The 10 Best Wireless Phone Chargers to Buy in 2017

Never worry about a frayed or tangled charging cable again

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If there’s one thing electronics fans around the world 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Tylt Vu wireless charging car mount is an exceptionally attractive Qi-enabled charger that supports all Qi-ready devices. The micro-gel suction cup can stick to any solid surface with its spring-loaded, easy-release 3.6-inch wide base. With smartphones continuously growing, the Tylt can support any six-inch phone or smaller without causing any excess pressure on the device body. Past device support, the included three-coil wireless charging technology (one amp) allows a device to charge every time it’s placed on the Tylt (and it doesn't matter which direction the phone is placed). As an added bonus, an included one-amp port is included for direct connection with a cigarette or 12V input, so you can simultaneously charge a second device alongside the Qi-enabled smartphone.

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.

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.

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.

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