With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X finally supporting wireless charging, the technology is set to come into the mainstream. Of course, Apple is far from the first smartphone vendor to offer wireless charging, but now that the company has adopted the tech, it’s popularity is sure to soar. As The Register reports:
“For nearly a decade there has been a standards war going on in the wireless power field, initially between three competing technologies but latterly two groups – the Airfuel Alliance and the Wireless Power Consortium with its Qi (pronounced ‘chee') system.
Computer manufacturers like Intel have tended to favor the Airfuel Alliance, while mobile phone manufacturers have been keener on WPC's Qi standard. Apple has been on the fence for a while but recently joined the WPC, and at today's iPhone jamboree Cupertino committed to bringing out Qi-enabled phones and its own industry-standard wireless charging pad.
‘Today marks a pivotal day for wireless charging, and those that stand to benefit are consumers,’ Paul Golden, VP of market development for the WPC, told The Register.
‘With Apple's announcement to include Qi wireless charging in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, we expect to see rapid acceleration in consumer adoption and an increase in category innovation. We're closer to the day of ubiquitous access to wireless charging, giving people a convenient, always-charged experience.’”
Apple’s official wireless charging pad will be out next year, but if you want to charge your devices before then, there are a ton of wireless charging pads to be had for not much money. Here are some of the best we’ve found.
JETech Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad
This Qi-enabled wireless charging pad should work with all the latest phones including the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Samsung S8/S7/S6, Nexus 4/5/6/7, and others. It features a microUSB port for charging (the pad itself) and has a non-slip surface.
A red LED light lets you know the pad in on standby while a blue LED light lets you know it’s charging. Pick it up on Amazon for only £10.99.
Pictek Qi Wireless Charging Pad
This Qi-enabled wireless charging pad is a crazy 7mm thin and features a non-slip surface. It works with all the popular wireless smartphones including the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Samsung S8/S7/S6, and more. It also has a gentle white LED light that pulses when not in use.
CHOE QI Wireless Charging Pad
The CHOE QI Wireless Charging Pad works with most Qi-enabled phones like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy 8. It’s got a square design with rounded corners (like an app icon, get it?) and has anti-slip rubbers in the middle of the pad to protect your device sliding from the charging pad.
Anker PowerPort Qi 10
The Anker PowerPort Qi 10 is a fast-changing Qi-enabled pad that offers a 10w fast charging mode for compatible devices and a 5w charging mode for all other devices. A gentle LED light shows the charging status and it isn’t too bright, so won’t keep you up at night. It also features MultiProtect technology provides temperature control, surge protection, short-circuit prevention, and more.
PrimAcc Fast Charging Wireless Qi Charger
The PrimAcc Fast Charging Wireless Qi Charger takes a unique shape compared to others on this list. It’s an upright dock that allows you to rest your compatible device on it in either landscape or portrait orientation. That means you can look at it and use your phone as the same time you are changing it.