Modern iPhones offer great comfort: wireless charging. Just place your phone on a surface or stand on the stage! The battery sucks the juice as if by magic.
OK, but with around 37 million wireless chargers, how do you choose the right one? The best? The affordable?
And with the recent demise of Apple's long-awaited AirPower pad there's a possibility to wirelessly charge your iPhone, Apple Watch ($ 385 at Amazon) and AirPods , ($ 159 on Amazon) all at the same time?
These are all great questions. Here are the answers.
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Adjust Your Qi
iPhones and AirPods rely on wireless Qi technology (pronounced "chee"). That's great, because it means any Qi-compatible charger should work.
Ah, but how important is it for you to choose a Qi certified certified charger approved by the Wireless Power Consortium? Short answer: pretty important. Using a non-Qi-rated charger may prove incompatible with your device, or worse, the device may be damaged. Read the WPC FAQ page to learn more.
Does Apple Sell Charging Pads?
Funny story. When Apple unveiled its first Qi-compatible phones – the iPhone 8 ($ 699 at Apple) and the iPhone X ($ 634 at Amazon) -, the company announced as early as 2017 known AirPower charging cushion. It would not only charge your iPhone, but also your Apple Watch and AirPods.
It should arrive in 2018, but in the meantime, Apple's online store started selling third-party loaders. So far, Apple has not offered its own Qi charger, and as you just learned, the AirPower is officially dead. That's how you'll have third-party solutions now and for the foreseeable future.
Not that there is something wrong with that. You get the same functionality for a lot less money.
Read More: Apple AirPower is dead, but those alternatives are probably better anyway.
How to choose a third-party charger
? Although Qi chargers all have the same basic function, they are not all created equal.
Here's a simple guideline: Buy one with a design that you like and a price you can afford. Most Qi chargers fall into two categories: pads and stands. The latter would be best for a bedside table where you just want to put down your phone before falling asleep. (Just make sure that there are no overly bright charging LEDs that can be annoying to light sleepers.)