If you often forget to bring along your USB or Lightning Port charger when on the go or your wired chargers are a mess of twists, knots, and curl—wireless chargers are the way to go.
What Should You Look For in a Wireless Charger?
Wireless chargers are becoming increasingly popular as a means of charging your smartphones, smartwatches, earbuds and any other compatible device as easily as leaving them on top of the charging surface – slowly but surely powering up again via magnetic induction.
While wireless charging can’t beat the speed of charging via a cable, it’s inherently a simpler process that allows you to swap devices in and out of your charging pad with ease, versus the oft-complicated process of needing multiple chargers in the same room at once.
Whether you’re looking for the best value or a powerful charging station that can charge all your devices at once, here’s a full breadth of the best wireless charging options to choose from.
The Apple MagSafe Charger
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use charging stand, the Apple MagSafe Charger is the product for you. A user-friendly design that supports 15W charging, this device suits most needs for Apple product users. It comes with magnetic clasps built into the back of the charger itself, meaning your phone can be “paired” easily with the charger to engage in the fast-charging process.
You can charge at that 15W power if you have a 20W charging plug at the other end, which allows for some adaptability based on your Apple smartphone product. On the flip side, owning an iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone 13 Mini limits you to a 12W power supply – still faster charging speed than a basic Qi wireless platform, and still an easy usage scenario.
Most AirPod cases don’t come with magnetic clasps, but you’ll still be able to charge them with ease when using the MagSafe Charger. A caveat here is standard: it will always be simpler for you if you have the newer pair of AirPods, which do come with MagSafe prepped charging case.
OtterBox MagSafe Wireless Charging Pad
A clean and sleek charging pad that quickly refuels your iPhone while keeping it on-hand and easily accessible for quick usage? If that all sounds appealing to you, the Otterbox MagSafe Wireless Charging Pad is the way to go. Designed for seamless interaction with MagSafe technology along with a glow-in-the-dark ring for easy finding of your device in the dark, this wireless charger makes it easier to stay connected to everything going on, remaining fully powered while not missing a thing.
Some of the quick perks include a seamless magnetic alignment and attachment; a 15W Qi-compatible wireless charger; the well-known OtterBox design which is as durable as they come; and the ability to charge and use your iPhone in any orientation. It’s recommended to use a 20W charging brick to get the most out of the charge, as a standard brick will lead to a slower charging process.
PureGear 15W Magnetic Wireless Charge Pad
The PureGear 15W Magnetic Wireless Charge Pad is lightweight and works well with Qi Wireless Charging so you do not have to remove your case to charge your phone.
Built with a slim, compact design for a minimal footprint combined with a nearly 4’ long cable to reach most places, this device provides fast charging up to 15W and the MagSafe combability means you can hold and use your iPhone (12) while charging.
PureGear 15W Fast Wireless Charge Pad
This device is compatible with nearly every major phone in the market, ranging from Google Pixel to Samsung Galaxy to Apple iPhone products. It features a 15W fast wireless charger that comes with a wall adapter provides everything you need to quickly and wirelessly charge your device. It also works well with Qi Wireless Charging; you’ll never need to remove your case to wirelessly charge your phone.
The Belkin Boost Charge Pro (3-in-1) Wireless Charging Pad, with MagSafe
This is widely thought to be the best available wireless charger in the market today, boosting full wireless charging speeds for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, along with the Apple Watch and AirPods. You can charge all your Apple products simultaneously from a singular charging station. The “charging brick” comes with the purchase as well, a nice side benefit, so that you don’t have to digging through drawers to find one suitable or buy a new one separate from your initial purchase.
The Totallee Wireless Charger
This wireless charger features a compact fabric design that is relatively inexpensive compared to other top-shelf products on the market. The slim base design means that you can put it virtually anywhere in your living space and it’ll be a clean fit, and the textured black surface will be a seamless style match in nearly any spot.
Note that this has a 10W maximum output, limiting which phones you can charge on the device itself—most notably higher generation iPhones.
The Nomad Base One
The Nomad Base One is a charging pad built with attractive, high-quality materials that come with a little bit of heft to it – and it’s a MagSafe approved device.
With aesthetic color options of either black or white, purely as a visual piece, it will provide a nice-looking addition to any desk or countertop. The glass and metal body are also visually appealing as well. It includes quite a few nice specifications including an integrated MFi-certified Apple Watch Charger, the ability to charge up to five devices simultaneously, a 10W wireless charging option, the sleek padded leather wireless charging surface, a USB-C PD 18W port, a USB-A 7.5W Port and compatibility with Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, SE and Ultra.
Note that the Nomad Base One doesn’t coming with a charging brick, which can be a nuisance given that you need a 30W or more potent charger to achieve the full 15W speed
The Excitrus Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand
The Excitrus is one of the best wireless charging stands you’ll find on the market. You can charge up to three devices simultaneously, with your iPhone capable of being attached to the charger at nearly any angle, with a separate charging tray for wireless earbuds.
The Intelli StepUp Wireless Charging Station
If you value a lack of clutter, this is the wireless charger for you. One of the primary issues that people have with multi-device wireless chargers is that they tend to be designed in a clunky manner that can clutter your desk and take up space. The StepUp Charger solves this by allowing you to pop out its AirPods and Apple Watch arms whenever you want. In turn, this grants you more desk space when you don’t need to be charging three devices simultaneously but can easily plug them back in when you do.
The collapsible design, the full-speed MagSafe charging and the slight glowing of the charging stand to indicate that is, in fact, charging are all pluses. The full 15W charge to an iPhone is an understated feature as well.
The Ugreen 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
Ugreen values customization when it comes to its wireless charging stand – with an adjustable phone holder and adjustable pop-up watch charging cradle. The ability to aim multiple charging devices towards the user when they’re watching the devices charge is nice – as is the USB-C cable in the product sale package.
The Einova Charging Stone
One of the more aesthetically pleasing charging pads features a reasonable price and genuine stone material (it’s made of marble—yes, marble). It also comes in the colors travertine, sandstone, and lava stone, which means you’ll be able to place it nearly anywhere in your home and it will provide a look that is hardly out of place.
How Do You Choose a Wireless Charger?
It really comes down to your personal preference. The most important thing is to look for the charger that suits your individual needs – not just the one that has the best overall specifications on the market. If a wireless charger is Qi certified, then it should have no issue supporting your iPhone, your Android, or your Samsung phone.
You should also pay close attention to if a charger and/or charging cable comes included in the box. For some, it makes sense to minimize the hassle of trying to purchase multiple items for a singular usage device (be it a charging station) and try to go for the product that comes with everything that you need, especially when on a budget.
Overall, wireless chargers provide a convenient way of juicing your phone without having to plug it in—so simply pick the one that suits you best!