Here's a Look at Discounted and Upcoming Qi Charging Pads for iPhone 8 and iPhone X

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Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, all of which will launch with inductive wireless charging support on Qi-compatible accessories. Since Apple's first-party "AirPower" mat won't be available to buy until 2018, new iPhone owners will be left to sift through the current market of Qi-compatible wireless charging pads, which is pretty large.

For this reason, we've rounded up a few Qi accessories that are currently discounted and that should work with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, most hitting below the $30 range. We've also included a few Qi charging pads that are confirmed iPhone 8/X compatible that accessory makers like Belkin and Mophie announced this week alongside Apple's big unveiling of each smartphone. Since virtually any Qi-supported charging pad should work with the new iPhones, buying decisions will come down to personal preferences of design, size, and color.

Qi Chargers Under $60



[*]Choetech T511 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging Pad - $12.99 on Amazon, down from $20.00
Choetech's T511 charging pad comes in blue and black, and includes a battery light indicator on the front side of the device to confirm that the inductive wireless charging connection has been made with the smartphone. The small pad measures at 3.6 inches on all sides, and is one of the most popular and inexpensive Qi pads currently on Amazon. The downside is that it doesn't come with a micro-USB cable, which you'll need to connect the pad to a wall outlet or USB port, priced at about $5-$10 on Amazon.

[*]Aukey Qi Wireless Charger - $14.99 on Amazon, down from $19.99
Aukey's wireless charger is slightly smaller than Choetech's with a 3.4-inch diameter across its circular footprint. It has a flashing LED to indicate when the smartphone sitting atop it is charging, and the USB power cable is included.

[*]Anker Fast Wireless Charger Charging Pad - $19.99 on Amazon, down from $69.99
Anker's fast charging pad delivers 10 watts of power to smartphones, but will likely function like other 7.5W mats when used with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, since those devices are believed to reach only half (7.5W) of current Qi standards (15W). Anker's solution has non-disruptive LEDs surrounding the pad to indicate the smartphone's charge, a non-slip pad, and measures 3.4 inches on all sides.


[*]Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad - $29.99 at B&H Photo, down from $39.99
Samsung even has a few Qi-compatible charing accessory options that should work with iPhone 8 and iPhone X, including a Fast Wireless Charging Pad (again note such fast charging features will be incompatible with iPhone devices). This one is available in black sapphire and white, includes an LED indicator halo, and is slightly more elevated in comparison to other Qi mats. You can find the same Samsung accessory for nearly 50 percent off from select Walmart resellers, as well.

[*]Incipio Ghost QI 3-Coil and Ghost Qi 15W Wireless Charging Bases - $59.99
Incipio has quite a few Qi chargers, two of which it lists as iPhone-compatible options: the Ghost Qi 3-Coil base and Ghost Qi 15W base. Both are priced at $59.99, with the standout differences related to the design and shape of each base. The 3-Coil is a rectangle measuring 5.37 inches by 2.73 inches, while the 15W is a simple 3.5-inch square. Both come in black, have the usual LED indicator lights, and provide audio cues when the charging begins and ends.

Upcoming Qi Chargers



[*]Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad - $59.99
Opening for orders this Friday, September 15, Belkin's BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad has been specifically designed for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. Belkin said it worked closely with Apple when designing and optimizing the pad, and it'll provide charge to the iPhone through "most lightweight cases" up to 3mm thick. The 7.5W pad has a battery indicator LED, non-slip surface, and AC adapter included. Belkin's accessory will be sold on Apple.com and in Apple stores as well.

[*]Mophie Wireless Charging Base - $59.99
Mophie was directly mentioned during Apple's keynote as an accessory maker coming out with support for the iPhone 8 and X's wireless charging features, with a device called the Mophie Wireless Charging Base. A pre-order date has not yet been confirmed, but we do know Mophie's solution provides the expected 7.5W of power to an iPhone when placed on its small, circular, and rubberized base. It'll also be available from Apple.

If you want to buy a Mophie Qi charging pad right now, the company's Charge Force Wireless Charging Base is a universal Qi solution with noted support for the upcoming iPhones, priced at $39.95 from B&H Photo.


[*]Griffin PowerBlock Wireless Charging Pad - $69.99
Griffin's upcoming PowerBlock Wireless Qi Charging Pad provides 15W of power to compatible Qi devices when placed on its synthetic wool surface. Griffin notes compatibility with all of the new iPhones, but no release date has been confirmed.

[*]RavPower Wireless Charging Pad - $49.99
RavPower has revealed a new Qi charging pad, confirming compatibility with Apple devices and coming sometime this fall. RavPower's base is a bit unique in comparison with other companies since it can both sit flat on a surface, or act as a sort of iPhone dock with an angled stand. The accessory maker said the product will be available in either a standalone charging pad or pad + stand bundle.

Public Qi Chargers



There will be multiple options for wirelessly charging your iPhone when you're out and about in public spaces, thanks to the confirmation of Apple support from a few inductive wireless charging companies. One is Aircharge, which confirmed that iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X owners will be able to use the company's own app to locate nearby public Aircharge locations, which amount to 5,000 around the world. These are in restaurants, cafes, shops, hotels, airports, and train stations.
"We're a long time partner of Apple via its MFi program and we're excited Qi wireless charging is now a standard feature in the new iPhone models. The inclusion of wireless charging from a major mobile phone and tech manufacturer like Apple will accelerate and drive widespread consumer awareness and mainstream adoption", said Steven Liquorish, founder and CEO of Aircharge.
Powermat made a similar announcement this week, confirming that owners of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X will be able to charge their smartphones on Powermats "around the world." Powermat locations support the Qi standard, and the company has a supported app so users can discover where the closest pad is to their location, including places like Starbucks and Samsung stores.

AirPower


Of course, Apple's own first-party solution for your home will arrive sometime next year. Apple's mat, unlike the ones mentioned above, will be able to support as many as three Qi devices, and Apple has shown an iPhone, Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPods all charging at once on AirPower. When one device is placed next to the iPhone X (or 8/8 Plus), they alert the iPhone, which displays a notification message on the lock screen confirming the presence of the Apple Watch/AirPods along with the battery level.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, Macworld has reported that all previous generations of the Apple Watch will work on AirPower, including Series 2 and Series 0 devices. (Update: An Apple support document indicates that only Series 3 models will be compatible with AirPower.)

For more information on prices for current and upcoming Qi inductive wireless chargers -- which includes bedside tables and lamps from IKEA -- check out the MacRumors Deals Roundup.

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bigjnyc

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In regards to the Apple Watch will this air power pad work with series 0 and 2? Or does series 3 have a special Qi chip? And also will the Apple Watch 3 charge with 3rd party Qi pads?
 

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In regards to the Apple Watch will this air power pad work with series 0 and 2? Or does series 3 have a special Qi chip? And also will the Apple Watch 3 charge with 3rd party Qi pads?
I’m not 100% sure but I thought I read that apple was working to get the current charging specs for the Apple Watches worked into the Qi standards so the pad will work with all older Apple watches. That would mean any current third party ones probably wouldn’t work with anything other than series 3. Of course I may be wrong in this.
 

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Really hoping this works with Series 0 Apple Watch
In regards to the Apple Watch will this air power pad work with series 0 and 2? Or does series 3 have a special Qi chip? And also will the Apple Watch 3 charge with 3rd party Qi pads?
Hey guys, I just updated the article with a tidbit from Macworld. They reported that "AirPower works with the new series 3 Apple Watch, as well as the Apple Watch Series 2, the original Apple Watch, the Appel Watch Edition, Apple Watch Hermes, and the Apple Watch Nike+." This is still unconfirmed by Apple, of course.
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Do we need “apple cases” for this work or will any case let it charge?
I looked and it's hard to find definitive information on this, maybe someone who has used inductive chargers can speak up on it. Belkin was one of the only companies that specifically said iPhone 8/X will be able to stay in "most lightweight cases" and still charge on its mat. Whether this means silicone cases work, but leather cases won't (or something like that), I'm really not sure.

At the least, since Apple has confirmed its cases will work on AirPower, it's expected that most other third-party cases will work too, particularly lightweight ones.
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How much do we think the AirPower mat will be? $79? $99? $129?
Looking at the price of Mophie and Belkin's, and considering Apple's will hold three devices, I'd say $100 at least. The Apple Watch Magnetic charging dock is $80, so feel like AirPower would be above that, unless that gets knocked down.
 
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avanpelt

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Almost every Qi charger that was on the market prior to the iPhone 8/X being announced is less than 25% of the cost of the chargers that are "upcoming". Typical...if it's designed post-Apple announcement, the price gets jacked up because, why not? People already paid a premium for the new iPhones; I'm sure the charger manufacturers can get those people to pay a hefty premium for a charger that's "designed" with the iPhone in mind.
 

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The AirPower mat will probably be about $200. There will be a big shock at this price and then there will be a 6-8 week backlog after initial orders as people buy this stuff anyway.

If there was a charging base that had a battery and could comfortably attach to the back of the phone and sit nicely in the hand whilst charging the phone, it would be a nice way to keep charging and using the device. These wireless charging bases need you to not use your device whilst charging making wired charging more convenient.
 

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Will these pads degrade your battery quicker over time while being left on the pad while fully charged? I know there was something inplimented in the lightning cable/adapter that prevented excess battery wear while being plugged in at full charge.
 

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If there was a charging base that had a battery and could comfortably attach to the back of the phone and sit nicely in the hand whilst charging the phone, it would be a nice way to keep charging and using the device. These wireless charging bases need you to not use your device whilst charging making wired charging more convenient.
Those already exist. 35 bucks or so.
Amazon search for “Qi battery”
 

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For those that are wondering which to get, buy the Anker one, yest they have their defective items, every company does, but their customer service is second to none (yes, better than Apple's or Amazon's).
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Those already exist. 35 bucks or so.
Amazon search for “Qi battery”
I think what they are more looking for is a QI battery case, but I am sure those exist as well.
 
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For those that are wondering which to get, buy the Anker one, yest they have their defective items, every company does, but their customer service is second to none (yes, better than Apple's or Amazon's).
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I think what they are more looking for is a QI battery case, but I am sure those exist as well.
Duct tape. Instant 30,000mAh case!
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What type of phone case can I use ?
Most cases work fine. I’ve noticed a lot of the chargers say 3mm thick cases will work. That includes the apple leather cases. Nothing metal will work.
 
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The Belkin Boost Up says that fast wireless charging will be coming with a software update. Do we have any idea if that means that the iPhone will accept more than 7.5w or is it so Android devices can use it and accept 15w?
I was actually confused about that footnote as well, to be completely honest. I couldn't make head or tails of it, so I just didn't mention it. So much of this Qi business is already convoluted.
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What type of phone case can I use ?
Per Belkin's Boost Up mat on Apple.com: Charge through most cases - up to 3mm.

So presumably any fairly thin case will work with most of these mats.
 
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The Belkin Boost Up says that fast wireless charging will be coming with a software update. Do we have any idea if that means that the iPhone will accept more than 7.5w or is it so Android devices can use it and accept 15w?
Yeah it says the same thing for the mophie wireless pad. I wonder what it means.
 
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