, this doesn’t mean that all unofficial, off-brand, third-party wireless chargers are faulty and dangerous.

 

There’s a big difference between an off-brand charger and a fake or knock-off. Some third-party manufacturers adhere to strict quality standards and are sold at reputable retail stores and websites. As long as you’re using a certified premium-quality wireless charger, you’ll avoid damaging your smartphone. 

 

Conversely, wirelessly charging your cellphone via cheap knockoff chargers can indeed possibly damage it as those products don’t all adhere to those quality standards and many of them do not have quality control measures in place.

 

In other words, forgo ordering one from Wish/Geek and opt to make your purchase from a known retailer and choose a brand that has decent reviews and if you follow the extra tips below, your phone should be fine being charged wirelessly.

 

The Dos & Don’ts of Wireless Charging

Here are a few things that you need to know in order to keep your phone safe when charging wirelessly.

 

  • While it’s perfectly fine to leave your phone on during charging, you need to turn the screen off and avoid conditions that can cause it to overheat, which, of course, can eventually lead to damaging your phone. Ensure that it has plenty of ventilation, (charging in an open space is generally best) and refrain from running graphics-intensive apps while wirelessly charging to help avoid overheating.
  • While it doesn’t hurt your phone to charge it overnight, you need to be sure not to leave it on the wireless charger for more than 6 – 8 hours. These wireless pads still produce some heat and extended exposure to them could lead to the heat damage mentioned above.

 

Conclusion

All in all, wirelessly charging your cellphone will not damage it as long as you don’t use a knock-off off-brand option, you turn the screen off while charging, and you don’t leave it on the charger for unreasonable amounts of time. 

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