You know those life changes you make that, even though they’re quite small, they have the feel like they’ve removed a large burden from your life? That’s how I felt when I first started using a wireless charger and was freed from the confines of cable management. You can be, too.
Sure, it’s not the biggest problem in the world, but wireless charging can add a little ease to your daily tech life. So we’ve put together a list of wireless chargers that are worth considering.
Wireless charging speeds
Just note that the speed at which you’ll be able to recharge your phone will be determined by what type you own. Most compatible Android phones get around 1oW when charging, while iPhones are capped at 7.5W. Other Qi-compatible phones will only achieve a 5W charge.
Also, as a general rule of thumb, make sure you’ve taken off your phone case before charging. While most of these charging stations will work with cases up to 3mm thick, anything in-between your phone and your pad raises the chance of a slower recharge. You also won’t get any charge from metal cases, credit card holders and pop-sockets/grips.
Anker have pretty much staked their claim as the go to brand when it comes to wireless charging, and with good reason. Their wireless pads are consistently good, and come at an affordable price.
The PowerWave pad is a solid wireless charger that will get you a 10W charge for a Samsung Galaxy (S10, S9+, S9, S8, S8+, S7 edge, S7, S6 edge+), and a 7.5W charge for an iPhone (XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8+).
The PowerWave is slimline and understated, so it won’t add to your desk or countertop clutter. The top surface also has a TPU coating, which will stop your phone from sliding off.
This charger isn’t too different from the Anker pad, bar the obvious difference of how your phone is displayed. The PowerWave Stand will let you sit your phone in either portrait or landscape mode, so you can continue to browse the internet or watch videos.
Compared to the PowerWave pad, however, the PowerWave stand doesn’t perform as well with iPhones or other Qi-enabled devices. It only achieves a 5W charge, so prepare for a slow recharge time. That’s something to be mindful of if you aren’t a Samsung user — which will charge at 10W.
If you’re looking to grab a cheap wireless charger, RAVPower’s charging pad is a good pick. As its name suggests, you’ll get a fast, 10W charge for your Samsung Galaxy (S9+, S9, S8, S7) and a 5W recharge for an iPhone (XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8+). The top surface has an anti-slip rubber pad, to keep your phone in place once you set it down to charge.
If you’re deadset on leaving your phone case on, just note that this will only charge through cases up to 3mm thick. If you want a fast charge, you’ll also need to grab a 15W, Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 adapter separately.
Belkin’s Boost Up charging pad sits on the more expensive end of the wireless charger spectrum, but the price is worth it. This is one of the sturdiest charging pads on the market and is built to give you the fastest recharge speeds possible.
This Belkin pad will give you a 9W recharge for a Samsung Galaxy (S10, S10+, S9+, S9) and a 7.5W recharge for an iPhone (XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8+). It also comes with a Quick Charge 3.0-compatible wall charger, so you can get the best recharge possible right out of the box.
If you want a wireless charger that stands out, Nanami’s charging stand has a sleek, futuristic-looking design. You also have choice when it comes to colour, either black or silver. The stand will let your phone sit at an angle that will allow you to comfortably browse, and, if you’re using an iPhone, will still let you use face ID.
If you’re after a fast charge, you’ll get a 10W recharge on Samsung Galaxy (S20, S20+, S10, S10+, S9, S9+, S8, S8+) and Galaxy Note (10+, 10, 9, 8). You’ll get a 7.5W charge for iPhones (11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8+, 8). However, if you want to achieve a fast charge, you’ll need to pick up a QC 126.96.36.199 adapter separately.
If, for whatever reason, you just hate the idea of owning a circular charging pad, this CHOETECH charger will give you the squareness you desire. It’s also very affordable, especially when you consider its range of features.
This biggest appeal of this pad is the range of products its fast charging mode is compatible with. You’ll hit a 10W recharge for Samsung Galaxy (S10, S10e, S10+, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge+) and Galaxy Note (9, 8). For iPhones (11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8+, 8), and even AirPods 2, you’ll get a 7.5W charge.
This charger also has a slight leg up on the others listed here, as it will let you charge through cases that are up to 5mm thick. And if you really want a wireless charger that really stands out, this CHOETECH pad comes in multiple colours: white, black and red.
Maybe you own more than one smart device and want to eliminate the annoying procedure of having to swap out one device to charge another. CHOETECH’s 2-in-1 charger is a good option if you want to get some dual charging going.
It also looks simple and sleek. The zinc-alloy finish is smoother and wear-resistant, and it despite being a bit larger than the other chargers on this list, it won’t draw attention to itself. This pad comes with an adjustable stand for your smartwatch, so you can still have a good view of the face.
It is compatible with Apple products, like the iPhone (11, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, X, , 8, 8+), Airpods Pro, Apple Watch (5, 4, 3, 2, 1). If you’re a Samsung person, it is compatible with the Galaxy (S20, S20+, S10, S10+, S10E, S9, S9+, S8, S8+), the Galaxy Note (10, 10+, 9, 8) and the Galaxy buds+.
A more unique design, compared to the other chargers listed here, mophie’s Charge Stream desk stand has been optimised for a fast charge. You’ll get 10W for compatible Samsung device, 7.5W for iPhones and 5W for any other Qi-compatible smartphones.
This charging pad is modular, so you can either use it as a stand or you can remove the pad to let it sit flat on your desk. The stand itself is adjustable, so you can change its height to suit whatever phone you’re placing onto it. That’s pretty handy if you live in a household where everyone uses a different type of phone.