With most technology moving to wireless, we have a round up of the 5 best wireless chargers/pads on the market today.

If your wondering whether your phone can support these chargers, Apple’s current line-up and many flagship Android phones supports a wireless charging standard known as Qi.

Most wireless chargers claim to be “fast” but it’s worth checking on the actual wattage. Look out for 7.5W or more for the fastest charging. That said, some older or cheaper phones won’t charge any faster at 7.5W than 5W.

 

1. Samsung Fast Charging Wireless Stand

  • 7.5W Charging
  • Enjoy a quicker charge.
  • View incoming notifications whilst charging.
  • Choose from two built-in standing modes.
  • Enjoy your favourite multimedia whilst charging.

The Samsung Wireless Charging Stand will work with more than just Samsung devices, so don’t let that put you off if you’re planning to use it to charge an iPhone.

Instead of being a charging pad like many of the other products in this round-up, you’ll get a stand that allows you to prop up the phone in a viewing position while it charges, perhaps on your desk so that you don’t need to pick it up to see notifications.

It’s fast-charge compatible, too – although we couldn’t find definite conformation that it charges at 7.5W rather than 5W.


2. Mophie Wireless Charging Base

  • 7.5W Charging
  • Fast Charge Qi Devices
  • Fine-Tuned for iPhone (50% faster than most chargers)
  • LED indicator
  • 360-degree non-slip TPU coating (Protects the iPhone from scratches)

The second charger to be mentioned by Apple during the iPhone event was Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base, which comes in the form of a simple black disk, also with an LED light and AC adapter.

It’s the same price as Belkin’s offering, so not the cheapest available but from an Apple-endorsed vendor, and also offers quick-charging speeds with up to 7.5W of power.


3. RavPower Fast Wireless Charger

  • 7.5W Charging
  • Fine-Tuned for iPhone
  • Fast Charge Qi Devices
  • Fast and Free 24W QC 3.0 Adapter
  • Smart Indicator
  • Charge Up Safely

RavPower’s Fast Wireless charging pad is much like Anker’s above. It’s a little cheaper, but offers the same 10W power for phones that support it.

For the iPhone X (and iPhone 8 with the latest iOS update) it will output 7.5W, which means a charge time from empty of about three hours.

It will work only with the included mains adaptor, but that adaptor also happens to support QC 3.0 (again like the Anker) so can supply up to 24W to compatible phones such as the Google Pixel and Sony Xperia XZ2.

There’s no fan in it, so it won’t annoy you, and we had no problems with it overheating during our testing. A rubber ring helps keep your phone in place, too.

A flashing green light on the base indicates charging is taking place, but it’s not too bright or distracting. The pad is supplied with a 1.2m microUSB braided cable.


4. Aukey Graphite 10W Fast Wireless Charger

  • 10W Fast Charging
  • Crafted with Style
  • Complements any setup
  • Broad Compatibility

This Aukey Wireless Charger is a 10W model that has scored a red dot award for its design.

Ultra-compact and almost pebble-shaped, with a smooth matt black finish and silver metal outer ring, the Aukey looks infinitely better than some wireless chargers we’ve seen. A small LED on top lets you know whether it’s working as it should. If it’s green you’re all good.

This thing is tiny, just 87x87x12mm and 128g.

Four little rubber feet on the bottom keep it steady on the desk, while a 1m USB-C cable plugs in unobtrusively at the rear.

All Aukey products come with a 24-month warranty, too, which offers peace of mind.


5. WoodPuck: Bamboo Edition Qi Wireless Charger

  • 7.5W Charging (10W some models)
  • Distinctive look and feel of natural bamboo
  • Solid and Sturdy Build, with Wireless Charging built-in
  • Poor Sync Detection prevents any excess heat,

If you’re looking for something that looks less like tech, you might like the WoodPuck: Bamboo Edition charger.

It’s a really simple design, made with bamboo rather than a plastic to help it blend in more with your home. It’s available in Cappuccino or Espresso colours, and has an affordable price tag, too.