When it comes to convenience, nothing beats wireless chargers. The accessories are handy not only for charging smartphones, but also for a plethora of other compatible gadgets like wireless earbuds and smartwatches, among many others.
Today’s latest offerings are faster than ever, thanks to support for a higher power output than the previous generation of wireless chargers. That means you won’t have to sacrifice charging speed for convenience.
If you’re an iPhone user, look for a wireless charger that supports the Apple-specific 7.5-watt power output. For comparison, the bundled wired charger with most iPhones has a maximum power output of 5 watts.
High-end Android smartphones, on the other hand, can charge even faster via support for a 10-watt power output. The latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones are compatible with an even higher wireless-charging power output.
A wireless charger will work with most smartphone cases. But if the case for your phone has a metal back or a metal insert for a magnetic car mount, you might not be able to use it with a wireless charger.
Anker PowerWave 10 Wireless Charging Stand
The PowerWave wireless charging stand by Anker can not only rapidly charge an iPhone and a compatible Android smartphone without wires (it’s compatible with both 7.5- and 10-watt power outputs), but also simultaneously replenish the batteries of more gadgets via two full USB ports. The latter duo makes the product more versatile than any rival in its price range. The accessory can charge a smartphone in both portrait and landscape mode. It has built-in tech to protect the devices from overcharging and overheating, and it comes bundled with a proprietary power adapter. Anker backs the PowerWave stand with an 18-month warranty.
Anker Powerwave Wireless Charging Pad
This wireless charging pad by Anker is our top pick for thrifty shoppers. With a maximum output of 10 watts, the gadget is capable of rapidly charging an iPhone, as well as high-end Android phones. The stealthy-looking device has LED lights to show you the device’s charging status. Built-in tech to protect against overheating and power surges and an 18-month warranty are also among its key features.
Nomad Base Station Hub Edition Dual Wireless Charger
This dual wireless charging pad by Nomad is handily the most luxurious option on this list. Crafted from walnut and high-quality leather, the Base Station Hub Edition has a beautiful design and amazing tactility. It’s backed by an equally excellent 2-year warranty. This is the wireless charger to get if you dropped big money for an iPhone or a top-shelf Android phone. The gadget can rapidly (and simultaneously) charge both types of smartphones — it has a maximum power output of 10 watts.
mophie Powerstation Plus XL Wireless Battery Pack
This fabric-covered mophie offering is our favorite battery pack with built-in wireless charging compatibility. The powerstation plus XL wireless has a 10,000 mAh battery pack, which will fully charge a smartphone and have power to spare. The device is particularly great for Apple users, because it has an integrated Lightning cable. The latter has been designed cleverly to stay out of place when you don’t need it — it is stored in a dedicated recess. The powerstation plus XL also features a full USB port for charging other gadgets. The accessory is also
Native Union Drop Marquetry Wireless Charging Pad
The Drop Marquetry wireless charging pad by Native Union is covered by high-quality Italian leather, so it’s as stylish as it gets. Every accessory features three pieces of leather. You can order it with a rose or a slate finish, with each option sporting a matching aluminum base. The charger is capable of rapidly charging an iPhone, as well as compatible Android smartphones. It comes bundled with a fabric-covered, 6.5-foot long USB-C to USB-A cable, but it lacks a power adapter.