Best wireless chargers 2021: how to charge up your iPhone or Android without wires

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Best wireless charger for 2021 Compatible with any modern iPhone, Samsung phone are going to use Qi standard. google pixel 6, oneplus 9 pro And every major smartphone that supports wireless charging. That part is easy.

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It’s hard to decide which is the best wireless charger for you. They all have different design, price and power delivery specs. We’ve tested the top products on the market to find the ups and downs of each, along with our personalized recommendations, to give you the ultimate answer—and a variety of options.

Those options will get cheaper in the weeks leading up to Black Friday on November 26, when accessory deals usually go up, which runs from the weekend until Cyber ​​Monday on November 29. Not all models will be discounted, but it’s good to check out our rankings below and keep an eye on the one you want.

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Anyone buying a Qi-charging-enabled phone can attest, you just don’t get a first-party wireless charger in the box, so you’ll have to go out and buy one separately. Apart from Samsung, none of the major phone manufacturers even produce their own.

Our list is filled with trusted third-party brands like Belkin, Anker, Mophie, and other recognizable names—plus a couple you might not have heard of. Most of them won’t juice up your devices as fast as wired chargers, but they come in handy when you don’t want to leave your phone plugged in or want to get rid of messy cables. It’s a lot more elegant to have little pads around the house to top up your phone when you need it.

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We’ve tested these wire-free chargers with a variety of phones, smartwatches like the Apple Watch, and other rechargeable devices to see if they charge them as well—not all. We also note charging rates in wattage, which can juice up some devices faster depending on their maximum wireless charging rating.

Lastly, make sure your phone can actually use wireless charging, as some older handsets – especially those with metal backs – probably don’t. Without further ado, here’s our growing list of the best wireless chargers we’ve seen.

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Best Wireless Charger 2021

1. Belkin Boostup Wireless Charging Stand

good looking, convenient, simple

Specifications
Wattage: 10W
reasons to buy
,quality matte rubber + glossy plastic,Helpful “Weapon” Couch Phone
reason to escape
,not the fastest charging

The Belkin 10W is a step up in design and charging power – both of which are worth mentioning. The charging rate on our iPhone XS Max refilled to 16% in 30 minutes.

The Belkin 10W has upstyled glossy plastic with matte rubber for a flat charging surface, as well as ‘arms’ to keep your phone from sliding off the surface. It clearly feels high-quality, and in solid black, looks a bit more sophisticated than a cheaper charger.

Whether you prefer a pad or a stand is more up to personal taste, but we enjoy the usefulness of holding your device upright to check the time and scroll through notifications. It only charges phones, though – no smartwatches or tablets.

2. Apple MagSafe Charger

Fast speeds with a complex interface

Specifications
Wattage: 15W
reasons to buy
,minimalist design,high speed
reason to escape
,not wireless at all

Apple MagSafe charger is touted as the new recommended method to charge the latest iPhone 13. It uses the magnets of the smartphone to align them precisely so that you can get the fastest charging speed.

It doesn’t feel completely wireless because you basically have the magnetic charger hooked up to the back of your phone, but it does a lot less than using an actual charging cable.

While you’ll get the most out of it in conjunction with the iPhone 13, it also works with older Apple devices and even Android phones. If you need an official solution, this is for you.

3. Apple MagSafe Duo

expensive but highly portable

Specifications
Wattage: 14W. till
reasons to buy
,minimalist design,Can charge multiple devices
reason to escape
,costly

The MagSafe Duo is one of the more portable chargers, which easily folds together for added convenience. You can use it to charge your iPhone as well as your Apple Watch or AirPods at the same time which is very useful for Apple enthusiasts.

However, the MagSafe Duo at least $129/£129/AU$199 doesn’t include the wall adapter, plus it’s not the fastest to charge as you’ll get either 11W or 14W of charging depending on the wall adapter you buy.

Still, if portability is everything, the MagSafe Duo certainly has an incredibly simple look to pocket at a moment’s notice.

4. Anker PowerWave 15 Quick Charge 3.0 . with

A classy pad-style charger

Specifications
Wattage: 15W
reasons to buy
,Classy Metal Pad + Braided Cord,15W fast charging
reason to escape
,only one color

For a price this low, the Anker 15W is one of the fastest chargers on our list, though only a few major Android phones will be able to notice the difference. For example, in our 30-minute test, an iPhone XS Max only achieved 10%—respectable but not tuned for Apple’s phone. Which should come as no surprise, given that the latest iPhones aren’t confirmed to charge above 10W.

With a metal casing and rubber feet, the Anker 15W has a bit more of an industrial look than most of its peers. It’s one of the few on our list that dispenses with plastic for the finishing material, a nice aesthetic for your desktop.

Like other pads, you’ll have to leave your device flat to keep charging, but the faster rate should lessen the sting of leaving your phone in a recharge time-out. And given the Anker PowerWave 15 is pretty cheap – $35 on Amazon (£35, around AU$51) – it beats out some of the pricier chargers with lower rates (except perhaps the ‘Qi’ license, because of its packaging material). claims that it has “fast-charging via leading-edge technology”).

5. Aukey 10W Wireless Charger

Fast speed with the right plug

reasons to buy
,low key design,Capable of 10W charging
reason to escape
,LED annoying at night

This affordable wireless charger can juice up compatible Samsung phones with its full 10W of power when using the Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0 Wall Charger Brick. iPhones will have to settle for 7.5W, though that’s still faster than the 5W wired brick charger that still ships with every iPhone except the 11 Pro.

Its three coil design means you don’t have to worry about putting your phone down while it’s on a constant charge. Your glass phone will not slide around due to the pleasant soft TPU coating.

The low profile black rubber look will mix well on a desk, kitchen top or night stand, although like many wireless chargers it has a small LED for signal, which you might not like if it’s near your bedside Is.

6. Anker 10W Wireless Charging Stand

simple, cheap, vertical

Specifications
Wattage: 10W
reasons to buy
,Low Price,Can see your phone while it is charging
reason to escape
,can charge faster

Wireless charging doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—and the Anker 10W Charger Stand is an inexpensive, no-frills model to get you started.

In a 30-minute test, the Anker 10W recharged the iPhone XS Max by 15%—not impressive, but considering the XS Max’s 3,174mAh battery, the smaller battery will likely charge the iPhone 8 faster. Android phones with higher wireless charging ratings will perform better: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 charged 28% in the same time period.

The Anker 10W won’t charge your phone as fast—it’s the best deskside one if you frequently pick up your phone and keep it bedside overnight. An affordable entry to see if wireless charging works for you.

7. Mophie Powerstation Hub

wireless charging on the go

Specifications
Wattage: 5W
reasons to buy
,Charges up to four devices at once
reason to escape
,very expensive,ineffective capacity

The Mophie Powerstation Hub is a unique charger in that it isn’t primarily a charger – it’s a battery pack. While it’s limited by its capacity, its ability to charge wirelessly on the go makes it a versatile (if pricey) solution.

The Powerstation Hub charges up to 5W wirelessly, which isn’t very fast – but you can do so when the battery charges up to 3 other devices at once, which is great. Other ports include USB 1.0, USB 3.0, and one each in the USB-C slot.

The charger plugs directly into a wall socket to recharge, though wireless charging won’t work—a regrettable feature, but probably safe for the device, considering how the extra weight can put a strain on the power prongs.

While the Powerstation isn’t as big and inconspicuous as higher-capacity power banks, it won’t fit in your pocket as well, making it more convenient for anyone packing a purse or small bag.

But with versatility comes cost, and the Powerstation Hub is by far the most expensive charger on this list. With a retail price of $99 (about £81, AU$146), it’s not affordable for most people – and a niche solution for those with cash.

8. Belkin Wireless Charging Dock

Combo Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch Owners

Specifications
Wattage: 7.5W (phone)
reasons to buy
,nice design,Handy Alternatives for Apple Watch Owners
reason to escape
,costly

The Belkin Wireless Charging Dock is a rarity in the wireless charging world: It can juice up both your phone and your Apple Watch at the same time. Most chargers can’t service Apple’s smartwatches, and this product even throws in a standard phone/device charger.

The stand is a classy off-white, like most of Belkin’s…

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