The best wireless phone chargers for your iPhone or Android

Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

Best wireless chargers
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Do you know what’s missing in 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 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 XS and Galaxy S10 to the Pixel 3. 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. Here’s a list of the best wireless phone chargers for Android devices and iPhones.

TwelveSouth HiRise Wireless

This looks like a standard wireless charging stand at first glance, but the central portion can actually pop out to give you a portable wireless charger that you can take away with you. The stand is weighted to prevent it from sliding around and it’s covered in black leather with a shiny, chrome-style finish round the frame. To power it, you plug in the supplied, 1.5 meter, USB-C to USB-A cable, and there’s a groove in the stand to keep it in place. Sadly, considering the price, there’s no wall adapter included here, so you’ll need to make sure you use one capable of supplying the maximum 10W rating to charge your phone at top speed.

The pop out disk is also leather-covered and it’s a smart idea for travelers. The charger has no trouble with most cases and we tested it with a Galaxy S10, a Pixel 3, and an iPhone X. It doesn’t quite hit top potential speed for the latest Samsung phones, which can hit 12W, but it does the trick for most devices right now. It’s a smart design that looks good on a desk or bedside table, and we like the detachable pad, but it sometimes requires adjustment as it’s not especially firmly wedged in place. The HiRise Wireless is also quite expensive at $80.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 5” x 3.6” x 3.6”
Weight 445g (15.7oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? No

Pitaka Air Trio

If you’re an Apple fan, then this could be the wireless charging pad of your dreams. It’s designed to simultaneously wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch, and it has room to charge your iPad via a wired connection as well. Deliberately luxurious, crafted from bullet-proof aramid fiber and shining zinc alloy, this has to be the heaviest wireless charger we’ve ever used. The good news is that it won’t be sliding off your nightstand.

The Air Trio is not just about style, you’ll also find a smart, fold-out support with a pad that can accommodate a second phone or an iPad with a wired connection that can be adjusted up or down with the dial on the side — you can choose a Lightning or a USB-C connector here and get up to 18W. Press the button and the Apple Watch connector pops up, so you don’t have to lay it out flat to charge. The front portion of the pad will wirelessly charge any phone you put on it, provided it supports Qi. The Air Trio also comes with a cable and wall adapter. There’s a wee LED built into the top that lights up when it’s plugged in and flashes to tell you when something is charging — it will also turn red if there’s a problem. The Air Trio is going to cost you $129 on Kickstarter, but the price will go up after the campaign ends.

Specs
Power output 10W, 5W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 7” x 7” x 1”
Weight 1,008g (35.5oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad

Samsung’s redesigned duo charger is a solid choice, especially if you have a Samsung smartwatch. The left pad is capable of fast charging at up to 12W with a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S10 and at the maximum allowed for other phones, while the right pad tops out at 7.5W and is designed to charge a Samsung smartwatch like the Gear S3, though it can also be used to charge wireless earbuds or another phone, as long as they support Qi charging.

There’s a silent fan inside the larger pad to help keep the temperature down. There’s also an LED indicator light, but it’s not too bright, so this could work well on the nightstand. You’ll have to use the fast charger and USB-C cable supplied if you want the fastest speeds, but you can use this charger with other Qi charging devices, including iPhones. You can get this charger in black or white. The recommended retail price is $100, but this is frequently discounted, so don’t pay full price.

Specs
Power output 12W, 7.5W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 8” x 6” x 1.9”
Weight 379g (13.4oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

Ted Baker Connected Geeve Wireless Charger

Popular designer brand Ted Baker’s latest range of iPhone accessories are beautifully made, and as you would expect, very stylish, too. Take a look at the $80 wireless charger, particularly the delectable, “brushed chocolate aluminum,” finish in our pictures. It’s not only on-point fashion-wise, but it goes with most home decor. The top of the charger is covered in Italian suede leather, ensuring it doesn’t scratch your phone if it’s not in a case, and there is a rubber ring under the charger to keep it secure on a desk or table.

The charger supports the Qi standard and operates with the iPhone and with many compatible Android phones. We tested it with the iPhone XS Max, the Huawei P30 Pro, and the Nokia 9 PureView without any problems. It comes with a Ted Baker braided USB Type-C cable, but no wall adapter. You can see the iPhone XS Max is wrapped in a matching $55 Ted Baker case — for the ultimate in accessory coordination —  which is highly protective, but doesn’t interrupt the flow of power from the wireless charger.

Specs
Power output  10w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions (phone size maximum)  3.75″ x 0.5″
Weight 141g (4.9oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? No

Moshi Otto Q Wireless Charging Pad

We like the style of this wireless charging pad from Moshi. It has a practical, gray fabric finish with a silicone ring in the middle that ensures your phone won’t slip off the sweet spot. Functionally, it can put out up to 10W, so it will fast charge a Samsung Galaxy S9 or an Apple iPhone X at their top speeds of 9W and 7.5W, respectively. It comes with a 3-foot, gray, plastic USB-C to USB-A cable, but sadly there’s no wall charger in the box, so you’ll need to pair it with one rated at 12W for best performance.

Although small and light, the bottom of the charging pad is silicone and it grips well on most surfaces. The finish on the top is ideal if you don’t like to cover the glass back of your phone with a case, as it both pads and grips the back of your phone. It can also charge through most cases without issue. There is a small, white LED on the front which pulses gently when charging and stays lit when your phone is fully charged. It’s not too bright compared to some others, but you might want to make sure it faces away from you if you’re placing it on your nightstand.

Specs
Power output  10w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions (phone size maximum)  4″ x 4″ x 0.5″
Weight 103g (3.6oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? No

Google Pixel Stand

The Google Pixel Stand is capable of charging smartphones that support Qi wireless charging, including the latest iPhones, at top speed, thanks to the included USB-C to USB-C cable and 18W USB PD power adapter. It’s made of polycarbonate and soft silicone with a base that grips on any surface so that it won’t slide around on the nightstand. The white finish is unobtrusive, so it should blend into any environment. You can prop your phone up on this stand in landscape or portrait view and it will charge because there are two coils inside.

If you’re the lucky owner of a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, then the Pixel Stand offers some tempting extra features. There’s a microprocessor inside that recognizes your Pixel phone, and you can configure the stand through your phone’s settings, ensuring it automatically goes into Do Not Disturb mode or acts as a digital photo frame when you place it on the stand. If you play music, the music controls and album art will appear on the screen (you can also use Google Assistant), and there’s a special Sunrise Alarm that uses light from your Pixel phone’s screen to wake you more gently than a traditional alarm. If you don’t have a new Pixel phone to take advantage of the special feature here, then you’re probably better off snagging something cheaper.

Specs
Power output  10w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions (phone size maximum)  3.6″ x 4.1″
Weight 160g (5.6oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

Mikol Wireless Charging Pad

If you’re horrified by the prospect of an ugly plastic puck or stand cramping your home’s style, then Mikol’s marble wireless charging pad could be right for you. This wireless charging pad features black, white, or green marble, with unique, contrasting vein patterns for an opulent look. The solid casing is a metal alloy. It’s capable of fast-charging a Samsung Galaxy phone, but you will need to pair it with a fast wall charger as you only get a Micro USB to USB-A cable in the box.

There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the Mikol pad, which help to prevent it from sliding around, however, the marble surface is a bit slippery, so if you don’t use a case with your phone to give it some grip, then this pad isn’t recommended. The color LED which indicates when it’s charging, shines through the marble, but also out the front and we found it a bit bright for the nightstand. At the very least you’ll want to angle the light away from you. While it does boast a luxurious look, this pad is very expensive — $69 is a sale price from the normal $104.

Specs
Power output  10w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions (phone size maximum)  4″ x 4″ x 0.4″
Weight 124g (4.4oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? No

Case-Mate Power Pad Wireless Charger

It’s not the most stylish wireless charger we’ve ever used, but Case-Mate’s Power Pad is extremely versatile. This rectangular pad comes in black or white and offers Qi wireless charging, including fast charging at 7.5W for Apple’s iPhones — we tested and it works as expected. The cable is attached to the pad and plugs into the 18W Quick Charge wall adapter that comes in the box. We got the version with the stand which allows you to prop your phone in portrait or landscape while it charges.

The pad has a nonslip, rectangular, TPU strip to hold your phone securely in place and there’s a simple white LED on the side to indicate that it’s charging correctly. There’s a small wee insert so you can adjust the stand position for your phone. Both the pad and stand have feet and seem to be sturdy enough that they won’t slide around. The Power Pad will still charge your phone if it has a slim case on, but thick cases are going to cause a problem — as they do for all wireless chargers. It’s quite an expensive option, but if you want the ability to switch between a pad and a stand, it may suit you. The option to charge in landscape is rare.

Specs
Power Output  9w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions  5.6″ x 2.8″ x 0.4″
Weight  226g (8oz)
Cable Included?  Yes
AC Adaptor Included?  Yes

Native Union Drop Wireless Charger

Native Union brings its unique sense of style and design to the world of wireless chargers. We love how the eye-catching look isn’t just for show, as the ridges are grippy rubber, making them perfect for keeping your phone securely in place. The aluminum body has a circular rubber foot underneath too, along with a small LED indicator on the side to show charging status. The cable supplied is one of Native Union’s excellent braided versions with a USB Type-C connector, and at 6.5 feet long it’s easy to move the charger around if you’re not close to an electrical socket.

The charger sends up to 10w of energy through the phone — around three hours from zero to full capacity on an iPhone, according to Native Union — and has happily worked with all but the most rugged cases we’ve tried. It also promises excellent temperature management to maintain fast charging and to keep things safe. It’s not cheap, but we like the design and appreciate the simplicity. However, it’s the fast-charge system that makes us recommend the Drop Wireless Charger.

Specs
Power Output  10w
Standard  Qi
Dimensions  3.5″ x 3.5″
Weight  Unknown
Cable Included?  Yes
AC Adaptor Included?  No

Anker PowerWave Pad

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 are 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 (phone size maximum) 4.3” x 4.3” x 0.7”
Weight 303g (10.7oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

Kerf Wireless Charging Block

What could be more unobtrusive than a simple block of wood? The Kerf Wireless Charging Block blends seamlessly with any decor, finished in your choice of wood, from walnut (pictured) to maple, canarywood, padauk, and the list goes on. This charger can go up to 10W, which means it can charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XS at top speed. Unusually, it has a USB-C port to plug in and it supports Qualcomm 2.0 and 3.0 fast charging, so it may be able to deliver a higher wattage in the future as standards advance.

These gorgeous hardwood blocks are made in Pittsburgh and they have a cork base to help prevent them from sliding around. There are no superfluous details here, just beautiful natural wood. The lack of an LED also makes this charger an ideal choice for the nightstand. If you just want the charging block, then it costs between $39 and $139 depending on the wood you choose. You can also choose to add a USB-C cable and power supply for an extra $20 and there’s an option for custom engraving.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions (phone size maximum) 3.5” x 3.5” x 0.5”
Weight 65g (2.3oz)
Cable included? Optional
AC adapter included? Optional

iOttie iON Wireless Fast Charging Pad Plus

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 from 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 (phone size maximum) 7″ x 5″ x 4″
Weight 311g (11oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

Aukey Graphite 10W Wireless Fast Charger

If portability and power are your two primary considerations when choosing a wireless charging pad than Aukey may have the perfect solution. The Aukey Graphite 10W Wireless Fast Charger is one of the most portable pads on our list that packs in 10W of power. At just 3.4 x 3.4 x 0.5 inches the Aukey Graphite 10W Wireless fast charger is easy to fit into a bag, or even your pocket. And since it packs 10W of charging power, it can quickly charge both Samsung Galaxy handsets or the Pixel 3 or 3 XL at 10W and iPhones at 7.5W.

In the box, you’ll find the wireless charging pad and a Micro USB charging cable along with the user manual and warranty card. On the front of the charging pad, you’ll find a small LED light to let you know when your device is charging. The top of the charger has a rubberized coating to prevent slips, while the bottom is constructed out of surprisingly heavy aluminum. You’ll also find four rubber feet on the bottom of the charger to prevent slipping and furniture scratches.

Specs
Power output 10W
Standard Qi
Dimensions 3.4″ x 3.4″ x 0.5″
Weight Unknown
Cable included? Yes
AC Adapter included? No

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

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Belkin’s BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad is tailor-made for on-the-go fast charging. It supports the Qi wireless standard and 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

RavPower Wireless Fast Charging Pad

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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, 8 Plus, X, XS, XR, and XS Max), and can output up to 10W of power for top charging speeds. The RavPower charger’s other conveniences include a Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0-compatible MicroUSB cable that works with supported devices, and built-in protection against short circuits and voltage surges.

It’s not going to win any style competitions, but 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

Choetech Aluminum Wireless Charger

Is it really possible to get a wireless charger for $13? Yes, and what’s more, it’s not entirely bare-bones either, with a really cool little feature that many will welcome. You may know Choetech from its range of cables and other phone accessories. This is its aluminum wireless charger that’s compatible with the Qi system, and therefore the iPhone and various Android devices. The metal body helps keep the temperature down, along with internal heat management tech that ensures it’s safe.

The charger has a cool glowing ring around the edge to show it’s working, which is great during the day, but not always great at night in a dark room. The charger has a light sensor inside that automatically reduces the brightness when darkness falls. It worked well in our test and stopped the charger from being a pain when used next to the bed. The charger comes with a long Micro USB cable but doesn’t support fast charging. You can’t have everything at this price.

Specs
 Power Output  5w
Standard Qi
Dimensions 3.3″ x 3.3″ x 0.7″
Weight Unknown
Cable Included? Yes
AC Adaptor Included? No

Bezalel Futura X

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

TYLT VU

TYLT VU

As far as we know, TYLT was the first manufacturer to offer wireless chargers with this tilted, 45-degree cradle design, which allows you to see your phone more easily than if it were lying flat. The VU is a Qi charger with three coils inside, so you can put your phone on the cradle in portrait or landscape mode and it will still charge. There’s a single LED under the lip of the stand which goes green to indicate that it’s charging.

However, this charger is a bit on the expensive side, the power adapter is ugly and chunky, and some people have found that the pad can produce a lot of heat. The bright, plastic design is available in blue, green, and red, or you can go for black if you want something a bit more subdued. It also has a nice, soft-touch finish. We like the distinctive design, but it will take up a bit more space than a simple pad.

Specs
Power output 5W, 1A
Standard Qi
Dimensions 7.5” x 3.5” x 0.5”
Weight 161g (5.7oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

Fonesalesman QiStone+ Wireless Power Bank

Fonesalesman QiStone+ Wireless Power Bank

The QiStone+ from Fonesalesman is a smart, wee device that pushes wireless charging to the next level. It’s a wireless charging pad that will recharge any device that supports the Qi standard, but it’s also a portable battery pack that can be wirelessly charged itself. As the name would suggest, it looks like a stone. It’s rounded and it’s very portable. There are four padded feet on the bottom that prevent it from slipping on surfaces. When you place your device on it to charge, there’s a loud beep and a blue light comes on to confirm that it’s charging. There are also four green lights to give you an idea of how much power remains in the 4,000mAh internal battery.

Interestingly, the QiStone can also be charged on a Qi wireless charging pad. There is a standard Micro USB port for charging as well. It can also charge another device while it is being charged, and there’s a USB port to enable wired charging as a backup for devices that don’t support wireless charging. That means you could simultaneously charge two devices with it, though they won’t charge up very quickly. If you want some extra juice on a trip, this is one of the few devices to offer a genuinely wireless solution.

The only thing we don’t like about the QiStone is the loud beeping sound to confirm charging has begun when you place a device on it. Considering there’s a blue light to indicate charging, it seems superfluous, and it’s obnoxiously loud. It does also come with a Micro USB to USB cable, but there’s no AC adapter. Ultimately, this is a stylish and functional wireless charging solution. We’d suggest pairing it with Fonesalesman’s wired WoodPuck ($60), for use at home and for charging the QiStone up.

Specs
Power output 1A (1A USB)
Standard Qi
Dimensions 4.13″ x 2.83″ x 0.78″
Weight 135g (4.76oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? No

Ikea Nordmarke Wireless Charging Pad

Ikea Nordmarke Wireless Charging Pad

This is a smart charging pad solution that could serve the whole family because it has three spots on the top for wireless charging and an additional USB port in the base for charging with a standard Micro USB-to-USB cable. That means you could charge up to four devices at once. It has a typical Ikea style that’s rounded and unobtrusive, it’s designed to fit in with any décor, and it’s finished in white or birch wood. The spots for charging are marked clearly by plus signs, and as long as you place your device in the middle of one the charging should start fairly quickly. The device is also rubberized for added grip, and it’s quite heavy so it won’t slip.

There’s a tiny LED that lights up for three seconds when you first power the pad on. It will stay on when a device is charging and will flash if there is an error. You also get a cable and AC adapter with the pad. The adapter is a pretty bulky, white plastic affair. This is one of the biggest wireless charging pads we’ve seen, so it could prove ideal for busy households with multiple devices to charge. It costs $60, but you can also get a single pad version for $28, which has the USB port output.

Specs
Power output 1A x3 (2A USB)
Standard Qi
Dimensions 12″ x 5″ x 1″
Weight 800g (28.2oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes

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