The biggest question that was on my mind when the new iPhones came out with wireless charging capability: Can you charge your phone with the phone case in place?
When the first phones came out that were able to be charged wirelessly and first wireless chargers hit the market, I heard from various sources that the case needed to be removed. If this was the case these days as well, that is quite a hassle and major inconvenience.
Wireless charging means you no longer need to plug a cable into your smartphone to charge it. Simply placing it face up on a special mat or pad is enough to start charging up your smartphone’s battery, be it the iPhone X, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 or any number of different smartphones that support wireless charging.
After some research that I have done, good news, you can keep your case on. It turns out that most wireless chargers are able to charge your phone with the most common phone cases.
Here is how wireless charging works:
Induction chargers use an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field from within a charging base, and a second induction coil in the portable device takes power from the electromagnetic field and converts it back into electric current to charge the battery.
The two induction coils in proximity combine to form an electrical transformer.(wikipedia.org)
Greater distances between sender and receiver coils can be achieved when the inductive charging system uses a resonant inductive coupling. With resonant charging, the transmitter can detect and charge at a greater distance. Qi technology combines both of these for charging the devices. And this is the technology that allows the phone to charge even within a case.
A well-made Qi standard wireless charger should easily charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or
iPhone X, even in a thick case. Direct contact isn’t necessary to initiate charging, so having a few millimeters between your phone and the charger isn’t going to prevent anything.
There is one caveat. You can charge it unless and until you don't have any metal in the middle of the phone. Like the metal sticker for magnetic phone mount. You would need to position the metal plate and stick it to the case at the bottom of the phone. Keeping clear the wireless charging area which is about a 2-inch circle in the middle of the back of the phone.
For the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with various cases and wireless charging pads, it has been found that wireless charging works best if the case is less than 3mm thick. It still might work if the case is a little thicker, but the latest charging pads list 3mm or less as a spec for wireless charging. Plenty of protective cases, such as Speck's Presidio Series, Otterbox's Commuter Series, Spigen Ultra Hybrid Series and others are less than 3mm thick and can be kept on the phone while wireless charging.
Are you able to use the wireless charging feature with iPhone 8 Plus with this case on?
Yes, you can. Case fits perfectly.
By Amy on September 25, 2017
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