No, you absolutely don’t have to use the Pixel Stand with your Pixel 3 or 3 XL. The Google Pixel series utilizes the Qi charging standard and will work with any charging pads and mats that support this standard.
Nonetheless, we highly recommend the Pixel Stand if you are planning to get a wireless charging pad for your Pixel 3 or 3 XL Why? Because the Pixel Stand isn’t just a wireless charger, as it also transforms your Pixel into a make-shift smart display with it own special UI that’s designed to give you quick access to Google Assistant.
Due to the added smart display functionality, the Pixel Stand is our number one recommended choice for a Pixel 3 wireless charger.
Still, at $80 it’s far from cheap. Looking for some alternate choices? Here are the best alternative wireless charging pads for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand
Saving money on a Pixel 3 wireless charger doesn’t mean you have to go with some no-name brand. The Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charger is one of the best available and it works perfectly with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL via Qi support. Keep in mind you won’t get the fast charging benefits you would with a Samsung device, but at $31.49 this is still a great option.
Anker Fast Wireless Charger Charging Pad
The Anker Fast Wireless Charger is one of the best 3rd party wireless chargers you can buy. Keep in mind the the “Fast” part of this product’s title comes from the fact that the Anker product can support Fast Charging on Samsung Qi phones. You won’t get these special speeds when using this as a Google Pixel 3 wireless charger, but it will still get the job done at reasonable speeds. This accessory is a solid wireless pad to purchase for the reasonable price of $19.99.
TYLT VU Wireless Phone Charging Pad
The TYLT VU Wireless Charger has a rather unique design compared to most other wireless chargers. The TYLT VU is actually more of a stand that allow you to place your Pixel 3 (or any other Qi-based phone) in either a portrait or landscape mode for charging. As you can see, it’s also very attractive.
The TYLT VU seems to be a good compromise between a traditional flat pad and a more vertical stand product. It’s also priced right at just $19. It comes in blue, black, yellow, and red, which is a perfect price among wireless chargers.