Wireless phone charging not ready for prime-time Planned

Stanley Goldstein

I recently bought an iPhone SE, and then a larger Motorola 7G+ as a backup for business and am pleased with both. Except that the $50 charger sold by Apple online died two weeks later. Though it was three days after the return period when  I called, they made an exception and are issuing me a refund, I refusing their offer of replacement. When I checked the reviews of wireless chargers on Amazon I found that of all those sold a number malfunctioned quickly or even seemed dangerous so I gave up on wireless charging, feeling that its technology simply isn’t mainstream yet. Sadly, since I liked it for the first functioning week. Just an observation.

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  • Comment author
    Bryce W

    Hi Stanley,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I've found wireless chargers to be hit or miss when I have tried them. It feels like one has to really invest in a higher-end one for it to go on without any issues which I find tough to do since I have perfectly good charger cables and bricks that are a fraction of the costs. Hopefully one day the technology and cost will meet at a good place because it is nice to be able to just put your phone down on a surface and have it charge. 

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  • Comment author
    N. Shaw

    It is best not to draw too broad a conclusion about technology based on a single experience with one company.  I'm not trying to argue or contradict anyone, just offering a little more information.

    I have an old Motorola wireless charger that works despite having been chewed up by a cat and a wireless charger I purchased from a gas station four about $10 that also works just fine.

    I used to be a big fan of Apple, but it has been a long, long time since the days of Scott Forstall and Steve Jobs. The new Apple does not have the greatest build quality out there, nor the greatest business ethics.

    It does not remotely surprise me that the current incarnation of Apple would sell a $15 charger for $50.

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  • Comment author
    Stanley Goldstein

    Update: I bought a wireless charger pad (iyootech, model X1) on Amazon for $14 a month ago and it works fine, I using it overnight and then turning it off thinking that it might last longer this way, or perhaps it makes no difference. .Also the instructions were precise in terms of which charger wattage to use. A good product.

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