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Wireless charging issues with iPhone SE


Jul 28, 2020
Welwyn Garden City, UK

I have a mid-2020 M3 (so with the built-in wireless charging pad, but before the refresh). My iPhone XR works perfectly with the wireless charging pad, but my wife's iPhone SE (2020 model) doesn't. It will start charging, then a few minutes later stop. A few minutes after that it'll start again, and the cycle continues. It'll charge ok at home, so I think the QI charging is fine, but perhaps because of the position of the coils in the pad it doesn't work with small phones.

Does anyone else have any experience with this phone and charging pade, or have any suggestions on how to improve the charging reliability?

I'm in the UK if that's relevant.

Many thanks,


Mar 29, 2019
I had a SE before the mini. Since the SE is a smaller phone, you need to brace it somehow so it aligns the coils on the back of the phone with the coil in the charger. For the SE, I added ~3/8" at the bottom and braced it on the side. With the mini, I had to add ~5/8 to the bottom and both sides to keep it centered and still. I did this on my home charger too. The downside of wireless is sub-optimal alignment of the coils will cause inefficient charging, increasing heat so it's best to get it as aligned as possible.

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