The 11 Best Wireless Phone Chargers to Buy in 2018

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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 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.

Best Charging Speed: Samsung Wireless Charger Pad

Samsung Charger

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If you’re looking for a fast-charging wireless pad, there are a few protocols to consider: you’ll need one that is Qi-certified (so it’ll work with most wireless charge devices), and one that will take advantage of whatever fast-charge style is supported by your mobile device. Samsung’s chargers include something called “Adaptive Fast Charging”, which means it can safely put out up to 10V of power as opposed to the standard 5V of regular chargers. (This particular pad handles 9V, which will give you plenty of charging juice.) It’s manufactured by Samsung, so it’s definitely compatible with the Galaxy and Galaxy Note line of products, but you can also use it to charge your Samsung Gear watch as well.

The pad stands upright, so it can double as a smartphone stand while you're charging up. You can pick it up in this Black Sapphire color, or three other colors: white, gold and silver. It isn’t the most full-featured charger when it comes to software tie-ins (you’ll have to look at Google’s Pixel stand for that), nor is it the cheapest option out there. But if you’re a Samsung user and want stable, reliable fast-charging, this is a good bet.

Best Budget: Yootech 7.5W Wireless Charger

With a sleek and minimal design, the Yootech 7.5W wireless charger is an outstanding option for budget-conscious buyers looking to wirelessly charge a variety of Qi-enabled devices. Measuring only 0.47 inches in thickness, the Yootech excels at doing its job without compromising on features. Built-in protection against device overheating with Intelligent Protect Technology ensures smartphones don’t become unusually warm. Compatible with smartphone cases up to 4mm in thickness, the Yootech can provide up to 7.5 watts of power for Apple’s iPhone 8 and X lineup, as well as Samsung’s latest Galaxy series devices beginning with the S7. With the right charging adapter attached, the Yootech will power an iPhone X from zero to full in around three hours. The green LED light indicates when a power source is connected and then turns off after 16 seconds (so it won't keep you awake at night). 

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 Dual Charger: Samsung Wireless Charger Duo

You can do two things at once — your wireless charger should, too. The Samsung Wireless Charger Duo, though more expensive than other options, is able to charge two devices simultaneously and is compatible with more than just Samsung phones and smartwatches. Any device with the standard Qi charging spec can function with the charger, including the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung Gear S3, Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone X, and Gear S3 or later Samsung smartwatches. The Galaxy S9, Note9, and other compatible Samsung smartphones can benefit from the 7.5W Wireless Fast Charge. While all devices can get an energy boost simply by being placed on the charger, it is also USB-C compatible for older devices. Don’t worry about your phone overheating: a built-in fan and ventilation keep devices cool. 

With a minimalist appearance designed to integrate seamlessly into your living space, the multi-device charger is available in either black or white. However, keep in mind that while aesthetically pleasing, the charger measures eight-and-a-half inches wide and may take up more space than what you’re used to. 

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.  

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best car chargers.

Runner-Up, Best Car Charger: BESTHING 10W Wireless Car Charger

The car is one of the most important places to have a phone charger, and combining a Qi-enabled wireless charger with an air vent phone holder is a really handy idea. This option from BESTHING includes 10W of power output, meaning it’s going to charge any fast-charge capable phone as well. The design is also interesting and futuristic, offering circle-ended swiveling arms that will automatically lock over your phone when you place it in the charger (BESTHING calls it a “gravity linkage” system). Also, because it’s a third-party charger, it will support most wireless-enabled smartphones available, including Samsung’s Galaxy line, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, and basically any other device that charges wirelessly via Qi-certified tech.

The claw that holds the stand onto the vent will be stable for most dashboards, but if you can’t fit it into the vent you want, it might be a little difficult to find optimal car placement. There is a button that will raise and lower the bottom holder, meaning it will fit phones ranging 4 to 6 inches in size. It’s all outfitted with soft silicon rubber that will both your phone securely without scratching. There aren't that many bells and whistles on this charger, but for the build quality and versatility alone, it’s a good fixture to leave in your car.

Best Design: Google Pixel Stand

Google Pixel Stand

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The new Google Pixel Stand does not come cheap. However, for Android users, especially for those with a Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL, the Stand is the ideal accessory. The device is 3.6 inches wide, 4.1 inches tall, and weighs 5.6 ounces. The design features a crisp, white coloring, with a non-slip base, and an angled stand to comfortably read the screen, even from a distance.

The Pixel Stand is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices and boasts 10-watts of charging power. While the device can promise slightly faster charging speeds for all phones, it’s best suited for the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specifically. These products work best as a matching set, due to a few key features. First off, the Stand essentially doubles as a mini Smart Hub; when connected to the charger, the Pixel phone provides a new interface that allows you to navigate the stand’s features and take full advantage of the voice-activated Google Assistant. Secondly, it makes for the perfect bedside companion, providing customizable options for your daily routine: set a light-based alarm for a gentler wake-up, check your day’s schedule, and research traffic conditions first thing in the morning.

The Pixel Stand is definitely a splurge-worthy item, and it doesn’t necessarily meet the needs of every Android users. However, if you happen to be a proud Pixel 3 user, then it would be a considerable waste to miss out on buying this wireless charger.

Runner-Up, 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 for iPhones: Anker PowerWave 7.5W/10W Wireless Charger

The pristine white design of the Anker PowerWave will compliment the aesthetic of any Apple-user’s device. The PowerWave is compatible with the iPhone X and 8/8+ models, as well as most of the Samsung Galaxy phones. Set up is a one-step process: simply place your device on the stand and it’ll start charging. The PowerWave automatically detects whether the phone is an Apple or Android, and adjusts the wattage accordingly (7.5W for iPhones, 10W for Samsung). It’s also case-friendly, so you don’t have to fumble to remove your phone case every time the battery is low. The PowerWave charges up to 30-percent faster than most of its competitors and features a top-notch cooling system to protect against overheating. The charging stand is positioned at a 60-degree slant, so you can easily read notifications at a glance, or watch videos hands-free. Its TPU anti-slip coating will also keep your phone securely in place.

Best for Cooling: RAVPower RP-PC069 Wireless Charging Station

Wireless chargers are great, but it's important to get a model that doesn't overheat or overcharge your phone as this can cause lasting damage to the battery. The RAVPower delivers one of the fastest charging speeds on the market — 50-percent faster than most competitors — thanks to its state-of-the-art cooling system which disperses heat 15-percent faster than other models and protects against over-charging, over-voltage, and overheating. The device is compatible with the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.

The RAVPower’s dual-coil power bank allows you to charge your phone in both landscape or portrait mode. The charging station holds your phone at a comfortable 60-degree slant, so you can read the display easily at a glance. Also, the anti-slip rubber bottom rim keeps the phone firmly in place as it charges. The only downside to the RAVPower is that it can’t charge through metal cases, or cases thicker than 3 mm, so if you have one of those you'll have to take it off before you juice up.