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Why You Should Think Twice About Wirelessly Charging Your iPhone

It could hurt your devices
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Wireless charging is the kind of showy tech breakthrough that sounds a lot more revolutionary and helpful than it actually is.

In fact, it could even prove to be harmful.

Not only does the upcoming Apple AirPower hog way more space on your desk than a traditional charger, but it’s also been shown to slowly eat away at a device’s battery.

ZDNet blogger Adrian Kingsley-Hughes tested his iPhone on the pad, and soon found that he was draining his batteries at a much faster rate. He expects to hit 500 complete charge cycles at the 20-month mark, whereas an average iPhone battery would take three years to reach that point.

The blogger explains:

“The issue is that when the iPhone is being charged using a cable, the phone is being powered by the cord (there is some load on the battery, but it’s minimal), but when using wireless charging, the battery is what’s powering the iPhone, with the wireless charger only being used to top up the battery.

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“This means that by switching from a cable to a wireless charger, my battery isn’t getting a break, and in turn, this is making me go through recharge cycles at an even faster rate.”

The Apple AirPower is set for release later this year.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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