Apple fans can’t help to express their excitement when Apple finally released iPhones featuring wireless charging. To fulfill this task, Apple company really took its time and effort. However, there is an opinion raised by ZDNet editor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says wireless charging will wear out the battery faster than cable charging. We waited for so long and were told not to use it. Can’t wait to know the reason.
Is wireless charging really bad for my iPhone 8/X?
In Adrian’s article, he pointed out that back in January, he started to suspect that regularly using wireless charging wouldn’t be good for the long-term health of his iPhone’s battery. Therefore, he began to go for a little battery 101. According to Apple, iPhone’s battery “is designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles”, which Adrian thought would take him about three years to reach.
As we know, once the battery reaches to 500 recharge cycles, you may have to replace it at any time. Even if away from 500 cycles, it won’t last as long as before as the battery gets older. Adrian found that using wireless charging instead of wired charging is causing him to run through battery cycles more quickly, which will run over 500 cycles around 20-month. He estimates this number based on the recharge cycles within four months of usage. This is way less than expectation.
He explained the cause. It is due to that “when 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. 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.”
To be honest, his explanation is convincing. If you’re a heavy user of your phone, you might need to consider switching back to cable charging.