Wires are the bane of the tech world. They make sleek, modern technology look old and outdated, and they tie these innovative devices to the past like a ball and chain. Fortunately, many modern smartphones have wireless charging functionality, and Motorola is starting to get to grips with the software on more of its devices. While wireless charging is far from perfect, it has become an important feature that smartphone buyers are definitely interested in. Motorola hasn’t added wireless charging to all the devices you could want, but it’s making great strides when it comes to wireless charging. So, which Motorola phones have wireless charging?
What is wireless charging?
For starters, wireless charging is the technology that allows a device, such as a smartphone, to be charged without being plugged in. To avoid getting too techy, tech usually takes the form of a pad or stand that can charge your device as soon as you place it on top of it. Both the charger and the phone have coils tuned to electromagnetic signals. The charger radiates the energy a few inches away, the coil in your phone receives the signal and returns it to the energy by induction. This is one of the reasons modern phones are made of glass or plastic, which don’t interfere with the wireless signal, but can always work through a case, as long as it doesn’t have anything in between (such as a credit card holder).
The basic standard for almost every smartphone on the market is Qi wireless charging, which uses inductive charging up to four centimeters. Another standard is Powermap (PMA), but with the likes of Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, and others opting for Qi wireless charging, it’s safe to assume that’s what you’ll be working with.
Does my Moto have wireless charging?
The list of recent Motorola phones that offer wireless charging is, unfortunately, very short. As we’ll discuss later, Motorola wasn’t as enthusiastic about technology as the likes of Samsung and Apple, which is somewhat expected from a company that focuses primarily on mid-range and budget devices. However, there are a few recent Motos that allow you to charge without plugging in, which helps make them some of Motorola’s best phones ever. These are the Motorola phones that currently offer wireless charging:
- Moto Edge+ (2022)
- Moto Edge+ (2020)
Like we said, it’s a short list compared to other providers. However, Motorola is not new to the wireless charging game. In fact, the company was an early starter in the technology, with a wide range of now-defunct devices that make use of the technology. Here are some of the discontinued Motorola phones that have wireless charging:
- Moto X Force (2015)
- Droid Turbo 2 (2015)
- Moto Max (2014)
- Droid Turbo (2014)
- Droid MAXX (2013)
- Nexus 6 (2014)
Will my Moto at least support fast charging?
Slower and less efficient than wired charging, wireless charging remains more of a novelty than a sheer convenience. When it comes to charging convenience, you really want to know if your phone will support fast charging, which can significantly reduce waiting times and keep your phone running longer.
Luckily for you, Motorola is more committed to fast charging than wireless charging, offering some of the fastest charges on the market for budget phones. Notably, the Moto G60s offers 50W charging on its 5,000mAh battery, claiming it can charge in just 12 minutes and provides up to 12 hours of use.
Other Motorola devices aren’t as impressive, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fast. The Moto Edge + It allows 30W charging (faster than Google Pixels), the Moto G Power allows 15W charging, and the Moto G Stylus 5G allows 10W charging.
Why is Motorola lagging behind?
Motorola phones aren’t prolific on the wireless charging discussion. Instead, the company has carved out a solid niche as a budget smartphone producer, and the best way to save money on smartphones is to ditch the more modern features like wireless charging.
However, the wireless charging boom has been around for a few years, so why is Motorola still lagging behind in technology? Perhaps he is looking towards the future. There is a partnership between Motorola and GuRu Wireless, which aims to improve remote wireless charging capabilities. According to Guru Wireless, remote wireless charging is the ability to charge a device not only while it’s not plugged in, but also from 10 to 30 feet away. The technology is ambitious, to say the least. However, if Motorola can actually get it to work on its phones before anyone else, the smartphone company can move beyond standard wireless charging.