The 12 Best Wireless Phone Chargers to Buy in 2018

Never worry about a frayed or tangled charging cable again

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If there’s one thing electronics fans can agree on, it’s that no one likes wires. They tangle, they hang and they can be a real eyesore in what is otherwise a presentation of some of the most beautiful electronics the world has ever seen. Our quest for removing wires leads us to wireless charging and, while it’s still hanging on the fringes of the mainstream, it’s quite possibly the tangled cord solution you never knew you wanted. Here’s our rundown of the best wireless chargers available for smartphones today.

Best Overall: CHOETECH Fast Wireless Charger

When trying to find the best overall 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 also includes a micro-USB cable. Now, let’s talk Fast Charging Mode, which lets you charge many of the newest Samsung phones at 1.4 times faster than regular Qi wireless charging. Fast charge mode on the CHOETECH charger works with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Note 5, S6, S7 and S7 Edge and Edge Plus. Non-fast charging models that this charger works include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

One final note: If you’re buying this charger for the “fast wireless charging” option, be sure to also use it with a modern USB adapter that can push more electricity (up to 2.4 amps) and ensure the quickest possible charging time. Older USB adapters can’t push enough electricity to charge at the fastest rates.

Best Charging Speed: Pasonomi

If time is of the essence, the Pasonomi fast wireless charger is well worth the purchase. Offering Qi 2.0 fast wireless charging (QC 2.0 adapter required), the Pasonomi can power a Samsung Galaxy device from dead to fully powered in around two hours. That’s a full 1.4 times faster than a standard Qi-enabled charging pad. Like all Qi-ready fast chargers, a Qi-enabled device is required (which includes Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 device), as well as previous Galaxy series devices. Non-fast-charge enabled devices still receive the benefit of wireless charging, but at the default charge speed. Past its power, the design of the Pasonomi is eye-catching, with both vertical and horizontal charging support while still allowing active use of the device. Additionally, an intelligent LED indicator indicates the current charge status, so you'll always know when the device is ready for removal.

Best Budget: Kroma

The Kroma wireless charging pad measures 3 x 3.7 x 1.1 inches and includes support for Qi-enabled devices. The lightweight (10.1 ounces) and minimal footprint is backed by a durable design and an excellent exclusive lifetime warranty. The lack of fast-charging helps keep the cost down, but also means the Kroma won’t offer two times the normal charge speed for Qi-enabled devices. The included LED indicator tells you the charging status, while the diamond-shaped rubber dots ensure the phone is positioned correctly for a complete charge.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Choetech T511 Qi Wireless Charger Pad

If wireless charging on the cheap is the name of the game, the Choetech T511 Qi Wireless Charger Pad is a perfect choice. Powered by a two-amp charging speed, the Choetech helps keep costs down by not including a wall charging plug or cable, instead relying on using the accessories that initially came with your device. A solid blue indicator alerts you when a device is properly placed on the pad and has begun charging. Available for a slew of Qi-enabled Android devices such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7/S8, the Choetech also works with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. Unfortunately, fast charging isn’t included, although the T511 will charge your devices at the same speed as a cable charger. If you’re already utilizing a case on your smartphone, the T511 can wirelessly charge any device in a 4mm case or thinner without issue.

Best Design: SurgeDisk

With sharp looks and beautiful design, the SurgeDisk wireless charger is uniquely styled to be both eye-catching and functional. The Bamboo-based charging pad is a contrast from the more utilitarian styling of Qi charging stands that dominate the field. Fortunately, the Bamboo design doesn’t compromise in size (it measures 4 x 4 x .27 inches and weighs 1.3 ounces). The design is matched by smart function, thanks to a sleep-friendly LED indicator that lacks the intensity of competitive products (so you can bank on getting some shut eye). With complete Qi-charging function on-board, the SurgeDisk is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices, however, they suggest that any case over 5mm in thickness should be removed before being placed on the Bamboo pad.

Best iPhone Charger: ElleSye 3-Coil Qi Wireless Charger Stand Pad

For the best in wireless iPhone charging, look to the ElleSye 3-Coil Qi Wireless Charger Stand Pad. Capable of working with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X, the ElleSye’s three built-in coils provide a larger sensor area and easier alignment on the standing pad than other wireless chargers. Setting up the wireless charging on the iPhone is incredibly simple. Just place your device on the stand and voila, it starts charging. While the speed may not be fast charging, the Qi-enabled charger works with a variety of other devices, including Samsung’s Note 8 and S8 series phones. The hardware offers non-slip feet on the bottom and a non-slip mat in the front to hold a device firmly in place while in use. The 60-degree angle allows you to easily view the display, answer a call or view a movie hands-free.

Best Car Charger: Baseus Qi Charger

The Baseus car charger here has basically everything you could want in a wireless phone charger for your car. First off, it’s Qi-enabled, so any device that supports that protocol will work seamlessly with this one. They’ve advertised it as fast charging, but it’s important to note that that fast-charging capability – which Baseus clocks in at 1.4x the speed of standard wireless chargers – is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy line, including the Note 8, Note 5, S6 Edge, S7, and the S7 edge.

They’ve taken that charging to even greater levels by equipping this thing with enlarged copper wires arranged in a large oval shape, a configuration they claim is optimized for stable charging even when being used in bumpy environments (crucial for a car charger). And the charging itself is pretty smart, employing intelligent internal chips that will register automatically what level of current your device needs. They’ve even equipped those chips to register surge protection and temperature regulation. Add that to the fact that the holder itself, which connects via the air vent, is a one-handed, gravity-based clamp that grabs/releases your phone automatically, and you’ve got a pretty versatile charger that could even beat many of the non-charging, vent-based car holders out there.

Best Desk Stand: Seneo Fast Wireless Desktop Stand

The Seneo Fast Wireless Desktop Stand charger has sharp looks and the need for one less cord on your desk. Built with Samsung’s devices (Note, Galaxy devices) in mind, the Seneo is ready out of the box to support fast charging that’s 1.4 times faster than a traditional charging cord. Additionally, the Qi-enabled Seneo desktop charger is ready to support Apple’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X with its hardware at regular wireless charging speeds. A foreign body detection alert is also included should a magnet or metal case be nearby that shuts off charging, so there’s no damage to the hardware. Measuring 2.8 x 5.8 x 3.4 inches in size, the Seneo reduces the need for cables while adding a sleek and small design that’s both attractive and functional.

Designed specifically for Samsung devices, the Samsung fast-charge wireless stand is compatible with the Galaxy series, including the Galaxy S8. While other Qi-enabled devices will work with the Samsung charging stand, they’ll fall back to the standard wireless charging speed. Measuring 3.3 x 3.9 x 4.5 inches and weighing just .8 ounces, the Samsung charging stand is extremely compact and portable, so you can easily toss it in a bag if you're traveling.

When used in combination with the included fast-charge wall charger, the Samsung stand provides up to 1.4 times the standard charging speed. Optimal performance and setup does require alignment directly in the center of the stand (there's an LED light that indicates when the proper positioning is reached). Beyond setup, the Samsung stand allows you to continually use of the device while it's getting juiced up, so incoming phone calls and playing music are both possible.

Runner-Up, Best Design: Satechi

Mixing a stylish design and fast charging, the Satechi wireless charging pad is a circular beauty in gold. Capable of Qi 2.0 fast charging, the Satechi will charge a compatible device 1.4 times faster than a standard wireless charging pad. The included LED indicator light will tell you if the device is charging, fully charged, as well as if fast-charging is enabled for supported devices. Looking past charging power, the premium aluminum construction feels durable and sturdy all while offering sharp looks in four distinct colors of gold, silver, space gray and rose gold. It measures 4.4 x 7.5 x 1 inches and weighs only seven ounces.

Best for Cooling: Insten Dual Coil Charger

The thing that will strike you most about this Insten stand charger is its grooved, ridged design. But, while it does look pretty slick, there’s a functional purpose for it; the horizontal lines you see on the back of the device actually cover a dual-directional cooling fan, which is extra important because Qi wireless charging tends to make devices a bit hotter than when they’re charging via their standard cable. The fan will blow air both on the phone and out the back to both cool it with air movement and dissipate/vent the heat out the back.

Insten designed the charging capability via a dual-coil system, set up in two rectangles anchored to the top and bottom of the charging dock. This offer two benefits: Firstly, it will allow the charger to establish a firm, stable connection for no-nonsense charging, without the need to nudge the phone around to find the sweet spot. The second benefit there is that you can put most phones horizontally at the bottom of the charger and they’ll connect and charge, too – great for watching videos in landscape mode.

The charger is optimized to work with basically any Qi-enabled phone from the iPhone 8 to the Samsung Galaxy series, though you should double check the list on click-through because some devices’ shapes might prevent it from sitting firmly in the stand.

Runner-Up, Best for iPhones: Mophie iPhone-optimized Wireless Charger

Mophie has created its own charging plate marketed toward the iPhone, and the specs don’t disappoint. It offers a blazing 7.5W performance that users will expect from Apple’s new phones, giving you the ultrafast charging promised with the iPhone 8, 8+ and X. The construction of the charger is non-slip and has a rubberized exterior that surrounds the device fully at a full 360 degrees. Add that to the unassuming black design, and the pleasantly subdued charging LED (great for not blinding you while you’re trying to sleep at night), and you’ll see why we think this is a great option for wirelessly charging your iPhone.

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