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Right now, life at home might look different than it did a few months ago. Your laptop may be sitting on the counter instead of on your desk and the kids' tablets might be dug into the couch instead of in their classroom cubbies. With more devices in your space, there might arise a need for more chargers. Unfortunately, this can also lead to cluttered cords and power strips, adapters and extenders. Instead of trying to hide your bundles of cords by moving them to an inconvenient location, you may want to turn toward wireless chargers instead. Using a wireless charger can completely eliminate cords — plus they're easy to use and may even look nice in your home, always a plus. (And when we're all able to head out more often, learn more about where to buy portable chargers and some of the best portable chargers on the market).
In this article
- Best flat wireless charging pad
- Best wireless charging stand
- Best affordable charging pad
- Best wireless car charging dock
- Best multi-device charging pad
- Best wireless charging battery bank
Phones with wireless charging capabilities
Most flagship phones allow for wireless charging, making it a functional reason to try the technology to see how it fits in your routine.
- If you’re considering iPhones with wireless charging, your options include the iPhone 8 and subsequent models.
- If you’re looking into wireless charging for Samsung phones, your options include the Galaxy S6 and later models.
- You can also find smartphones with wireless charging capabilities from other brands, too, like Pixel, LG, Sony, and more.
If you haven't hopped on the wireless charging train, you may be hesitant to make the jump from your go-to charger. But trust me — once you use a wireless charger it's hard to go back. Here are some of the best wireless chargers around.
Best flat wireless charging pad: RavPower
For your first wireless charger, start with the basics: a few standard, flat charging pads around your home (and maybe one at work). RavPower offers one of the best total packages, giving you non-slip grips on both sides, an indicator light that lets you know when the device is charging (or full, as is the case with Android phones) and it shows up with a power adapter included. It also charges faster than most of its competition, according to tests at the Wirecutter and Ars Technica — that might be important if you just need a quick bit of extra juice before running out the door.
Best wireless charging stand: RavPower
2. RavPower Wireless Charging Stand (out of stock)
You might prefer a wireless charger that props your phone up so you can see it easier (and use it as it charges without leaning over it). RavPower’s charging stand offers the same charging power as its standard circular pad but in a more upright form factor. Unfortunately, that form factor comes at a higher cost ($50) keeping it from being my go-to recommendation. Still, if you want something that’ll help you read recipes in the kitchen while charging your phone (or see check out mobile notifications while at your desk at work), this will do the trick. While RavPower's model is out of stock, consider the highly-rated Anker PowerWave, which is Qi-certified and boasts a 4.6 average rating from more than 4,500 reviews.
Best affordable charging pad: Anker
3. Anker PowerWave Pad Wireless Charger (limited stock)
Got spare USB power adapters lying around your house? Save yourself some money and pick up Anker’s PowerWave pad for less than $10. You’ll want a 10W charger if you want it to charge as fast as possible — even then it isn’t quite as fast as the RavPower. When it comes to the more commonplace use of charging your phone overnight, that degree of output will be just fine. There’s also a stand version, if you prefer that.
Best wireless car charging dock: iOttie
Nothing drains your phone’s juice quite like turn-by-turn navigation (streaming music to the car's radio eats away your charge rapidly, as well). That’s why I like to have a phone dock in my car that charges my phone while I navigate. And the iOttie Easy One Touch kit is a solid option.
You can stick it on your dashboard or on your windshield, and it has three grippy arms to keep your phone secure and stable — no matter how you choose to position it. That’s not bad for $50, although iOttie also has an auto-sensing version for $60 that will detect when your phone is near and automatically clamp the arms to hold it in place.
Best multi-device charging pad: Choetech
Apple’s multi-device AirPower pad was unceremoniously cancelled but there are a few other pads on the market that can charge more than one device at a time.
Choetech’s Dual Wireless Charging Pad offers the best balance of compatibility, aesthetics and price —it’s the one I’d pick if you’re looking to charge two phones. There are some triple charging pads out there, like the ZealSound Triple Wireless Charging Station, but reviews tend to be a bit more mixed thanks to poorer quality control. If you have an Apple Watch, this charging station from Zens can charge it as well as two phones, which can come in very handy when you want to keep cords and clutter at bay.
Best wireless charging battery bank: Samsung
There are few things worse than your phone dying before you get home from a long day. Battery packs may seem like they’re a dime-a-dozen these days, but Samsung’s 2-in-1 bank is special. It not only comes with 10,000 mAh of juice, but can charge two devices at once: one wired, one wirelessly. When it comes to convenience, this dual charging capability might reign.
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