Let's talk about Wireless Charging

  1. Pete
    CEO Staff Member Nov 8, 2017

    Pete , Nov 8, 2017 :

    Hey everyone,

    I saw some people talk about wireless charging after my headphone jack post, and wanted to add some thoughts into the conversation. Wireless charging is an exciting concept that’s matured a lot over the last few years. But given the current state of this technology, Dash Charge is still the superior choice.

    Reason 1: Wired quick charging solutions like ours clearly outshine wireless on quantitative measures. Just plug your device in, and Dash Charge produces 20 watts of power, reliably giving a day’s power in half an hour.

    Wireless charging requires you to keep your device perfectly aligned on the pad to get the advertised charging rates and energy efficiency. Some of the best wireless charging pads market the theoretical potential of 15 watts of power, but that's only if you position your phone correctly. Wirelessly charging more than one device at a time further divides that number, leading to even slower charging per device.

    Reason 2: Dash Charge gives you enough power for the day with just one charging session. All you need is the Dash Charge cable and adaptor to consistently power your device at superior rate. It doesn't matter whether you're gaming or streaming video. Dash Charge stays cool and power efficient.

    An attractive promise of wireless charging is that you can just set your phone down on a surface and charge. Nice in theory, but not as simple in reality. You can’t pick up your phone to game or take a photo while charging. Given present-day infrastructures, wireless charging brings more limitations than freedom. Wireless charging pads, cases, tables, and lamps – these all add up if you want to charge on the go or outfit your home for true convenience, creating constraints for the user.

    As a product guy, it’s exciting to see technology advance from theory to implementation. We considered bringing this technology onboard, but we chose not to. Because it comes down to whether the solution actually brings a better experience. We'll consider adopting the wireless charging technology when the time is right. Until then, we'll stick to Dash Charge.

    Never Settle.


    People often talk about wireless charging in homogenous terms, when there are multiple competing standards. As of today, the major ones you should know are:

    • The Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard (inductive, used by Apple, Ikea and many other companies). More power efficient, but limited in range.
    • The Airfuel Alliance’s solution, a merger of PMA (inductive, used by Duracell/Powermat) and A4WP (resonant, used by Samsung and Qualcomm). More convenient to use, but less common.
    Anyone here old enough to remember the Betamax vs VHS debate? You can make some comparisons with this situation. For the purposes of this post, “wireless charging” refers to the more prevalent Qi standard.

  2. pgidia
    Lollipop Nov 8, 2017

    pgidia , Nov 8, 2017 :
    Wireless charging is super technological advancement ;)

    But Dash Charge is for time been good for OnePlus

    However it will be surely coming in OnePlus 6

  3. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Nov 8, 2017

    dsmonteiro , Nov 8, 2017 :
    Wow, you guys are on a roll today!

  4. aakashjhaveri
    Lollipop Nov 8, 2017

  5. Mr_Krunal
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 8, 2017

  6. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 8, 2017

  7. Shivang Joshi
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Nov 8, 2017

  8. Shivang Joshi
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Nov 8, 2017

    Shivang Joshi , Nov 8, 2017 :
    Yeah, you can buy 150cm from their site

  9. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 8, 2017

    meatandy , Nov 8, 2017 :
    I suppose price point had alot to do with the decision to stay with the 'wired charging tech', No?

  10. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 8, 2017

    meatandy , Nov 8, 2017 :
    No , included with the device . ;)

  11. Hugo Alves
    Gingerbread Nov 8, 2017

  12. OnePlusShreyas
    Gingerbread Nov 8, 2017

  13. ahaasler
    Gingerbread Nov 8, 2017

    ahaasler , Nov 8, 2017 :
    You guys know that you can add wireless charging without removing Dash Charge, right?

    You obviously know, because you made a similar remark with the headphone jack, you can use the wired connection or use bluetooth. This is the same.

  14. derLenno
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Nov 8, 2017

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  15. Shivang Joshi
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Nov 8, 2017

    Shivang Joshi , Nov 8, 2017 :
    I don't see that happening anytime soon.

  16. seanwlk
    Froyo Nov 8, 2017

    seanwlk , Nov 8, 2017 :
    I never understood why people is so excited about wireless charging... I usually use my phone when I charge it, what am I supposed to do? Hold the pad too? Also if you travel you would need to carry a little pad around that can easily bend and break.

  17. aditlal
    Eclair Nov 8, 2017

  18. Baymax
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Nov 8, 2017

  19. ZacharyX8
    Gingerbread Nov 8, 2017

  20. JoaquinVacas
    Gingerbread Nov 8, 2017