Apple Watch, Metal Strap, and Wireless Charging

Hardware and Accessories

My wife recently bought an Apple Watch Series 3. She also bought one of those third party magnetic straps.

My question: I have a wireless charging pad. Can she safely charge her Apple Watch on my charging pad? I was worried about inductive heating of the metal strap from the charging pad. I usually use the charging pad for my iPhone and Airpods, but it would be nice if she could use it also.




Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Saturday, February 15, 2020

The round charger does not affect the ban. I also have a nice silver metal and have no issues charging it. The round charger goes under the watch and does not touch the ban.

Submitted by peter on Saturday, February 15, 2020

My real question is charging the Apple watch with one of those metal bands on a flat, wireless charging pad, not the charger that comes with the watch.

When my wife and I travel I thought we might be able to minimize the number of chargers and plug-in devices we take by just using my flat wireless charging pad to charge both my phone and her watch. But I was worried about how the metal band would interact with the charger.


Submitted by Ishkabibble on Sunday, February 16, 2020

As far as I know, the Apple watch uses a special charging puck that comes supplied with the watch in the box. It sits under the body of the watch and does not touch the band at all. QI wireless charging mats cannot transfer power to the watch, as far as I'm aware. There are, however, wireless charging mats with a section built for the Apple watch, but they are very bulky.

Submitted by J.P. on Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hi Peter,
The watch won’t charge on a single wireless pad. As stated above, the watch uses a proprietary puck charging.
They make dual and trio wireless pads that charge phone, watch and AirPods. Make sure it clearly states watch charging. HTH

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Monday, February 17, 2020

Yes, the watch has to use the puck wireless charging doesn't work elsewhere, a rather daft omission in my view. I'm sure apple have reasons and I'd like to hope that they go beyond just creating another revenue stream.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Monday, February 17, 2020

In reply to by Oliver Kennett

Is all about the money. Apple is losing their focus and only thought is money, where to get it, how to get it from us and nothing else. Nothing against a company making money but when they start losing track of what made them great is not good. If one day amazon starts thinking that they also can create a smart better than apple and easy to use and accessible, say adios to apple. I will say hello amazon.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Monday, February 17, 2020

After reading this post I did a little digging and it would seem that Apple Watch 3s and above might possibly work with qi charging mats. I believe that this was added into the software in preparation for the now dead AirPower. I can't seem to get to the bottom of which qi chargers might allow for this functionality but I don't think it would be officially supported. There is a rumour of a new AirPower coming out soon though a slimmed down version which is likely to only charge one device at a time and cost the same as a small castle.