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Every now and then there is confusion as to which iPhone models can now be charged wirelessly via Qi charging. Above all, the numbering of the individual smartphone generations from Apple contributes to this. If it is said that you can charge wirelessly since the iPhone X, you could assume that this will not work with the iPhone 8. For everyone who needs an overview, the search ends here. If you want to charge the battery of your iPhone wirelessly, then you now know: wireless charging works with the following models;)
All Apple iPhone models that have come onto the market in / since 2017 support Qi Charging, i.e. wireless charging of their batteries. A corresponding charger can currently be used with these smartphones from Cupertino:
For wireless charging, you need an appropriate Qi charger in addition to one of the iPhone models mentioned above. Qi is the Chinese word for "life energy" and one of several standards such as: B. also Powermat and Rezence, which enable the wireless charging of device batteries. When buying a charger, you have to make sure that it has the named standard for inductive power transmission.
The good thing about this technology: in addition to Apple, z. B. the manufacturers Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Google, so that your Android friends can hang up their smartphones. These and many other manufacturers have joined forces in the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Below is a small selection of Qi chargers rated as good or very good.
As with every technology and every standard / every interface for this and that convenient purpose, there are also advantages and disadvantages when charging the Apple iPhone wirelessly. In the following overview you will find some pros and cons of wireless charging that you can consider accordingly.
So now you know which iPhone can be charged wirelessly. And you know what technical standard is behind it. In addition to the advantages and disadvantages, I have shown you some - even comparatively inexpensive - Qi chargers. However, this is not the fastest way to charge an iPhone battery. Because that still happens via a charger with a cable that ends in the smartphone's Lightning socket. It is best to use a high wattage charger that is over USB-C PD (Power Delivery) disposes. Charging is then possible with a USB-C to Lightning cable. I have given you overviews and measurements with regard to the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus in this post summarized.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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