Best wireless chargers 2018: 15 top charging pads to power up your Qi-enabled phone

Hate wires? Then cut the cord with these top Qi charging pads

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The Qi wireless charging standard continues to grow in prominence, especially with the recent support of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Conveniently, the smartphone works with chargers based on the Qi standard, making for a variety of options for consumers.

In recent years, it’s become less and less common for any device or operation to rely on wired infrastructures, which makes it almost embarrassing that mobile devices are just now getting on board with wireless charging.

Qi wireless chargers, previously known best as a useful Android add-on, are now at the forefront, giving good reason to look into 10 Qi wireless chargers that can get the job done.

Best wireless charging pads 2018

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1. Holife Fast Wireless Charger

Affordable two-coil charging

Reasons to buy
+Comes in gold, silver and black+18 month warranty

This highly-rated charger is a steal at under £20. Available in three colours, it promises a wide charging area with temperature control to protect your battery. The two-coil design means you can charge your handset in portrait or landscape. And, there are no beeps or flashes, just a simple soft-glow LED indicator strip to let you know how the charge is progressing.

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2. mophie Charge Force

Fast and equipped with auto-aligning magnets

Reasons to buy
+Lightning-quick charging with LED indicator+Compatible with all Qi-enabled devices

The mophie Charge Force Wireless Charging Base emphasises quick charging, propelled by strategically placed magnets that help align the charging base for quick activation of the charging process. Included is a high-current USB cable. Conveniently, the mophie Charge Force Wireless Charging Base features an LED light indicator that shows whether the device is charging properly, blinking if the connection is not secure or if the device is not Qi-enabled.

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3. ESR Ultra-Slim

One of the thinnest chargers available

Reasons to buy
+Zinc alloy dissipates heat+Lifetime warranty

At just 5.5 millimetres thick, this is one of the most streamlined Qi charges on the market at the moment. Offering protection against overheating and short circuiting, the rubberised non-slip surface is surrounded by a zinc frame that promises to dissipate heat faster than plastic models. 

It's got a soft-LED charge indicator that turns off after 60 seconds so as not to disrupt your sleep, and the compact design makes for an ideal travel companion.

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4. Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

A charger equipped with a powerful 7.5-watt transmitter coil

Reasons to buy
+Safer charging than standard 5-watt Qi chargers+LED indicator that signals correct alignment

Belkin’s Boost up Wireless Charging Pad includes a nonslip surface that can prevent a potential accident. The charger also uses a 7.5-watt transmitter coil, resulting in fast wireless charging. Safety is also a priority, with a thermal protection sensor and foreign-object-detection circuit to monitor operations. The Belkin Boost up Wireless Charging Pad ensures consumers will not have to worry about slippage or damage.

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5. Ikea Riggad Work Lamp

Not just a good wireless charger, but a lamp also

Reasons to buy
+Adds to a space with decorative charm+Features wood for a soft design

Ikea's Riggad LED work lamp features wireless charging that's Qi compatible. You can charge two devices at once. This makes it ideal for a bedroom or office space, considering the added benefit of its LED light, which consumes up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Designer David Wahl has functionality and stylistic cohesion in mind for the work lamp, appealing to those who desire a charger that doesn't look like one and actively adds to their space.

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6. Samsung EP Wireless Fast Qi Charger for S8/S8 Plus

The official wireless charger

Reasons to buy
+Matte silicone design+5100 mAh

The official offering from Samsung plugs into your phone charger and works double duty as a pad and a stand. It’s coated in a soft leather-felt material that clings to your handset, available in subtle black or sophisticated bronze. A small indicator light turns from blue to green when the charge is complete, and you can safely leave your phone connected overnight without risk of overcharge.

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7. Anker Wireless Charger

Compact and fitted with temperature control

Reasons to buy
+An affordable option+Small and convenient pad

If you would rather not have a bulky charging pad, the Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad may be a fit for you. Your device will charge safely and securely on the pad, featuring temperature control that activates at 107 F with device safety in mind. Additionally, it features a power-efficient idle mode, so the pad doesn't overcharge your battery and waste energy. Efficient, budget-friendly and safe, the Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad is certainly worth considering.

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8. Choetech T511

Very slim and affordable

Reasons to buy
+Efficient minimalist design+Bank account friendly

Simply place your device on the square-shaped Choetech Qi Certified T511 Qi Wireless Charger Pad for instant charging. The charger is very slim, at only 0.4-inch thickness, helping deliver a sleek and mobile appearance. Inside the charger is a smart chip that prevents overvoltage, short-circuiting and overheating. Despite its small size and low price, the Choetech T511 offers efficient charging, mobility and safety.

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9. Fonesalesman WoodPuck

A wireless charger with a unique, natural appearance

Reasons to buy
+Made from natural bamboo+Hidden micro-USB socket

If you're a fan of products created with bamboo, the Fonesalesman WoodPuck is for you. The bamboo-built QI-compatible charger is sturdy and safe, with detection for inefficient placement and excess heat via a simple audio notification. Mao Zhu bamboo adorns the entire charger, which looks even sleeker with the hidden micro-USB socket. The nifty-looking bamboo charger is available in the colors dark Espresso and light Cappuccino.

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10. Tylt SOLO Wireless Charging Pad

A statement piece

Reasons to buy
+Available in 4 bold colours+Anti-slip silicone

The design team at Tylt have worked hard to create a wireless charger that stands out from the crowd. With eye-catching silicone covers, a distinctive square outline, and a short, flat-ribbon cable, Tylt SOLO keeps your desk looking sharp. Don't want your charger to blend in to the background? This is the pad for you.

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11. Kroma Wireless Charger

Lightweight and boasting a minimalist design

Reasons to buy
+Small, square and mobility-friendly+At only 3.7 x 3.4 x 1.1 inches, it can fit essentially anywhere

The Kroma Wireless Charger embraces minimalism with its simple and small design. Despite its size, the charger will start immediately once a device is placed on it. A 2A adapter or power source will provide the best results. A blue indicator light is beneath the phone, so you can check when charging may be complete. This lightweight charger also touts a very light, lush sound effect, making it hardly noticeable despite getting the charging job done.

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12. Pleson PLS-WR-C400

A Qi charger that is also versatile stand

Reasons to buy
+No wires, beeps or lights+Flexible design allowing for horizontal or vertical charging

In addition to compatible with the majority of cases, the Pleson PLS-WR-C400 is one of the most flexible chargers on the market. The wireless charger stand touts an anti-slip mat and sleek design, in addition to the ability to charge your phone horizontally or vertically, whichever you prefer. Safety features include overvoltage, undervoltage and temperature control, as well as surge and short-circuit prevention. If you enjoy sleek and quiet Qi wireless chargers, the Pleson PLS-WR-C400 is worthwhile.

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13. Seneo Qi Wireless Charger

A charging pad that comes with an 18-month warranty

Reasons to buy
+LED lighting to alert you of a full charge+Phone stands up while charging

The upright Seneo Qi Wireless Charger can charge 1.4 times faster than the standard wireless charger stand, with its phone stand function making it accommodating to answer phone calls or texts while the phone is charging. Fast charging modes are available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Note 5, while offering regular speed for all other Qi-enabled devices. Ideal for daytime charging, with no beeps or overheating, the Seneo Qi Wireless Charger charges efficiently without being an unwanted distraction.

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14. Pasonomi Tilt Wireless Charging Stand

Super fast and sporting a non-slip pad

Reasons to buy
+Fast charging available for various Samsung models+Vertical or horizontal charging

The Pasonomi Tilt Wireless Charging Stand allows you to use your device while it charges, with a nonslip pad and sleek front LED light providing the security and notifications you need. The charger promises to charge a dead Samsung Galaxy to full in about two hours, 1.4 times quicker than standard wireless charging pads, similar to the Seneo Qi Wireless Charger.

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15. SilverStone Qi Wireless Charging receiver for Micro USB

Add Qi functionality to a standard handset

Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Fits any Microsoft or Android phone with micro USB

Got your eye on a wireless charger but don’t have a Qi-enabled phone? SilverStone have you covered with a converter that plugs into a standard micro USB port. Slot it into your Android or Microsoft phone, set the ring down on your charging pad and soak up that wireless power.