Best Wireless Charger of 2021
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.
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.
If you need to keep your spending down but still want the luxury of a wireless charger, the LETSCOM Wireless Pad could be the option for you. Most of these wireless chargers aren't going to break the bank, but if you are considering upgrading to multiple areas and including one at your desk, a couple on nightstands, or one by the couch, the cost can start to add up. However, we generally find the LETSCOM is about half the price of others on the market, making it an attractive option for a thrifty spender. It keeps up a minimal appearance, and there isn't any sliding under the smartphone's weight while it is charging.
However, it's not exactly outstanding in terms of aesthetics, and the small ring of non-slip grip isn't top of the line, so you still have to place your phone with some care to be sure it stays put. The charging light is continuously on, something to note if you are bothered by extra light while you are trying to sleep. The device didn't deliver the best results in our charge time tests, either. Despite the flaws, if you are shopping for a new wireless charger on a tight budget, it is one of the best options.
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.
The CHOETECH Dual Wireless Charger is a great option if you routinely need to charge multiple phones or other devices wirelessly simultaneously. This larger charging pad has five coils and is big enough to fit a pair of smartphones side-by-side. Its non-slip feet and size keep it from sliding around on a desk or table, while in the style department, it has a unique textured feature that sets it apart from other chargers and includes a power brick.
Unfortunately, the top texture isn't the grippiest, and it is easy to knock a phone out of position accidentally. This can be exacerbated by the fact that it is temperamental when it comes to your phone placement. It also didn't charge the fastest in our charge time test. However, this isn't a massive issue if you charge your phone overnight and is an excellent option if you want one wireless charger for two people or to charge your smartphone and another wireless charging device at the same time.
The Seneo 3-in-1 is an excellent choice if you have the full complement of Apple devices — iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. This model can charge all three at once, giving you a convenient stand for your phone while it's charging as well. It includes a USB power adapter, making the Seneo one of the most versatile options. You can split this charger in half and add an additional power brick if you want to charge your accessories separately, or keep it together for an all-in-one charging station.
Unfortunately, you must supply your own Apple Watch charging cable, and this is one of the largest products of the entire test group. It isn't exceptionally stylish, and the connection method between the two halves of the charger can be a little finicky. The Airpods holder on the Seneo has a Lightning connector and doesn't charge wirelessly, so it's a bit less convenient than just setting them on a wireless charging pad. If you need an integrated charging solution for your collection of Apple products, this is a fantastic choice. However, you might want to consider a smaller and less expensive model if you don't need to charge three things at once.
If you are looking for a wireless charger that can double as a phone stand, it is hard to beat the Yootech Wireless Charging Stand. It charges phones quickly, capable of charging both Samsung and Apple devices at their maximum charging rates and any other Qi-compatible device. It can charge your phone in both portrait and landscape orientation, and we appreciate that it's hard to tip over and doesn't slide around easily. It features a green LED status light on the bottom, which turns off after a short amount of time, making it a good option if you want to keep it on your nightstand.
On the downside, the Yootech Charging Stand doesn't have the most striking appearance and might not be for everyone, especially if you prefer a more angular design or a slightly more nondescript appearance. This charger also doesn't include a charging brick, and you will need to make sure you have a high-quality QC 3.0 power brick to get the fastest charging rate. All this being said, it's still one of our favorite wireless charging products, particularly if you want a stand for your phone as well.
The RAVPower Turbo 10W Max offered up one of the faster charge times in our tests. It is a very stable charger that doesn't easily move around on a table or desk, even without a device's additional weight. This wireless charger comes with both a cable and a USB power adapter. It has plenty of non-slip material to keep your phone in place and does a solid job of holding onto wireless charging earbuds.
However, visually the RAVPower is a bit more intrusive than some of the other options. It is considerably thicker with a higher profile than most of the other charging pads, and we feel that the micro-USB connector is a bit archaic. If you want a charger that won't slide around, it is a decent option. If you prefer a discreet charging solution, you may want to look at another option.
Another option if you have multiple Apple devices to charge at once is the Seneo 2-in-1. This product has one wireless charger pad and a stand for an Apple Watch so that you can charge either your AirPods (with wireless charging case) or iPhone at the same time as your smartwatch. It's large enough and comes with non-slip feet that keep it in place if it gets bumped.
You do need to provide your own Apple Watch charging cable, and if you have a longer charging cable, it can be a little difficult to wind up neatly inside the Seneo 2-in-1. Overall, we aren't enamored with this charger's looks, and it feels a bit cheap to us, with some sharper edges on its underside. However, it can be a decent option if you want a more compact charging station for your Apple products.
For a reasonably simple, bare-bones wireless charging pad, the Anker PowerWave Pad gets the job done. We like its plain, unobtrusive look and the fact that the entire top surface is covered with a grippy material to keep devices right where you want them. The PowerWave Pad also doesn't slide around on most surfaces easily, as long as there is a device's weight on it.
Unfortunately, this model took considerably longer to charge our test phone than the others did, even though it should be able to charge most devices at their maximum rate. We also found that the rubber material on the top and bottom of this charger is prone to collecting dust and dirt, requiring frequent cleaning. It's a decent option as a basic charger, but we think there are better ones on the market.
The Mophie stands out from the other charging pads, offering a more sleek and stylish aesthetic. It is covered in a rubberized material, ensuring your phone doesn't get scratched, and it stays firmly in position while charging, even if it's bumped.
Unfortunately, this charger can't charge some devices at their maximum rate, as it doesn't have 10-watt charging capabilities. Additionally, the Mophie is usually a bit more expensive than other options, and you can't swap the cable or power adapter for other options.
The Seneo Wireless is a reasonably run-of-the-mill wireless charging stand. It can charge most phones in portrait or landscape orientation and can fast wireless charge certain phones. It looks alright and has a small piece of non-slip rubber to help keep your phone from sliding around.
Unfortunately, it seems like it isn't put together as well as some of the other products. It just doesn't feel as high-quality, with a sharp lip on the protrusion where you rest your phone. The Seneo also doesn't state that it can charge iPhones at their maximum 7.5-watt rate. It gets the job done, but we found that we liked other products quite a bit more, many of which cost less.
The Nanami is potentially a better phone stand than a charger. It is the tallest of the charging stands, holding your phone up the highest. It has some non-slip material that helps prevent devices from sliding to the side as well. The Nanami can also charge a phone in both landscape and portrait orientations.
We found this extra height has some drawbacks, as it is easier to knock over than many of the other stands. It can slide around relatively easily and doesn't look particularly nice. It will charge your phone and doesn't cost all that much, but we generally preferred other 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.
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 RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger and the Yootech Wireless Charger Pad both did very well, with the Yootech taking just under 3 hours to complete the task. The RAVPower took around 20 minutes longer to charge the S8 to 100%.
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 Seneo Charging Stand and the PowerWave Stand were able to keep charging the phone with an 8mm and 7mm spacer between the phone and charger in portrait orientations, respectively.
For the charging pads, the Yootech Charger Pad and the LETSCOM impressed us. The phone kept charging with a 7mm spacer separating it from the Yootech and a 6mm spacer separating it from the LETSCOM, so even the thickest and most heavy-duty cases should still allow them to work.
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, the Seneo, 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, the LETSCOM, and the RAVPower all impressed us with how well they resist getting tugged around. All of the charging stands also have some grippy material to keep your phone from sliding around on top, but the LETSCOM, Mophie, Yootech, and the RAVPower are just slightly better at keeping your phone in place. The Mophie, Yootech, and RAVPower also do a great job keeping earbud cases in position.
The CHOETECH doesn't have the grippiest top surface, but its larger size means it isn't sliding anywhere easily. It's the same story with both of the Seneo multi-device charging stations — they are plenty large enough to stay in one spot on your desk. They don't tip over easily and do a decent job of holding your Apple Watch while it's charging. The Seneo 3-in-1 has a cradle for your AirPods, but neither were our favorites at holding a phone.
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 RAVPower Fast Wireless charging pad and the Yootech Wireless Charger Pad have the highest profile. 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 CHOETECH Dual Fast Wireless Charger has a matte black top surface with a relatively interesting and unique texture. Still, this charger is much more visually intrusive — understandable, since it needs to be large enough to charge two phones at once. The LETSCOM charging pad also stands out from the pack a bit, as it has a very low-profile that is comparable to the TOZO W1.
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.
Finally, when it comes to looks, the Seneo Wireless 3-in-1 Charging Station and the Seneo 2-in-1 are fairly run-of-the-mill. They do an excellent job of putting the visual focus on your Apple devices while charging, and both make it easy to see your Apple Watch in nightstand mode.
While these products are all primarily designed to charge a smartphone, a few are a bit more versatile and have some bonus features. The most common bonus feature is the ability to charge multiple devices at once. The CHOETECH stands out from all the chargers we looked at, as it can charge dual smartphones or other devices at once.
The Seneo 2-in-1 and Seneo Wireless 3-in-1 also can charge multiple devices at once — hence their names — but can't charge multiple phones. The Seneo 2-in-1 has a single wireless charging pad that can be used for either a phone or a set of compatible earbuds and a stand for an Apple Watch. The Seneo 3-in-1 is set up to charge a phone, Apple Watch, and Airpods all at once. It has one wireless charging stand for the phone — presumably an iPhone — and a Lightning cable to plug your Airpods in. This charger also can split in two, so you can use the phone charging half and the accessory charging half separately. However, it's important to realize that you need to add your own Apple Watch charging cable to either of these if you want to use them to charge your watch, since it isn't included.
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 devices, 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, 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