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Universal Induction Charging

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So, I got bored today and started looking up information around the net about induction charging. Wires have always been a hassle for me, getting tangled, cut (wires cut), chewed on by pets (thus making them unreliable), and generally being a hassle to carry around. Induction power produces an interesting alternative to wire-charging devices.

Pros: Wires, except the one used to power the induction mat, are eliminated from your devices. In addition, there is no electrical hazard from poorly shielded or worn-out wires (should you have charging cords that have been chewed on by pets). "Charging ports" become a thing of the past; physical conductors to charge the battery can be bent and broken from repeated use. An induction mat simply needs the object to be stationary, and in close proximity to the mat, which is how you charge your devices from a cord anyway. Lastly, since electricity can take the form of excited electrons and magnetic fields (the method of transferring power from the mat to a device), having DIFFERENT charging cords for every device you have also becomes obsolete; with a single, simple recharging station, you do away with incompatibility issues.

Cons: Not all current devices support induction charging. Induction charging requires a coil to be part of the battery system, as the magnetic field emitted from the induction mat can only be converted back into electricity through the use of a coil. Revamping today's devices would cost their respective corporations thousands of dollars, and thus is impractical; however, if new products, or Special Edition products were designed with Induction in mind, then they kill two birds with one stone: advancing technology through their device, and the way it is charged. The last, and most important, issue of all in induction charging is the efficiency of the energy transfer. No induction charging system can provide 100%, 1 watt to 1 watt efficiency. Thus, it is slightly more expensive, and takes longer, to charge a device through induction vs direct charging.

I believe induction charging is a great innovation that, in the future, should be the primary way electric-powered devices are charged. Big corporations may not like it because it would make them less money (won't have to make charging cords, thus they can't charge the consumer extra for a charging cord), but the consumer would find the benefits to outweigh the concerns of big business. I suppose if you think about it, induction charging batteries could actually be CHEAPER for the corporations to produce because they don't have to design a new charging system for every new device they make.

The future holds bright, new innovations for us. Let's see which ones make it, and which ones don't.

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Comments

    ninja|oaklandr's Avatar
    All my devices use USB to charge so I am happy.
    Dusk's Avatar
    Me no like. Im sensitive to magnetic fields and such, and even those power mat charging thingys at Best Buy give me a headache. Would hate to see what something like this would do.
    Bunni's Avatar
    hows the charge time? any difference (wired vs wireless?)
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