The 10 Best Wireless Phone Chargers to Buy in 2017

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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 smartphone chargers 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.

With a premium design, non-slip pad and a compact build, the Anker is a standout charging solution. With fast wireless charging on-board (quick charge adapter required), the Anker enables up to twice the charge speed of a standard charger with 10-watt output. The on-board five-watt output charges at a more normal speed, which is device-dependent. The built-in PowerPort Qi (10 single-coil) offers compatibility with all Qi-enabled devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy series and Google’s Nexus line of devices. A built-in LED light offers a non-disruptive “breathing effect” that highlights the charge status and it alerts you when fully charged. Measuring 3.4 x 3x4 x .3 inches and weighing .6 ounces, the Anker offers fast charging without taking up any extra room on a desk or nightstand.

Apple may not support wireless charging in the traditional sense, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from their own workarounds. The DanForce Qi is one such charger that is compatible with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The included “Energy Card” secures itself via an adhesive directly to the iPhone and is well hidden by any protective case that is less than 5mm in thickness. The energy card has a single plug with a miniature lightning cable on one end that goes directly into the iPhone’s charging port. Once secured, the iPhone is placed onto the DanForce Qi-enabled charging plate. The built-in “breathing” LED indicator will let you know that the phone is charging while a nighttime “soft breathing” light will dim the light for zero distraction. The plate can be used for any other Qi-ready devices, but with the iPhone wireless charging workaround, it’s an instant hit. 

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 Aukey Qi wireless charger is a sleek charging stand that supports both horizontal and vertical positioning. The three-coil wireless charging pad can charge both standalone devices, as well as ones in wirelessly enabled cases and skins. Measuring 5.9 x 3.2 x .4 inches weighing eight ounces, the Aukey is compact enough to fit neatly on a desk or nightstand, but still feels small and convenient for on-the-go use. The built-in LED light lets you know the current charging status, but without a dimming feature it can get a little bright during evening hours. Compatible with a slew of Qi-enabled devices, the Aukey works with Samsung’s Galaxy series and Qi 1.0 devices, including Google’s Nexus line, as well as HTC and Nokia.

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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