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Apple's AirPower wireless charger is running late. Enter Belkin's Boost Up pad for the iPhone 8/X

Apple's AirPower wireless charger is running late. Enter Belkin's Boost Up pad for the iPhone 8/X
Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat may look svelte and top up everything with the fruit logo in sight, but it's coming much later than its announcement, so what's a cord-cutter to do when they get their new iPhone 8, Plus or X? After all, why have fresh glass backs that pass those electrons through with ease, if not to use the new wireless charging option that Apple finally brings to its phone portfolio.

Fret not, though, as Belkin just announced a wireless charging pad called Boost Up which has been developed directly in collaboration with Apple. Utilizing the most widespread Qi standard, the pad outputs 7.5W of power, compared to the average 5W of such chargers, and can pass through most regular cases, too. 

Boost Up offers a non-slip surface, various thermal and foreign object protections, and comes with Belkin's $2500 equipment warranty, meaning that if the charger damages your gear somehow while connected (or, in this case, disconnected) properly, you will be covered up to that amount. The price? At $59.99, we feel there will be plenty of people willing to give the new wireless charging option of their new iPhones a go.

source: Belkin

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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:29

1. legiloca (Posts: 1479; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Ok now I have never before used wireless chargers as all my past phones don't support wireless charging anyway, am curious to see if Apple's wireless charging prowess is almost as good as wired charging which by the way got itself a boost by implementing "Fast Charging"

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:32 1

3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I doubt wireless charging will be as efficient as wired charging with the new iPhone. This is the nature of wireless charging, you lose power. Also, the phone (battery) will warm up because of it.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:56

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well the speed chargers Android devices use work fairly well and charge faster than the cable without fast charging. Sadly, no fast charging on the iPhone still.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:06 4

5. mikehunta727 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


All new iPhones support fast charging. Up to 50% in 30 minutes. Don't think there is fast wireless charging though, just standard wireless charging. Testing will prove if it can support faster wireless charging

I dont think they will ship with the fast chargers though which is pretty pathetic tbh. But maybe you can use any faster charging block laying around if you have one (got a few still laying around)

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 19:22

8. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I think they only have that for the X, not the 8. Plus it has to be bought separately, probably for around another $100.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 21:34

10. AVVA1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 01 Aug 2017)


It supports 8 to X as per the slide show at the bottom part of the feature lists

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:52

7. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Obviously, wireless charging doesn't have to be slower than wired charging all the time. But the power put into those wireless chargers is greater than the wired version.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 06:43

11. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)


Samsung has true wireless charging since S6 edge, now they've reached fast wireless charging while Apple came with the slow option in 2017

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:30 2

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I am glad they stuck to the QI standard, so a lot of businesses won't have to buy second wireless chargers for their Apple customers. And this will mean even more places will offer QI.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:07 1

6. mikehunta727 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Agreed.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 21:31 2

9. PL2006 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


Welcome to inductive charging Apple... about 5 years late but better late than never!

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:52

12. DnB925Art (Posts: 1070; Member since: 23 May 2013)


It's funny when they showed the graphic of all the manufacturers that make wireless chargers that are compatible with the new iPhone, they didn't show Samsung which makes Qi-compatible chargers as well.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 01:33

13. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Finally, 10W 5-feet distance wireless charging we've been waiting for....
Oh wait..

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