While the next generation iPhones are expected to include wireless charging, Apple’s current and previous iPhone models don’t offer the convenient technology like many Android smartphones do. Let’s take a look at how add this feature to your iPhone…
In order to enable wireless charging on your iPhone, you’ll need to look to third-parties for some accessories. There are a variety of different choices, and here are some of the best options:
Qi wireless receivers
Qi is the leader in wireless charging and also formed the Wireless Power Consortium (which Apple has joined). Picking up a Qi compatible wireless receiver to add to your iPhone is the most cost-effective way to bring wireless charging to your device.
These work via a Lightning connector (typically with any model iPhone 5 and later) with a slim ribbon cable attached to the wireless charging coil that adheres to the back of your iPhone.
Keep in mind you may want to use a case to hide the receiver and using one of these makes it more difficult to use a Lightning cable to charge your phone. You’ll also need to buy some wireless charging bases if you don’t have them already.
mophie’s charge force products
Known as a leader in the battery case and power bank market, mophie has a whole line of accessories that enable wireless charging on iPhones and also include Qi wireless charging compatibility.
mophie’s juice pack wireless and charging base
This product includes a case that offers wireless charging as well as extra battery life. It’s available for the iPhone 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus, and iPhone 7/7 Plus. The version for the 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus includes the charging base as well.
- for iPhone 6/6s from $50
- for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus from $85
- for iPhone 7 from $95 (charging base sold separately)
- for iPhone 7 Plus from $99 (charging base sold separately)
mophie’s charge force case
This is mophie’s newest charge force product that will add wireless charging (without extra battery). These cases feature full-grain leather as opposed to plastic for the majority of its other products. The new charge force case is only available for iPhone 7/7 Plus. Keep in mind the wireless charging bases are sold separately as well as the wireless power station battery that works with these cases.
mophie’s charge force accessories
Here some of the accessories to get the most out of mophie’s charge force and juice pack cases with wireless charging. You can also use these accessories is you opt for a Qi wireless receiver as well.
- charge force wireless charging base
- charge force desk mount
- charge force vent mount
- charge force power station (wireless external battery charger)
Depending on your budget and how long you think you’ll keep your current iPhone, you should be able to find an option to bring wireless charging to your device…and there’s always the option of waiting until Apple releases its 10th anniversary iPhone as well. Be sure to check out our how to guide for more ways to get the most out of your Apple devices.