New phones don't come with a charger, so go for one of the best wireless chargers instead of picking up a wall wart.
Wireless charging is here to stay, and you can find it on all of the best smartphones, all around the home, and even built into new cars. We love wireless charging because there are no cords to trip over, and it’s so convenient to grab our phone and just go without fumbling.
All of the manufacturers we mention are trustworthy and comply with the wireless Qi standard that works with the best Android and the best iPhone devices, as well as a number of accessories like your wireless earbuds case, your smartwatch, and more. We recommend our favorite sample of the company’s work, but we encourage you to explore for more options.
We like Anker for simplicity and reliability. We like Nomad for style and substance. Belkin has been in the accessories game as long as anyone and has built a solid reputation. Otterbox is a familiar name in cases, and its wireless charging is equally trustworthy. Plus, we have solid options from phone makers Samsung and Apple, to complement the gear you own.
Now that wireless charging is more common, we’re seeing devices that want to become a welcome part of your home decor. We still have plenty of less expensive options that are simple and versatile, but if you want plush materials or a design that doesn’t look like a power station, we have a few great ideas to check out.
All wireless charging is slow compared to a wire, but you can look for higher wattage for a slightly faster charge. Some of our options work with more than one device, so you can charge an accessory or even more than one phone.
All of the chargers we mention, except for the Apple charger, work with any Qi-certified device from any phone maker, Android or iPhone. You’ll want to double-check your phone has wireless charging before you buy; it’s a feature that needs to be baked into the phone hardware, but even the best cheap phones often include it.
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Anker makes a ton of great charging options, both wireless and wired, and we wanted to highlight what makes the company a great accessory maker. The Anker 313 wireless charging stand is simple and elegant, and best of all cheap.
Actually, cheap is the wrong word for Anker, because the products feel completely solid and durable. Anker products are inexpensive, not cheap. You can find premium chargers at the company store, but this wireless charging pad will run you less than $20 in the US.
It charges at 10W, which is fine but not the fastest. You can use your phone in portrait or landscape mode and the coils should still connect to charge.
The Nomad Base Station Pro is the wireless charging pad of your dreams. While other pads made you hit a target and might stop charging if you jar your phone, the Base Station Pro has 18 coils and will find your device no matter where you place it. In fact, it will find up to three devices on the pad.
Nomad accessories feel luxurious and weighty, giving them an overall heft of quality. The pad has baked in computing with firmware that can be updated, so Nomad says it will improve over time.
If you want the best charging station to complement your fine decor and premium devices, the Nomad Base Station Pro is your pick.
Belkin has been making accessories as long as we've been buying phones, so of course the company has some interesting options for wireless charging. We like to see devices that try to combine useful features, so the Belkin Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker is a cool idea.
You can position your phone in portrait mode to play music or flip it to landscape to watch a video while the speaker handles the soundtrack. The phone will charge while you're watching or bopping along.
If you're not an iPhone owner and you're just a bit jealous that Apple fans get a built-in magnet to stick to chargers (and wallets, and cases), Mophie has a solution with the Snap+ Wireless Charging stand, and the whole Snap family.
With Mophie Snap, you get a circular magnet that adhered to your phone or phone case. You don't need the magnet if you have an iPhone, and your iPhone will stick just fine with its MagSafe feature. Other phones like Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones will stick with the magnet and charge in place.
There's more to Mophie Snap than just this stand, too, so once you have a magnet affixed, you'll be able to stick your phone to a car vent, or other charging spots with Mophie accessories.
Finding a wireless charging pad that can handle a phone and an Apple Watch is easy, but the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad Trio lets you charge your Galaxy Watch in style. As one of our favorite smartwatches, we're happy the Galaxy Watch isn't being ignored with a combination accessory, even if you have to buy it from Samsung.
The Charging Pad Trio only charges up to 9W, but you can charge three devices, including your Galaxy phone, your Galaxy Buds in the wireless charging case, and your Galaxy Watch. Go, Galaxy, go.
For a device that charges three others, the Trio isn't too expensive, and if you're all-in on Samsung, this is the best charger to keep bedside.
The lovely Moshi Sette Q is quite a capable charging pad, don't let its stylish looks fool you. It can charge two devices and one of the charging spots is raised, making it easier to accomodate a watch with a curved band.
The Sette Q can charge up to 15W, so it's among the more powerful chargers on this list. It looks great in any setting, though that fabric cover might pick up stains better than plastic if you get your phone dirty often.
For a dual charger with such power, the Sette Q is also reasonably priced. If you like the look, Moshi makes a bunch of chargers of various sizes as well.
You know Otterbox for its cases that range from slim and durable to extremely tough and waterproof. The company also has a line of wireless chargers, and we think the Otterbox OtterSpot charger is worth a look. It's a compact, nice-looking charging pad, but it has expanding capabilities.
You can also buy portable battery packs that look like the OtterSpot disc, and the charger can charge a phone on top and a battery pack beneath simultaneously. In fact, you can stack a few batteries and charge them up for more power on the go.
Otterbox makes more conventional wireless chargers, but we like combining wireless power with battery packs for on-the-go convenience.
The Apple MagSafe Charger is best known as the new recommended method for charging the latest iPhone 13. It uses the smartphone's magnets to properly align so you get the fastest charging speeds possible.
It doesn't feel entirely wireless as you basically have the magnetic charger clipped to the back of your phone but it's far less fiddly than using an actual charging cable.
While you'll get the most out of it in conjunction with an iPhone 13, it also works with older Apple devices and even Android phones too. If you need the official solution, this is the one for you.
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