How to Tell If a Wireless Charger Is Qi Certified & Why It Matters

Keep your iPhone safe! Learn to tell a fake Qi charger from a real one.

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What does Qi mean for wireless chargers? Well, Qi (pronounced "chee") is a certification standard for safe wireless charging maintained by the Wireless Power Consortium. Only products that have passed the WPC's rigorous testing can call themselves Qi-certified. We'll show you how to tell if a charger is Qi-certified in three easy ways.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Use any Qi-certified charger for Qi-enabled devices, even in other countries.
  • Avoid unsafe charging and battery issues caused by fake Qi chargers.
  • Reduce cord clutter and use the same Qi wireless charger for all your wireless charging-compatible devices.

How to Tell If a Wireless Charger Is Qi Certified

We'll teach you how to tell if a wireless charger is safe for iPhone by identifying whether it's Qi certified. For more expert device-safety tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Here are three ways to tell if a wireless charger is Qi certified.

  1. Look for the Qi logo. Only Qi-certified chargers can display this icon.


    Image courtesy of Wireless Power Consortium

  2. Check the packaging for either the Qi logo or a description stating that the charger is Qi certified.

  3. Search the product name on the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi-certification database.

If you're wondering, any iPhone 8 or newer will charge wirelessly with Qi-certified wireless chargers. Keep in mind that Apple chargers may not include the Qi logo. Now you know how to make sure you're charging your device safely with a well-tested charger! While you're at it, you may be interested to learn more about best iPhone charging practices to keep your battery in top condition.

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Emma Chase

Emma Chase is a freelance writer for iPhone Life. She has her Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Emma has worked in many sectors in her professional career, including the higher education, finance, and nonprofit. Emma lives in small-town Iowa with her husband and two children. When she’s not geeking out over the newest Apple product or wrangling her kids, Emma enjoys a good book, crocheting, and trying new foods.