Wireless charging for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 (Plus) in the test: How Wireless Charging works so far!

Is the inductive charging on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 (Plus) already mature?

Wireless charging: Wireless charging works smoothly from the start. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
Wireless charging: Wireless charging works smoothly from the start. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

[unpaid advertising, because product test] With the new generation of smartphones iPhone 8 and iPhone X is finally the wireless charging at Apple devices feeder. The advantages are obvious: the smartphone can be charged without having to plug in a cable - not only comfortably at home on the desk or bedside table. Even on the go, for example, the mobile phone can be conveniently recharged on tables with a built-in charging station. Wireless Charging is going to be state-of-the-art in power transmission in the future. How well - or badly - wireless charging works on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we show you here. Update from the 16.11.2017 at the end of the article: With iOS 11.2 Apple accelerates charging without cables but clearly!

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With the new iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, Apple puts an end to cable clutter in their home or bedroom. We tested the 8 Plus iPhone 256 Plus with XNUMX GB in Space Gray and of course tried it with a wireless charging station. The device is placed only on the charging station - and it is already charged inductively. Because with the new iPhone generation, the QI standard for wireless charging is introduced in the current models. If you have been looking for the Lightning charging cable on the bedside table in the dark in the evenings before you go to bed in the evening, you only need to put your iPhone 8 Plus on the charging station in the future and the battery will regenerate overnight as if by magic. Thanks to the new glass back panel on the current iPhones with an underlying charging coil, the devices can now also be charged with many current Wireless Charging Pads, which have the QI standard. The principle is not new. Fortunately, Apple finally supports wireless energy transfer.

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Other mobile phone manufacturers have long introduced the principle

Other mobile phone manufacturers like Samsung with its top smartphone Samsung Galaxy were faster there and have long been put such energy transfer functions on the market, Accordingly, the charging infrastructure is already in place and Apple fans can now move in this environment. Even at IKEA, there have been special stations for wireless charging for a long time. These were from iPhones such as with the iPhone 7 Plus previously used only with special charging shells. Some restaurants and café chains, for example, have tables that incorporate wireless charging stations. Now Apple jumps on the train and uses this sophisticated technology back.

The new iPhone 8 Plus in the test: Worth the transition? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
The new iPhone 8 Plus in the test: Worth the transition? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

So you can charge your iPhone inductively

With the new technology of the Wireless Charging the comfort probably comes first. Instead of a cable cumbersome in the iPhone plugging in and probably not in the dark to find the Lightning connection, now it is sufficient to hang up the smartphone on the wireless charging station. Currently there are numerous induction charging stations for iPhones such as the manufacturer mophie. These are offered directly as accessories at Apple. We tested the mophie mobile charging station for wireless charging. The charging on the station is very easy:

1. The case of the iPhone must be removed and the back should be reasonably clean and free of grease or other

2. The iPhone must be placed in the middle of the charging station pad

3. When the battery icon lights up and displays the current charge level, the smartphone is placed correctly and then recharges

Disadvantages of wireless charging: The problems at a glance

1. The smartphone must be placed precisely on the charging station

So mature the Technical The wireless charging is now synonymous: The wireless charging, there are a few minor problems. Currently you have to position the device very precisely on the wireless charging station, so that the charging process really starts. If you put the smartphone too far left or right, too high or too low, the phone does not charge. You do not get anything from it, if you do not really pay attention. You should therefore pay close attention that the charging symbol in the battery indicator also indicates a charge.

2. Mobile phone cases must be removed for loading

Second, the existing hulls from the manufacturer and third-party vendors are not yet apt to be pervious and support loading. To initiate a charge on the wireless charging station, you must first remove the case. This is of course a bit uncomfortable and cumbersome, every time to remove the cover, if one his new iPhone 8 or iPhone X would like to charge.

3. The battery is currently charging very slowly on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Third, the battery is currently charging very slowly. It takes much longer than with a high-performance charger such as the on the Apple iPad Pro Included power adapter that charges the iPhone 8 Plus in record time. However, this should be changed in the near future by software updates, so that the battery of the mobile phone is charged quickly even when wireless charging.

4. Scratches on the glass back of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Unfortunately, we have found that by constantly removing the case In our iPhone 8 Plus, the scratch-susceptibility significantly increases, To charge wirelessly, the protective cover must be removed from the device. After a few weeks of use, we have already seen noticeable traces of scratches on the glass back of the smartphone, which are believed to come from small grains and particles deposited on the Wireless Charging Pad. Compared general vulnerability to paint damage on the iPhone 7 Plus or vulnerability to scratches on the MacBook Pro 2016 However, these problems with the glass are minor.

Basically mature technology

Our conclusion is clear: Basically, the wireless charging or wireless charging is now well-developed and will gradually solve the normal cable-bound charging of the phone. Other devices such as the Apple Watch Since the very beginning, only energy can be supplied via the wireless charging system. They do not even offer the possibility to charge the device via Lightning connection. Here, the technology is already fully mature: Within minutes can be the battery of the Apple Watch Series 2 and Charge Series 3 to 80% and within X hours to 100%. At the Loading the Apple Watch scratches completely off, Let's hope that this will work so well on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in the near future.

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Qi standard on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 (Plus): Wireless charging is faster!

With iOS 11.2 Apple brings out the next update of the mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. One of the main features was announced long before: Wireless charging is possible much faster with compatible charging stations on iOS 11.2. As we noted, the new iPhones have been slow to charge when powered by a wireless charging station. For a complete, wireless charge you had to plan several hours. That charging with the new technology would initially not work very fast, was clear from the beginning. Apple had already announced in the course of the launch of the new iPhone models that the devices would first load only with 5 watts and had announced in the same breath that the performance should be significantly improved by future software updates.

And just such an update is now in the starting blocks. With iOS 11.2, the charging power of compatible wireless charging stations on 7,5 watt increases from previously 5 watt. That's at least an increase of one third. However, compared to other providers this is still little. Some charging stations and compatible charging stations now bring twice the charging power of full 15 watts! Still, improving performance in iOS 11.2 is a step in the right direction. Maybe an update to 10 Watts will follow soon ?!

About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 96 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.