The best wireless phone chargers for your iPhone or Android

Juice up your iPhone or Android phone with the best wireless chargers

You know what’s missing from all our visions of a futuristic utopia? Wires. You never see anyone fumbling with a cable to plug in an Android phone or iPhone. Everything just magically works. We’re not there yet, but wireless charging technology is improving all the time. Leading the way toward this brave new world are wireless phone chargers. They’re not entirely wireless, because they still have to be plugged into a wall outlet, but they do free you from your nightly plug-in. You can just pop your smartphone on a pad, and know that in the morning it will be good to go.

Before you splurge on a wireless charger, though, make sure that your phone supports it. Loads of phones do now, from the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 to the LG V30. For smartphones that don’t, like the Google Pixel 2, you need to buy a special replacement back or a case that enables wireless charging. There used to be a couple of competing standards, but choosing a wireless phone charger is relatively straightforward now that Qi, backed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), has won out over rival Powermat.

At the iPhone event last year, Apple teased a wireless charging pad of its own, AirPower, which is built with the Qi standard and will allow you to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and Airpod earbuds all at the same time, but it hasn’t been released yet. If you’re looking for a wireless charger for your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X, you may want to check out the speed test we ran between three popular options. There are plenty of worthy alternatives, though. Here’s a list of the best wireless phone chargers for Android devices and iPhones.

Tronsmart AirAmp Wireless Charger ($24)

Tronsmart AirAmp Wireless Charger
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One issue that can cause concern with wireless charging is the build up of heat, but this wireless charging stand from Tronsmart has a built-in fan to keep that temperature down and the charging speed up. It can put out up to 10W, which allows for fast charging of any Qi-compatible device that supports it. There’s a fairly subtle LED at the bottom that goes blue when you connect it and stays on green when a phone is charging. The light, combined with the fan — quiet as it is — make this a wireless charger we prefer to use on the desk rather than the nightstand.

You get a USB-C to USB-A cable in the box with it which is just long enough to reach desk height, but doesn’t leave much room for maneuver. You’ll have to snag your own power adapter and you’ll want one that supports Quick Charge 3.0 to get the most from this charger. It has padded feet that prevent it from slipping around and an unusual curved back shape, but it’s not the best looking device around — it’s made of black plastic with a big Tronsmart logo. What we do like about it is the low price, safety features, and speed of charging.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 4.64″ x 2.9″ x 2.6″
Weight Unknown
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? No

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Anker PowerWave Pad ($46)

Anker PowerWave Pad

The Anker PowerWave Pad can output up to 10W for fast wireless charging of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but it can also charge the iPhone X at 7.5W, so you should get top speed out of this pad regardless of your phone. The white disc design is fairly unobtrusive and there’s a decent weight, so it shouldn’t slide around on your desktop. There is an LED indicator and a fan inside, which is great for keeping your phone cool, but is definitely audible at times, so we wouldn’t recommend this pad for the nightstand.

We’re pleased to find that Anker has included, not just a decent 3-foot PowerLine Micro USB cable in the box, but also a Quick Charge 3.0 adapter. That means you have everything you need out of the box. Anker’s build quality is always excellent and this pad is no exception. If you prefer to be able to prop your phone up while it charges Anker does also offer the PowerWave Stand at $50, which is identical in terms of functionality.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 4.3” x 4.3” x 0.7”
Weight 303g (10.7oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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iOttie iON Wireless Fast Charging Pad Plus ($50+)

iOttie Wireless Fast Charging Pad Plus

This is another versatile wireless charging pad that can output 10W or 7.5W ensuring that you get the top charging speed possible, whether you have an Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, or something else. With an unusual shape and fabric covering that comes in red, gray, or white, this is an attractive device that really stands out of the crowd. There’s an unobtrusive light in the recessed front and plenty of ventilation to keep the temperature down.

There’s a USB-C input and we’re glad to find that iOttie includes a 4-foot USB-C to USB-A cable and a power adapter in the box. Interestingly, there’s also a USB-A port on the back that you can use for wired charging if you have another cable handy. If you charge two phones (wirelessly and wired) at the same time then the speeds will be a bit slower as the capacity is split between them, but the USB-A port can go all the way up to 12W when used alone.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 7″ x 5″ x 4″
Weight 311g (11oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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Amazon

Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad ($80)

Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad

Style isn’t always a strong point for wireless charging pad manufacturers, so we were glad when Grovemade stepped up. Featuring a stainless steel base topped with hand-sanded natural cork that comes in light or dark varieties, these circular wireless charging pads stand out of the crowd. But they should blend in beautifully with your décor. The steel provides some weight and the cork is soft, but also adds some grip to help prevent your phone sliding around.

The pad comes with a nylon-braided power cable, and there’s a groove on the underside to stow away any excess. You do also get a 120V wall adapter in the box with the pad. Grovemade’s pads are quite expensive and they only output 5W, which means devices capable of faster charging won’t be able to charge at top speed. We think the style makes up for the functional limitation and if you charge your phone overnight, you’re not going to miss the extra speed.

Specs
Power output 5W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 0.875″ x 5.26″
Weight Unknown
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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Mophie Charge Stream Pad Plus ($60)

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Mophie’s wireless charging pad isn’t just tastefully minimalist. It’s also practical. The puck-shaped charger’s nonslip TPU coating is rubbery, preventing it from sliding around on slick surfaces. The low profile still ensures there’s plenty of room for your phone. Portable at just 0.46 x 3.82 x 3.82 inches, and light at 4.6 ounces, the Charge Stream Pad Plus replaces Mophie’s Wireless Charging Station. The main difference is that the new pad can deliver up to 10W instead of 7.5W. That means it can support fast charging, not just for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, but also for Samsung’s Galaxy phones and most other Android devices.

You get a MicroUSB to USB cable in the box along with a Quick Charge 2.0 adapter. There’s a small LED indicator to let you know when your device is charging. With its soft-touch coating, there’s no need to worry about the charger accidentally damaging your phone — Mophie says it’s designed to prevent scratching.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 0.46″ x 3.82″
Weight 4.8oz (136g)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad ($60)

Belkin’s BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad is tailor-made for on-the-go fast charging. It supports the Qi wireless standard (same as iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X), and it can deliver up to 7.5W of continuous power to any phone, tablet, or smartwatch that’s certified to support fast-charging Qi. It’s even strong enough to charge through cases 3mm thick, which means you don’t have to worry about ripping the case off your device every time you plop it down to charge.

Belkin didn’t cut corners on the charger’s design, either. The BoostUp’s circular charging pad may not be the smallest we’ve seen (7.5 x 1.75 x 5.5), but it detaches from the included AC adapter, making it easy to stuff into a crowded bag. Other nifty touches include an LED status indicator built into the base, and a quick start guide that shows you how to orient your phone or tablet properly on the pad.

Specs
Power output 7.5W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 7.5″ x 1.75″ x 5.5″
Weight 4.2oz (119g)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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RavPower Wireless Fast Charging Pad ($30)

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RavPower’s Wireless Fast Charging Pad is a Qi-compatible charger that works with Android devices, smartwatches, and Apple’s latest iPhones (the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X), and can output up to 10W of power.

The RavPower charger’s other conveniences include a Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0-compatible MicroUSB cable that works with supported devices, and built-in protections against short circuits and voltage surges. From 2018 it will be offered with an angled cradle, which doubles as an adjustable desk stand. But, the stand isn’t included in all bundles — it will cost a little extra.

When we tested out three wireless charging pads head-to-head with the iPhone 8, this pad was the winner. It was the fastest, most portable, and best value option.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 3.54 x 0.62 inches
Weight 4.8oz (136g)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? Yes

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Amazon

Bezalel Futura X ($50)

Bezalel Futura X Wireless Charger

If you’re after something light and truly portable, then this wireless charging pad from Bezalel should tempt you. It will charge any Qi-compatible device, from an iPhone X to a Galaxy S9, but Bezalel also sells cases to bring wireless charging capability to older smartphones like the iPhone 7. The glossy pad is made from premium materials with an aluminum base and an elegant acrylic surface that comes in black or white. It is magnetic, and the cases are designed so your phone naturally slides into the right spot for charging.

For just an extra $10 you can get the stand, which enables you to slot the charging pad in and prop your phone in either landscape or portrait view while it charges. You get a cable with the pad, but you’ll need to supply your own wall charger. For best results use the charger that came with your phone. This version has a maximum output of 5W, but there is a Futura X Turbo for $60 that goes up to 15W output for fast charging devices that support faster speeds. The stylish look makes this stand out from the wireless charging crowd, but we also appreciate the internal cooling system.

Specs
Power output 5W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 3.7” x 3.7” x 0.27”
Weight 91g (3.2oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? No

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Amazon

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