Wireless charging started more than a decade ago in the consumer market with products like electric toothbrushes. Today, consumers easily, successfully, and inexpensively wirelessly charge many things, including their cell phones, tablets, and smart watches. Moreover, the use of this technology is expanding into larger devices. Laptops are just starting to hit the market featuring wireless charging. Kitchen appliances are also being designed to take advantage of wireless charging.
The ever-growing number of electric vehicles also look to wirelessly charge – imagine parking your car in a lot while you shop, or work and the battery is automatically charged!
The Qi specification, an open interface standard that wirelessly transfers power using inductive charging when a device is placed on a pad, cradle, or docking station, provides a solid foundation for the implementation of wireless charging.
Qi is the de facto global standard for wireless charging and is in use today by major companies globally including Apple, Google, and Samsung. Wireless charging enables a fast and safe charge that preserves the battery’s health, offering a long life.
Rugged data collection devices have been delivering benefits to Retail, Transportation & Logistics, Manufacturing and Healthcare industries for over 30 years. Throughout this time, enterprises have battled with the shortcomings caused by charging contacts and connectors on charging stations and hand held devices. These devices have suffered from dirty, damaged, and corroded contacts that have significant impact on worker productivity and customer service.
The future of charging is wireless, based upon the Qi specification. Wireless charging and the power of the Qi specification eliminate the No. 1 cause of hardware failure for rugged hand held devices such as mobile computers and bar code scanners. Enterprises must future-proof their investments and maximize the ROI of their rugged device purchases by insisting the devices they use have wireless charging.
It is time to make the move to wireless charging for rugged data collection devices.