Buying Guide : the best chargers for wireless iPhone

Since the iPhone 8, Apple smartphones are compatible with the charging by induction. You place your iPhone on a small base and it refills without any form of trial. No need to manipulate the cable, the convenience is undeniable.

If Apple has abandoned the’AirPower in the course of the journey, not the chargers, wireless missing, on the contrary. Here are our tips and recommendations to choose the good.

Points to be aware of

The advantages and disadvantages

The main advantage of the induction charging is practical. No cable that wears out down after a while of gold who falls behind the furniture when you need it, just ask his camera on the dock it is powered. This type of refill fits better in the restaurants and cafes that the USB cables.

For manufacturers, it is also a way to optimize the design of their products, especially the more compact. We can’t imagine year the Apple Watch with a port Lightning… For the time being, refills, wired and wireless co-exist in the iPhone, but it is not said that a day only the second remains.

Base Station Nomad

The wireless charging is not the holy Grail either. It is slower than charging wired to fill the battery of the devices. Then if you sync your iPhone with your Mac, the operation will take less time by plugging your iPhone into the Lightning that by laying it on a induction load to sync wirelessly.

Although we talk about wireless charging because there are no cables to connect between the device and the load, it remains no less that the load should be plugged in to a power source — was a time, moreover, this was the argument of Phil Schiller to justify the absence of induction charging on the iPhone.

The choice between wireless charging gold wired is, therefore, a matter of context and needs.

Standard Qi

As much As the iPhone is still left out in terms of connections wired, preferring the Lightning-to-USB-C, provided there was a consensus regarding the wireless charging. Like other smartphones and most of the accessories compatible with the induction charging, the iPhone 8, X, XS, and 11 shall take in charge the standard Qi. There is little risk of you are wrong on this point, almost all of the chargers by induction it is dirty is based on this standard.

Power charging

According to the models, Android smartphones support different maximum power levels of charging by induction. For example, it’s 11 W on the Pixel to 4, W 15 on the Galaxy S10 or even 27 W on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, manufacturers started a race to the wireless charging as fast as possible.

With the iPhone, if it is not fast, it is simple : it is 7.5 W maximum for all models. No need to buy a wireless charge would be overkill for the iPhone, the Apple smartphone will not draw more than 7.5 W.

The coil of the iPhone X that allows charging by induction. Image iFixit (CC BY-NC-SA).

On the contrary, some chargers do not exceed 5 W. The information is usually on the data sheet of the products. In this case, the charging of the iPhone will be so not as fast as with a load of 7.5 W, but this is not necessarily annoying. If it is for charging your iPhone on your bedside table during the night, 5 W are enough to boost your full battery in the morning.

Note that since iOS 13.1, the iPhone seems to be riding on the specifications of the chargers by induction that go beyond 5 W. The specification Extended Power Profile (EPP) of the Wireless Power Consortium, which allows a load up to 15 W, requires a mechanism for regulating voltage at a fixed frequency (a mechanism which ensures that the load does not interfere with the other waves of the iPhone).

Apparently, iOS 13.1 and later versions take into account this parameter for the reload to 7.5 W for some chargers. Chargers not EPP have seen their power decrease from 7.5 to 5 W from this version of iOS. However, they are apparently not concerned. Apple sells several chargers, not the EPP, while ensuring that they load 7.5 W. This is the case of the Dock Native Union, which has only one profile ” basic “ and not ” extended “.

Practical Aspect

There are other aspects to check before purchasing a wireless load. To prevent the iPhone from slipping if it is ill-posed, it is better that the base be covered with an anti-slip surface, which is the case of most models.

Check also the cable that connects the wireless load to the hands. Some have a cable with fixed-block area at the end, others have just a USB input-C that it is necessary to supplement them with a cable and an adapter to buy separately.

This is a little current, but some chargers wireless, the most powerful, have a fan intended to cool. To avoid if you want absolute peace and quiet in your room. Similarly, if it is to put it on your bedside table, it is better to take a model with a LED discrete.

Image TwelveSouth

There is also the question of the inclination. There are the chargers, the dishes and the vertical. The latter are quite practical on a desktop, in particular, in that they allow you to see any notifications that arrive at the screen. Their disadvantage is that you can’t reload them with the housing of the AirPods. Some models strive to suggest the two types of inclination.

Finally, there is the subjective criterion of the design. The choice is not limited to white or black, there are more and more chargers with a fabric cover and in colors that are out of the ordinary.

Our recommendations

It has been said, the chargers are wireless very numerous, and there are at any price. This ranges from € 5 for the simple models up to more than 100 € for the stronger. The selection below is not exhaustive, you will find other good products out of them, but we can recommend to have them tested.

Load cheap

Ikea is selling a new wireless charger for the price almost unbeatable 5 €. Of course, the Livboj — that’s her name — does not include USB cable-C or ac adapter, but you may have these trinkets lying around to make a drawer. Otherwise, Ikea will gladly sell you a USB cable-C for 5 €gold 2 € only, and an ac adapter to 5,99 €.

It should also be noted that this load is limited to 5 W. but if you already have a cable USB-C or an ac adapter, its price and its quality of manufacturing quite good making it an excellent deal.

Load vertical

The Boost Up display Stand from Belkin is particularly suitable for use on a desktop. For vertical type, it lets you easily see the screen iPhone while it is charging. You can even ask the iPhone to landscape orientation to watch a video while recharging, for example.

Sti price is relatively high, but the ac adapter cable is included (cable is removable), and the power is 10 W, enough to charge the iPhone to full power by induction.

Load flat and vertical

If you want to charge your iPhone standing as well as your AirPods (necessarily flat) without purchasing two stations, it is necessary to choose a load that is two-in-one. The HiRise Wireless Twelve South performs very well this mission.

The tension load that you can detach.

His tension loading can be detached from base for use on flat. The set is very neat. The design and finishes with reflections chrome fits like a glove to your iPhone.

Load multiple

With the AirPower, Apple has made the dream of a world where it would be possible to charge several devices at the same time on the same basis. Although Apple has abandoned the adventure, others have taken up the slack — without however being able to ensure the power supply of the Apple Watch, it is not fully compatible with the standard Qi.

The Base Station, Nomad charging, with class two devices by induction, in addition to two other wireline thanks to the two built-in USB ports. A version with a roller built for the Apple Watch is on sale at a price a little higher.

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