The newest iPhones all support wireless charging. This means you can set the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus down on a charger and the phone will start to charge without the need to plug a cord into the iPhone. Wireless charging is incredibly convenient for overnight charging or for topping up your iPhone while you are at a desk or in your car.
Apple supports Qi wireless charging on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at 5W or 7.5W. While a faster charger is better, the biggest thing to remember is that there’s not a major difference in real world speed between these two chargers when it comes to charging for even an hour. If you need to charge quickly, you should consider buying an iPhone fast charger that can give you 50% of your charge in 30 minutes.
You can only buy two wireless chargers for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 directly from Apple, but there are many options available that you can use to charge your iPhone. The biggest thing to consider is how you use your iPhone when it is charging and what you want your wireless charger to look like. All of the best iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus wireless chargers are Qi certified and will work on these phones as well as many Android phones.
Here are the best iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X wireless chargers that you can buy;
- Mophie Charge Stream System
- Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad
- Case-Mate Fast Wireless Charger
- Mophie Charge Stream Pad+
- Anker Wireless Charger
- Mophie Wireless Charging Base
- AirPower Wireless Charger
- Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand
You can buy many of these chargers today, starting at $26, and other models are coming early this year to give you more options and features. Three wireless chargers we are looking forward to are;
- Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand
- iOttie ION Fast Charging Pad
- Belkin Boost Up Bold Wireless Charging Car Mount
The AirPower wireless charger from Apple is the only one on the list that can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods with a new special charging case all on one charger. Here’s what you need to know about iPhone wireless chargers and more information about the best models.
Why You Should Use a Wireless Charger for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
Yes, you still need to plug the charger into the wall and you need to set the iPhone X or iPhone 8 on a charger wireless charging is very convenient. Think about how often you set your phone down on a desk or counter during the day. If you put a wireless charger there, you can top off your iPhone battery life each time you do this.
This is also incredibly convenient for charging overnight, as the wireless charger is fast enough to fully charge the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus in a few hours. Instead of fumbling for a cable on your nightstand that clutters it up when not in use, you just set your iPhone down on the charging pad. The charging speed of the 5W charger is about as fast as using the charger that came with your phone and a 7.5W charger is faster than the standard Apple iPhone charger.
The best iPhone X and iPhone 8 wireless chargers don’t fully replace charging with a cable when you need the fastest possible charge, but it is the most convenient way to charge your iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
Wireless Charging With an iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus Case
The iPhone 8 wireless chargers and iPhone X wireless chargers on this list all work with iPhone cases. The catch is that you can only add about 3mm of thickness to your iPhone and still wirelessly charge. Most cases are thin enough that you can charge with no problem, but some wallet cases are too thick with multiple credit cards in place. If you use one or two cards, you may still be able to charge the iPhone wirelessly. Yes, you can charge with a credit card between the iPhone and the charger without any problems.
iPhone Wireless Charging Catches
There are a few drawbacks to wirelessly charging the iPhone X or iPhone 8. First off, it’s not as fast as using a fast charger, which is the best way to quickly charge your iPhone.
The biggest catch is that you can’t hold your iPhone and use it while wirelessly charging like you can when a cable is plugged in to it. If you hold your iPhone while charging most of the time, you won’t like wireless chargers. Some of the best iPhone wireless chargers are propped at an angle so you can use the iPhone to watch a video or to make a FaceTime call while the phone is on the charger.
One issue some users run into while charging the iPhone wirelessly is that notifications can vibrate the iPhone off center and stop charging. This happened to my wife’s iPhone once, but it has not happened to me. If you use a case with even a little grip this won’t likely be an issue.
Check out more information on the slides below to see the best iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 wireless chargers.