Most people tend to have or encounter problems while using their car’s wireless charging pad and Bronco owners are not left out of this unfortunate situation. After reading through different Bronco forums, we found out that most Bronco owners have dealt with wireless charger issues – mostly phone overheating – with different stories to show for it.
After doing some research, it showed that a lot of car owners with a wireless charging pad tend to deal with issues and most times, if not all, the cause of the issue is not poor wireless charging capability in their devices or a broken wireless charging pad in their vehicle. So, if you are a Bronco owner with a faulty wireless charging pad, this article outlines more information about the situation. So, keep reading.
Bronco Drivers’ Issues with Wireless Chargers
There were many different experiences of an overheating wireless charging pad on the Bronco forum thread we read through. The first complaint was from one Bronco driver who directed his complaint to Ford. According to him, he was driving his Bronco on a Sunday with his Apple CarPlay on while displaying Google Maps as he drove.
He placed his phone on his wireless charging pad on the center console for it to charge but after driving for about fifty miles back from his destinations, his Apple CarPlay shut down. Once he picked up his phone (iPhone 11), it was extremely hot and could not be operated. The phone displayed a message saying that it will not be operational until it cools down as it was very hot.
The Bronco owner in question was unable to use his phone for about half an hour and once the phone finally cooled down, it only charged to forty-six percent. He stated that he checked in with another Bronco driver who was also driving in from Santa Barbara on that same day and he claimed he also faced the same problem – the wireless charging pad overheated and his phone shut off. Could it have been a coincidence or what could have been the cause?
He took his Bronco to his dealership after checking in with his friend but there were no resolutions by Ford to fix or address the issue. He ended up calling Ford to lodge a formal complaint about his overheating wireless charging pad but not before telling everyone on the forum that the Lux charging pad overheats phones.
There were other Bronco drivers on the forum who agreed and could support the fact that the Lux wireless charging pad overheats phones with similar experiences. Another Bronco driver stated that his wife also experienced the same issue but without the overheating problem while he experienced the overheating problem. They drove from Michigan to Iowa to see their daughter in college and his phone overheated while it was on the wireless charging pad (on the way there and on the way back).
His wife experienced the opposite problem with the wireless charging pad, as stated above. His wide plugged her iPhone right above the wireless charger into the USB port. She pressed her phone occasionally throughout the five-hour drive but not for long periods. Her phone ended up charging to twenty-five percent.
Other Bronco owners on the forum stated their different experiences of how their phones overheated on the wireless charging pad and did not charge well. One even stated that his phone did not only overheat but became potentially damaged and dysfunctional which was so far the worst case on the forum.
A Bronco driver on the forum asked if any of them had tried other models of devices apart from an iPhone as it is possible that such a problem (overheating) could be peculiar to iPhones only or a certain model of iPhones. He also asked if the drivers were able to test the resistance of the charging pad wires which is somewhat of a stretch but should be considered.
Lastly, someone stated on the forum that they also tried charging their Samsung Galaxy on the wireless charging pad and it got extremely hot without even charging well. So, we can say that the wireless charging issue is not a problem that is peculiar to a certain phone model. He also stated that he has a 2022 Sierra with a wireless charging pad that works well – no overheating and the phone charges quickly – so it is definitely a Ford problem.
What You Should Know About Wireless Charging Pads
After doing some research, we found out two major things that are important about wireless charging pads and you should know them too.
- One size does not fit all: every wireless charging pad has a cosmetic and structural aspect which means that it has a certain size and shape. So, depending on the size and shape of your wireless charging pad, it may not fit your phone because all wireless charging pads come in different sizes and shapes. It has to be the perfect fit for your phone because your phone’s receiver and your wireless charger’s transmitter must align.
- The transmitter and receiver must align: as stated above, for your phone to be a perfect fit with your wireless charging pad, its receiver must align with the transmitter. This is because the transmitter of the wireless charger sends electromagnetic waves to your device for it to receive power. The circular-shaped mark on your wireless charging pad is your transmitter.
Many Ford Bronco owners with wireless charging pads tend to have overheating problems and also poor charging speed issues. This seems like a problem that is peculiar to Bronco vehicles as other drivers with other cars stated that they do not face this problem. If you ever find yourself dealing with this issue, lodge a formal complaint with Ford after you have read what is written above.