How to Pick the Best Wireless Charger (Apr. 2018)

With so many wireless chargers in the market, it’s not easy to choose the best one. Right? After compare nearly 50 wireless chargers, we’ll list the best wireless chargers in our mind. Hope this can help you also. Before we give you the best wireless chargers list, Let’s talk about wireless chargers together.

  1. What is Wireless Charging Standard?
  2. The difference between the wireless charging of iPhone and Android Phone.
  3. Other features that should be considered for a wireless charger.

Wireless Charging Standard & Principle

Wireless charging has been in the market for a long time, there are multiple wireless charging standards, but but with the release of Galaxy S8, the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple now supports Qi-based wireless inductive charging on its latest phones, other standards are essentially dead, needless to say: Qi is the future of wireless charging. In addition most of Android phones support Qi too, so this time for Apple and Android start using the same standard.

How Qi wireless charging technology works? The process is simple: electric - Magnetic - Electricity, look at the figure below.

How Qi wireless charging technology works

Qi is a simple and low cost technology, but the shortcoming is the mobile have to keep close to the wireless charging pads.

The difference between the wireless charging of iPhone and Android Phone.

For iPhoneX / 8 / 8 Plus, there are two protocols.

  1. Qi Protocol of the Industry’s Open Universal Charging Standard, which only support 5W.
  2. Apple’s own private Protocol, which is up to 7.5W.

For some Android phone, most of them support Qi Wireless Charging, and some phones support up to 15W. E.g. Galaxy S9/S9 Plus.

So iPhone X/8/8 Plus support quick-charging speeds with up to 7.5W of power, but you have to use a wireless charger authorized by Apple, and you can also wait for its own AirPower wireless charger. For most Android phones, it will be easy to make the choice, just choose Qi Wireless Charging.

Other features that should be considered for a wireless charger.

  1. Certified by the WPC: Wireless Power Consortium has been leading the way in wireless charging with an open standard for all, since 2008. WPC certified products also means that a charger has been tested and found to be both safe and in compliance with the Qi standard.
  2. Charging speed: The Qi 1.2 standard support charging speeds of up to 15 W, but 5 W and 7.5 W chargers are more common, and the new iPhones are only support max up to 7.5 W fast charging, after iOS 11.2 released.
  3. Design: Someone maybe think it’s useless for a product, but I think design is not only how the wireless charger looks, but also the functions, such as charging-indicator lights.
  4. Maker: No one can guarantee their products always work well, but good companies will give their customs best warranty and support.

Here are our choice of the best wireless chargers:

Best Fast Wireless Chargers in our mind

1. Belkin BOOST UP 7.5-Watt Wireless Charging Pad / Wireless Charger

Since Apple haven’t release their "AirPower", they recommend two Wireless Chargers, and Belkin Wireless Charger is one of them.

Belkin is an famous American manufacturer of consumer electronics that specializes in connectivity devices (From wiki). That’s why they becomes the supplier of Apple. For the Wireless Charger, the biggest feature is wireless 7.5W fast charging output is optimized for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, & iPhone X. And it support up to 3 years of protection after you register your charging pad at Belkin.com.

In 2018, Belkin launched more new products in CES, we put it together, you can esaily compared in the following picture. E.g. up to 10W Wireless Charging stand, Wireless Charging pad, and Dual wireless charging pads like AirPower.

PROS
  • Better optimize for iPhone 8 (Plus) and iPhone X
  • Support Fast Charging, max up to 7.5W
  • White color, Apple's style.
CONS
  • A little expensive

2. Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand

Since Samsung has support wireless charging from S6, this is the Fourth Generation wireless charger. Samsung has a wealth of experience in wireless charging. Needless to say, in the field of smartphones, as the second largest smartphones maker, they have enough data and experience to improve their products. In addition, Samsung is also a member of WPC. After a simple understanding, let’s check out the features of this wireless charger.

Fast Charge: It’s up to 9W wireless Fast Charge on select smartphones. For iphone with the iOS 11.2 update up to 7.5W for fast charging.

Design: it’s Convertible Stand design, is very creative and convenience.

PROS
  • Fast Charge, up to 9W and suit for most Android and last iPhone.
  • Convertible Stand, easily convert from a pad to a stand.
CONS
  • It's pricey

3. Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad

Anker is a new company, at the beginning it is mainly used to produce portable charger. With the development of company, Wireless Charger is also one of a main product of it.

For the design: it is not special, but there are still some people love it. A circle of non-disruptive breathing effect LED can quickly show charging status. Not a circular design can considered a feature.

Fast Charge: it has a Fast Charge Mode enables wireless charging up to 2X faster. Normal Charge Mode for Nexus 5/6/7, iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X, but only Fast Charing for Galaxy S8/ S8+ S7 edge / S6 edge+, and Note 5 (please according to the instructions). Its price is only half Apple’s recommendations.

PROS
  • it has a slim design
  • Acceptable Price, only half of Apple recommendations
CONS
  • Without a USB wall plug

4. Fast Wireless Charger RAVPower 7.5W for iPhone X, 8 & 8 Plus with HyperAir Technology, 10W Qi Wireless Charging Pad for Galaxy S8, S7 & Note 8 and All Qi-Enabled Devices (QC 3.0 Adapter Included)

RavPower is one of the most popular charging accessory companies around, competing with the like of Anker. With the feedback of the market, the company proved to be adept at making wireless chargers.

In addition, it’s price tag is cheaper than Samsung and Belkin. However, compared with anker, the main difference is design not price, and they are all a good choice to replace official.

Performance, the RavPower Fast Charge outputs up to 10W of power for some android devices, up to 7.5W for iPhone X/8/8 Plus, and All Qi-Enabled Devices. While quick charging doesn’t offer as significant of an advantage as it does with wired charging, it’ll still cut down on your charging time.

There are a few downsides, e.g. normal appearance, and it’s a flat charger, so it can’t be allowed for a propped up or angled placement.

PROS
  • Support Fast Wireless Charger Fox iPhone X/8/8 Plus (iOS11.2)
  • Up to 10W for for Galaxy S8 / S8+ / S7 / S7 Edge
  • Smart Battery Indicator
CONS
  • Very common design

5. Wireless Charger, Seneo iPhone X Wireless Charger, Fast Wireless Charging Pad Stand for Galaxy Note 8/5 S8/S8 Plus S7/S7 Edge S6 Edge Plus, Standard Charge for iPhone X iPhone 8/8 Plus-NO AC Adapter

Relative to the above wireless chargers, its main feature is it stands and the price is affordable.

In addition, it only cost a third the price of Samsung Fast Wireless Charger, works with a case on, and takes up less room.

Since it only works with iPhone in standard wireless charger modes, and the light will keep on green and always in charging status even if a phone is fully charged, I won’t recommend for iPhone users.

PROS
  • Fast Wireless Charger Modes for Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus etc.
  • Fast Wireless Charging Pad Stand is ergonomic.
  • Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty
CONS
  • Only Standard Wireless Charger works with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8
  • Will keep on grean light and always in charing status for iPhone, but works well for Android.

6. iPhone X Wireless Charger, Pasonomi Qi Fast Wireless Charging Stand for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus S9+ S9 Note etc.

The Pasonomi fast wireless charger is offering Qi 2.0 fast wireless charging (QC 2.0 adapter required). iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and other qi-enabled devices will charge at regular wireless charging speeds.

It can power a Samsung Galaxy device from dead to fully powered in around two hours. That’s a full 1.4 times faster than a standard Qi-enabled charging pad. But only support regular wireless charging speeds for iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and other qi-enabled devices.

The design of the Pasonomi is eye-catching, with both vertical and horizontal charging is supported while still allowing active use of the device. Additionally, an intelligent LED indicator indicates shows the status of the current charge status, so you’ll always know when the device is ready for removal.

PROS
  • Intelligent LED indicator shows the status of safety charging.
  • Customers can charge their phone vertically or horizontally.
  • Design may be liked by some people very much.
CONS
  • Only Standard Wireless Charger works with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8
  • Fast charge mode is supported, but requires a QC 2.0 adapter(NOT INCLUDED) as its power source.

This is a great video visually explain how does Wireless Charging Work?

Final Thoughts

If you are iPhone user and perfectionist, Belkin and mophie are the only choice for you. If you want a lower price you can checkout: Anker. In addition, Samsung is more expensive, but I like its design and the wireless charging technology is better than the others.

Reviewer: Jason Lee

How to Pick the Best Wireless Charger (Apr. 2018)

4.6

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