If you’ve bought a new smartphone in the last few years, there’s a good chance that it supports wireless charging. SanDisk’s iXpand brand is a basic but functional wireless pad that can charge up to 15W. Qi is a standard that has been developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive charging over distances of up to 40mm. Apple adopted wireless charging with theiPhone XandiPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Since then it’s appeared in the iPhone XS and XS Max as well as in the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Proas well as iPhone XR and new-generation iPhone SE. Samsung has supported wireless charging since theGalaxy S6and Huawei introduced it with the excellent Mate 20 Pro. There is a little light that tells you it is charging correctly. It flashes a bright red light so I have to take my phone off and replace. It seems to stop charging after awhile as my phone is never fully charged in the morning. For safe use and reliable performance, always ensure that wires and power adapters are intact.
Since this combined charger is slower, we think it’s best for a nightstand, where, assuming you’ll be charging overnight, the slower charging rate won’t be as big of a concern. The Mophie charger powered our iPhone 12 to about 26% full battery after half an hour and 50% after an hour. Our Apple Watch SE, also starting at zero, got to 30% battery capacity after a half hour and 50% after an hour. If you want the fastest possible charge for your iPhone, you need to use a cable—going wireless is about convenience, not speed. Affordable, wired 20 W USB-PD chargers paired with a USB-C–to–Lightning cable are about 30% faster than the fastest wireless chargers. LG’s cell phone chargers let you power up when and where you need it most. From power adapters to wireless chargers, LG has the cell phone charger designed for the way you live.
Power levels of these devices can range from approximately 1 kilowatt to 300 kilowatts or higher. All high power inductive charging systems use resonated primary and secondary coils. If you’re on a tight budget, the RAVPower 10W Qi-Certified Wireless Charger ($13.99) is a solid choice. This basic plastic charging pad has vertical ridges to keep your phone in place during charging. It features a 10W maximum output and ships with a micro USB charging cable; you’ll need to supply your own Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 wall adapter. Oregon-based Grovemade has long been a favorite for beautiful office accessories, and its Brass Wireless Charging Pad ($140) is no exception. This heavy Qi wireless charging pad is made with natural materials to blend with any office decor.
The PowerWave Pad supports up to 10W wireless charging with compatible devices, making it one of the faster models available. It also works with 7.5W and 5W chargers, so any Qi-compatible phone will work. A handy light on the base stays blue when a phone is charging, and flashes red if it’s not lined up properly. The technology adds convenience by allowing you to throw down your phone or other gadget on to a pad to charge, without having to worry about fiddling around with cables – or indeed carrying multiple cables. And with the USB-C charging port increasingly doubling-up as an audio input, you can carry on listening to music at the same time. If you use an iPhone, and prefer wireless charging to using a cable, Lamicall’s MagSafe Charging Stand is the one to get.
It may not charge your phone as quickly as some of the others on this list, but its certainly more convenient. Sure, cutting the cord might be best applied to getting rid of your cable package. But it’s also a good thought to apply to how we charge our smart devices, too. Having a mess of tangled up cords is never fun and with the prevalence of Bluetooth headphones, you should look to free your phone or smartwatch from cords too. It’s worth pointing out that the speed of the wireless charging pad is only half the story. Wireless chargers don’t draw power from thin air – they must be plugged into the mains via a USB adaptor. If that is a 5W adaptor then your 10W wireless charging pad is going to be able to deliver only half its maximum output. The fastest wireless charging speed you will be able to receive is that of whichever is the weakest link in your setup. The top of the battery has a wireless charger, which works just like a wireless charging pad.
The large circular fabric looks nice (and won’t scratch your phone), plus the steel base and silicone grips prevent it from wobbling or sliding around. In a dark room, it emits a very faint glow, enough to make sure it’s charging, but not so distracting I had trouble sleeping. That’s something I can’t say for the many other wireless chargers with blaring lights on the front. No power adapter is included, but you do get a 6.5-foot-long USB-A to USB-C cable. The 5 watt Belkin Boost Up is the kid brother of their fast charging 7.5 watt wireless pad. It’s designed strictly for standard charging so while you can use it on your S9 don’t expect to go from 0-100% in 90 minutes like you would with a 10 watt charger. The justifications for buying a 5 watt charger are becoming fewer and fewer as more phones, particularly iPhones, come on line that is able to accept fast charging. But then again, since most folks charge their phone while they’re sleeping maybe it’s the fast chargers that need to justify their existence.
The Fiora Ultimate Wireless Desk Charger is well designed and one of the faster wireless pads we’ve tested. After the 60 minute timer expired, the phone was removed from the pad and the battery percentage was recorded. To completely drain the battery on the Galaxy S9, we looped a movie in VLC with screen brightness set to 100 percent until the phone powered off. Unremarkable but far from in the bad way, the Rapoo XC100 Wireless Charging Pad simply sits there, quietly working away at charging your phone. It’ll coexist with phone cases your phone might be donning, it has a light status indicator to show it’s working, plus there’s over temperature and overcharge protection too. The MagSafe Duo is one of the more portable chargers out there, easily folding together for added convenience. You can use it to charge your iPhone as well as your Apple Watch or AirPods at the same time which is very useful for avid Apple fans. It uses the smartphone’s magnets to properly align so you get the fastest charging speeds possible. Armando Tinoco has contributed to numerous top publications including Latin Times, The Cheat Sheet, and La Opinión, and has over eight years of experience covering technology.
For the full experience, you’ll need to use an 18W charging brick – anything less and your devices will take a while to charge up. It has a hard-wired 1.2m USB-C cable, and you’ll need to pair this with an 18W wall charger to get the maximum charging speed from the Aukey. MagSafe-compatible but not ‘Made for MagSafe’, this magnetic charger from Aukey is more affordable than many wireless pads designed for iPhone 12. This neat wireless charger adds back-up functionality thanks to built-in flash memory. Aukey claims its Wireless Charging Station is fully compatible with cases up to 3mm thick, and can deliver up to 10W charging speed (7.5W for iPhones, 5W for earbuds). A 1.2m cable is included, and can be tucked away under a removable bottom panel when not in use, but you will need to add a wall charger. These days you can also find power banks that offer wireless charging. You’ll find these models in our separate round-up of the best power banks. By far the most common wireless charging standard is Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’). Pretty much all gadgets that support wireless charging support Qi, but at varying speeds.
If your nightstand is cluttered with cables for your AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone, it’s time to streamline your power routine with a wireless charging pad. We’ve assembled a list of our favorite wireless charging stations for Apple products, with phone-only and multi-device options in a range of prices. Even though wireless charging has been around for quite a while, it still feels futuristic, and shouldn’t your new Samsung Galaxy S21 get that kind of treatment? We’ve rounded up some of the best wireless chargers out there to make sure your new phone can take full advantage of 15W wireless power. Since we’ve yet to find a wireless charger that supports all of these, we instead have to try and pick a charger that has the particular standards that we think our devices now and in the future can use. If you’re a Galaxy user or iPhone user, your task is easy since most chargers have your protocols. The rest of us should be seeking out a charger with 15W EPP or 10W standard Qi charging. Ampere’s Unravel is one of the more unique wireless chargers out there, allowing you to charge three devices when laid out flat. You can also prop up one device while wirelessly charging it or take up the least space while folding it up accordion style. The iOttie iTap 2 magnetic wireless car charger mount includes a dual USB car charger that has an extra USB port for charging a second device.
This phone will act as a wireless charging pad and share it its battery . On the other Galaxy S10 , you should NOT enable wireless PowerShare because it will simply draw battery from the wireless charging pad. That’s where a wireless charging station can come in to solve your charging problems. Anker has been making some of our favorite wireless chargers for years. The PowerWave Stand Upgraded is neat because it allows you to charge your smartphone vertically or horizontally, in case you want to watch a video on your smartphone as it charges. It also supports up to 10-watts of charging, so it’ll charge your iPhone or Android fast.
We can still help make sure you get a product you’re happy with, though. The next page contains some helpful general advice to consider when deciding which wireless charger to buy. The Qimini site proclaims it to be, “The world’s thinnest wireless charger plate to date,” but the Anker Powerport Wireless 10 is definitely thinner. It sells for $59.95, without a power adapter, which easily twice what it’s worth. Oh, and it maxes out at 5W output, so it’s one of the slower wireless chargers out there. You can get good quality wireless charging pads, with adapter, for half that price. Second, the AC adapter connects to a little round DC barrel connector, while most other wireless charging pads use micro USB. Using USB would be far more flexible and convenient—you could plug into dozens of different products, like your laptop, and micro USB cables are everywhere. Anker’s new PowerWave products greatly improve quality over its older wireless chargers, but they bump up the price to match. If you have a side table, kitchen counter, or some other area where multiple people often place their phones to charge at the same time, this is a good solution.
This wireless charger also has a case-friendly design, so you can keep your phone charged without too much fuss. The Belkin Wireless Charging Dock is one of the best wireless chargers because it’s one of the most versatile. It can charge your iPhone at up to 7.5 watts and juice your Apple Watch and AirPods at 5W. If you’re looking for a device that can charge multiple devices at once, consider the Choetech Dual Wireless Charger. It comes with a big pad and five built-in coils, so you can charge two phones simultaneously. Even better, the Choetech can charge both your phone and the AirPods or AirPods Pro case at the same time, which means there’s less stuff you have to plug into the wall. In our testing, we found it easy to line up devices for charing, and there’s a glowing light on the side of the dock so you can make sure your phone is receiving juice. The Powered 3-in-1 dock works with iPhone cases as well, provided that they are 3mm thick or thinner. The stand design also makes it easy to use your phone while it’s charging, whether you’re making a FaceTime call or recording a voice memo. Apple’s MagSafe charger is also compatible with AirPods Pro and the AirPods with wireless charging case.