Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

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Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)
Article last updated on July 30, 2018: Added wireless chargers by Anker and Spigen. 

Fun fact: the first smartphone to feature wireless charging appeared all the way back in 2009. It was the Palm Pre, one of the most forward-looking phones ever released. Today, smartphones with wireless charging are more common then ever, and if you take a look at the high-end portion of the market, you'll have a hard time finding a phone with no built-in support for this undoubtedly convenient feature.

However, to take advantage of your phone's support for wireless charging, you'll need a wireless charger, and these rarely come bundled with whatever new phone you've purchased. What's more, searching for a "qi wireless charger" on Amazon returns over 5,000 results, and surely, these chargers aren't all made equal.

So, in effort to find the best wireless charger available right now, we tested a whole bunch of them. And the results brought to light quite a few surprises. So before we name the best wireless chargers, allow us to share a few important takeaways:

  • Wireless charging is mostly about convenience, not speed. In many cases, your smartphone will charge faster when plugged to its wired charger.
  • Not all wireless chargers come with their own adapter, so you will either need to use the one that came with your phone or buy a new one that's powerful enough. The iPhone's stock, 5-watt charger does not have the power to drive a wireless charger efficiently. 
  • Although all of today's smartphones use Qi wireless charging, some phones do charge faster thanks to support for newer versions of the Qi standard. 
  • Some chargers are marketed as "for Samsung" or "for iPhone", but they do work with any Qi-capable phone. It's just that these models may be designed to work better with a particular phone brand.
  • Having a thicker case on your phone may result in slower wireless charging. Wireless charging may not work if you have a case with metal elements or one that holds credit cards.
  • Wireless charging speed can be affected by a number of factors, including temperature and how well the phone is aligned with the charger.

Now let's move on to the stuff you came here for.

The best wireless charger for iPhone and Galaxy phones:
Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

Simply put, the Anker PowerWave Stand is the best Qi wireless charger we've tested so far. It is well built, it is bundled with a powerful QuickCharge 3.0 USB wall adapter, and phones can charge on it in either portrait or landscape orientation. Best of all, it charges quickly both iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, as shown by our testing. Anker's "secret sauce" is likely the built-in cooling fan. Wireless charging is a process that generates a considerable amount of heat, and most wireless chargers are designed to slow down once a certain temperature threshold is reached. But it appears that the PowerWave Stand dissipates heat more easily, allowing it to charge any phone more efficiently. Good job, Anker!

The rest (and some are really good too):
RavPower HyperAir Stand

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

Formerly our top pick for iPhones in this article, the RavPower HyperAir Stand strikes a great balance between price, functionality, and charging speed. Like Anker's offering above, it comes with a powerful wall adapter in the box and allows your phone to stand upright or to be placed horizontally while charging. Meanwhile, its design lets you see notifications clearly as your phone is charging on your desk.

Samsung Wireless Charger Stand

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

One of the best wireless chargers for Galaxy phones comes from Samsung itself. First and foremost, the Samsung Wireless Charger Stand was the second-fastest to charge our Galaxy S9 among all the wireless chargers that we tested. It was among the fastest to charge an iPhone 8 too, by the way. And its design provides a clear view of your always-on display. Neat! Its only considerable drawback is that it doesn't come with its own charger, so it has to be used with the one you get with your Galaxy phone, as well as with its USB-C cable.

Mophie Wireless Charging Base

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

This one is a great option if you prefer the pad-style wireless chargers. The device is heavy and solidly built, there's a charger included in the set, and the rubbery surface ensures that your phone doesn't move while charging. As far as speed goes, Mophie's wireless charger can charge Galaxies pretty quickly.

Spigen Essential Wireless Charger

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

Another great option for a pad-style wireless charger comes from Spigen. As Mophie's charger above, it has a rubbery surface that keeps the phone on top of it in place. And it comes with a powerful charger in the box as well. But its greatest advantage comes in the form of quicker charging, especially if you're an iPhone owner. 

RavPower HyperAir Pad and Power Bank

The HyperAir Pad is a decent, low-priced option for a pad-style wireless charger that charges both iPhones and Galaxies reasonably quickly. As for RavPower's unique, 10400mAh Power Bank with built-in wireless charging, its worst drawback is that it is very finicky, as wireless charging won't occur unless your phone and the bank's charging pad are perfectly aligned.

UPDATE: The HyperAir Pad times have been updated. It turns out that we didn't have our phones aligned perfectly when we first did our testing, which resulted in poorer results at the time. 

Belkin BoostUp series

We tested a total of three Belkin BoostUp wireless charging pads – the Belkin BoostUp for iPhone, the Belkin BoostUp for Samsung Galaxy, and the universal 5W BoostUp wireless charger. All of them proved decent alternatives, but none of them were excellent. In most cases, charging speeds weren't all that impressive, while the universal pad proved too slippery – a glass-backed phone can easily slide off of it.

Zizo wireless charging pad

Best wireless chargers for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones (2018)

Originally, we planned to use the Zizo wireless charging pad as a baseline to compare more expensive chargers against, as it looked like the most generic offering of the bunch. However, it exceeded our expectations by delivering faster wireless charging speed than many of its brand-name rivals in a number of tests. Better yet, it costs just $20! Still, Zizo's charger does not come with a power adapter, the USB cable it is bundled with is only 1 foot (30 cm) long, and the lack of Qi certification means that the device hasn't been tested for compliance with the consortium's safety standards.


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