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    • Back in 2013-2014 I was using the Nexus 5. It was a very good phone, and to this day many people still remember it fondly. One of the features of that phone which appealed to me was the fact that it came with wireless charging. That's right, even though wireless charging seems kinda "new", it was actually around from a long time ago. I loved it back then. I had a power bank (or a battery pack as some people call it) which was capable of wireless charging, so with the power bank I could charge my phone just by placing it on top of the power bank, and that was literally wireless charging.

      Since then though, none of the phones I've used came with wireless charging, and you know what, I'm ok with that. For some people, wireless charging is a requirement, and they won't even consider buying phones that don't have it. But for me, I now value quick charging over the convenience of wireless charging, which is why I'm very happy to be using my second OnePlus phone in a row. OnePlus' charging speed has consistently been one of the fastest in the market for the past few years, and that's not something I'd like to give up.

      Wireless charging is faster now than it was a few years ago, but wired charging is still faster and I don't really find plugging in my device to be all that tedious. I only charge my phone once a day anyway. Wireless charging is convenient and cool in a sense that you can just place your phone down and it'll start charging, and now some phones can even act as wireless chargers themselves for your accessories like wireless earbuds and smartwatches, but I'd rather my phone charge faster so I'm happy to stick with wired charging.

      What about you? Do you prefer the convenience of wireless charging, or the speed of wired charging?

    • Wireless is convenient. I use wireless at work when I know I'll be in for the day and it's ok if charging lasts for hours on-and-off. Just leave it in a cradle, no plugging, no fuss.

      First gen wireless chargers did 5W, later models up do 10W. Nowadays, they can go up to 20W, if you manage a compatible solution, which is not too shabby, full charge in under two hours. But, wired can go all the way up to 45W (even more for some models), which can give you a full charge in about an hour. 40% in less than 20minutes, which is great if you're in a hurry.

      Personally, I have a feeling that quick charging is not too great for battery durability, so I avoid it unless I really need a full battery quick.

    • Wireless charging can go a lot higher than 20W now. OnePlus announced that their new wireless charger for their upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro will go up to 30W, while Huawei has a 40W wireless charger for it's P40. But as fast as wireless charging will be, it'll still be slower than wired quick charging. In my tweet above I got a full charge in about 40 mins.

      And there's no real reason to worry about battery health with quick charging. It's been disproved that quick charging does any damage to your phone's battery health.

      Unless there's some technical flaw with your battery or charger electronics, however, using a fast charger won't do your phone's battery any long-term damage.

    • And there's no real reason to worry about battery health with quick charging. It's been disproved that quick charging does any damage to your phone's battery health.

      Ok, that's good to know, thx for the link.