What is wireless charging and which phones are supported?
Welcome to our Wireless Charging Guide. Below you will discover the wonders of wireless charging. Let’s get started!
What is Qi?
Wireless charging is a technology that allows charging over (very) short distances without cables.
The advantage of wireless charging is that it’s quicker and easier, as you don’t have to plug and unplug each time – you just place your device on top of your wireless power bank. It also looks neater.
There are various competing standards for wireless charging. The most popular is Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which has been supported by all of the major companies. Apple have included wireless charging on their latest iPhone models, and Samsung have done that for years.
Phones and tablets with built-in Qi wireless charging
If your phone is among one of the devices that appear here, you just need to buy a wireless power bank. Note that you don’t need to get a wireless power bank made by the same company as your phone.
- Apple iPhone: 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS MAX
- Samsung Galaxy: Note 9, S9, S9+, Note 8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge (Plus more devices)
- Sony: Xperia XZ3, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ2 (Plus more devices)
- LG: G7 ThinQ, V30, G6 (US version only), G4 (optional), G3 (optional) (Plus more devices)
- Nokia: 8 Sirocco
- Huawei: Mate series (Plus more devices)
- Microsoft Lumia: 1520, 1020, 930, 929, 928, 920
- Google Nexus: 4, 5, 6, 7 (2013) Pixel series
- BlackBerry: Priv (Plus more devices)
Phones and Tablets which need an adaptor
If your phone appears here, you need the accessory linked to your phone to be able to use wireless power bank.
- Apple: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 5S
- Samsung: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2
- Microsoft: Lumia 930, Lumia 925, Lumia 830
- Sony: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z
Universal wireless charging adapters
If your phone isn’t listed above, then you’ll need a universal adapter to enable your phone to charge wirelessly. You can get these for phones with Micro USB ports (e.g. Android) and Lightning ports (e.g. iPhone).
You have a choice of an internal adapter, which slides into the back of a case, and an external adapter, which hangs outside. In most cases, we recommend internal adapters.
Once you’ve determined your phone has wireless charging built in or you’ve added it with an accessory, you just need a wireless power bank.
Try one of the recommendations here.
Adapted from mobilefun.co.uk