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Could Wireless Charging Actually Harm Your iPhone Battery?


iPhoneForums.Net News Team
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Jun 18, 2010
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According to a new report from ZDNet, via BGR, wirelessly charging your iPhone could be harming it. Currently, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models can all be wirelessly charged, the first iPhones to have the feature, but ZDNet Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is telling users that their phones’ batteries are harmed by wireless charging.

Kingsley-Hughes said that he started wondering at the beginning of this year about the effects of wireless charging on battery life. Apple says that iPhone batteries should “retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles,” and with this in mind, Kingsley-Hughes estimates that it should take him approximately three years to reach 500 complete charge cycles.

However, Kingsley-Hughes has found that wirelessly charging his iPhone has increased the rate at which it runs through battery cycles, so much so that he thinks he’ll reach 500 cycles in just 20 months, which is just under two years.

According to Kingsley-Hughes, this is because when the phone is charged wirelessly it is powered by just the battery, whereas when it is charged via a cable, the cable powers the phone and the battery gets a rest. This is why the battery is getting through its cycles much faster when using a wireless charger, because it isn’t getting a break when the phone is charging.

Source: Using wireless charging on the iPhone X or 8 might actually hurt your phone
It's not so much harming the battery but running through charge cycles faster. It might be better to use wireless charging when you need a top up during the day but use the plug in charger for overnight charging.
You got to admit it’s kind of funny that wireless charging has been around for many years now and now that Apple is using it there’s some kind of magic voodoo and on top of that it will damage the battery.