Though wired chargers are still common, wireless chargers are the future. The big mobile phone companies are integrating wireless charging into their devices.
If you bought the latest iPhones or any of these wireless charging Android phones, you are likely wondering which one to get. We’ve put together this list of a few of our favorites to help.
Budget Wireless Chargers
Itian Charging Stand ($13.99)
Juice up your Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Note 7, S8, S8 Plus, or Note8 quickly with this dual-purpose stand. That is if you pair it with a Quick Charge 2.0 Adaptive Fast Charger. Otherwise, the Itian Charging Stand will charge your Samsung device at a much slower speed.
Its black, plastic design may seem plain, but it gets its job done fast. As an added bonus, it’s among the cheapest options with a fast wireless charging rate.
ChoeTech Stadium Qi Wireless Charger ($14.99)
The ChoeTech Qi Wireless Charger may not look fancy, but this lightweight and minimalist device effectively powers up Qi-enabled devices. It shows a blue LED to indicate it’s actively charging a device.
Yootech Fast Wireless Charging Pad ($19.99)
This no-frills charging pad does what’s expected of it without burning a hole through your wallet. It is the suitable choice for anyone not entirely ready to go wireless but is curious about wireless charging. Made with the budget-conscious in mind, the Yootech Fast Wireless Charging Pad proves the future of charging doesn’t need to be expensive.
It comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable but doesn’t include a wall charger out of the box. It charges the latest Android devices and iPhones.
Mid-range Wireless Chargers
Anker PowerPort Qi 10 Wireless Charging Pad ($25.99)
Combine it with a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger and the Anker PowerPort Qi charger powers up your Galaxy S8 in no time. This setup is said to be twice as fast as standard wireless charging, but the wall charger is sold separately.
It comes with a single coil so you have to find its sweet spot for charging. It may require removing your phone’s case for better wireless charging.
TYLT VU ($29.99)
Whether you place your phone in portrait or landscape on its stand, the VU will charge your devices. That versatility combined with a clever 45-degree cradle design makes the TYLT VU stand out.
This distinct wireless charger has a soft-touch finish and comes in red, green, blue, or black. It takes up more space than a conventional wireless pad.
Samsung Wireless Charging Pad ($39.99)
Need to juice up your Note 8 or Galaxy S8 fast? Your best bet is the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad. It charges your device 1.4x faster than standard wireless charging. It tends to heat up so it has a built-in fan to keep it cool.
This certified Samsung accessory is versatile and charges any phone that supports Qi charging.
Premium Wireless Chargers
RavPower Wireless Fast Charging Pad ($44.99)
The RavPower Wireless Fast Charging Pad is a cleverly designed Qi-compatible charger that works with smartwatches, Android phones, and the latest iPhones. It has built-in protection against short-circuits and power surges, but it won’t rapidly charge iPhones yet. Apple is expected to roll out a software update this fall to support faster, Qi-based charging. This charging pad comes with a Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0-compatible MicroUSB cable that works with supported devices. It has been tested by critics to be among the fastest wireless charging pads.
Mophie Wireless Charging Station ($59.95)
Tastefully minimalist and practical, this puck-shaped charger offers plenty of room for your tablet, phone, and smartwatch. It can easily be tucked inside a backpack or handbag. The Mophie Wireless Charging Station was designed in collaboration with Apple. It works best with the iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8 because of its high watt output (7.5 watts). It’s expected to get even faster once Apple rolls out iOS 11.2.
Ikea Nordmärke Wireless Charging Pad ($59.99)
Offering three spots for wireless charging and an additional USB port, this smart charging pad can serve the whole family. It fits in with any décor in a choice of white or birch wood finish. Unobtrusive in design, the Ikea Nordmärke embodies the typical Ikea hallmark. Given its sizeable frame, it suits any household that charges multiple devices at a time. There is also a cheaper, single pad version available.
Wireless Chargers Coming in 2018
Apple AirPower Charging Pad
You might be wondering where Apple is in the wireless charging race. Apple will reportedly soon supply its own charging pad with ample room for an Apple Watch 3, Apple AirPods, and iPhone X. You can charge all three devices all in one place.