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The best wireless chargers in 2024
Few things are as convenient as dropping your phone on a wireless charging pad or placing it on a stand to top it off. The convenience of picking up the phone, answering a call, and plopping it back to charge without fiddling with cables can’t be overstated. Luckily, you can get a wide variety of wireless chargers and charging accessories for your phone.
What to look for when buying a wireless charger
As is the case with any accessory, there are a few factors to consider before buying a wireless charger. First, you will also have to decide whether you want to go with an OEM wireless charger or a third-party one.
Third-party phone accessories usually offer a better deal in terms of features or price. Things are different with wireless chargers, though. An OEM wireless charger will likely provide the best experience if you get the official one from your phone’s manufacturer.
Third-party wireless chargers are starting to catch up, but you also have to find the good ones. For example, some accessory makers have already released chargers that support Samsung’s fast wireless charging feature, and a few provide good charging speeds for Pixels and iPhones.
Once you make up your mind, you need to start looking at other factors. Let’s go over them.
Things to look out for:
- What type of charger do you need? The two most common types of wireless chargers available now are pads or stands. A pad might be the better option for a nightstand, while a stand will be great on a work desk.
- How fast does it charge? A standard Qi charging pad may take a long time to charge a device fully. To get the fastest charging possible, a first-party charger is usually the better way to go. Some third-party chargers offer fast charging capabilities, but that’s mainly for flagship devices. A cheap wireless charger may charge at 5W to 7.5W. The most rapid wireless chargers can range between 15W and even up to 50W or more, depending on your device and charger.
- Do you need to charge multiple devices wirelessly? Smartphones aren’t the only devices that can be charged wirelessly. You can also drop accessories like wireless earphones and smartwatches on a wireless charging pad to ensure they don’t run out of juice. Instead of getting multiple charging pads, you can opt for dual or trio pads that let you simultaneously charge two or three devices. Of course, these will cost more.
- How good are the reviews? Look through user-submitted reviews. Ensure they look legitimate, too, as some can be paid or sponsored. Clear red flags include poorly written reviews, or vague wording. Also, make sure the reviews are for the product you’re looking at, as sometimes people mistakenly write reviews for other things they purchased.
- Is there a good return policy? Familiarize yourself with the return policy of the product. While many products have return periods, some might only have a replacement window, in which case a refund won’t be possible.
The best wireless chargers
- Samsung SmartThings Station: This isn’t just a great wireless charger, but it doubles as a smart home hub.
- Samsung Wireless Charger Duo: If you want to stick with Samsung and need to charge two devices at once, this is your best option.
- Google Pixel Stand: Google’s official wireless charger is fast, great-looking, and comes with an active fan.
- OnePlus Warp Charge 50 wireless charger: Given you have a compatible OnePlus phone, this accessory can juice it up in record times.
- Xiaomi 50W Wireless Charging Stand: This is likely the best-looking wireless charger, and it is also amazingly fast if you have a compatible phone.
- Courant Catch:1 Classics: Another great-looking wireless charger.
- Belkin Quick Wireless Charging Stand: If you want to save some cash, this wireless charger is plenty good for most smartphones.
- Samsung Super Fast 25W Portable Wireless Charger: It’s a wireless charger, as well as a portable battery.
- Star Wars Millennium Falcon Wireless Charge Pad: This is the most fun wireless charger we’ve seen, especially if you are a Star Wars geek!
- Belkin BOOSTUP Wireless Charging Spot: This charger installs into a desk for a seamless look, but it is pricey!
Samsung SmartThings Station
The Samsung SmartThings Station is a very special wireless charger. It can charge Samsung devices at 15W, and it gets help from an integrated cooling fan to keep your device from heating up.
Charging aside, this little pad also works as a SmartThings hub. You can connect your smart home products to it and control them. Additionally, the small button can be used to program smart home actions. You can set different actions for single presses, double presses, and holding on the button.
The Samsung SmartThings Station can also charge non-Samsung devices, but it will do so at slower speeds. According to Samsung, it can charge iPhones at 7.5W, while other Qi-compatible Android phones can charge at 5W.
If you can do without all the smart features and prefer saving some cash, you can also opt for the Samsung 15W Wireless Charger ($39 at Amazon).
Samsung Wireless Charger Duo
As the name suggests, the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo is an excellent alternative if you want to charge two devices simultaneously. You can also charge compatible Samsung phones at up to 15W while charging an additional phone or perhaps your wireless earphones on the second pad. It also comes with a fan, but has no SmartThings hub.
Again, you can use this Samsung Wireless Charger Duo to charge non-Samsung devices, such as iPhones and Android phones. It will just charge them slower.
Google Pixel Stand (2nd Gen)
The Pixel Stand is the best option if you’re looking for a wireless charger for a Pixel device. You’ll get up to 23W with the Pixel 7 Pro or 20W with the Pixel 7. It’s not the fastest charger out there, but it’s plenty speedy, and your phone will essentially work as a Nest Home device once placed on the stand.
If you’re looking to charge other Android phones or iPhones, the Pixel Stand can charge those at up to 10W.
OnePlus Warp Charge 50W wireless charger
The OnePlus 8 Pro was the first phone from the company to come with wireless charging, and all newer devices have this feature as well, except for the OnePlus 11, which got rid of wireless charging. OnePlus updated its wireless charger to allow 50W charging, with the aptly named Warp Charge 50W wireless charger. You can wirelessly charge the phone at speeds that are only slightly slower than what you’d get with most regular wall chargers.
The wireless stand can fully charge a OnePlus 12 in just 55 minutes. This fast charging is bound to create some heat, so the stand comes with an excellent built-in fan. The Warp Charge 50 wireless charger is undoubtedly the best way to go for OnePlus owners. It will also work with other Qi-compatible Android phones and iPhones, but it will charge them at either 5W or 7.5W.
We also saw the OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler at MWC, and it’s a great wireless charger that can also keep your device from heating up while gaming. Sadly, though, it is very hard to get. We’ve seen it on eBay, though.
Xiaomi 50W Wireless Charging Stand
Of course, Xiaomi doesn’t fall behind when it comes to uber-fast wireless charging. Some of its devices, including the Xiaomi 14 series, can handle 50W wireless charging as long as you get a Xiaomi 50W Wireless Charging Stand. Like Xiaomi devices, this charger is hard to find outside China, but you can find it imported if you dig enough.
By the way, this charger is one of the best-designed ones in the industry. It looks sleek and elegant. The black and golden accents provide a great contrasting look. It also helps that it’s a quality charger with an integrated cooling fan to keep your device as cool as possible.
Of course, you can also use the Xiaomi 50W Wireless Charging Stand with Qi-compatible Android and iOS devices, but they won’t charge at those speeds.
Courant Catch:1 Classics
If you care for looks and construction, here’s something a little special. The Courant Catch:1 Classics is made of premium Italian designer leather and aluminum. It comes with a braided cable. The unit is also available in multiple leather colors to satisfy different consumer tastes.
This unit is expensive at $80, and it isn’t that great in terms of tech. It can charge at up to 10W, which is nothing to write home about these days. You can also opt for a linen version ($33.99 at Amazon), though, and that one costs $40.
Belkin Quick Wireless Charging Stand
All the best wireless chargers listed above are awesome, but they can be a bit too expensive. There’s no need to spend so much money on a wireless charger. The Belkin Quick Wireless Charging Stand will do the job just fine at $25 MSRP.
This charger can reach 15W speeds and will keep your device propped up for easy access. It also works with all Qi-enabled devices, including Android phones from any brand, as well as iPhones.
Samsung Super Fast 25W Portable Wireless Charger
Samsung’s Super Fast 25W Portable Wireless Charger is unique because of the wireless charging pad right on top. It can charge a compatible Samsung phone up to 7.5W in wireless mode and 25W when connected via a USB cable. The device is Qi-compatible, so you should also have no issue using this with other phones. It’s a bit slow compared to other wireless chargers, but it has an integrated 10,000mAh battery, which means you can carry it around wherever you go.
In our review, we mention the build quality is excellent, and it has plenty of charging power for most mobile users. The unit can be a bit heavy, though. Not to mention, it’s a bit pricey.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Wireless Charge Pad
We just had to add this one. I mean, look at it! It’s a Millennium Falcon replica any Star Wars fan will love to have. It will look fantastic, and the thrusters light up when your phone is charged. It is easily one of the coolest wireless chargers around.
Of course, you can charge any Qi-enabled phone with it. This includes any Android phone or iPhone that supports wireless charging. The speeds aren’t great, but it looks amazingly cool. You can charge compatible Android phones at 10W, while iPhone speeds max out at 7.5W.
Belkin BOOSTUP Wireless Charging Spot
The perfectionists among us will absolutely love the Belkin BOOSTUP Wireless Charging Spot. This is not your normal wireless charger, and it requires some level of handiwork. This wireless charger needs to be installed into a desk or flat surface, so you’ll need to actually make the hole for the wireless charger to go into. When ready, though, it will be flush with the flat surface.
Aside from the more complex installation, this charger only supports 10W speeds. It also costs $400 for a four-pack, which isn’t cheap. It will make for the most seamless experience possible, though. And at least you will get four chargers!
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a wireless charging standard that has been adopted by a majority of device makers. There are a few competing standards, but if the current generation smartphone supports wireless charging, it’s likely Qi-enabled. This universal standard also ensures that you can charge any supported device with any wireless charger. You might not get the fastest charging speeds, though.
You’ll have to look at your phone’s specifications sheet to ensure that it supports wireless charging. Something to remember is that wireless charging remains a high-end feature for now, even if that might change soon. These are some smartphones that support wireless charging:
- Samsung: All Samsung flagships going back to the Galaxy S7
- Apple: All iPhones going back to the iPhone 8
- Sony: Xperia 1 III, Xperia 1 II, and newer
- Google: Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel Fold, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
- OnePlus: 12, 10 Pro, 9 Pro, 9, 8 Pro
You could get a wireless charging receiver so that you can charge your phone on a wireless charging pad. Options like the one from Nillkin slot into the USB-C port of your phone, and are thin enough to be housed under a case. However, user experience has varied with regard to how effective using this product is. Nevertheless, this is the best way to go if you want to add wireless charging to a phone that doesn’t support it.
You can get away with charging your phone with a case only if the cover is relatively thin. A case maker will usually advertise the fact that wireless charging is supported as well.
Unfortunately not (at least most of the time). Most wall chargers still provide a much faster charging time. A few manufacturers provide 50W wireless charging, but they are rare, and those chargers only work with specific devices.
Only with devices that support reverse wireless charging, like Samsung’s flagships. In this case, you can use your phone to wirelessly charge your earbuds, a smartwatch, or another phone.