When it comes to wireless charging, consumers want more than just another phone charger. They’re looking for a solution that is highly efficient, cost effective and interoperable for charging a variety of products at home and on the go. Wire-free charging technologies in recent years have created some disappointment and confusion in the market place. Cost and safety issues, as well as performance and power limitations, have led to a delay in wide spread deployment in the market with consumers and with companies looking to include wire-free charging in their products.
In the near future some of the concerns should be alleviated as new products come to market aided in part by the increase in power delivery from wire-free charging technologies. Reports indicate that inductive resonance will increase from 5 to 15 watts, with magnetic resonance reaching 50 watts and conductive charging providing over 150 watts of power. These increases should result in the charging of higher power products including tablets, laptops, and power tools as well as multiple devices simultaneously, something to be extremely valued by consumers.
With an increase in available power, a very important market for wire-free charging will be educational, office and hospitality furniture and related products. Charging tablets, Chrome books and in particular laptops requiring up to 125 watts of power have been problematic to date. With the growing need and popularity of these devices in primary and secondary schools, higher education, and businesses, wire-free charging will be used across a diverse demographic and in several markets helping to accelerate the acceptance and deployment of wire-free charging.
Following the Dodge Dart, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Avalon in 2013, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota all offered in-vehicle wire-free charging solutions in 2014. These vehicles include the Dart, Viper, Caravan, Town & Country, 200, RAM, F150, Super Duty, Edge, Fusion and Scion xB10 which are using conductive wire-free technology for charging phones and tablets. The Avalon, Cherokee and Camry XL are using inductive wire-free charging for phones. Reports indicate that other vehicles and manufacturers will enter the market in 2015 and over the next few years.
As wire-free charging technology is adopted and implemented into more vehicles it will be a natural progression to see wire-free charging used in other devices and transportation segments in the coming years. These include tablets, laptops, power tools, small appliances, mobile printers and scanners for emergency and commercial vehicles, trucking and recreational vehicles. Console chargers can keep smartphones, tablets and laptops fully charged. Interior shelving with wire-free charging can keep power tools, laptops and other products charged for contractors and service people during their drive to and between worksites and appointments.