Best wireless chargers 2021: top Qi-enabled charging pads

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

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Welcome to T3's guide to the best wireless chargers you can buy in 2021. Basically all half decent phones sold today now support wireless charging and, well, wireless charging pads are convenient to use – simply rest your handset against them and you're good to go.

Modern phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Apple iPhone 12 are ideal partners for one of the best wireless chargers, but thanks to all makers adopting the Qi wireless charging standard, it doesn't matter you make. Unless you've got a properly budget device you've likely already got wireless charging functionality.

Want to get into the world of wireless chargers but don't have a phone with wireless functionality? Then scope out T3's guides to the best phones, best Android phones and the best cheap phones. And, for those who know they want an Apple or Samsung upgrade, scope out our best Samsung phones and best iPhones buying guides.

The best wireless chargers you can buy today

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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
+Slim and sturdy option+Broad compatibility+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-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
Features: 5,000 mAh battery
Reasons to buy
+Premium design and build+Will charge any Qi enabled product+Has its own 5,000mAh battery for remote charging
Reasons to avoid
-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
+5W and 10W charging+Overheating protection+Very, very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Fast wireless charging+Attractive design+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-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
Features: 10,000mAh battery
Reasons to buy
+Get rid of wires on the go+LED status light
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Minimalist look+Turns your Pixel into an ambient display
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Stylish and compact dock+Allows calls to be made/received
Reasons to avoid
-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.

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8. ESR Ultra-Slim

One of the thinnest chargers available

Specifications
Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 10W
Reasons to buy
+Very thin+Zinc alloy dissipates heat+Lifetime warranty
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Safer charging than standard 5-watt Qi chargers+LED indicator that signals correct alignment
Reasons to avoid
-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
+Matte silicone design+Good for Samsung phones
Reasons to avoid
-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. Choetech Caricatore Wireless Charger

A cheap wireless charger that comes in many colors

Specifications
Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 7.5W
Reasons to buy
+Very cheap+Available in different colors
Reasons to avoid
-Basic design-Basic charging

Simply place your device on the square-shaped Choetech Caricatore Wireless Charger for instant charging. The charger is very slim, at only 0.3-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 Caricatore Wireless Charger offers efficient charging, mobility and safety.

To see how the Choetech Caricatore Wireless Charger competes with another top-rated wireless charger then scope out T3's Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL vs Choetech Caricatore T511 comparison feature.

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12. Fonesalesman WoodPuck

A wireless charger with a unique, natural appearance

Specifications
Type: Pad
Orientation: Horizontal
Charging: 7.5W
Reasons to buy
+Made from natural bamboo+Hidden micro-USB socket
Reasons to avoid
-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.

David Nield
David Nield

Dave has been writing about tech since before the iPhone even existed, and he's never happier than when he's testing out some of the latest cool gadgets – whether that's a new laptop or a smart home speaker.