Best Qi Wireless Chargers for iPhones and Android Smartphones

We tested most popular 8 wireless Qi chargers to select the best wireless chargers for iPhone 8, X, 8+ and Android smartphones (Samsung Galaxy S9, S8, S7and Note 8). Wirelss charging offers a very convenient and hassle free means to charge your phones while ensuring that the phones are easily accessible while charging.

The Qi Wireless charging standard has evolved over the last few years. Till recently, 5-watt wireless charging was the norm. However, new smartphones such as iPhone X, 8, 8+ and samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 have introduced fast wireless charging. For iPhone X, 8, and 8+, fast wireless charging mode now till 7.5 watts of power draw. For samsung S8, S8+, S9, S9+, and Note 8, fast wireless charging draws up to 9 watt of power. Many latest Qi wireless chargers in the market now support fast charging for both Samsung phones and the new iPhones.

An useful point here is that both these fast wireless charging modes only offer modestly faster charging times that are about 15 to 20% better than regular 5 watt wireless charging. So, while a 5 watt charger will take around 4 hours to charge a phone like S8, a fast charger will save about 30 minutes to 45 minutes and take about 3 to 3.15 hrs. This is the reason why we have also included well performing 5-watt chargers also in our list.

Many wireless chargers come without an AC brick. We have tested these chargers with our favorite two AC bricks and listed them accordingly. Other than charging performance/speed, we have also taken into account the robustness of build quality, warranty/service support, ability to place devices flexibly and sleep-friendliness of the chargers’ LED lights into account as well.

Best Wireless Charger Stand for smartphones (iPhone X, 8, 8+ and Samsung S9, S8, S7 etc.)

Anker Powerport 5 Qi Wireless Charging Wireless Stand

Our top wireless charging stand/pad for iPhone X, 8, 8+ and Samsung S9, S8, Note 8 etc. is Anker PowerPort 5 Wireless charging stand. We find charging stands to be more versatile than charging pads as you can view the screen and respond to calls etc. while charging. Most users of expensive smartphones use protective cases and many most of today’s top fast chargers have problems charging the phone with the case on.  Instead of raw speed, we have gone with charging reliability and robustness – dependable charging with the protective case on. The reason why we have not selected  any “fast charging” wireless stand or pad is because:

#1 We could not find an upright fast charging charging stand with absolutely reliable and dependable charging with protective case on

#2 Fast wireless charging will barely save you 30 minutes (3 hours instead of 3.5 hrs). This is not enough to justify either the steeply high cost or risk with the non dependable chargers

Anker wireless charger for iPhone X
You can place phone in either portrait mode or landscape mode for charging as well as with the protective case on

Anker PowerPort 5 Wireless charging stand  has a small sleep-friendly LED notification light. Multiple charging coils mean in PowerPort 5 mean that you can choose to place your phone either in landscape mode or portrait mode for charging. The charger can handle protective cases of up to 5 mm width – better than all other chargers in our list. This makes it a reliable wireless charger without the need to take the case off.

Pros

  • Fast wireless charging speeds for smartphones that support Qi wireless charging (including iPhone X, 8, 8+ Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+ S7, S7 Edge, S6  and Note 8)
  • Charges S9/S8 etc in about 4 hrs
  • Charges iPhone 8 in about 3.5 hrs
  • Sleep friendly small notification LED
  • Good build quality
  • Multiple-coils for good charging performance in both portrait or landscape mode
  • Charges reliably with protective case on and can handle cases with width up to 5 mm
  • Very attractive price even after bundling with a wall-charger such as Anker dual 24 watt wall charger.

Cons

  • Does not come with a compatible wall charger. However, one can easily buy it with an excellent wall charger such as Anker dual 24 watt wall charger.

Best Fast wireless Charger Pad for smartphones (including iPhone X, 8, 8+ and Samsung S9, S8, S7)

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger Pad

RAVPower Fast wireless charger Pad  is a fast charging wireless pad. This means that it supports both the fastest 7.5 watt wireless charging supported by the new iPhone X, 8, 8+  and the 9 watt fast wireless charging supported by the Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, S7. It will also charge other non-fast charging compatible smartphones at a decent 5 watt speed.

9 watt fast charging wireless stand
RAVpower fast wireless charger is compact and flat, making it ideal for carrying around

The RAVPower Fast wireless charger Pad is a lightweight and compact charging pad that weighs just 2.8 oz making it ideal for carrying while travelling. The charger ha sa non-slip charging surface with a small LED chargings status notification light which does not light up the room like other wireless chargers with LED rings etc.

Best wireless fast charger for iPhone X
The notification light on RAVPower Qi fast charger is small and unobtrusive

The wireless charger comes conveniently bundles with a compatible 2 amp wall charger. The RAVPower wireless charger Pad will fully charge iPhone 8 in about 3 hours and the Samsung S9 or S8  in 3.5 hours.

Pros

 

  • Supports fastest wireless charging speed (7.5 watt) for iPhone X, 8, and 8+
  • Supports fastest wireless charging speed (9 watt) for Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+ S7, S7 Edge,  and Note 8
  • Charges S9/S8 etc in 3.5 hrs & iPhone 8 in 3 hours
  • Small notification LED
  • Good build quality with metal build
  • Can charge with protective cases on – supports cases with up to 3 mm width
  • Grippy charging surface
  • Comes bundled with a compatible wall charger
  • Compact and lightweight at 2.8 oz (90 gm) – ideal for travel

Cons

  • Phone has to be kept horizontally with screen facing up. A stand type charger allowing easy viewing of display is more convenient.
  • Single coil charger – Single coil chargers require more precise positioning of phones on them than multiple coil wireles schargers such as Anker PowerPort 5. Howeever, this is not a big concern as the flat grippy surface prevents the phone from moving once it is placed.

 

Worthy Mention

Wireless Charger for Samsung Smartphones (Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+ S7, S7 Edge, S6  and Note 8)

Runner-Up

Samsung Fast Charging Stand 2018

The Samsung fast wireless charging stand 2018 is easily a good elegant looking wireless fast charging solution for Samsung S9, S8, Note 8, and all other Samsung smartphones 9 as well as for iPhone X, 8, and 8+) that support wireless charging.

The 2018 version of samsung’s official wireless charging stand is a much improved version than the 2016 stand. The new changes include a better matte-finish grippy charging surface with rugged leather look, small leep-friendly LED notification light  compared to the big LED ring in the 2016 version, as well as an option to purchase a convertible stand that can be used both as a charging pad to place the phone horizontally or as a charging stand for placing the phone in an angled standing position for easy continuous viewing of the phone’s display and touchscreen for receiving calls etc.

Best wireless charger for Iphone X
The Samsung wireless chargers must be the best looking wireless charging stand in the market

The Samsung fast wireless charging stand 2018 features an eye-catching design, good build quality, and complete wireless charging package (with am included wall charger) .

The  Samsung fast wireless charging stand 2018  has a small notification LED at from that is blue during charging and glows green when the phone is done charging. The charging itself slightly more than 3 hours for S8 (compared to about 3.5+ hours with regular chargers.)

The Samsung wireless charging stand is also a great wireless charging solution for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8+ on the basis of build quality alone, even though it does’nt support the 7.5 watt fast charging  for iPhone X, 8, 8+. There is hardly a 30 minute difference (3 hrs vs 3.5 hrs ) between fast wireless charging for iPhone X/8 and charging it on  Samsung fast wireless charging stand 2018  and we think this is too little difference to matter much in real life.

The Samsung charging stand 2018 comes in 3 colors (though the stock varies) and also looks much elegant the earlier 2016 version.

Pros

  • Fastest supported wireless charging for Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+ S7, S7 Edge, S6  and Note 8
  • Charges S9/S8 etc in 3-3.5 hrs
  • Comes with a compatible wall charger
  • Sleep friendly small notification LED
  • Very high build quality
  • Elegant look and finish
  • Grippy charging surface
  • Multiple-coils for charging well in either portrait or landscape mode

Cons

  • No 7.5 watt fast charging support for iPhone X, 8, 8+. This is not a big deal as 7.5 watt fast charging for iphones will just save about 30 minutes over regular charging (3 hrs vs 3.5 hrs)
  • Issues while charging with protective case on
  • Steep price compared to competition

if you have purchased a Samsung wireless charger, please look for Samsung hologram on your shipped Samsung charger and register the product on Samsung website to confirm that it is genuine.

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