Since the iPhone 8, Apple added support for wireless charging. Wireless charging support enables users to charge their iPhones without having to use their standard cable. With wireless charging, an iPhone can charge at a maximum speed of 7.5 watts, if you use compatible Qi-certified chargers. Before we get into the how, here’s the list of iPhones that support wireless charging as of today.
So, how can you charge your iPhone wirelessly? Here’s a quick guide:
Charging your iPhone Wirelessly
1. Connect your wireless charger to power
Feel free to use the power adapter that came with your wireless charger or any other compatible one recommended by the manufacturer.
2. Place the charging brick on a flat surface
To ensure efficient charging, don’t place the wireless charging pad on a metal surface.
3. Place your iPhone on the charging pad laying on its back and screen facing up(check the image below).
It’s good to note that some wireless charging pads can have different designs on how you place your iPhone like the one shown below.
For better wireless charging efficiency, place the iPhone either at the center of the charging pad, or at any other optimal position recommended by the manufacturer. However, in most cases, the center is the optimal charging location that will deliver better efficiency and peak charging speeds.
4. Your iPhone should begin charging as long as you’ve powered on the wall switch.
Most compatible wireless charger will charge your iPhone at a maximum rate of 7.5 watts. But with the recent MagSafe charger, the latest iPhones, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can charge at 15 watts wirelessly.
But for the iPhone 12 mini, MagSafe charger can deliver only 12 watts at peak delivery.
Tips for shopping for a wireless charger for your iPhone
There are tons of Qi-certified wireless chargers that can charge an iPhone. For the uninitiated, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is an open-source universal charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is currently the mainstream option.
So while shopping for a wireless charger, always look for the Qi-certification. If its Qi-certified, no doubt, it can charge your iPhone. Check out the full-list of Qi-certifed chargers here.