Best wireless chargers 2022: top Qi-enabled charging pads

The best wireless chargers can help you cut the cord for good in 2022

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Ok, let's get the most obvious thing out of the way up top – the best wireless chargers are not fully wireless. There is a cable involved and, until genuine over-the-air charging comes in that isn't changing.

However, just because a cable is still involved doesn't mean the best wireless chargers aren't a great smartphone charging upgrade in 2022, as they make charging phones more convenient and aesthetically attractive.

Most new smartphones have wireless charging capabilities, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 or the Apple iPhone 13. However it’s important to note that Apple limits the speed of charging on any non-Apple chargers, so in order to get the fastest wireless charging on an iPhone, you’ll need to invest in their own MagSafe charger.

However, in this guide, we’ve got a variety of options when it comes to the best wireless chargers 2022 has to offer, for a range of many makes and models. If you don’t yet have a phone that supports wireless charging but you’d like to, then you may want to check out our guides to the the best phones, best Android phones and the best cheap phones. We also have guides for the best Samsung phones and best iPhones.

Qi wireless chargers are always discounted during Amazon Prime Day by the way, so right now, with Prime Day 2022 almost upon us, we'd recommend holding fire on a purchase. You can save big bucks on wireless chargers from top brands like Anker and Moshi in the Amazon Prime Day deals bonanza, so shop smart to save big.

The best wireless chargers you can buy today in 2022

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The best wireless charger for most people? That's the Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave Stand.

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1. Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave Stand

The best wireless charger for most people

Specifications

Type: Stand
Orientation : Vertical and horizontal
Charging: 10W

Reasons to buy

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Slim and sturdy option
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Broad compatibility
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Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Plenty of rivals offer the same sort of package

Anker certainly knows its charging tech, and the PowerWave 10W Stand gives you the perfect place to pop down your phone after a long (and battery draining) day – it gives you between 5W and 10W of power, depending on the make and model of your phone.

The tactile texture and rubber base mean it stays solidly on top of any surface, and it's lightweight too. Add in the fact that it works through many protective phone cases as well, and it's definitely one of the best wireless chargers out there at the moment in our view.

You can charge a broad range of phones on this stand, including iPhones and Samsung Galaxy handsets, and you can place them horizontally or vertically too. As an added bonus, you get two spare USB ports for charging up your other gadgets as well.

See how the Anker PowerWave 10 compares to a fierce rival in our Anker PowerWave 10 vs Moshi Porto Q comparison feature.

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For a premium wireless charging experience check out the Moshi Porto Q.

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2. Moshi Porto Q

The best premium wireless charger

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 10W

Reasons to buy

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Premium design and build
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Will charge any Qi enabled product
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Has its own 5,000mAh battery for remote charging

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Moshi Porto Q looks better than most wireless chargers out there and it's portable too – as well as using it as a wireless charger connected to a power source via USB, you can also pack it up in your bag and use it to juice up your gadgets while you're on the move.

We like just about everything about the Moshi Porto Q, from the low profile of the device, to the row of LEDs down the side that tell you how charged up it is. The 5W charging isn't the fastest you'll find, but it's more than adequate to get that extra boost during the day.

It packs in 5,000 mAh worth of battery, which should be enough to recharge your phone once or twice, and the stylish fabric and rubber design means there's no chance of your devices sliding off here either. An all-round winner, even if it is a little on the pricey side.

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For a budget wireless charger the RAVPower Wireless Charger ticks all the boxes.

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3. RavPower Wireless Charger

The best budget wireless charger

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 10W

Reasons to buy

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5W and 10W charging
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Overheating protection
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Very, very affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest charging

Want to get your devices charged up wirelessly but keen to spend as little as possible along the way? May we recommend the RavPower Wireless Charger, a charging pad you can rely on from one of the best-known names in the mobile charging business.

This compact, sleek-looking wireless charger can output 10W of charging power for devices that can take it, and drop back to 5W when that's not supported. The important point is: it can charge just about any phone that comes with wireless charging support.

The aluminium panels on the bottom and the air vents ensure that the device never overheats, and it stops charging if metal objects are detected, as an extra safeguard. Perhaps the best part is the price, which is very competitive for a wireless charger.

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4. INIU Wireless Charger

A fast and affordable wireless charger with an attractive design

Specifications

Type: Stand
Orientation: Vertical
Charging: 15W

Reasons to buy

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Fast wireless charging
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Attractive design
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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15W only for some phones

There's a lot to love about this affordable fast wireless charger, not least the fact that is comes installed with dual super conducting coils in figure of eight arrangement. That means you get a max output of 15W fast charging both in vertical and horizontal handset orientation and, thanks to its support for Qi standard, massive compatibility iPhones and Android handsets.

The stand is powered by a fast charging USB Type-C cable, which enters the stand at the rear (making it easy to hide), and the stand itself delivers 4mm distance sensing, meaning that phones can be charged through a case without any charging speed being compromised.

The INIU Wireless Charger also has a very affordable price point. All round a stylish and versatile wireless charger.

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5. Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL

Go completely wire-free with Mophie

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 5W

Reasons to buy

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Get rid of wires on the go
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LED status light

Reasons to avoid

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More of a portable option

Why not ditch the wires completely and juice up your phone using a portable battery pack with wireless charging? Mophie has you covered with the Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL, packing 10,000mAh worth of battery storage inside.

Charge it up before your travels and you can use the charger to top up phones with or without wires (either by placing them on top or plugging them in via USB). The device is smaller than your average handset, though several times thicker.

You might be surprised at just how much extra freedom having a wireless charger that's also wireless gives you, and coming from Mophie you know that this is going to be a device you can rely on. Undoubtedly one of the best options around.

To see how this wireless charger compares to our number one choice, then be sure to scope out T3's Anker Powerwave 10 vs Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL comparison feature.

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6. Google Pixel Stand

Does wonders for your Pixel

Specifications

Type: Stand
Orientation: Vertical
Charging: 10W

Reasons to buy

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Minimalist look
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Turns your Pixel into an ambient display

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Perfect for your Google Pixel 3 or Google Pixel 4 – as you could probably surmise from the name – the Pixel Stand turns your Google-made smartphone into more of a smart display while it's charging. Once you connect the phone, you get a few options for hands-free Google Assistant access, the always-on display settings, and more.

Aside from that, this is a fairly standard wireless charging dock, and we actually like the plain approach. The charging rate is 10W and white is your only colour option at the moment. Other Qi-enabled phones will work with this, but its shape and size are designed for the flagship pixels.

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7. Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand

Sleek and compact wireless charging for your iPhone

Specifications

Type: Stand
Orientation: Vertical
Charging: 7.5W

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and compact dock
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Allows calls to be made/received

Reasons to avoid

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Limited charging power

The Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand keeps your iPhone stood up and visible while it's charging, so you can carry on checking the weather or browsing the web or doing whatever else it is you're doing (it's especially handy if your phone has Face ID).

This dock is compatible with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and it delivers up to 7.5W of power for a reasonably fast charge. We'd suggest it's the looks rather than the performance that you're buying this for though.

Check our Logitech discount codes to save some money on your purchase.

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8. ESR Ultra-Slim

One of the thinnest chargers available

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 10W

Reasons to buy

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Very thin
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Zinc alloy dissipates heat
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Lifetime warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Looks like a coaster

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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9. Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

A charger equipped with a powerful 7.5-watt transmitter coil

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 7.5W

Reasons to buy

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Safer charging than standard 5-watt Qi chargers
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LED indicator that signals correct alignment

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest charging speed

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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10. Samsung Wireless Charging Stand

The official wireless charger from Samsung

Specifications

Type: Stand
Orientation: Vertical
Charging: 9W

Reasons to buy

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Matte silicone design
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Good for Samsung phones

Reasons to avoid

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Quite pricey

Samsung knows a thing or two about the best wireless chargers (especially for Samsung devices, though this works with any Qi-enabled phone): its official charging stand is well built, well designed, and a breeze to use.

Even better, you can use your phone in portrait or landscape mode while it's charging. You get up to 9W of charging power, if your phone can take that much, and  you can pick up this charger in white or black.

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11. Fonesalesman WoodPuck

A wireless charger with a unique, natural appearance

Specifications

Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 7.5W

Reasons to buy

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Made from natural bamboo
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Hidden micro-USB socket

Reasons to avoid

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Defo looks like a coaster

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.

How to choose the right wireless charger for you

There are a couple of key things you should consider when selecting a wireless charger for your handset. The first of these is exactly what level of charge you're looking for. Thanks to the Qi wireless charging standard, and the proliferation of wireless charging tech, there are plenty of wireless chargers that cost very little money that will deliver up to 10W wireless charging.

However, if you want more than that, then your choice starts to narrow somewhat and, more importantly to many no doubt, the budget needed to buy one rises. While we're talking about charging power, be sure to also note that some wireless chargers only deliver certain charging speeds to certain phone types – you'll see 15W chargers, for example, that will only deliver that to Android phones and not iPhone.

The truth about wireless charging speeds is that, for most people, 10W or 15W is more than enough charging power. Your phone won't charge as fast as if plugged into a cable direct (unless you're charging just off a USB cable), but you won't find yourself waiting half a day for good charge. We think for most people anything faster, while obviously nice to have, isn't essential by any means.

The other key thing to decide before buying a wireless charger is what type you want, and that is both in terms of aesthetic design and type. There's both mains-only wireless chargers and wireless chargers where they can be disconnected and carried around as a sort of wireless battery pack. The latter's type functionality is obviously beneficial, but it does mean you'll have to spend a bit more.

The main aesthetic design choice to consider is if you want a stand-type charger, when the handset will lean against it, or a horizontal-type where the handset lies on it flat like it were a coaster.

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.