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Has the charging port in your phone ever refused to charge? Instead of paying a hefty amount to fix that port or even upgrade to a newer model because let’s face it – that costs even more money – the best option is to invest in a wireless phone charger.
Since most wireless chargers are magnetic and use Qi for wireless power transfer, you don’t have to worry about incompatible ports with one of these dandy tech lifesavers. Even if your phone has no problems with the charging port, you would be a real hero every time one of your Android friends asks if they can borrow a charger even though you are an iPhone person. Finally share is caring.
Whether you work at home or in the office, a wireless charger is also a convenient way to reduce the number of cables on your desk. There’s even the added convenience of being able to grab your phone and go without having to unplug it.
Below, we’ve rounded up our best wireless charging options worth considering if you want to live a comfortable, wireless life.
What you need to know about wireless charging speeds
Keep in mind that your phone’s charging speed is determined by the type you own. Most compatible Android phones can get about 1oW while charging, while iPhones have a 7.5W limit. Other Qi-enabled phones only reach a 5W charge.
As a general rule of thumb, you should remove your phone case before charging it. While most of these charging docks will work with cases up to 3mm thick, anything between your phone and the charging pad will likely cause a slower charge. There is also no charge for leaving metal cases, credit card holders, and pop sockets/grips.
The best wireless phone chargers
Anchor wireless charger
Anker has pretty much made its claim as the brand when it comes to wireless charging, and with good reason. Their wireless pads are consistently good and affordable.
This charging station is a solid wireless phone charger that allows you to charge 10W for a Samsung Galaxy and 7.5W for an iPhone.
The Anker charger is sleek and understated, so it won’t add clutter to your desk or counter. The top surface also has a TPU coating, which prevents your phone from slipping.
Anchor PowerWave Stand
This charger isn’t much different from the Anker pad, except for the obvious difference in how your phone appears. The Anchor PowerWave Stand lets you put your phone in portrait or landscape mode so you can continue browsing the web or watching videos.
It has the same power as the pad and can hit 7.5W for iPhones and 10W for Samsung. That said, this updated model is a slightly faster charging option compared to its previous.
Right now, Amazon is scoring bonus points for having not one but two wireless charging stands for a sweet $59.99 combined. We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing worse than taking your charger to the office and forgetting to take it home. Save yourself the drama by keeping one at home and leaving one behind your desk.
Belkin Boost Up Charging Pad
Belkin’s Boost Up charging pad is one of the sturdiest charging pads on the market and is built to give you the fastest possible charging speeds.
With this Belkin wireless charging pad you can charge 9W for a Samsung Galaxy (S20, 20+, 20 Ultra) and charge 7.5W for an iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and earlier models. It also comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible wall charger so you can get the best possible charge right out of the box.
Teac Bluetooth Oval 3W Speaker and Wireless Charger
Most of these chargers will do a great job of charging your phone wirelessly, but none of the others on this list double as a speaker. Perfect for traveling, you can place your phone on top of this Teac wireless charger and then set up your Bluetooth so you can enjoy tunes on the 3W speaker. Plus, you only need one touch to pair it with your device.
Another great advantage of this Teac charger is the fact that it is portable and can be charged for wireless use. Reviews report that a single charge lasted up to six months, which is crazy. While this may vary by use, satisfied buyers also say it’s surprisingly loud despite its small size. This wireless charger speaker is compatible with both Apple and Samsung smartphones.
Nanami Charging Stand
If you want a wireless charger that stands out, Nanami’s charging stand has a sleek, futuristic-looking design. You also have a choice of color, black or silver. The kickstand lets your phone sit at an angle for comfortable browsing, and if you’re using an iPhone, you can still use Face ID.
For fast charging, you can charge Samsung Galaxy (S21 S20 S10 S9 S8 S7) and Galaxy Note (10/9/8/5) with 10W. You get a 7.5W charge for iPhones (14/ 13/12/11 Pro Max/SE 2020/XS Max/XR/X/8). However, if you want fast charging, you need to purchase a QC 2.0/3.0 adapter separately.
3-in-1 wireless charger
Maybe you own more than one smart device and want to eliminate the tedious procedure of having to swap one device to charge another. This 3-in-1 charger is a good option if you want to charge simultaneously.
It also looks simple and sleek, with enough space to charge a smartphone, smartwatch and wireless earbuds at the same time. This wireless charger is compatible with iPhones, Apple Watches and Samsung products.
mophie Charge Stream desk stand
A more unique design, compared to the other chargers listed here, mophie’s Charge Stream desk stand is optimized for fast charging. You get 10W for a compatible Samsung device, 7.5W for iPhones and 5W for all other Qi-enabled smartphones when you use this wireless charger.
This charging pad is modular, so you can use it as a stand or you can remove the pad to leave it flat on your desk. The stand itself is adjustable, so you can adjust the height according to the phone you place on it. That’s pretty handy if you live in a household where everyone uses a different type of phone.
ESR HaloLock Magnetic Wireless Car Charger
If you’re looking for an option to keep in your car, check out this fast wireless car charger. This puppy has a power of 15 W, which guarantees a quick top-up when rushing between errands.
This wireless car charger can be easily mounted on your air-conditioning vents and with 20 superior magnets, it will keep your phone from vibrating while driving on rough roads. A big plus is that you don’t have to bother removing the protective case from your phone – the transmission distance is 6mm, so unless your case is metal you can just clip it on and start your engine.
This wireless car charger is suitable for all Qi-enabled LG phones, most Samsung models and most iPhones.