Best Wireless Charger
Wireless chargers are becoming more prevalent and commonplace as phones and accessories continue gaining the ability to charge wirelessly. Starbucks even has them built into their tables! If your phone or accessory - such as Apple’s Airpod Pros - are Qi enabled, they are compatible with the vast majority of wireless chargers available on the market today. However, each device is capable of charging at different maximum speeds. Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 typically feature 10W fast charging, while iPhones will top out at 7.5W. Although this is technically considered fast charging, connecting a device with a fast charge-capable cable will juice up devices even quicker. The biggest upside to wireless charging is pure convenience: there’s no need to plug in your device each time, which helps reduce wear and tear, not to mention the amount of wires tangled up on top of your desk. Some drawbacks include comparatively longer charging times; you'll also have to double-check each time you set the device on the charger since it won’t charge unless it's in the right position. Here are some of our favorite picks for the best wireless chargers.
Yootech Wireless Charging Pad
Anker PowerWave Wireless Charging Stand
QI-EU 4-in-1 Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Station
The Yootech Wireless Charger is compatible with both Android and Apple products, and comes with 3 charging modes depending on the device. This charger is capable of 10W fast charging for Samsung devices that support it, while iPhones can charge up to their 7.5W maximum. All other devices will charge at the standard 5W rate. It can wirelessly charge through a phone case up to 4mm thick, and the flat design makes it especially well-suited for use with the wireless charging cases that come with Apple's AirPods. Yootech's wireless charger is fully Qi-certified and has a UL Certificate (an industry leader that performs testing on electrical devices to ensure compliance with various safety standards). Sadly, the latter is not as common as you'd expect. The Yootech Wireless Charger also comes with a USB-C cable and a Quick Charge adapter in the box, so you won't need to repurpose them from another device. Best of all, it's one of the most affordable wireless chargers currently available; between the lifetime warranty and full safety certification, it's easily one of the best wireless chargers on the market today.
The Anker brand is very well-known and respected in the tech accessories field, and they've certainly earned their reputation through quality products backed by industry-leading customer service. This angled wireless charger is fully compatible with both Android and Apple devices; Samsung Galaxy phones can charge at a robust 10W, while all other devices charge at up to 5W. Since this charger props devices upright, the phone screen is still visible while charging. It's a great choice for the office or nightstand, considering how devices can still be used when placed on the stand. This PowerWave charger is also powerful enough to charge through cases that are up to 5mm thick. Although the Anker wireless charger does come with a 3-foot micro-USB cable, you'll need to supply your own USB adapter.
Wireless chargers are all about convenience, but many of them will charge only one device at a time. If you have multiple devices that support wireless charging, a multi-device charging station is usually the best solution. We've selected the QI-EU charging station due to its ability to wirelessly charge a phone and a smart watch simultaneously. The wireless charging section features an adjustable stand, allowing devices to be charged while propped up or laying flat. Additionally, this charger is equipped with dedicated slots designed for charging an AirPods case and an Apple Pencil at the same time, though these devices need to physically plug in to the Lightning adapter integrated into the molding. Although the photo shows only Apple devices being charged, the QI-EU wireless charger is compatible with Android devices and other Qi-certified products. Don’t be fooled by the name, this 4-in-1 charger is compatible in the United States. Samsung Galaxy devices will charge at up to 10W (if supported), while iPhones can charge at up to 7.5W wirelessly. Keep in mind that these advertised rates can only be reached if using the proper power adapter. Luckily, this one comes with a USB Type-C cable as well as the correct Quick Charge 3.0 Adapter so you know you are getting the highest charging speeds possible.