GMC's Wireless Charging station on top of the centre console.

Cut The Cord: How GMC’s Wireless Charging Station Works

Lost a phone charger? Can’t find a charging cable? Fortunately, GMC’s Wireless Charging feature, available on the GMC Sierra, Canyon, Terrain and Yukon, helps keep phones charged without a cord.


WILL MY DEVICE WORK WITH THIS SYSTEM?
GMC’s Wireless Charging mat1 is compatible with PMA 1.0, WPC 1.0 or WPC 1.1 charging standards, meaning it can work with many Powermat and Qi charging accessories.

You can leverage the Wireless Charging feature in a GMC by:

  • Using A Charging-Ready Device: Some mobile phones actually incorporate wireless charging circuitry into their own hardware.
  • Using A Device-Specific Adapter: Phones that do not contain wireless charging hardware may be used in conjunction with an aftermarket accessory.

 

HOW CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE?
Utilizing the Wireless Charging feature in a GMC is simple.

  • Remove all objects, especially metal or magnetic objects, from charging mat or pocket.
  • Place mobile device face up on the symbol molded into the charging mat or slowly insert the phone into the charging pocket.
  • Move the mobile device slowly until a charging icon displays on the GMC Infotainment System®2 display screen. This icon indicates the mobile device is properly positioned and charging. If a phone is placed on the charging mat or pocket and the charging icon does not display, rotate the phone 180o before putting it back on the mat or pocket again.

 

Utilizing the Wireless Charging feature in a GMC Terrain:

  • Remove all objects from the charging pocket. The system may not charge if there are any objects between the phone and charging pocket.
  • With the mobile phone screen facing the rear of the vehicle, slowly insert the phone into the charging pocket until $ displays on the V on the infotainment display. This indicates that the mobile device is properly positioned and charging. If $ does not appear on the infotainment display:
  1. Remove the phone from the pocket and wait three seconds.
  2. Turn the mobile phone 180 degrees and insert it back into the pocket with the screen facing the rear of the vehicle.

 

THE SCIENCE WITHIN

The basic principle that makes GMC’s Wireless Charging feature possible is known as inductive charging. In a nutshell, inductive charging allows for electricity to be passed through magnetic fields instead of a cable, wire, or other physical connection. Subsequently, a smartphone’s battery can be recharged without a cable or wired charger.

The charging surface itself is located in front of the centre armrest in the Terrain or neatly integrated within the centre console lid on all other vehicles. Within that surface lies a coil of wire. When electricity is passed through that coil, a small magnetic field is generated. Devices capable of charging through this method contain a second coil of wire. When placed within the magnetic field, this second coil reverts the field back into electricity, which charges the device.

 

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