Best Wireless Chargers
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|Pros||Very stable, good charging performance||Doubles as a phone stand, great charging performance||Good charging performance, doubles as a portable charger||Great charging performance, stable||Does well as a phone stand|
|Cons||Large indicator light||Can be a little tippy||Pricey, phone can easily slide off||Thicker, large indicator light||Not the best when it comes to charging in our tests|
|Bottom Line||Quick to charge and very stable||Delivering exceptional results in our charge time tests, this is our all-around favorite wireless charger||If you want a combination wireless/portable charger, then this is the product for you||This is one of our all-time favorite wireless charging pads||Mediocre charging but does hold your phone up higher than the rest|
|Rating Categories||Yootech Qi-Certifie...||Anker PowerWave Stand||Anker PowerCore III...||Yootech Qi-Certifie...||NANAMI Upgraded Fas...|
|Charging Performance (40%)|
|Other Features (10%)|
|Specs||Yootech Qi-Certifie...||Anker PowerWave Stand||Anker PowerCore III...||Yootech Qi-Certifie...||NANAMI Upgraded Fas...|
|Charging Stand or Pad?||Stand||Stand||Pad||Pad||Stand|
|Max Wireless Power Output||10 Watts||10 Watts||10 Watts||10 Watts||10 Watts|
|Indicator Light||Green Light||Small blue||Tiny, on the side||Large green circle light||Green light|
Best Wireless Charging Stand
Anker PowerWave Stand
The Anker PowerWave is simple, quick, and efficient. This charger had an outstanding performance in our testing when it comes to its charging time. It stood out by fully charging a Samsung S8 30-60 minutes faster than some other options. You can orient your phone in both portrait and landscape orientations when you use this charger, which means the PowerWave also effectively doubles as a phone stand. It stays stealthy with its spartan aesthetic, and a discreet LED charging status light display.
One drawback we noticed is that it can sometimes be shaky if you knock into it from behind. This becomes a problem due to the lack of grip the stand has on the surface it sits on. Without a rubbery backing on your phone case or other non-slip material to help with the grip, your phone could freely slip out. This can make it difficult to charge your wireless earbuds, as well. All that aside, this model offers a quick and simple solution for wireless charging and is a great choice if you want a charging stand with a simple look that works quickly.
Great Value for a Wireless Charging Pad
Yootech Qi-Certified 10W Max Fast Wireless Pad
If a wireless stand isn't really your cup of tea, then the wireless charging pad will probably suit your needs. Our recommendation is the Yootech Fast Wireless Pad. This charging pad is top of the line for fast charging speeds and has handled well when charging an array of average phone case thicknesses. It continued to charge our test phone with a 7mm spacer between the phone and the pad. The entire charger lights up with an LED status light to give you an informative visual from any angle, and it has the grip needed to keep your devices—including your wireless earbuds—in place while charging.
However, while the LED ring light might prove useful for some, others could find it stands out too much for their liking. Thankfully, if you find yourself wanting a charger that blends in more, the LED light does turn off after some time, so your nightstand won't be annoyingly glowing at all hours. It's one of our all-around favorites if you are looking for a wireless charging pad instead of a stand, which is usually a better option if you are hoping to charge both a phone and accessory devices, like wireless earbuds.
Best Portable Wireless Charger
Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless is a unique product in this lineup as it can act as both a wireless charging pad and a portable charger. You can plug in the PowerCore III to recharge its internal battery and set your phone on top to recharge while at your desk, or take this charger with you to act as a truly wireless charger or as a wired portable charger. You can even charge up to 3 devices at once — two wired, one wireless. On top of all that, this charger has a small clip that can act as a phone stand and has a very sleek look.
However, this charger is a bit on the more expensive side. We also found that it can be fairly easy to accidentally knock your phone off while using the wireless charging feature, as there isn't a whole lot of nonstick material. Also, while we do love the integrated phone stand, we do wish there was a way to have your phone wirelessly recharge in this configuration. All in all, we highly recommend this product to someone who wants a combination/all-in-one charging solution and doesn't mind paying a little extra for it.
A Sleek and Stylish Charging Option
TOZO W1 Ultra Thin Wireless Aviation Aluminum
If you want a top-notch wireless charger that charges your phone and looks great, you will want to check out the Tozo W1. This sleek and stylish aluminum charger not only has some of the most striking looks of any of these products, but it also has one of the lowest profiles — just barely thicker than its USB-C input cable. The Tozo W1 can also charge most phones at their peak charging capacity.
While the Tozo W1 is quite a beauty out of the box, we found its looks degraded over time unless cleaned regularly. Its mirrored finish picks up visible fingerprints quickly. The smooth metallic top is also a low friction surface, making it easy to knock your phone off with only a light touch. If you like its glossy metallic look, then this is a great charger. Otherwise, you might be better served by one of the less flashy options.
Why You Should Trust Us
Here at GearLab, David Wise leads the charge when it comes to wireless chargers. David has rated and reviewed hundreds of tech and consumer products for GearLab over the last few years, covering categories like portable chargers, digital multimeters, 3D printers, and cordless tools. He also has formal schooling as a mechanical engineer, focusing on lithium battery-powered systems, including a wireless recharging autonomous underwater robot.
We charged various devices with these products, not only looking at how well each one did with smartphones but also with things like truly wireless earbuds and smartwatches. We objectively compared charging performance side-by-side by timing how long it took each product to recharge the same phone and used a set of spacers to see just how large a gap there could be before charging didn't work. We also checked to see if these chargers could sustain your battery while watching a movie, as well as rating and scoring the aesthetics, ergonomics, and stability of each product. Finally, we tested and compared any other particularly noteworthy features that come with each model.
Analysis and Test Results
We grouped our side-by-side comparisons into four separate metrics — charging performance, ergonomics/stability, aesthetics, and other features — with our wireless charger results discussed below.
Fortunately, most of these products, even the top-tier options, are fairly inexpensive, making it much easier if you are shopping on a budget. If you are shopping on the slimmest of budgets, then we think the Yootech charging pad is a great choice.
To assess charging performance, we looked at the claimed power output of each charger. We also used a test phone — a Samsung S8 — to compare charge times and 3D printed spacers of varying thicknesses to determine the maximum effective charging gap between the charger and the device.
The Yootech Wireless Stand and the Anker PowerWave Stand stood out in our charging time test. We used a Samsung S8 as our test phone, which can charge at a maximum of 10 watts. The PowerWave Stand took 2 hours and 18 minutes to achieve a complete charge, turning the phone on once it reached 5% battery with minimal use while charging. The Yootech Wireless Stand took longer, needing about 15 extra minutes to completely charge the phone.
In our experience, the wireless charging pads generally took longer than the charging stands to charge our test phones. The Yootech Wireless Charger Pad did very well, taking just under 3 hours to complete the task.
We also looked at the maximum effective charging gap of each charger. Using a series of spacers, we wanted to emulate case thickness to determine whether or not that factor would potentially inhibit a model's ability to charge. It is worth noting that a metallic case or mount will immediately stop wireless charging no matter which model you are using. The PowerWave Stand was able to effectively charge a phone with a 7mm spacer in between the phone and the charger, while others were limited to more like 4mm. This charger can also handle a phone in portrait or landscape orientations without charging performance being affected.
For the charging pads, the Yootech Charger Pad really impressed us. Our phone kept charging with a 7-millimeter spacer separating it from the Yootech pad, so even the thickest and most heavy-duty cases should still work with this model.
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless also deserves notable mentions when it comes to charging performance. It is a solid wireless charging pad, able to charge most Qi-certified devices at their maximum rate with its 10-watt output capability, performing similarly to the Yootech Charger Pad. On top of that, it can also fast charge most smartphones as fast as possible using its 18-watt USB-C output.
Wireless charging requires your phone to be precisely placed, so we looked for products that made it easy to align your phone and held it securely, as well as chargers that didn't easily tip over or slide around. Consequently, our next round of tests focused on how well each charger holds phones and other devices.
The clear winner when it comes to the charging stands is the Yootech Charging Stand. While the other stands have a small protrusion where your phone sits and a gap underneath, the front of the Yootech is solid, meaning that it can't tip forward in the way that the other stands can. The Yootech Charging Stand and the Anker PowerWave Stand also have their entire bases covered in a non-slip rubber that keeps them from getting pulled around.
We also liked that the Yootech Charging Stand and the NANAMI have a small amount of rubber to both cushion your phone and keep it in place. This is particularly handy if you don't have your phone in a rubber case. It makes the most difference when using these chargers with your phone in landscape mode since phones in portrait mode tend to tip over rather than slide out (meaning that the non-slip material doesn't really help).
When it comes to the charging pads, the Mophie impressed us with how well it resists your phone from getting nudged off. All of the charging pads also have some grippy material to keep your phone from sliding around on top, but the Mophie and the Yootech are just slightly better at keeping your phone in place.
The Mophie and Yootech also do a great job keeping earbud cases in position, with a raised ring of rubbery material. The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless also has a raised ring of non-slip materials, but it is considerably smaller than many of the others, making it a bit easier to knock your phone off, but not by much.
These devices most often end up on a nightstand or desk as a fairly prominent feature, so it is worth considering their appearance before making your final selection. Admittedly, these products all have a fairly generic appearance, but few standout products are worth mentioning in the aesthetics department.
While the vast majority of wireless charging pads seem to have a hockey puck-inspired design, the Tozo W1 breaks that mold considerably. With one of the lowest profiles, this sleek and stylish pad is barely thick enough for the USB-C connector — and has a glossy mirror-like finish. The charging indicator lights on the side are nice accents to the overall look as well. However, this glossy finish is a bit more prone to showing fingerprints.
The remainder of the charging pads are all fairly similar in looks. The Anker PowerWave Pad and the Mophie Wireless Charge Pad are a bit thicker, with a matte black finish that does an excellent job keeping dust, dirt, and fingerprints at bay. The Yootech Wireless Charger Pad has one of the higher profiles of the entire group. A concentric ring of non-slip materials makes them a bit more attractive visually, with the solid illuminated ring on the Yootech providing another nice accent feature.
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless is fairly nondescript in appearance, resembling just about every other portable charger on the market. However, we do like the textured finish.
As far as charging stands, none are particularly striking, and many look quite similar to each other. However, our judges did appreciate the design of both the Yootech Wireless Charger Stand and the Anker Wireless PowerWave Stand. If you prefer a more rounded look, the Yootech Charger Stand is a good option.
If you are a fan of a more angular look and want your charger to blend into the background a bit more, there is something to be said about the Anker PowerWave Stand's minimalistic square design.
While these products are all primarily designed to charge a smartphone, a few are a bit more versatile and have some bonus features.
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless easily claims the top spot here. It can charge three devices at once, act as both a wired and wireless charger, and even function as a phone stand with the slide-out clip.
None of the other products can charge more than one device at a time, but all of the charging pads can charge any Qi-compatible device, so they not only can charge phones but also earbuds with wireless charging cases. The charging stands can do this as well, but it can be much more work to get earbuds or other devices aligned in the right spot to charge successfully.
There aren't many other special features present in these products, aside from charging multiple devices. All of the charging stands can double as a phone stand when disconnected. Some of the charging pads — like the Yootech Wireless Charging Pad — thoughtfully turn off any charging status lights after a certain amount of time to make them a little nicer if you have them on your nightstand, but that about sums up any extra features.
Regardless of whether you are looking for the fastest charger, the best-looking one, or one that can handle multiple devices, we hope that this has been a helpful review in your search for a new wireless charger.
— David Wise
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