But shopping for wireless chargers can be tricky, especially when it comes to compatibility. Specifically, you’ll want to pay attention to the wattage of the wireless charger, because it can make a serious difference in terms of charging speeds. As a starting point, all wireless chargers support a standard 5-watt output, but the best ones support “fast” or “quick” charging, and that means something different depending on what kinda phone ya got. The newest iPhones are capable of wireless charging up to 7.5 watts, while Samsung Galaxy devices can handle a max speed of 10 watts. Some Android phones can go up to 15 watts. Ideally, you’ll want everything to match up, down to the wall plug.
And then there’s the matter of design and form factor. Do you want a pad that lies flat, or an upright stand that allows you to conveniently interact with your phone while it’s charging? It all depends on preference. Generally speaking, flat pad chargers are ideal for nightstands, while stands are perfect for workspaces. Another thing to consider: Precise placement on the wireless charger is key, and once you find it, you’ll want your device to stay put. So a pad with a grippy surface is ideal, but as you’ll see with our $$$ pick, not always always a requirement.
With all that in mind, we tested 25 Qi wireless chargers (Qi, pronounced “chee,” is the industry’s de facto wireless technology standard), taking into account everything from charging speed, form factor, hardware quality, and overall value. We used an iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy Note S9+, and a Google Pixel 3, and spent hours on end draining their batteries only to charge ‘em up again. Our overall takeaway? Most wireless chargers are more or less the same, meaning you won’t find one that’s miles better than the rest. But details are everything. Below, you’ll find the best wireless chargers at three different price points.
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