Buying the right wireless charger can be surprisingly difficult. There are a couple of different speeds out there, some of them have different form factors, and some of them are not in the box.
So to help you out, we've put
- Qi charging: This may seem obvious, but there are a few wireless charging standards out there, so make sure you pick up supports the Qi standard.
Power : Base wireless charging starts at 5W, but some kind of fast charging. Apple's iPhones are designed to charge at a maximum speed of 7.5W, Samsung's phones charge at 9W, and other Android support up to 1
- Standard connector: Most wireless charging pads plug in to connect to a child a wall outlet. Some companies use weird proprietary jacks to plug in the pads, and others use standard ones like MicroUSB or USB-C. If you can, it's probably better to go with a standard connector.
- Wall adapter : By the same vein, check to see if your charging pad actually comes with a wall adapter. A 10W pad with a 5W wall jack will only charge at 5W.
- Brand : A wireless charging pad It's a $ 699- $ 999 smartphone, so you'll want to be sure it's not. Anchor, RavPower, Mophie, Belkin, or Samsung, to name a few.
- Size and aesthetics: There are a bunch of styles of wireless chargers, some big, some small, some flat, and some that charge your phone at an angle. Buying for a desk? You'll probably want an angled charger so you can see your screen (and unlock it with Face ID, for iPhone users). Want one for your nightstand? Consider a flat pad so you do not light up your whole room every time you get a text. There's also convertible chargers, if you'd prefer the flexibility.
- Personal style : Wireless chargers come in all sorts of weird shapes and sizes – like this picture frame! Or this leather pad! Get something you like: it'll be on your desk / nightstand for a while.
Updated September 15th, 2017, 3:50 pm: Clarified safety concerns for 15W chargers.
Update February 5th, 2019, 10:00 am : Updated article to include a list of phones and buying advice for 2019, as well as added video.