Adrian Kingsley-Hughes will use in the future again the cable to charge his iPhone. He suspected for some time that wireless charging was bad for the battery.
Bigger load on the iPhone?
But is that true? He has since discovered that his Apple smartphone has more measured charge cycles in a short time than originally thought. He measured these with the software Coconut Battery under macOS. Meanwhile, the freely available app also allows the battery of iPhone and iPad read.
Measured by the previous service life and the values of battery measurement, Kingsley-Hughes assumes that his iPhone can only use 18 months before the Battery reaches around 500 charging cycles. Apple describes in a support document, however, that the iPhone battery could then end up under 80 percent capacity. The problem accelerates in the back only because you charge the smartphone more often, the faster the battery empties.
The charging station no peace cushion!
But what about the claim, the wireless Charge is blame? Kingsley-Hughes claims that the iPhone battery is less stressed on the cable than on the charging bag. We do not want to go along with this claim. Against his thesis speaks that the iPhone charger provides just as much or little power, as currently offered by Apple wireless chargers. Because ultimately it is always about charging the battery, which is charged with the surplus from the mains. If this fails, the device would suddenly run out of power and turn off / crash. The bill of the ZDNet author would work only if he uses the iPad charger, for example, because it provides more power.
I also evaluated the charge cycles on my iPhone X, as Kingsley-Hughes did , Since buying in October, I have so far reached 82 charging cycles. Unlike Kingsley-Hughes, my device would only reach 500 after 30 months. There is a serious difference between our two usage habits. The ZDNet author used his wireless charger namely as a rest cushion for his iPhone. It is recharged again and again when the battery discharges. In the cable version, you will probably disconnect the device from the cable when it is charged and do not leave it on the charger all day. Even that would not be so great for the smartphone, even if there are safeguards to prevent the overcharging of the batteries and thus the nonsensical wear.
Is the cable less loaded the battery
The ZDNet -Autor makes it plausible that the iPhone, when loaded on the cable, is less strained. It experiences only a minimum voltage via Lightning cable and is otherwise charged. The power from the cable is enough to protect the device.
In contrast, the wireless chargers do not provide enough power. Thus, the iPhone battery is "busy" during the charging process virtually all the time.
The instructions sound plausible at first. For the time being, however, they are nothing to worry about. We can advise you to really use your wireless charger only for charging and not leave the iPhone there all day long. In this way, you apparently extend the durability of the battery massively.