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One major feature for the recently released iPhone 8 that has people excited is the device’s wireless charging feature. Wireless charging has been around for years, but only recently began integrating with wireless devices like smartphones. Those who use iPhones are obviously going to hop on this new trend, so you can expect a spike in wireless charging pad sales over the coming months.

While Apple is expected to come out with its own wireless charger in the near future, the company is currently using a wireless charging standard called Qi that most other companies are also adopting. There are multiple wireless charging options available, however, finding a compatible model for your iPhone 8 isn’t always simple.

iPhone 8 users should consider a few key factors when contemplating such a decision. The most important component you would need (at least until Apple releases its own wireless charging pad) is the Qi wireless charging standard. Since there are multiple cordless charging platforms on the market, iPhone 8 users need to select one that’s compatible with this format. In addition to having the right charging format, wattage power will also factor in making the right decision. The iPhone 8 is designed to charge at a maximum speed of 7.5 W. Chargers with inferior output will likely do the trick, but a device with the full 7.5 W will perform best.

Since the iPhone 8 only supports up to 7.5 W for fast charging, the latest Qi 1.2 standard provides up to 15 W for compatible devices. This could enable iPhone 8 users looking to get into the wireless charging scene to seek more powerful chargers that will support future devices. By doing this, not only will iPhone 8 users not hurt any lower-rated devices, but it’ll put their smartphone in a situation where the device can take full advantage of the wireless charger’s faster speeds.

Unbeknownst to many people, most wireless charging pads plug into an adapter to connect with wall outlets. Some devices use proprietary jacks to connect with the charging pads, while others utilize standard models. iPhone 8 users are better off using a standard connector in case the cable gets damaged or lost. Keep in mind, this is only a temporary condition until formats like lighting-compatible charging pads that directly charge a phone with one cable are released. Regarding wall adapters, iPhone 8 users should make sure any wireless charging pads they purchase come with one. If not, any outside-purchased wall adapter should contain enough wattage for a full speed charge.

When it comes to passing electrical current methods, consumers should stick to brands that have good reputations for providing quality charges, so doing your own research is paramount. Most wireless chargers vary in style, appearance, and how they power up devices, so users should be mindful of this aspect and find a format that specifically fits their situation.

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