iPhone 11 Pro Max wireless charging tested: DON'T use it if you want speed

iPhone 11 Pro Max wireless charging tested: DON'T use it if you want speed
The new iPhone 11 Pro series are the first iPhones to come with a fast charger in the box and it makes a big difference, charging the phones fully in under two hours and bringing them to a 50% charge in about half an hour.

But what about wireless charging? Both the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max support wireless charging at speeds of up to 7.5 watts, slower than the 18-watt wired charge, but how much slower exactly?

We tested the wireless charging times and while we expected slower results, we were in fact quite shocked to see that it takes nearly 5 hours to fully charge the iPhone 11 Pro Max using wireless charging. The 11 Pro is only slightly faster as it charges fully in slightly more than 4 hours!

Here is the detailed breakdown of the wireless charging speeds:

iPhone 11 Pro WIRELESS Charging Test:

  • in 15 mins - 12% charge
  • 30 mins - 21%
  • 45 mins - 30%
  • 1 hour - 38%
  • 1 hour and 15 mins - 45%
  • 1 hour and 30 mins - 51%
  • 1 hour and 45 mins - 57%
  • 2 hours - 64%
  • 3 hours - 83%
  • 4 hours - 98%
  • 4 hours and 12 minutes - FULL CHARGE

iPhone 11 Pro Max WIRELESS Charging Test:

  • in 15 mins - 8% charge
  • 30 mins - 17%
  • 45 mins - 24%
  • 1 hour - 30%
  • 1 hour and 15 mins - 37%
  • 1 hour and 30 mins - 43%
  • 1 hour and 45 mins - 49%
  • 2 hours - 55%
  • 3 hours - 76%
  • 4 hours - 90%
  • 4 hours and 53 minutes - FULL CHARGE
*We used the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand and RavPower HyperAir Stand.


While wireless charging is a nice convenience, the current implementation is so much slower than wired charging that it does not make much sense using it.

We have recently seen rival Android phone makers introduce wireless charging at much faster speeds: the Huawei Mate 30 Pro supports 27 watt fast charging, and a few phones by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi claim to reach 30-watt speeds. We are not sure how real those speeds are, but if we could at least get double the current wireless charging speeds on the new iPhones, it would make a huge difference.

As it stands right now, we would rather plug the phones via the wired charger for a quick, 30-minute top-up than bother with wireless charging.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
iPhone 11 Pro
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3046 mAh

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11 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Slow charging is easier on your battery anyway.

16. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

For a phone you'll keep for 1 or 2 years before buying a new one lol

2. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Wireless charging never made sense to me and its one of the reasons why every OEM's are using glass back these days. It's simply not worth it to me, the convenience trade-off is not worth it IMHO. Fast charging is a difference-maker, wireless charging waste so much power/energy and heat. I've been rocking devices that support it for three years now and it has yet to win me over. I had a wireless charging pad on my nightstand and after waking up more than a few times with my phone not changing because its placement on the mat was wrong, it went in a drawer.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1258; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I will trade off wireless charging for a metallic back any day!!!! I don’t use it, never used it on Samsung, don’t use it on iPhone either. It’s a gimmick to me as far as I’m concerned.

17. shiv179

Posts: 175; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

So Apple has started implementing gimmicks in its smartphones now :)

3. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Do no use if you do not want new battery within two years.

14. Man_Utd

Posts: 188; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I've used it from day one when I got my S8. Still works great. I use a slow wireless charger, so no noticable heat is generated.

4. Wazupmrg

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Another thing Apple can't match up to Samsung.

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Maybe Apple wants to avoid more battery issues.

8. alligator

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

90% of my charges are with wireless stand overnight. It takes more time but I don't need my phone while I'm sleeping and eventually this is less aggresive for the phone's battery. So there are people for every train.

10. corvette72778

Posts: 166; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

5 hrs to charge?!! OMG
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