Apple’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X are the first from the company to feature wireless charging, but many Android phones have supported the new charging method for a while now. Most use the same Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) charging standard, so wireless chargers will work for both iPhone and Android. Here, we round-up some of the best wireless chargers you can buy.
Which phones feature wireless charging?
Wireless charging for smartphones isn’t a new thing, so you might be surprised to find out how many current phones support it.
In addition to the three new iPhones we’ve mentioned, Samsung’s phones all the way back to the Galaxy S6 have had built-in Qi, as do Google’s Nexus 4, 5 and 6; several LG phones including the LG G6; Motorola Droid phones; several Lumia models; and the BlackBerry Priv and Z30.
Best wireless chargers
There are quite a few wireless chargers out there, so it can be tricky to know which to buy. Some have faster charging capabilities, but not all phones do, so it’s worth checking what your phone supports. For example, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus currently support up to 5W, but will get an update to support up to 7.5W later this year. Some Samsung phones support up to 15W.
But beyond that, they’re all largely similar, so the deciding factor could come down to price. Some might be able to charge multiple devices at once, and some will have additional features such as a stand or car mount.
Apple is working on its own wireless charging pad called AirPower, which will be big enough and smart enough to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at once. We expect it’ll come at a high price, and it’s not set to arrive until next year, but if you’ve got an iPhone and are willing to wait we expect it’ll be a popular choice.
Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad
It’s not quite ready to ship yet, but the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad is a really nice-looking option that comes with an LED to let you know when it’s charging and an AC adapter in the box.
It was one of the two chargers Apple endorsed during its iPhone launch event.
It is on the pricey side though – there are much cheaper alternatives available.
Mophie Wireless Charging Base
The second charger to be mentioned by Apple during the iPhone event was Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base, which comes in the form of a simple black disk, also with an LED light and AC adapter.
It’s the same price as Belkin’s offering, but is available to buy now.
Choetech Wireless Charger
The cheapest charger in this round-up comes from Choetech, which offers a really simple Qi charger pad for around £10 on Amazon.
It has non-slip grips on the top and bottom to make sure your phone and the pad itself stays in place on your bedside table or on your desk, and there’s a small LED on the front to indicate that the phone is charging successfully.
Anker Wireless Charging Pad
Also a really affordable option, the Anker Wireless Charging Pad has a nice design with LEDs all the way round to allow you to check whether your phone is charging at a glance.
It’s clear to see why this is a bestseller on Amazon, with a good price tag, practical design and fast charging capabilities too.
If you’re looking for something that looks less like tech, you might like the WoodPuck: Bamboo Edition charger.
It’s a really simple design, made with bamboo rather than a plastic to help it blend in more with your home. It’s available in Cappuccino or Espresso colours, and has an affordable price tag, too.
Samsung Fast Charging Wireless Stand
The Samsung Wireless Charging Stand will work with more than just Samsung devices, so don’t let that put you off if you’re planning to use it to charge an iPhone.
Instead of being a charging pad like many of the other products in this round-up, you’ll get a stand that allows you to prop up the phone in a viewing position while it charges, perhaps on your desk so that you don’t need to pick it up to see notifications.
It’s fast charge compatible, too.