iPhones come with a proprietary adapter that should be labeled on the box as compatible with your iPhone. For Androids and other devices that use a traditional USB adapter, ensure that your USB port is the same size as the charger or cradle. For modern devices, this will generally be a mini-USB, a micro-USB, or the modern USB Type-C connector, which charges very quickly and efficiently. Apple MagSafe Charger Easy to use and fast, this wireless charger is a good choice for iPhones and other Apple devices. If you’re really into wireless charging, you can outfit your home with furniture with built-in wireless charging pads. Having a nightstand or coffee table that can keep your gadgets fully charged is pretty handy as long as you can get used to having furniture that needs to be plugged in to a power outlet. Easy to use and fast, this wireless charger is a good choice for iPhones and other Apple devices.
Slide a Pixel phone into the stand, however, and you can set it to show a gallery of photos, activate Google Assistant, and link your Nest Hello video doorbell to automatically display when someone rings it. The Pixel Stand was released alongside the Google Pixel 3 and has specific features that only activate when Pixel phones are slotted into it. But with versatility comes cost, and the Powerstation Hub is by far the most expensive charger on this list. With a retail price of $99 (around £81, AU$146), this isn’t affordable for most folks – and more a niche solution for those with the cash to throw around. Its three coil design means you don’t have to fuss about how to place your phone down, with a charge picked up consistently. Your glass phone won’t slide around either thanks to the pleasant soft TPU coating. The Belkin 10W is a step up in design and charging power – both of which are noticeable. That charging rate refilled 16% on our iPhone XS Max in 30 minutes. 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, featuring a sleek, all-white design with a non-slip base and an angled stand that allows you to comfortably read the screen, even at a distance.
The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Wireless Dash & Windshield Mount has a powerful suction base that makes it easy to mount it to your vehicle without causing any damage. It includes a USB-C–to-cigarette-lighter cable to draw power from your car, but it can easily be replaced with a USB-C–to–USB-A cable. A telescopic arm pivots 225 degrees, making it easy to view your phone from the driver or passenger seat, and a one-touch mechanism allows you to quickly attach and remove your iPhone. The Anker Power Wave+ Pad with Watch Holder is the perfect charging solution that won’t break the bank. The svelte unit uses a single cable to charge all your mobile accessories. Belkin sells flat pads and stands with speeds from 7.5W all the way up to this 15W beauty, which is available in black or white. The outer edge has non-stick pads to keep your phone in place, and it comes with an AC adapter so you can skip the QC/PD confusion. Steingart argued that the convenience of having a fully charged phone outweighs the risk of long-term battery damage. “It’s generally pretty straightforward to change a battery in a phone or have someone do it for you for $20,” he said. “We simply don’t know, without a complicated tear-down and reverse engineering of the battery and battery management system, what the actual state of charge when the phone says ‘100%’ is,” Steingart said.
With the three charging modes , it’s fully equipped to work with a variety of devices. While wireless charging might use relatively more power than a cable, it’s often written off as negligible. The extra power consumed by charging one phone with wireless charging versus a cable is the equivalent of leaving one extra LED light bulb on for a few hours. Google’s official Pixel Stand fared better, likely due to its propped-up design. Since the base of the phone sits flat, the coils can only be misaligned from left to right — circular pads like the Yootech allow for misalignment in any direction. Again, the threshold was a few millimeters of difference tops , but the Pixel Stand continued charging while misaligned, albeit slower and using more power. In general, the propped-up design helped align the coils without much fiddling, but it still used an average of 19.8 Wh, or 39% more power, to charge the phone than cables. Further, technology kills the need for adjusting your phone on the mat, just keep it as you like.
The included cable is a Micro-USB cable, not USB-C, which doesn’t have accelerated charging capabilities. My iPhone 11 Pro stayed on the charger securely, but those with larger phones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max and and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 would probably do better to go with one of the wireless charger options above. might be a staple in your office or home, but it can also be a useful tool to mount inside your car. Further, wireless charging technology is improving all the time, and wireless charging speed is faster than ever. Samsung and other companies have begun exploring the idea of “surface charging”, building an inductive charging station into an entire surface such as a desk or table. Contrarily, Apple and Anker are pushing a dock-based charging platform. This includes charging pads and disks that have a much smaller footprint. These are geared for consumers who wish to have smaller chargers that would be located in common areas and blend in with the current décor of their home. Due to the adoption of the Qi standard of wireless charging, any of these chargers will work with any phone as long as the phone is Qi capable. Many manufacturers of smartphones have started adding this technology into their devices, the majority adopting the Qi wireless charging standard.
These little pucks or mats come in various shapes and sizes, from larger mouse mat-like things to small discs built into furniture, and are available from about £10. Similar to the other Anker product featured in this list, this version is a standing charger rather than one that’s flat. Anker makes fantastic phone accessories and unlike most of the other chargers in for testing, this one doesn’t break the bank. If you have a Pixel smartphone from the last few years , there is a legit advantage to buying the Pixel Stand. It effectively turns your Pixel smartphone into a smart display with Google Assistant while charging; it can display albums from Google Photos or display the weather. It also charges via USB-C and is capable of wireless charging any compatible smartphone. But it’s actually a super clever idea and an awesome device to have in your home. Simply put your Qi-compatible phone on top and it’ll charge up overnight. Sadly there’s no extra USB-C port, but otherwise, this is a super choice as an all-purpose desk dock. Apple new entry into wireless charging has a unique way of working – it has magnets that attach it smoothly and reliably to your iPhone 12.
Functionally, it can put out up to 10W, so it will fast charge a Samsung Galaxy S9 or an Apple iPhone X at their top speeds of 9W and 7.5W, respectively. It comes with a 3-foot, gray, plastic USB-C to USB-A cable, but sadly there’s no wall charger in the box, so you’ll need to pair it with one rated at 12W for best performance. The charger supports the Qi standard and operates with the iPhone and with many compatible Android phones. We tested it with the iPhone XS Max, the Huawei P30 Pro, and the Nokia 9 PureView without any problems. It comes with a Ted Baker braided USB Type-C cable, but no wall adapter. You can see the iPhone XS Max is wrapped in a matching $55 Ted Baker case — for the ultimate in accessory coordination — which is highly protective, but doesn’t interrupt the flow of power from the wireless charger. This looks like a standard wireless charging stand at first glance, but the central portion can actually pop out to give you a portable wireless charger that you can take away with you. The stand is weighted to prevent it from sliding around and it’s covered in black leather with a shiny, chrome-style finish around the frame. To power it, you plug in the supplied, 1.5-meter, USB-C to USB-A cable, and there’s a groove in the stand to keep it in place. Sadly, considering the price, there’s no wall adapter included here, so you’ll need to make sure you use one capable of supplying the maximum 10W rating to charge your phone at top speed.
The angle is appropriate for activating Face ID, and the stand resists tipping well enough that a little gentle phone use won’t cause it to wobble. Here’s what to look for when picking out a charger for your iPhone, AirPods, or Apple Watch. You can find the right case that not only protects your phone but also tells a bit about who you are. The majority of cases help to protect your phone from scratches and drops. Some provide protection from small liquid spills and submersion in water. You’ll need to read the specifications for your case to find out its level of protection. That’s particularly convenient on a nightstand, where it keeps you from having to fumble to see the time in the middle of the night. You can also place your phone on the stand horizontally for better video viewing. When Apple’s MagSafe charger launched in the fall, we ran tests on it, too.
But if it’s in a common space – in a dorm or a shared office – the chance of it being damaged is a little too high for my blood. Because of the different designs between Apple and Samsung devices, Samsungs can be charged faster than Apple products. That’s faster than three of the other chargers on our list, slower only than one, and as fast as the other five. First off, it’s the global standard for smartphone wireless charging. Wireless charging functionality is finding its way into millions of devices. For my phone I much prefer wired fast charging but I aways charge my earbuds case wirelessly. My wife has problems with grip and uses a wireless charger on the bedside table for convenience. Typically placing an iPhone on a wireless charger will prompt a chime to be played and for the display to turn on, showing it is starting to recharge. Keep an eye or an ear out for these each time you place a device down on a pad to make sure it’s receiving power. In a world that is so used to plugging charging cables into ports to recharge devices, the creation of wireless charging has been useful for many different reasons.
Samsung’s 10 Watt charging works by increasing the voltage from the power adapter from 5 to 9 Volts, a trick pulled from a wired charging standard called QuickCharge 3.0. So, you’ll need a USB power adapter that supports this to get the maximum juice out of these chargers. No matter what your world looks like, we can help transform it into a wireless one. POWERED wireless chargers were engineered using the exacting Swiss standards that have helped Logitech ship more than a billion products over the past 35 years. Consider this your open invitation to the most magical charging experiences ever. All devices using the Qi standard are compatible with all Zens products. And if your phone is without Qi technology, we created cases and sleeves to enable wireless charging anyway. If you need lots of power for all your Apple products, the Mophie Powerstation Hub has you covered. This svelte adapter allows you to charge multiple devices, and it also supports Qi wireless charging for your battery bank or other non-Apple products.
Using a wireless charging station eliminates the security threat while charging your phone. Low Energy Consumption – These wireless phone chargers are also effective in consuming less energy when in use. Via electromagnetic induction, energy or charge in transferred from the wireless charging device to the back of the smartphone. This is done when there is an electromagnetic field between two copper coils. However, this means that your smartphone can only be wirelessly charged when it is kept at a near distance to the charging device. That last question becomes increasingly relevant as we acquire more mobile devices. Smartphones, e-readers, tablets and portable music players are just the beginning. And each of these devices requires power to operate, which means sooner or later you’ll have to charge them. Spigen is primarily known for some of the best cases available, but the company has a new wireless charger. The Steadiboost allows you to prop up your Pixel 3, or you can have it lay flat, depending on what your use case is.
Its claw grip widens significantly and automatically to accommodate smartphones of all sizes from the pocket-friendly iPhone 12 mini to the big screen behemoths like the Galaxy S21+. It has two “feet” at the bottom that you can lower to easily ensure that your smartphone’s charging coils line up with the charger’s coil to begin powering up. In addition to desktop charging mats and cradles designed for cars, you can also find Qi chargers built into furniture. There’s even an app that will show you where to find a public charging station in your area. Aside from that, using Qi to wirelessly charge a phone is simple. You plug the charging station into the wall, or into the accessory outlet in your car, and then place your phone on top of it. Some charging station manufacturers get around this by including multiple charging coils in a single station. However, your phone still has to be lined up properly with one of them or it won’t charge. This is usually addressed by including guide marks on the charging station to show how and where to place your phone.