My wireless charger is not ideal

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I have the Lux package in my Badlands which includes the wireless charger. My phone was running a little low on battery before leaving the house, but hey my Bronco has a wireless charger. I went for a couple hour drive and it literally only went up about 10% in battery life. I wasn't running any apps on the phone that would lead to battery draw. It has been like this since delivery. Has anybody else noticed less than ideal charging?
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I do not have a Bronco, nor have I ever had a vehicle with wireless charging. However, I have used wireless charging pads before and this has always been my experience. Also, my phone gets super hot.
 

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Seems normal for a wireless charging pad. If your battery is pretty dead, I'd plug it in. I use wireless charging pads overnight (too lazy to plug it in) or if I'm driving around and just want to top up my phone a bit.
 

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This is one of the reasons I decided to go High and install my own MagSafe.
 

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I'd ask the dealer about it.... I'm a bit surprised so many people have experienced a slower charge on a wireless charge pad.

I am no expert but I have one on my nightstand and it charges quickly for me. I'll be bummed if this is reality and not a bug... but I go the lux package for the heated steering wheel so it won't be a total loss if this is the case, lol.
 
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Sounds like this is normal then. I didn't want to have to take it to a dealer. I just figured the wireless charger would have been a little better than my 2016 Tacoma, but it's the same experience. Hot phone and no decent charge. Almost makes me want to turn it off.
 

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Sounds like this is normal then. I didn't want to have to take it to a dealer. I just figured the wireless charger would have been a little better than my 2016 Tacoma, but it's the same experience. Hot phone and no decent charge. Almost makes me want to turn it off.
Are you using CarPlay or Android Auto while doing so? That will impact battery life.

That said, high quality alignment just won't be very realistic, and therefore charging times will vary.
 
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I'd ask the dealer about it.... I'm a bit surprised so many people have experienced a slower charge on a wireless charge pad.

I am no expert but I have one on my nightstand and it charges quickly for me. I'll be bummed if this is reality and not a bug... but I go the lux package for the heated steering wheel so it won't be a total loss if this is the case, lol.
I had to have some heat as well for cold winters. I'm glad this wasn't a deciding factor, more of an added bonus... if it worked well lol
 

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I just downsized my phone to an iPhone mini - with the phone being light it moves around a lot more. I rarely use the wireless charger now.
 
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Are you using CarPlay or Android Auto while doing so? That will impact battery life.

That said, high quality alignment just won't be very realistic, and therefore charging times will vary.
I will try turning Android auto off on my next little road trip and see how it does.
 

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If your charge % actually increases, that's the most you can expect out of most built-in wireless car chargers. There's a few decent ones out there, but I haven't heard of any Fords with them.

Even if you get a fast charging aftermarket one that lines up perfectly with magnets, in my experience it'll trickle charge if you are using it for nav and audio too. It's more about preventing your phone from draining than recharging from 10%.
 
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When I worked at the Ford dealer, the Explorer ST I would cruise around charged my phone fairly well. A little disappointed but it is what it is I suppose.
 
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