Update: Please note that with the recent iOS update, everyone can enjoy fast 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone 8, 8S, and X. The reason the indicator remains orange when charging is because the iPhone does not send the signal to the wireless charger the way other Qi-enabled phones do. We apologize if this causes any issues.
When the specifications for the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X were released, you could almost hear the collective groan from customers and fans worldwide when it came to charging. As technology goes wireless, most expected Apple’s latest smartphone iterations to truly be a step above the rest. But, when customers first got their hands on the latest iPhones, the news was less than impressive. Although they supported Qi standard wireless charging, Apple had limited the feature to speeds of just 5W. In other words, the lowest possible setting.
In the last few days, however, some exciting news has leaked into the media – Apple has been testing 7.5W wireless charging speeds with a select group of beta users and has plans to release the change as part of their next iOS 11.2 update! Even better, our RAVPower Wireless Charger is fully capable of charging your new iPhones at the full 7.5W speed.
Wireless Charging – A Quick Review
First, let’s get this out of the way – wireless charging doesn’t actually mean no wires. Generally speaking, the now matured technology uses a charging mat/pad/surface that is hardwired or plugged into an electrical outlet. Your smartphone and the charging pad each have electrical coils that create an electromagnetic field (EMF) through vibration whenever they’re in proximity to one another. It’s why you have to place your smartphone on top of, or near to, the charging pad.
That EMF, moving from the charger to your battery, carries with it a small amount of electrical power, which will slowly top up your smartphone. Because more heat generates in this process, charging takes longer than having your phone plugged into a wall socket.
Although the update means that iPhone still lags behind the wireless charging speeds of some of its peers (Nexus 2 owners know the pain of not having the feature at all), the update will be a big, exciting, and positive change overall. In testing, a switch from 5W to 7.5W increased wireless charging speeds on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X by an average of 43%! It’s faster charging so you can spend more time doing. For those really excited about designing your first smart home, it means you can put your phone down on a Qi embedded lamp, desk, pad, or other surface and wait considerably less time for a full charge.
The Good News
We at RAVPower are serious about charging speeds. It’s why we future-proofed our Fast Wireless Charger to charge at 7.5W – the fastest charging speed now available on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Even better, our charger ensures you can reach this faster speed without needing to upgrade your hardware. No need to spend more of your hard-earned dollars buying a new wireless charging pad. The RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger has you covered!