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!
53 Replies to “Are You Ready? We Support 7.5W Wireless Charging for the New iPhones”
From reading up on this it would seem that Apple has only authorised Qi chargers from Belkin and Mophie to charge at 7.5W to date in iOS 11.2. I bought your wireless pad on the basis this would work in due course but on iOS 11.2 my iPhone X only charges at the lower speed currently. Do you know whether your pad will be Apple approved in due course?
As we told Leon who asked a similar question, Apple intends to open up 7.5W wireless charging to other companies within two months. Nevertheless you will definitely be able to enjoy the full 7.5W charging from the moment iOS 11.2 is available. Rest assured your phone will charge quickly at 7.5W speeds.
Hi Rav Power,
I have been using my iPhone XR on your Alpha Series charging pad consistently for the last year or so. Just yesterday it started blinking red when plugged in as soon as it received power. Now it won’t charge my phone. Is there any cure for this?
Hi Lewis, sorry to hear that. Could you send us an email including your product number to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team can help you out.
I’ve recently purchased the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger for my iPhone X with expectation that I will be able to take the advantage of the faster charging speed at 7.5W once Apple enables it in future iOS update. Now there are claims that Apple may restrict that ability only to the companies who partner with them (currently only Belkin and Mophie). It is said that Apple might be using hardware identifiers to restrict that capability only to accessories that it certifies. Could you please definitely confirm that RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger won’t be excluded and that will be capable of charging iPhone at full 7.5W speed once Apple enables it in the iOS update (hopefully 11.2 in December)?
Thanks for asking us about this.
Our fast wireless charger has been tested and checked multiple times and it can indeed charge the iPhone 8, 8S, and X at 7.5W speeds. RAVPower is currently not cooperating with Apple for 7.5W charging. For the time being, both Belkin and Mophie have exclusive partnership with Apple. However, NXP, the company whose wireless charging programming standard Apple uses, and someone who RAVPower does work with with, intends to open wireless charging capabilities to all other companies within two months. Rest assured though, you will definitely be able to enjoy the full 7.5W charging from the moment iOS 11.2 is available. Hope this helps.
Thank you for the straight answer, I appreciate it. And I like my charger, BTW. It seems solidly built and it looks great.
We’re happy you like it. We’re pretty proud of this one too.
I recently purchased this device and used it with the 11.2 iOS update on iPhone X. How does you consumer know that it’s charging at the highest wattage (7.5W)? From what I see, the LED blinks orange (normal speed). I’m not sure how you’d address that.
The iOS 11.2 update has not been officially released at the moment (it is in beta testing), so the iPhone 8, 8S, and X do not currently charge at 7.5W. However, when it does update the LED indicator will remain orange. Sadly there won’t be another visual indicator. But don’t worry, you will notice the difference by the faster charging time!
Just to let you know why the light is orange. When your phone reaches 100% battery, the wireless charger will detect this and will turn to trickle charge mode. That is indicated with the orange light. Even though your phone might not be in use, background activity (e.g. email updates or incoming message) can still slightly decrease the battery, therefore our wireless charging pad will provide a very low current to ensure your phone stays 100% charger. And with overcharge protections, your phone’s battery will not be harmed.
We hope this helps you!
From everything I’ve read, the IPhone X can’t send feedback to the Ravpower fast wireless charger so that the green light will come on when the phone is fully charged. When charging my Iphone X with IOS 11.2.2 overnight the charger SOMETIMES turns on the green light. This happens maybe once per week and only after being on the charger overnight, not when it first reaches full charge. Do you know what’s going on with that?
Perhaps you have received an updated model or yours could, dare we suggest, be defective. Email email@example.com for them to help clarify and/or resolve this issue.
My RAVPower wireless charging pad has also started occasionally switching from orange to green after charging my iPhone X to 100%. I noticed this after installing iOS 11.4. The iPhone also emits the same tone as when placed on the charger when the light switches from orange to green. No complaints… just letting you know that it seems Apple has changed something.
Thanks for letting us know. It’s actually news to us so we’ll have to do some testing. Really appreciate the message.
Will I always wondered can the wireless charging affect the battery life because it can be a bit unstable
I mean when we use wired chargers we are like ” never plug it out until its 100%” to save more battery life .. what about wireless charging that will be picked up every few minutes ..I think wireless charging is going to harm our phones guys 😀
It seems to be a popular enough technology for the time being. I think with proper care, you will not impact your phone’s battery. That said, we will explore this topic in a future blog post.
Hi. Do you know if Apple will really authorize every major wireless charger brand on the market to charge the iPhone at 7.5W?
Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, so we believe that Apple is becoming more open in this area.
So, just I’m not sure if I got it right or not.
I updated to the beta version and the charger is still showing the orsnge led is it charging at 7.5W or not? And if it is, when iOS gets out of beta, will the indicator turn green as well? If not, why?! How will we know then? I’m sure you guys don’t expect us to own a watt meter.
We definitely don’t expect that! The indicator will remain orange when charging as the iPhone does not send the signal to the wireless charger in the same way that Qi-enabled phones does. However, that doesn’t mean you are missing out on fast charging. Once updated, the charger will automatically adjust and charge at 7.5W max. We hope that helps you.
So that means other brands that are working with Apple do have a way to show when the phone is charging at fast speeds but yours don’t? Also, as I said, I have 11.2 on the beta version does that mean I’m already charging at 7.5W?
We do not know about other brands, only our own. However, if you are using iOS 11.2 Beta 3 version, then you already using the fast 7.5W fast charge. Enjoy!
How other manufacturer phones send signal to charger that battery is fully charged? NFC or something else?
I never get a solid green led when my iphoneX is fully charged.
The orange led keeps blinking even when at 100% charge. Manual says this may happen due to phone settings. What settings are these?
Unlike other Qi-enabled phones, the iPhone does not send a signal to the wireless charger, therefore the light will remain orange even when fast charging.
Is this a software or hardware issue? Do you expect all these issues to be addressed in a future iOS update? I’m close to returning mine and getting an Apple certified one over these things.
It is to do with the iPhone and we cannot say if it will be addressed in the future as that is up to Apple.
We’re sorry you’re dissatisfied. Shoot our customer service reps at firstname.lastname@example.org a message and we’ll do our best to help you directly.
I’m sad to see that this product is being torn apart in Amazon reviews over the issue of the light not changing color when fast charging. Please publish a clarification on Amazon to avoid all of the negative press.
It would be helpful if Ravpower could post charge times on an iPhone 8 and or X using your device, both with the 5W charging in 11.1, and with the 7.5W charging now available in 11.2. Just saying that your device supports 7.5W charging doesn’t mean anything. We need to understand how much faster your device will charge an iPhone over a standard Qi based (non-fast) charger to understand whether the premium price Ravpower is charging for this device is justified. All wireless chargers are not equal, and charging times will vary by model and manufacturer. Having actual data about your device would be much more meaningful to a potential customer trying to make a purchase decision.
So, to recap the current situation with RAVPower Qi chargers and iPhone 8/X:
RAVPower will charge iPhone at 7.5W speed from iOS release 11.2 (which 99% of people already have upgraded to a while ago). Unfortunately, due to proprietary extensions to Qi standard made by Apple the RAVPower charger will not know the status of charging and will hence always display orange LED (instead of green when connection has been established), this does not affect the charging process at all and your phone is safe as if you would use “official” chargers from Belkin or Mophee (right!?).
The Belkin and Mophee chargers will know the status (since they implemented Apple proprietary extensions due to them being partner – something RAVPower is not) and will change LED accordingly. If you purchased RAVPower Qi charger there is little you can do and just hope that Apple will implement standard Qi which RAVpower relies on to display correct status – the RAVPower chargers firmware cannot be updated by customers and hence there is very little you can do as customer except hope for Apple to change which is very unlikely (right!?)
On the other hand, if Apple does share its extensions with community, RAVPower will be able to update so correct LED color/status is displayed – but what will happen with existing RAVPower customers that previously purchased this Qi charger !???
I plugged the charger in and placed my iphone 8 plus on the pad with no case on. The LED light keeps blinking red and does not charge my phone. Can you advise on this issue? Thank you!
It could be a range of factors. Typically for these technical issues we suggest you email email@example.com. Our support team troubleshoot these and other issues. They will do their best to help you. Best of luck.
I read a lot about your wireless charger, and I’ve been a fan of your powerbank.
But I’m still a bit skeptical with wireless charger.
Will my phone or your wireless charger heat up? Is it good for the battery?
You will be fine. There will be some minor heat build-up but that also occurs when charging with your original cable and/or when you don’t give your phone enough space to charge.
Hi, I just bought ravpower wireless charger. The problem is when I powered the charger using phone micro usb cable. it show red blink indicator. why? and it doesnt charge my phone.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to troubleshoot this issue with our team. They will do their best to assist you.
I used the chronometer, my iPhone X charged through 2 PM to 6 PM and the result was 90% battery… Is this a good fast charge speed using the latest iOS available? Do you think? Orange light all the way…
My iPhone X on iOS 11.2.2 is still blinking orange when placed on the Ravpower Wireless charging pad in question. Is this the same for everyone else as well?
To my knowledge, Apple has now made faster wireless charging available to other charging pad manufacturers as well?
Yes it will be the same as the iPhone X doesn’t communicate with the wireless charger the same way that other Qi-enabled mobiles do.
Which should technically mean that my phone is using the full 7.5W but is simply not reporting that to the charging light?
I posted a few days ago that the light on my ravpower fast charger will sometimes go green after charging my iphone X with 11.2.2. This is contrary to what the company has said and what others have been told here. I have photos if you’d like to see them.
Could it be that our product is actually sentient and getting stronger!? Just kidding. Actually we have upgraded the light and are beginning to ship the updated models. Perhaps you own one of the updated models.
Sorry if this is a repeat question but I dont see it being asked or addressed in this blog. Ok, all clear on the fact that apple iphone d doesn’t communicate with the charger like other phones do, hence the blinking orange light at all times during charge. What about the overcurrent, overcharge and overheat protection thats supposed to be supported with the charger? Is an iphone X still protected with that?
The protection system works well with the iPhone. While the iPhone currently doesn’t communicate with the charger regarding the charging status, that doesn’t mean that there is no communication between the phone and the charger. If there is no communication, how can the wireless charger charge your phone? 😉 😉
Thank you for the response, thats what i was hoping to hear. Communication isn’t required at all, a simple connection to an outlet is all that’s required.
Is it possible to use the 7.5W fast wireless charger powered by a P.C’s USB port, or must it be plugged into a wall socket?
We do not recommend using a PC port to charge. Most times it cannot work due to the weaker power delivery.
We recommend using an adapter with a 15W (and above) output or with QC functionality.
Hello- I have only had my charger for a few months and it is blinking flashing red no matter how I plug it in. It is clearly not working properly and not charging.
Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? Thanks!
Please contact email@example.com.
Try connecting to a Quick Charge 3 port on a USB Power supply.
Nice post about wireless charging, I think this post very helpful. Thanks for sharing information.
Glad we could help you!