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(Pocket-lint) - One of the best changes sweeping through flagship smartphones in the last few years has been the advent of wireless charging, letting you juice up your phone without needing to plug it in.

If you've got a phone with wireless charging, then we've collected all the best wireless chargers together in one place just for you. 

Most phones charging without a wire, such as the Samsung Galaxy series and the latest iPhone models, use the standard Qi charging technology supported by all the chargers on this page.

We've put them through their paces by testing their charging speeds, as well as judging the value they offer and their relative build quality.


Our Top Pick is the Belkin BoostUp 10W Charging Stand. You should also consider the Anker PowerWave Pad 10W, Belkin MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger, SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger 15W, and Moshi Lounge Q.


Our Top Pick

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Belkin Boost Up 10W Charging Stand

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For

  • Standing for viewing angles
  • Great compatibility

Against

  • Not very fast charging

Belkin's 10W charging stand is actually the charger we use every day - it's a reliable charger.

Not to your taste? Check out Belkin's more standard-looking wireless charging pad. There's a three-year warranty, too.

We like this model, though. Having our phone stood up makes it easier to check on things like the time or our notifications without having to pick it up off a pad.

Other wireless chargers to consider

Here are four other wireless chargers you should also look into.

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Anker PowerWave Pad

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For

  • Reasonable price
  • Works with everything

Against

  • A bit generic

For those who want a surface to lie their phone on rather than an angled stand, this is a circular pad that you set your phone down on.

The entire surface is coated in a fairly grippy finish to ensure that even glossy phones won't slide off. It has the same power delivery and cooling to keep it charging quickly.

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Belkin MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger

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For

  • Perfect for newer iPhones
  • Dual-purpose

Against

  • Very pricey

If you love Apple's MagSafe tech for charging your iPhone, this is the charger for you - especially if you have a pair of AirPods, too. 

It works with any of the iPhone 12 or newer to deliver up to 15W of charge via the magnetic connection. 

It's available in white or black depending on your decor - a really great desk charger for Apple fans. 

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SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger 15W

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For

  • Useful non-slip pads
  • Nice and quick

Against

  • Not the cheapest
  • Middling looks

SanDisk's iXpand brand is a basic but functional wireless pad that can charge up to 15W.

The AC adapter includes Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 tech, which attaches to the charger using a USB-A to USB-C cable. 

The bottom of the 4 inch-square pad has non-slip pads, while there's a blue LED to indicate charging is underway - it flashes red if a poor contact is made or something else is placed on the pad.

SanDisk says it'll work fine with cases less than 5mm thick, too. 

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Moshi Lounge Q

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For

  • Looks great
  • Charges quickly

Against

  • Quite expensive

Moshi's charging pad supports up to 15W wireless charging depending on your phone model and can detect foreign metal objects placed on the pad (like keys) for added safety.

We like it because of its slightly more lifestyle design and fabric finish inspired by Danish furniture design. It's definitely one of the more living room-friendly pads.

The Lounge Q comes with a USB-C charging cable which is forward-looking, but you'll need to have your own fast charge power adapter (or a laptop's USB-C port to plug it into). It supports phone cases up to 5mm in thickness. 

Other products we considered

The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.

These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:

How to choose a wireless charger

Picking up a wireless charger might seem like a simple proposition, and there are more complex buying decisions out there, but we still think there are a few questions to make sure you're on top of before you commit.

What are you charging?

The first big question isn't about the charger, but rather what you're hoping to power up. It's worth double-checking and making sure that your phone, wireless earbuds or other devices actually support wireless charging, and if it does then at what power. This will stand you in good stead when you start to look at the various options out there.

Do you want a stand?

If you need a charger for your phone, there are two main styles. The most common is a flat pad for you to lay it down on, and this works fine for most people. However, if you prefer you can also find options that stand your phone up more like a bedside or desktop clock. It's really up to taste, in our opinion, but there's a choice to be made there.

How quickly do you need it?

All chargers are not born equal - there's power and speed at play. Read the fine print and work out how much power a charger can bring to bear, then square that against what power your phone or device can actually receive, and you'll get an idea of whether a charging pad will work quickly or slowly.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

For wireless chargers, this means testing charging speeds but also assessing build quality and looks, since these chargers will sit on your desk or bedside table, and you won't want them looking ugly.

We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.

We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on 13 September 2017.