The iPhone 8 is the first iPhone with wireless charging built-in but what wireless charger should you buy should you get Mophie’s, belkin’s or should you go for something a little less expensive let’s check it out
Mophie Wireless Charger
I understand that looks are largely subjective but I think that mo fees wireless charging base not only features the best build quality but it has the sleekest overall design it also comes with a power brick in the box which is not something you can say for the cheaper wireless chargers that you’ll find unfortunately the barrel style power connector is designed so that it only works with Mophie wireless charging base I do appreciate the cable it is fairly lengthy and it also isn’t kinky meaning it doesn’t have a lot of kinks in it and again you see the power input and you could see that the cable is designed to fit very flush with the wireless charging base.
Mophie has nice design by far, in my opinion, the sleekest overall design of all of the chargers and it comes with the most robust build quality
Belkin’s Wireless Charger
Like Mophie charger Belkin’s boost up wireless charging pad is available in the Apple store and it comes with a unique white design it also has the largest surface area of any of the charges, it comes with the power adaptor as you see it’s kind of large though the power brick is not of good design and like the Mophie it comes with a specifically designed power connector that only works with Belkin’s charger, power connector fairly flush with the base of the wireless charging pad
Now both the Belkin charger and the Mophie charger are available in the Apple Store and they cost $60 each but how do they perform unsurprisingly they are very similar in performance you’re going to get performance basically on par with a 5-watt power adapter that comes in the box of the iPhone 8.
Anker Wireless Charger
The good news is that you can find third-party chargers on Amazon like this one from Anker now these Chargers aren’t as nice and as polished as what you’ll find from the Mophie or the Belkin charger, for instance, none of them come with a power adapter and they all use micro USB which isn’t reversible however it is ubiquitous so that is kind of a plus and minus anchors wireless charging pad is Qi-enabled of course and it features the smallest surface area of all charges I tested here now the downside to that is that it’s only capable of providing 5 watts of power so that means this 20 dollar charger isn’t capable of supporting fast charging although it does a pretty good job at slow charging
Spigen Wireless Charger
Spigen essential wireless charging pad comes with a very unique square design that none of the other chargers can claim and also features a very lengthy high-quality micro USB cable inside the box which isn’t something that you find with the other chargers like all of the above charges. It is Qi-enabled and it’s going to set you back about 25 dollars give or take a few bucks here and there.
Otium Wireless Charging
The final charger on our tests is from otium or audio. It is the only charger in this video that allows you to stand your iPhone up while it’s charging which is great so you can browse your Twitter timeline and charge at the same time which I’ve actually done quite a bit lately using this charger I found this one on Amazon for about 20 bucks so for less than half the cost of the Belkin or the Mophie charger.
Anker, spigen and otium are third-party chargers but how did they stack up when it comes to charging speed after 30 minutes I found that they were very similar I’ve tested all these multiple times over, I did find the otium to be a little slower but not by much so if you’re just looking for a whole bunch of charges to place around your house you’ll probably be best off by going the cheaper route to be honest in some cases you can get three of these chargers for the price of one of the Mophie’s or one of the Belkin chargers.
The Mophie’s and the Belkin charger are chargers that Apple is actually endorsing by placing them in its stores so you have to keep that in mind in the upcoming iOS update which will increase charging speed by providing 7.5 watt wireless charging support is guaranteed to work with the Belkin and the Mophie charger, however, the jury is still out as far as the other chargers go they should support the faster charging because all of them except for the Anker put enough power to technically support fast wireless charging.