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How to Get Fast Wireless Charging on iPhone X and iPhone 8

Wireless charging on the latest iPhone is convenient, but it hasn't been very fast. Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are about to get a little bit quicker about it, though, with the release of iOS 11.2.

In that update, the phones will accept 7.5-watt charges on Qi charging pads, rather than the current 5 watts. MacRumors originally reported the news after a tip from accessory maker RAVpower.

MacRumors' testing suggested a slightly faster charge. On a Belkin charger that supports 7.5W speeds, the iPhone X went from 46 to 66 percent charge in half an hour, as opposed from 46 to 60 percent on a 5W charger. That's slightly faster.

The current Qi standard, version 1.2, allows for up to 15W, so Apple isn't in the lead here. Still, 7.5W is faster than what you can get right now, so if you're buying your first Qi charging pad, check the box to make sure it outputs at least that much of a charge.

Mophie Wireless Charging BaseView Deal

The Mophie Wireless Charging Base and Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad (both $59) should deliver fast wireless charging to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS 11.2 is in public beta right now, and usually a full release isn't far behind. Expect it in the next couple of weeks.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.