Best Wireless Chargers

Best Wireless Chargers

When it comes to picking the best wireless charger, it’s not one size fits all. You have single-device wireless chargers that are great for supplying power to a single phone and more versatile wireless chargers for those who want to juice multiple gadgets at once.

Wireless charging has not only improved as a technology, but it’s also been adopted by most major phone makers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, Google, Huawei, as well as Apple.

If your phone supports it, it’s time you pair it with a wireless charging stand or pad, so you can experience the benefit.

Which features do you need in a power bank?

Watching your phone or tablet steadily run out of juice when you’re nowhere near a power outlet is stressful.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of third-party backup batteries, and they come in every size, capacity, and price range to keep your device going when your battery icon starts to dip in the red.

And it doesn’t end there. Some power banks are equipped with features like fast charging, wireless charging, built-in cables, AC adapters, LED flashlights—even the ability to jump-start your car.

With so many options to choose from, how do you know which power bank is right for you? Read on for the most important points to consider.

10 best wireless chargers for 2020:

1. Samsung Wireless Charger Duo

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo

You can do two things at once — your wireless charger should, too. The Samsung Wireless Charger Duo, though more expensive than other options, is able to charge two devices simultaneously and is compatible with more than just Samsung phones and smartwatches.

Any device with the standard Qi charging spec can function with the charger, including the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung Gear S3, Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone X, and Gear S3 or later Samsung smartwatches.

The Galaxy S9, Note9, and other compatible Samsung smartphones can benefit from the 7.5W Wireless Fast Charge. While all devices can get an energy boost simply by being placed on the charger, it is also USB-C compatible for older devices. Don’t worry about your phone overheating: a built-in fan and ventilation keep devices cool.

With a minimalist appearance designed to integrate seamlessly into your living space, the multi-device charger is available in either black or white. However, keep in mind that while aesthetically pleasing, the charger measures eight-and-a-half inches wide and may take up more space than what you’re used to.

Pros /Cons
  • Modern design
  • Fast charging adapter comes in the box
  • Two charging coils
  • A cooling fan
  • Fixed angle

2. Nanami Fast Wireless Charger

Nanami Fast Wireless Charger

If you’re looking for a wireless charger that’s cheap but delivers the power you need, check out the Nanami Fast Wireless Charger.

It comes with a simple stand design that lets you use it with just about any iPhone or Android device. And you can charge your phone in portrait or landscape mode.

The Nanami is  quick charging compatible at 10W for Samsung phones and it supports 7.5W charging for iPhones. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to pay extra for a QuickCharge 2.0 or above adapter if you want the fastest speeds.

A safety assurance feature means it won’t overcharge your phone or overheat. Better yet, the Nanami is sleep-friendly, as the LED indicator will shut off automatically after 10 seconds.

Arguably the best feature about the Nanami Fast Wireless Charger is its price. At under $20, this is one of the best wireless charger values out there.

Pros /Cons
  • Great price
  • Sleep-friendly
  • Safety assurances
  • Basic design
  • Better with smaller devices

3. AUKEY Wireless Power Bank

AUKEY Wireless Power Bank

Most wireless charging pads require you to plug them into a power source, like an outlet or a computer, but AUKEY’s is built into a battery bank, so it’s totally portable.

The power bank has an 8,000 mAh battery with three USB ports (one USB-C, two USB-A), which has enough juice to fully recharge an iPhone XS 2.4 times.

The top of the battery has a wireless charger, which works just like a wireless charging pad. Place your phone or accessory on top of the battery, and it’ll start charging.

The wireless charging speed tops out at 5W, which is slow compared to the other wireless charging pads in this guide, but the convenience here is undeniable.

Pros /Cons
  • Ultra portable
  • Can charge multiple devices
  • Slow maximum charging speed

4. Anker PowerWave II Pad

Anker PowerWave II Pad

This black, plastic, puck may look just like any other wireless charger, but while most are capped at 10W, the Anker PowerWave II Pad can deliver up to 15W.

That means it can fast charge most Qi-supporting Android phones and all iPhones at the top speed they support.

It’s unobtrusive, but, it’s probably fair to say Anker is more focused on function than style. The Anker PowerWave II is a sturdy, solid, weighted wireless charging pad with silicone rings on the top and bottom to prevent any slippage.

Pop your phone on the center of this pad and it will stay in place and begin charging immediately. It comes with a 5-foot cable that’s permanently attached to the power adapter, so just plug in and you’re set.

Sadly, at the time of writing, there aren’t many phones that can take full advantage of this charger’s capabilities. It does support the Extended Power Profile, which means it can charge a Pixel 4 at top speed, and the same goes for some LG and Sony phones.

It will also charge iPhones at 7.5W, which is their top speed right now. For Samsung devices, it maxes out at 10W. AirPods and other devices will likely charge at 5W.

Pros /Cons
  • 15W charging
  • 5-foot power cord and adapter included
  • Non-slip
  • Basic design

5. Belkin BoostUp Wireless Charging Stand

Belkin BoostUp Wireless Charging Stand

The Belkin 10W is a step up in design and charging power – both of which are noticeable. That charging rate refilled 16% on our iPhone XS Max in 30 minutes.

The Belkin 10W has upstyled glossy plastic with matte rubber for the flat charging surface, as well as the ‘arms’ keeping your phone from sliding off the surface.

It tangibly feels higher-quality, and in the solid black color, looks a bit more refined than cheaper chargers.

Whether you like pads or stands is more up to personal taste, but we enjoy the usefulness of keeping your device upright to check the time and scroll through notifications. It only charges phones, though – no smartwatches or tablets.

Pros /Cons
  • Quality matte rubber + glossy plastic
  • Helpful “arms” couch phones
  • Not the fastest charging

6. Yootech Wireless Charger

Yootech Wireless Charger

With a sleek and minimal design, the Yootech 7.5W wireless charger is an outstanding option for budget-conscious buyers looking to wirelessly charge a variety of Qi-enabled devices.

Measuring approximately 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches, the Yootech does its job without compromising on features. Built-in safety measures prevent overcharging and overheating.

Compatible with smartphone cases up to 6mm in thickness, the Yootech can provide up to 7.5 watts of power for the newest iPhones (XS, XS Max, XR, X, and 8) as well as Samsung’s latest Galaxy series devices beginning with the S7.

There’s also a 5W standard charge mode for all other Qi-enabled devices. The green LED light indicates when a power source is connected and then turns off after 15 seconds (so it won’t keep you awake at night).

Pros /Cons
  • Really affordable
  • Dual orientation design
  • Sleep-friendly
  • Short power cord

7. Google Pixel Stand

Google Pixel Stand

The Pixel Stand from Google is pricey, but it does a lot more than a typical wireless charger. Compatible with the Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, this wireless charger  turns your Google phone into a smart display.

When you dock your Pixel phone, you can use Google Assistant to check your schedule and get weather, commuting information and more. Plus, you can see your favorite photos on the display through Google Photos.

The Pixel Stand is a pretty awesome alarm clock, because you can set the phone’s light to slowly brighten with warm colors, which can make waking up a bit easier.

And when it’s time for bed, the Pixel Stand can automatically turn on do not disturb so you won’t see notifications when you want to nod off.

Pros /Cons
  • Solid, sturdy design
  • Up to 11W charging
  • Pricey
  • Google makes it difficult to know which devices work with it

8. Mophie Powerstation Hub

Mophie Powerstation Hub

The Mophie Powerstation Hub is a unique charger in that it’s mainly not a charger – it’s a battery pack. While it’s limited by its capacity, the capability to wirelessly charge on the go makes this a versatile (if pricey) solution.

The Powerstation Hub wirelessly charges up to 5W, which isn’t terribly fast – but you can do it while the battery simultaneously charges up to 3 other devices, which is cool. The other ports include one each of USB 1.0, USB 3.0, and USB-C slots.

The charger plugs directly into a wall socket to recharge, though the wireless charging won’t work while it is – a regrettable feature, but perhaps safer for the device, given how the extra weight might put pressure on the power prongs.

While the Powerstation isn’t as large and ungainly as higher-capacity power banks, it won’t fit in your pocket either, leaving it mostly convenient for anyone packing a purse or small bag.

But with versatility comes cost, and the Powerstation Hub is by far the most expensive charger on this list. With a retail price of $99 (around £81, AU$146), this isn’t affordable for most folks – and more a niche solution for those with the cash to throw around.

Pros /Cons
  • Charges up to four devices at once
  • Very pricey
  • Unimpressive capacity

9. Native Union Dock Wireless Charger

Native Union Dock Wireless Charger

The best wireless charger if you care about style, the Native Union Dock Wireless Charger Stand blends good looks and utility. The accessory comes in six colors and designs, including Marquetry Rose, Rose, Marquetry Slate, Slate and the very funky Terrazzo Rose and Terrazzo Slate.

The stand includes a little pedestal to elevate your phone so you can more easily activate facial recognition and make video calls.

And you’ll get up to 10W of power in both portrait and landscape mode. The package doesn’t include a wall adapter, but you do get a fairly long, 6.5-foot braided charging cable.

The Native Union Dock Wireless Charger Stand chargers through most cases (up to 3mm thick), and the design offers a thermal protection sensor to prevent overheating.

Pros /Cons
  • Great design
  • Fits the biggest phones
  • Thermal protection to keep devices cool
  • Pricey
  • Won’t work with cases thicker than 3mm

10. CHOETECH Fast Wireless Charger

CHOETECH Fast Wireless Charger

When trying to find the best value wireless charger for your phone(s), you should look for it to have the latest features and broad compatibility at a reasonable price. Look no further than the CHOETECH Fast Wireless Charger.

This charger stands upright and offers a wide charging area, so you can place your phone in landscape or portrait while charging it. It’s capable of fast-charging many of the newest Samsung Galaxy and Note models by pushing through a whopping 10W of power.

You can also fast-charge the latest iPhone models (XR, XS, XS Max, X, and 8) using Apple’s maximum charge input of 7.5W.

One final note: If you’re buying this charger for the “fast wireless charging” option, be sure to also use it with a 2.0 or 3.0 USB adapter that can push more electricity and ensure the quickest possible charging time. Older USB adapters can’t push enough electricity to charge at the fastest rates.

Pros /Cons
  • Wireless charging battery included
  • Anti-slip surface
  • Stackable system
  • A bit pricey

Conclusion

We’ve tested the wire-free chargers with a variety of phones, and smartwatches like the Apple Watch, and other rechargeable devices if they also charge those. We also note charging rates, in wattage, which might juice up some devices faster (depending on their maximum wireless charging rating, of course).

Lastly, make sure your phone can actually use wireless charging, as some older handsets – especially those with metal backs – likely don’t.

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