No one likes wires, and wireless charging allows us to put down our phones on a desk, bed side table or even a coffee shop counter to pump more power into your device without having to plug in a wire.
The newly launched iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all support wireless charging, while Android devices such as the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and the US version of the LG G6 will all work with these pads too.
Below we've put together a guide on some of our favorite wireless chargers options on the market right now and each should work with all devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard.
Some will also work with the competing standard AirFuel, which is a combination of PMA and AW4P tech, but we'll note where that's possible.
1. Fonesalesman WoodPuck Bamboo Edition
A welcome change from plastic
There’s something deliciously anachronistic about wooden tech products, and the WoodPuck is a great example - people are always surprised that it can charge a phone. Despite the name, it’s made of sustainable tortoiseshell bamboo rather than a more traditional wood, which makes it handily light. It’s also not one of the giant panda’s preferred varieties, so you’re not depriving a bear of its tea.
WoodPuck uses the Qi standard and comes in a choice of two colors, Cappuccino and Espresso, to match your preferred aesthetic.
2. Samsung Fast Charging Wireless Stand
Convenience without compromise
Far too many wireless charging mats assume you want your phone laid flat. This dock-style charger allows you to charge wirelessly while still looking at your notifications or watching a movie. You can orient your phone vertically or horizontally and it’ll still charge, and there’s a reassuring LED to let you know it’s working. Light sleepers might find the light a bit bright, though, and some reviewers found the inbuilt fan too noisy, so it might be better on your desk than your bedside table.
The point of difference for this stand is the fast charging capability: on newer Samsung devices. It charges ‘up to 1.4x faster’ than your standard wireless charger on newer Samsung models. If you’ve hesitated on wireless because of the speed difference, this might be the answer. Bear in mind that you’ll need to add a fast charging cable and plug for that, though: it doesn’t come with its own. If speed doesn’t bother you, it also works with all Qi devices, not just those made by Samsung.
3. Ikea RIGGAD work lamp
Save space on your nightstand
If we asked 100 people what they keep on their bedside table, the top two answers would probably be a phone charger and a lamp. This Ikea design combines the two in a stylish, practical piece of lighting tech using the Qi standard.
It feels deeply futuristic plopping your phone on your bedside lamp and know it's charging. It’s also really nicely designed: the lamp is mega-flexible, comes in neutral colors and has a handy non-slip cross to keep your phone on the right spot. What a bright idea.
4. Ikea NORDMÄRKE triple wireless charging pad
Keep everyone off their phones at dinner
OK, it’s more expensive than the lamp (and doesn’t have a lamp), but the Swedish supergiant’s other excellent offering in the wireless department can charge no less than three devices at once.
Oh, and did we mention it has a USB port too? So that’s four devices, potentially covering the whole family (or one really dedicated gadget fan). As before, it uses the Qi standard and has a range of matching cases, as well as two design options: white and wood. This simple, stylish design is pretty much exactly what we’d expect from an Ikea wireless charger, but without a hex key in sight.
5. Anker PowerPort Qi 10
10 watts of wireless goodness
Like the Samsung charger above, this pad offers fast charging as long as you’ve got a compatible wall charger (not included - you just get the standard-speed one). It’s a good-looking piece of kit, with non-slip feet and a slim profile despite the 10W power capability. There’s a ring of blue lights around the edge that ‘breathe’ when you first put the phone on charge, but thankfully they go off within 10 seconds (or they’d keep you up all night).
As the name suggests, the PowerPort Qi 10 uses the Qi standard, so it can charge all compatible devices whether they offer fast charging or not. It has built-in current, voltage and heat protection, so makes a good choice for anxious folks. Worth noting that it doesn’t have a USB port for a second device, though, and reviews of how well it works with cases are very mixed.
6. Samsung multi wireless charging tray
This unusual-looking charger wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end tech boutique. Between its circular and rectangular charging sections, it’s capable of charging any two Qi devices wirelessly with a wired USB port for adding a third.
Two subtle blue LEDs indicate the charger status of each pad, which shouldn’t be bright enough to disturb your sleep. However, the round portion of the tray is clearly designed for the wireless charging Bluetooth bottle speaker from the same product line, and looks a fair bit clumsier with a smartphone across it. If you happen to have the speaker, its night light feature plus this charging tray makes for a super-stylish nightstand combo.
7. Tylt Vu wireless charging car mount
From A to B without draining your battery
Wireless car chargers are surprisingly tricky to find, especially from brands you’ve heard of. This one, by Tylt, is the car version of the well-regarded desk charger. It’s stylishly designed and comes in blue, red, grey and lime green (for some reason), which gives a decent range of options for matching your car’s upholstery.
The arms that hold the phone are well-padded and can accommodate up to a 6-inch phablet, with a nifty quick-release for getting your phone back at the end of the journey. Be warned, though: it’s not fast. The 1A output means you’re not going to see huge battery gains if you’ve got your screen on, but it’s better than nothing - especially if you run power-sapping sat nav or play tunes from your phone.
8. Fonesalesman Qistone+ wireless portable charger
A wireless wireless charger
The Qistone+ is technically the only wireless charger on the list, in the sense that it can be used completely without cables. You can use it as a normal desktop wireless charger, plugged into a power source, or take it out with you and use it as a wireless power bank. It holds 4,000mAh, which is a little low for the size and weight compared with other power banks, but not only can this techy pebble charge your phone without cables - it can also charge itself that way.
If you’ve got any of the other Qi wireless chargers on this list, you can use them to charge the Qistone+ wirelessly just like you would a phone. This is particularly handy in combination with the multi-charging pads: charge your phone and the Qistone+ at the same time, then take the latter out with you as a power reserve and never need a cable again. Probably.
Other choices coming soon
After the iPhone 8 and iPhone X launch there are a few new wireless chargers on the market, but we've yet to use these products so we can't recommend them just yet.
We've included all the details we know about the Apple compatible products, but be sure to note we're not certain if these chargers will be compatible with non-Apple devices.
Mophie wireless charging base
We've yet to use the new charging base from Mophie, but it's recommended by Apple and is optimized specifically for iPhone. It's built to comply with the Qi wireless charging standard so it may work with other products too, but it'll provide fast-charging speeds to the new iPhone models with up to 7.5W of power pumping through.
Belkin Boost Up wireless charging pad
Apple is also recommending this new charging pad from Belkin and claims it will work perfectly for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. You'll be able to buy it direct from Apple and it has the ability to charge through 3mm thick phone cases too. With an attractive design, we're excited to use this new pad from Belkin.
Apple AirPower charging pad
Apple will also provide its own first-party charging pad for all its new wirelessly charged products. It's called and will have room for your Apple AirPods, an Apple Watch 3 and an iPhone X so you can have all three of your devices charge in one place.
Apple plans to launch the AirPower charging pad in 2018, so it's going to be a long wait until we get to use this option.