Wireless charging pads are not a new invention, but with Apple finally getting on the bandwagon with the iPhone X and iPhone 8, the entire category has become much more important. While your phone will work well with the wired charger that comes with it, the wireless charging pads are ideal for a desk or bedside table, and make charging your phone as simple as leaving it on a surface. It's a small change, but one that makes keeping your phone in an unconscious part of your life.
We reviewed and tested more than a dozen wireless Qi charging platforms, ranging from well-known charging companies such as Anker and Mophie to newcomer relatives, such as RavPower. Even Samsung makes its own branded wireless chargers. The good news is that almost any Qi charger, new or old, cheap or expensive, will do more or less work when it comes to charging your phone. But not all loaders are the same, and all you have to consider is the form factor, the materials, the size and, of course, how fast you can charge your phone, especially for a product that seeks permanent residence in his desk. or bedside table.
You may have heard that there are multiple wireless charging standards, and that is technically true: in theory, the Qi has competitors as PMA, the other important load standard. But, given that Apple supports Qi exclusively with the iPhone X and 8 and the surprise cancellation of Apple's AirPower, other standards are practically dead in the water (we're already seeing former PMA supporters as Powermat add Qi), and for all effects. , Qi is the future of wireless charging.
This article will be continually updated as the new devices are released, so be sure to check back if you are not buying a wireless charger at this time.
Update, March 29, 2019: We are republishing this guide in light of the fact that Apple has canceled its AirPower charger, which means that it no longer makes sense to wait for it. This guide was previously updated in August 2018, when we confirmed that the RavPower wireless charging platform was still the best option. At that time, we noticed that the price had dropped from $ 49.99 to $ 29.99, making it a better deal than ever.
RavPower is one of the most popular charging accessories companies, competing with Anker in products such as battery packs, wall chargers and cables. The company proved to be an expert in the manufacture of wireless chargers, with the fast charging wireless charging platform that outperforms the rest as the best wireless charger in our tests.
Your price may seem like a lot for a charger, and you would be right, even RavPower sells similar chargers that work at a similar level for less. But unlike most other cheaper options that exist, the Fast Charge also includes a 24W power block, which usually costs an additional $ 15 on your own. Considering that it is something that should be retaken anyway if you plan to take advantage of faster upload speeds, the fact that it is included is a definite advantage.
In terms of performance, the RavPower Fast Charge generates up to 10W of power, enough for normal charging speed (typically 5W), Samsung's 9W fast charging and Apple's 7.5W iteration. And while fast charging does not offer such a significant advantage as it does with cable charging, it will still reduce the load time, assuming your device supports it. And given the universal nature of wireless charging technology, making sure it is ready for the future is simply common sense.
The RavPower Fast Charge is also the best charger in terms of design, with a solid metal case that does not slide around your desk or bedside table, but also seems a more premium product than some of the cheaper ones , of plastic. and options out there. The soft rubber upper seized even the slippery iPhone 8 and S8 Plus used in the tests without slipping or scratching the back of the devices. And fortunately, the RavPower is limited to a single LED on the front of the device, instead of the giant sticky ring you can find in other chargers.
There are some disadvantages: apart from the price, which is a bit higher than other chargers that support similar rates, fast charging is a single-spool charger, which means that you will have to be at least somewhat precise when placing your phone , especially with larger devices such as the iPhone 8 Plus or Note 8, to make sure it is charging. That said, the RavPower is more tolerant than some of the other chargers we tried when it comes to placement. The RavPower is also a flat loader, so if you want a support that allows a supported or tilted placement, you will have to look elsewhere.
Samsung may not be the first name that comes to mind when it comes to wireless charging, but the company has been launching wireless chargers for a while to accept their Galaxy smartphones (although as Qi is an industry standard, they will work well with an iPhone).
Samsung's fast charging wireless charging panel supports Samsung's 9W fast charging, which means it should work with the iPhone as long as the software update is also deployed for the fastest speeds. And like the RavPower, it also comes with a high-power USB wall socket to really power the device in the box, although Samsung warns against using any other USB charger than the one included for the best speed.
Samsung's fast charging wireless charger was as fast as the RavPower when it came to charging phones, and it's usually sold at the same $ 40 price as the RavPower. It is also a single coil charger, with an active loading area the same size as the RavPower. But Samsung's charger is bigger and taller than the RavPower, it's made of plastic instead of the RavPower metal case, and it has an honest God fanatic inside it.
None of these is a break factor on its own, but it is compared to the RavPower, which does not have any of these defects, and considering that many of these wireless chargers will replace the cables in the bedside tables, a bright light and a rotating fan that is annoying enough when it rotates for the Samsung to fall. second place.
However, if the RavPower is exhausted or does not care about the disadvantages, the Samsung charger is an excellent choice.
The advantage for Qi wireless chargers is that Ultimately, they all do practically the same thing as approximately the same speed, so, assuming you have something that is specified for To back up the fast charge level your device uses and a wall jack that can power it, it's hard to go wrong.
With things like aesthetics, the form factor and personal preference that play an important role in this, there are many good options, whether you decide to pay more, pay less or simply get something in a different style to our primary elections.
Update, August 24, 2018: Updated guide to include the iON Wireless Plus fast charging platform, RavPower 10,400 wireless portable charger, Nomad Wireless Hub, HyperDrive 7.5W Wireless Charger USB-C Hub, Samsung Wireless Charger Duo and Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand.
Correction: Belkin Boost Up tested here is the company's 15W generic model, not the 7.5W model designed for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In addition, the Mophie charger is a patented connector, but it is removable, not integrated into the device, as originally stated in this article.