Galaxy S8 Fast Wireless Charging: What to Know

Just like past devices Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are loaded full of fancy features. Many will love the big screens, water resistance and microSD card support, but fast wireless charging is one most forget. Here we’ll be going over what you need to know about Galaxy S8 fast wireless charging.

Wireless charging is nothing new, but over the years Samsung has improved it to offer much faster charging speeds. It’s no longer slow and inconvenient like it used to be. Which is why we’d recommend owners read on for more information so they can buy one today.

Read: 17 Best Galaxy S8+ Cases and Covers

During the launch Samsung announced a slew of official Galaxy S8 accessories. One of many is their sleek new Fast Wireless Charging Pad. If the idea of ditching cables for an improved experience interests you, we have all the details below.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer all-day battery life and USB Type-C for fast recharging speeds. However, one of our favorite features is fast wireless charging. Being able to throw it on a stand or dock with ease. A few years ago certain wireless charging pads didn’t work with all devices, and the recharge time was incredible slow.

That’s no longer the case. As a result this once convenient and novelty feature is something many should consider.

Fast Wireless Charging: What to Know

First off, there are two different types of wireless charging. If you buy the wrong charging pad or your new car doesn’t support the right type, it won’t work with some devices. There is Qi Wireless Charging, and the PMA Wireless Charging Standard. That said, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ support both, so any and all wireless charging options will work. Any device after the Galaxy S6 works with either type.

Read: Best Fast Wireless Chargers for Galaxy S8

This takes the guesswork out of buying a charging pad, and makes sure anything will work just fine. Many Starbuck locations have PMA chargers, which will work, but at slower speeds than Samsung’s own Fast Wireless Charging pads.

How it Works

Rather than plugging in your phone owners can just drop it on a wireless charging pad. Once the two surfaces touch it instantly starts charging. The charger is plugged in though, there’s just no wires going into your phone.

Read: Best MicroSD Cards for the Galaxy S8

Drop it on the wireless charging pad and it recharges, then grab it and go with a full battery. Wireless charging used to be slow and takes nearly 3-4 hours to fully charge a device. A regular wired charger (like the charger included in the box) will completely charge your device to 100% in less than 95 minutes. However, the new Fast Wireless Charging pads makes it extremely quick.

Samsung Fast Wireless Charging

With the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung introduced fast wireless charging. This increased the power and speed by 1.4x and now Qi Wireless charging pads will output 15w of juice, rather than 10w. Making wireless charging faster than ever before.

Using a “fast” charger the Galaxy S8 will recharge 50 minutes faster than old wireless charging methods. It takes longer than the charger in the box, but not by much. Below is a video showing this feature on the Galaxy Note 5 from a few years back, which works the same way on the new Galaxy S8 and S8+.

It’s safe, simple and easy. All you do is walk up and drop an S8 on the charger and that’s it. Fast Wireless charging kicks on and starts wirelessly charging your smartphone.

Samsung has released a few Fast Wireless Charging Pads, and the newest option is the best. It’s convertible and works laying down or as a stand. Perfect for traveling or at the office. Or at the bedside table. This will charge any Qi capable device, and is backwards compatible with older devices.

When it comes to recharging our smartphones everyone wants the fastest way possible. The S8 series has a new USB Type-C port that’s reversible and plugs in both ways, making it easier than ever to plug in and recharge. Adding fast wireless charging is just a bonus. This is one of many awesome features of the Galaxy S8. Get one today, or even consider last years model at a discount.

5 Comments

  1. Kevin

    04/19/2017 at 6:55 pm

    I just got my s8 and I have the fast wireless charger cradle from last year. I’m not happy because it won’t work with the s8 it keeps starting and pausing, I tried without a case and even sideways. It works on my even older flat regular wireless charger so it’s not the phone. I think it’s because the s8 is too narrow to hit the conductors right.

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    • Rob

      04/23/2017 at 6:46 am

      I ran into the same thing, went online with Samsung support and they confirmed that it will NOT work; you have to buy the new wireless charger. Thanks for sharing that the flat charger DOES work.

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  2. Neville Hotz

    04/26/2017 at 7:16 am

    I have currently got a Samsung s6 ,that came with a wireless charger.I am about to get the Samsung s8. I just want to know if the wireless charger I am using for the s6 will work on the s8.
    Thank you,
    Neville Hotz

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  3. Kris

    05/05/2017 at 12:19 pm

    I would like to know if the charger works while the case is on the phone. If so, is there a limitation to what type of case? Do all of the Samsung-approved cases shown on their website work with the wireless charger. Thanks so much!

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  4. Stuazt

    07/24/2017 at 2:37 am

    “Qi Wireless charging pads will output 15w of juice, rather than 10w”.
    Where do you get this message? According to Samsung’s website, this device’s output is 5V-9V/1000mA. I would say this means that the maximum output power of this device is 9w.

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