Phones with fastest wireless charging

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Phones with fastest wireless charging
Wireless charging for phones has been around for a while and with its mass adoption in higher end phones, the technology is evolving fast. We're now seeing incredibly fast wireless chargers that are sometimes capable of charging certain phones faster than many phones charge with a cable.

In this article, we look at the most popular phones with wireless charging support and their wireless charging speeds. We also take a look at the technology behind the different wireless charging solutions from each company.

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Phones with fastest wireless charging

iPhones Wireless Charging Explained

Apple introduced wireless charging on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 way back in late 2017. Back then, wireless charging was only possible at slow speeds of 5W, but with the release of iOS 13.1 in September 2019, Apple unlocked 7.5W charging speeds for all of its models, and now in 2021 we're up to 15W. This is slower than some of the phones on this list, but some may view it as less destructive to batteries as at this rate phones don't heat up much while charging and long-term battery health is theoretically better preserved.

Recommended charger for iPhones:

Samsung Galaxy Phones Wireless Charging Explained

Samsung is another company that has been supporting wireless charging for a long while and the Galaxy S6 series from 2015 were the first Samsung flagships to come with a wireless charging coil.

The technology has evolved with time and the most recent Samsung phones support wireless charging at rates as high as 15W with a compatible charger.

Recommended charger for Samsung phones:

Google Pixel Phones Wireless Charging Explained

The Google Pixel series have added wireless charging support with the Pixel 3 series and the feature is also available on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5.

To use up to 10W fast charging you need to splurge $79 for the Google Pixel Stand. At this price, it's one of the most expensive charging solutions out there, but it does come with a detachable cable and an 18W wall adapter included too.

Interestingly, if you use a Pixel phone with a third-party charger, you won't be able to get those 10W fast wireless charging speeds, and the phone will charge up at a slower rate. 

Recommended charger for Google Pixel phones:

LG Phones Wireless Charging Explained

LG was one of the very first companies to include wireless charging on its smartphones and it's been doing it since 2013 with the LG G2 (yes, that was a long time ago!).

More recently, flagship phones in the LG G series, the LG V series and the LG Velvet all support wireless charging via the Qi standard. 

While LG has introduced phones like the V30 saying they do support fast wireless charger, real-life experiences with those older devices have been problematic and it seems that they charge at a real rate of 5W.

Starting with the LG V40 faster wireless charging speeds are possible, and the latest phones like the LG V60 ThinQ support 15W wireless charging speeds.

Recommended charger for LG phones:
LG does not make an official wireless charger, but below are are third-party ones we recommend.

OnePlus Wireless Charging Explained

For a long time, OnePlus did not include wireless charging on its phones, but that changed with the launch of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which could wirelessly charge at 30W.

And now in 2021, the company's OnePlus 9 Pro supports blazing fast 50W wireless charging. With OnePlus' own Warp Charge 50W wireless charger, this phone can wirelessly charge fully in just 43 minutes.

There are a few interesting details you may want to know OnePlus' proprietary wireless charger:

  • If you charge your phone at night, you will have the Bedtime mode enabled by default and when it's on, the charge rate drops. The slower speeds are likely used to protect long-term battery health
  • The OnePlus wireless charger will be able to charge the phone even through cases as thick as 8mm
  • It has a fan and OnePlus warns that "it's normal to have slight noise during use"

Recommended charger for OnePlus phones:
OnePlus Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger

Huawei Wireless Charging Explained

Huawei has been equipping its latest phones with wireless charging and at a certain time it was the industry leader in charging speeds. Most recently, Huawei has made a 40W wireless charger that provides an extremely speedy cordless top up to its P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus.

Recommended wireless charger for Huawei phones:

Xiaomi Wireless Charging Explained

Xiaomi's 2021 Mi 11 sports impressive 50W wireless charging, making it among the fastest wireless charging performers on this list. The Chinese giant is also looking into 80W wireless charging technology.

Read more about Xiaomi's wireless charging innovations here

Recommended wireless charger for Xiaomi phones:
Mi 55W Wireless Charger

Oppo Wireless Charging Explained

The Oppo Reno Ace was the first phone to support 65W wired charger, and it also comes with an impressively fast wireless charging too.

The gadget behind that magic is the 40W AirVOOC wireless charger which is horizontal, so the phone has to lay horizontally on it to top up. The wireless charger is equipped with a fan that cools it via a hidden side vent and it helps bring down the temperature to under 39°C while charging the phone.

Oppo says the charger will fully charge the Reno Ace from in under an hour. It is also Qi compatible and provides power of up to 10W when used with other Qi-compatible phones.

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