It wasn’t too long ago when our cellphones looked like candy bars and the only applications they came with were demos of Brick Breaker. Throughout the constant advancement, one thing has remained pretty constant: charging came from a wired connector. Now, we’ve seen the introduction of new tech to wirelessly charge a mobile phone, and that same technology has made it into the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.
The wireless charging pad sits in the middle of the armrest on the full size SUVs, and fits nearly any size smartphone on the market today. It simply requires the driver to place the phone in the correct position and ensure the charging icon is reported on the phone’s screen, or on the infotainment system. Charging coils differ from phone to phone, so some may need to be flipped the opposite way.
While the feature is a great comfort to have in the Tahoe or Suburban, the technology is still fairly limited to only a few smartphones, with big ticket names like Apple not offering the ability on the most recent iteration of iPhone. If you own a few select high profile Android smartphones, though, you’re in luck because a handful of them come with the technology built right in. Adapter backplates are also sold for phones without the technology currently.
For more information and instructions on how the system works, we’ve provided the video from Chevrolet for you down below.