Any phone maker will tell you that the best way to charge your device is by using first-party wall chargers. That’s true, especially if you want to take advantage of fast charging features like OnePlus’ Warp charging or OPPO’s ultra-fast VOOC charging.
However, as long as you do your research, there are plenty of good third-party alternatives. These will likely be cheaper, may offer some form of fast-charging capabilities too, and could be more portable. Whether you’re looking for a replacement or an extra travel charger, there are many things to consider.
What should you look for?
- Is the brand trustworthy? A reputable brand is more likely to last through countless charging cycles. We highly recommend Anker, but there are tons of other great brands. We ensure every option on this list balances price, quality, and reputation.
- What ports does it have? Most new third-party chargers come with USB-C ports, and you will likely get the fastest charging possible with these. However, you’ll have a charging cable already. So if you have a USB-A to USB-C/microUSB cable, you’ll need a charger with a USB-A port.
- How many ports do you need? Are you looking to top up multiple devices with a single charger? The more ports the charger has, the heavier and less portable it becomes. A multi-port charger is great on a desk, but smaller single- or two-port chargers are the better travel companions.
- How fast is it going to charge? Fast charging is a standard feature at this point, albeit with varying degrees of capability. A third-party charger is unlikely to offer the same speeds as proprietary charging tech like VOOC charging. You’ll have to know whether your phone supports standards like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and USB-PD (Power Delivery) to find the right charger which can make use of this feature.
- What size do you need? You will also have to consider the size. Do you want something that can easily slip inside your pocket or backpack? Or do you want the most charging power encased in a big brick? Are you looking for something that sits on a desk? How long should the charging and plug cables be?
A note about buying third-party accessories
You should do your research on every mobile accessory you buy. It’s important to be especially careful with charging accessories because a bad charger could cause a lot of damage to your device. Before you buy an accessory from a brand you’re not familiar with, just be sure to check for the following:
- Look through owner-submitted reviews on sites like Amazon. What are people saying? Do these quick reviews look legitimate? It’s possible they are paid or sponsored submissions if they are super vague and poorly written.
- Look for oddities. For example, if the product reviews aren’t actually for the product! This happens a lot with 3rd party charging accessories from obscure brands. A 5-star review of a protein powder is not what you want to see when trying to buy a multi-port wall charger.
- Familiarize yourself with the return policy of the product. While a lot of products have return periods, some might only have a replacement window, in which case a refund won’t be possible.
- We’re here to help! Android Authority has literally hundreds of guides to help you navigate through the convoluted world of phone and other device charging accessories. From multi-port wall chargers to numerous power bank categories, we have it all.
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Most wall chargers will work with a lot of smartphones. However, with various charging speeds, ports, and features available on different phones, compatibility is something you’ll have to look into.
Here, we’ll be looking at the best wall chargers you can get for some of the newest phones available. Something to keep in mind is that while we mention specific smartphones, these may be great options for other phones as well. If you do own one of the specified devices, rest assured the chargers we have chosen will give you the fastest speeds and the best safety.
Anker Powerport III Pod
If you’re looking for a charger for your phone, tablet, Nintendo Switch, or even laptop, the Anker Powerport III Pod 65W is one of the best wall chargers you can get. It comes with the latest version of Anker’s Power IQ tech that ensures fast charging for most smartphones and tablets, including Samsung’s super-fast charging with its latest flagships. It’s also an impressively compact option when compared to most charging bricks.
Ravpower 30W charger
The Ravpower 30W charger is a less powerful, but much cheaper alternative to the Anker 65W charger. It comes with a USB-C port and supports the USB-PD 3.0 fast-charging standard with compatible devices. Ravpower utilizes GaN technology, making its charger small and portable, but also one that keeps cool.
Anker Powerport Atom PD 2
Sometimes two ports are all you need, and this Anker option shows just what 60W of output can do. It’s equipped with two USB-C PowerDelivery ports that intelligently allocate power to ensure an even charge. Available in white or black, the Anker Powerport Atom PD 2 relies on GaN to keep the temperature low and the power high. It’s a great travel companion as the prongs fold flat, allowing it to fit into any bag.
This RAVPower option doesn’t quite reach the same speeds as the Anker charger, but is still one of the best wall chargers you can get. The differentiator here is the USB-A port it comes with. You can reach 18W speeds with the USB-C port, while the iSmart USB-A option tops out at 12W. RAVPower’s two-port USB wall charger packs over-charge, over-heat, and short circuit protection to keep your devices safe and energized. At just 2.8 ounces, you can carry the RAVPower anywhere and you’ll barely notice the weight.
It’s pretty easy to say that three ports are better than two. After all, you can charge 50% more with the extra connectivity. This three-port Aukey option adds a second USB-A port to the mix, so you can choose between Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick Charge 3.0 speeds. The USB-C port reaches top speeds of 46W, while the Quick Charge USB-A maxes out at 18W. Built-in safeguards mean that you can spend more of your time charging and less time worrying about overheating.
Jumping up to four ports, the Satechi USB wall charger balances between two USB-C options and two USB-A ones. The two USB-C ports combine for 108W of total charging, while the USB-A options add 12W between them. It’s an easy way to recharge all of your devices at once, but be ready for some varied speeds. A convenient LED light indicates when your devices are charging, and a sleek gray finish lends a touch of luxury to this handy USB wall charger.
Anker Powerport Atom PD 4
If you like the look of the Powerport Atom PD 2 but were hoping for more ports, Anker’s got you covered. It’s equipped with two USB-C PD ports that intelligently allocate power to ensure an even charge. You also get two standard USB ports. With 100W charging, you can potentially charge two laptops at the same time.
Power strip with USB ports
Anker surge protector power strip
If you want to max out your options, Anker is back on the list with a full-blown power strip. It plugs into the wall with a single AC outlet. A six-foot cable, on the other hand, means that you can position the charging hub wherever you need it. Once you’re plugged in, you can choose from one 45W USB-C port and two 15W USB-A ports, as well as three more AC options. It’s pretty much the ultimate charging station for the flexibility that it provides. The capsule design looks pretty great on a desk as well.