Unlike some Android handset manufacturers, Apple has so far neglected to include a wireless charging feature in its handsets. However, did you know that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can both benefit from this method of charging now? No, Apple has not released an update to the physical hardware. Instead, this feature can be added in the form of a case.
iPhone 7 Wireless Charging
So, if you don’t want to wait for the iPhone 8 and its supposed support for this charging technology, there are options available to you.
However, before we go any further let’s have a look at the technology itself. As it stands right now, the term wireless charging is a misnomer, in the fact that charging cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus use inductive charging. So, you will not be able to stand at a distance from a base station and have power wirelessly transmitted to your device. Instead, inductive charging will require that you place your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus onto a plate. This plate contains coils which pass energy through to the wireless charging* case and as such keeps your handset running.
Now, while there is contact between the case and the plate, no wire will be required to make this work. And that is where the term wireless charging comes in; you will never have to search for a cable again!
Wireless Charging Cases
Apple in its infinite wisdom has so far not given its users a means to use this charging method. However, that has not prevented third-party manufacturers from getting in on the action. Of those manufacturers, Mophie stands out as a market leader with its Mophie Juice Pack Air case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With charge force technology built into its cases, Mophie devices utilize the inductive charging technology we touched on earlier.
An addition feature of Mophie’s cases is their compatibility with Qi wireless charging stations. Qi is power transfer standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for the use of inductive electrical power transfer. And it is thanks to this compatibility that these two cases can make use of any existing charging pad around your home that meets Qi standards.
These cases are available in a variety of colors (depending on retailer stock) ranging from Black, Red, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold. Furthermore, they contain rubberized support pads for protection from drops, hard falls, and feature raised corners to protect against screen cracking.
- The Mophie case for the iPhone 7 starts from $95.99 up to $99.95
- For the iPhone 7 Plus the Mophie case costs $99.95
Now, if spending close to $100 has you feeling a little anxious, there are other options, ones that offer similar functionality but at a fraction of the price. Made by Antye and compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Unlike the Mophie wireless charging options, these cases do not have batteries built-in. Additionally, they don’t feature charge force technology. Fortunately, they’re both Qi-compatible, meaning they can be placed on any Qi wireless charging pad.
- The iPhone 7 Antye case is priced at $19.99
- And for the iPhone 7 Plus the price is also costs $19.99
Wireless Charging Receiver and Pad
If a thick case seems a little too confining for your beloved iPhone, there is one more solution. You could purchase a wireless charging pad and a receiver, the receiver attaches to your iPhone via a Lightning cable, and you tuck it away inside a case, any case. All that is required from you is to then place the handsets onto the charging pad and charging will begin.
- This DanForce wireless charging bundle costs $27.49