The best wireless chargers for iPhone X and iPhone 8

With the iPhone 8 and
iPhone X,
Apple has finally joined the wireless charging revolution. For
years, many Android users have had the ability to simply plop
their phone on a pad to juice it up, but to do that with an
iPhone used to require a special (and bulky) case.

Wireless charging isn’t always a great substitute for plugging
in, but it’s a very convenient way to keep your phone topped
off through most of the day. A wireless charger on your desk
means no more plugging and unplugging throughout the day and a
full charge when you head home from work. A wireless charger
next to your bed makes it easy to grab and go in the morning,
or just pick up your phone to “check one thing” without fussing
with the lightning cable.

We’ve tested a big heap of wireless chargers, and these are
some of our favorites.

The best wireless chargers

Wireless chargers tend to come in two variants: stands and
pads. A pad is great for your bed-side table or lying
inconspicuously on your desk, but there are times when a stand
makes more sense. In particular, they’re useful for those with
an iPhone X, as a good stand with a steep angle will point your
phone and your face enough for Face ID to work. This makes it a
lot easier to unlock your phone to quickly check something
without taking it off the charger.

Stands are great for reading your phone while it charges, but
sometimes you want it to lie flat. It’s less conspicuous on
your desk or bedside table, and easier to just plop it down in
any direction. Wireless charging pads tend to be a little less
expensive than stands, too.

 

Spigen Essential F306W Fast Wireless Charger

spigen f306w

Spigen’s new F306W charging pad is a nice improvement
over its old F301W model. The design is much improved,
with a sturdier and heavier metallic frame that won’t
move around on your desk or bedside table. The charging
indicator light is small, forward-facing, and dim enough
not to be a distracting next to your bed in a dark room.

It’s got a fairly broad “sweet spot” for charging, so you
don’t have to fuss with placing your phone just-so to get
a connection. It comes with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
power adapter and a nice braided micro USB cable. It
supports Apple’s faster 7.5W charging mode, and if you’ve
got a newer Samsung flagship phone you get 10W fast
charging. In fact, Spigen says the pad supports up to 15W
wireless charging, and while current phones don’t go that
high, it’s a bit of future-proofing that may come in
handy one day. Heat dissipation is pretty good, too, so
the charge rate shouldn’t slow down over time.

You don’t get something for nothing, though. The F306W,
while a much nicer product, is twice the price of the
F301W. Unless your plug is really close to where you need
to put the pad, you’ll have to dig up a longer microUSB
cable, too. At just over three feet long, the cable
included here is just short enough to be frustrating.

RAVPower RP-PC069 Wireless Charging Stand

rp pc069 wireless charging stand

RAVPower’s latest charging stand is a nice improvement
over its previous models. It’s got a sleek, unassuming
design with a nice big ruberized pad to rest your phone
on, and two coils so your iPhone will charge in either
portrait or landscape orientation. The angle is steep,
almost entirely upright, which made us worry that Face ID
wouldn’t work well. In testing, Face ID worked just as
well as with most other wireless charging stands.

This new charger supports 5W and 10W modes on Android
phones, and Apple’s own 7.5W standard on the latest
iPhones, too. RAVPower has impreoved the cooling to keep
the charging coils from getting too warm, which can slow
down charging performance.

The braided micro USB cable is a nice touch, but it’s
only about four feet long. We had trouble making it reach
the socket with the stand sitting up on a desk. As with
so many other wireless charging stands, it can be a
little wobbly if you try to use your phone with too much
force. Making the base just a little bit longer in back
would have made it less prone to tilting.

At $50 it seems a little expensive, but that cost is
offset by the 24W USB-A power adapter included in the
box. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great choice for the
price.

Other wireless chargers tested

While these other chargers weren’t our favorites, they may suit
your own needs. There are only so many different ways you can
wrap a copper coil in a hunk of plastic, so it’s safe to say
that your own personal sense of style and pricing sensitivity
might a different charger the right choice for you.

 

Anker PowerPort Wireless 10

anker powerport wireless 10

Anker’s skinny little PowerPort Wireless 10 is a pretty
slick item. It’s easily one of the thinnest charging pads
I’ve seen, and can disappear into a bag with you even
noticing.

It supports charging speeds up to 10 watts on compatible
phones, which is great, but you need a Quick Charge USB
adapter to get that performance. Unfortunately, there’s
no USB adapter of any kind in the box.

That’s sort of a shame, too, because the price is the
only thing giving me pause. We like the ring of blue LEDs
that “breathe” for about 10 seconds before turning off,
to let you know a charging connection has been made. We
like the size. We like the grippy top that your phone
won’t slide around on. If you find this on sale, or have
an extra Quick Charge USB adapter lying around, it’s a
great buy.

Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand

anker powerport wireless 5 stand01

Anker’s PowerPort Wireless 5 stand is a decent choice for
iPhone X users who want something with the right angle
for Face ID, but a number of small annoyances keep it
from being a clear winner.

First, there’s charging speed. Anker employs two charging
coils for excellent coverage, and as a result the stand
works great whether your iPhone is in portrait or
landscape orientation. But it’s limited to 5-watt speed,
not the 7.5 watts supported by iPhones. And of course,
that’s a bit slow for Android phones, too.

Second, the base is just a little bit too short. The
result is that, when you try to use your phone while it’s
on the stand, your tapping will constantly cause it to
tip back a little. If the base extended back even a half
inch more, this would probably be avoided.

And finally, while the price tag looks pretty good
(typically around $27 online), that’s without a micro USB
adapter. It’s still not overpriced, but it’s not the
bargain it seems at first.

PowerBot PB1020

powerbot pb1020

You can easily find this little Qi wireless charger for
about $10, which makes it one of the least expensive
options for wirelessly charging your iPhone 8 or iPhone
X. In some ways, you get what you pay for. The PowerBot
PB1020 is as basic as it gets: it doesn’t come with the
necessary micro USB power adapter and recommends using
one with 2.1A output for best results.

We like the rubberized design that prevents slipping, and
who won’t love the price, but that’s where the love
affair ends. The small size is convenient for your bag,
but it makes it a little difficult to precisely place
your phone in the right spot to start charging. Also,
power output is limited to 5 watts, rather than the
7.5-watt maximum supported by the latest iPhones.

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand

anker powerwave 75 stand

Anker’s new PowerWave products greatly improve quality
over its older wireless chargers, but they bump up the
price to match.

The new stand looks good, as long as you’re okay with the
white color. A small blue charge indicator on the front
is subtle enough to use on your bedside table. The angle
is steep enough to make it suitable for unlocking your
iPhone X with Face ID while your phone is resting on your
desk.

Anker includes a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power
adapter and a matching white microUSB cable, but the
cable is way too short. Anker’s spec sheet says it’s
three feet long, already a little on the short side, and
we measured it at 34 inches. The charger supports 7.5W
charging on Apple devices and the 10W fast charge mode on
the latest Samsung flagship phones.

The power coils inside cover the entire back of the
stand, so we had no trouble charging our iPhones in
either portrait or landscape orientation. A little
cooling fan blows air out a vent in the rear to keep the
charge coils cool, which keeps the charge rate from
slowing down. If it’s especially quiet and you put your
ear up next to it, you can hear the gentle whirring
sound.

Qimini Pocket Wireless Charger

qimini pocket 02

We’re not entirely sure who this product is for, exactly.
It’s a wireless charging pad with an integrated USB cable
that tucks away inside. That’s sort of neat and makes it
a little more portable, but you still need something to
plug the USB plug into. If you’re on the go, you can plug
it into your laptop or something like that, but do you
really need a wireless charger for that?

The Qimini site proclaims it to be, “The world’s thinnest
wireless charger plate to date,” but the Anker Powerport
Wireless 10 is definitely thinner. It sells for $59.95,
without a power adapter, which easily twice what it’s
worth. Oh, and it maxes out at 5W output, so it’s one of
the slower wireless chargers out there.

The Qimini Pocket works, and it’s not a bad design, but
it’s slow, expensive, and frankly a bit too large to fit
in many pockets. We like the idea of an integrated USB
cable, but that’s about all we like about this.

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger

ravpower fast charger

RAVPower makes two wireless chargers that essentially
have the same name. Depending on where you look, they’re
usually just called “Fast Wireless Charger.” This one is
extremely inexpensive at around $16, while the other one
costs almost three times as much.  Believe it or
not, that one is the better deal.

This charging pad does not come with a power adapter, but
at this bargain-basement price we can hardly hold that
against it. This pad only charges iPhones at a 5W rate,
and other quick-charge Qi enabled devices up to 10 watts
(if you use the right power adapter). It’s heavy and
stable, and comes with a nice flat micro USB cable.

But raised rubberized bumps on the top of the pad only
cover the left and right side. Depending on how sloppy
you are about placing your phone, you could easily miss
part of it—why not just make it a complete circle as most
other pads do?

It’s a minor design flaw, not a deal-breaker. But the
slower iPhone charging speed makes it hard to recommend.

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Stand

samsung wireless charging stand

Like its flat charging pad cousin, Samsung’s
fast-charging wireless stand isn’t much of a looker. The
round shape is all wrong for a stand, as it sticks out
awkwardly to the sides when you put your rectangular
phone on it. Still, at least it loses the clear plastic
coating in favor of a uniform glossy black finish.

This stand is a good deal at around $40. It supports fast
charging—both the iPhone 7.5-watt limit and faster speeds
for Samsung’s phones—and it comes with a micro USB
adapter powerful enough to enable it. There’s even a
little fan inside that keeps the charging coils cool.
Don’t worry, you can’t hear it unless you really
strain in a very quiet room.

The angle is appropriate for activating Face ID, and the
stand resists tipping well enough that a little gentle
phone use won’t cause it to wobble.

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger + QC3.0 Adapter

ravpower fast charger plus adapter

Not to be confused with the other, less-expensive “Fast
Wireless Charger” by RAVPower, this other “Fast Wireless
Charger” includes a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible adapter
(up to 24 watts on supported Android phones) and has an
entirely different design. Despite the higher price, it’s
a better buy.

The design is a little plain, but it’s unobtrusive and
highly functional. The pad is heavy and wide enough to be
really stable, and there’s a nice wide rubberized ring
around the top to rest your phone on and prevent sliding
or scraping.

It’s fast, too. On iPhones it supports the 7.5W charging
speed, and up to 10W fast-charging on other compatible
phones.

The $45 price seems a little high, but you get a
high-quality USB power adapter along with it, and it’s
cheaper than most of the other alternatives that include
a power adapter.

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Pad

anker powerwave 75 pad

Anker’s new PowerWave products greatly improve quality
over its older wireless chargers, but they bump up the
price to match.

The new pad is a rather plain large off-white circle. If
that aesthetic goes with your desk or bedside table,
that’s great, but we can’t help but wish for a black
version. There’s a small blue circle charge indicator on
top—we’re not a fan of the location, but the glow is dim
enough not to be distracting in a dark room. The charging
“sweet spot” is large enough that you don’t have to be
too precise about how you place your phone down on the
pad.

Anker includes a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power
adapter and a matching white microUSB cable, but the
cable is way too short. Anker’s spec sheet says it’s
three feet long (we would hope for five or six), and we
measured it at 34 inches. The pad supports 7.5W charging
on Apple devices and the 10W fast charge mode on the
latest Samsung flagship phones.

Anker’s PowerWave products feature cooling fans to keep
the charge coils from getting too hot, which can degrade
charging speed. If you listen closely in a quiet room,
you can hear the little fan inside whirring away.

For the price, we would hope for a longer microUSB cable
and sturdier construction. The PowerWave 7.5 pad feels a
little lightweight and plastic-y, more than the PowerWave
Stand, and it’s too easy to accidentally slide around
your desk as a result. Anker needs to give it a little
more heft to help keep it in place.

Mophie Wireless Charging Base

mophie wireless charging base

One of the very few wireless charging pads sold at Apple Stores ($59.95),
Mophie’s wireless charging base is a quality piece of
gear. But I still don’t like it all that much.

It’s a good size, heavy, with a nice rubberized outer
coating that prevents slipping. It’s easy to drop your
iPhone on it and get a good charging connection without
thinking about it. And it supports 7.5W charging, too.

But it has two big strikes against it. First, it’s sixty
bucks. You can get good quality wireless charging pads,
with adapter, for half that price. Second, the AC adapter
connects to a little round DC barrel connector, while
most other wireless charging pads use micro USB. Using
USB would be far more flexible and convenient—you could
plug into dozens of different products, like your laptop,
and micro USB cables are everywhere. We have a drawers
full of them.

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

belkin boostup

Belkin’s Boost Up shares a lot in common with Mophie’s
Wireless Charging Base. Both are sold at Apple Stores ($59.95). Both
are large, with a rubberized non-slip bottom (the Mophie
has non-slip coating all over). Both support 7.5W
charging on your iPhone, too.

But the Boost Up shares the Mophie’s downsides, too. It
costs about $60, nearly double the price of many other
wireless chargers. And it includes an AC power adapter
that connects to the charger via DC barrel connector
rather than micro USB. Again, USB would be far more
convenient.

The main difference between the Belkin and the Mophie,
then, is your own personal sense of aesthetics. Do you
like the matte black rubberized circle of the Mophie
base, or do you like the glossy white Belkin, with its
reversed slope giving it a sort of “floating” look? It’s
really up to you, but we wouldn’t recommend either, based
purely on the price and lack of USB connection.

Spigen Essential F303W Fast Wireless Charger

spigen essential f303w

Spigen’s fast-charging wireless stand has a nice A-frame
design, but the extra-large lip at the bottom is a bit of
an eyesore. More importantly, the angle is not steep
enough. It’s very stable to be sure, but we found that an
iPhone X is often positioned too far back to easily work
with Face ID.

One feature we really like is the way Spigen uses two
charging coils, one above the other. This gives the stand
great coverage and makes it easy to get a good charging
connection whether your phone is turned to landscape or
portrait orientation.

Spigen’s suggested retail price is $45, but you can
easily find it for about $30 online. That’s not a
terrible price, but consider that it doesn’t come with a
micro USB power adapter, and it doesn’t look like such a
bargain anymore. You’ll need to purchase a fast-charging
micro USB adapter separately to make full use of it.

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

samsung wireless charging pad

If you’re not opposed to the big Samsung logo staring up
at you from your desk, you could do a lot worse than this
inexpensive pad. For less than $30 you get a solid,
no-slip pad with a generous size—it’s easy to drop your
phone on and start a wireless charging connection without
needing to be too fussy about placement.

Best of all, Samsung throws in a 2A micro USB power
adapter, so you don’t need to repurpose one of your own
or buy a new one. While this is not a “fast charging”
wireless pad, it wasn’t really much slower than the
fastest chargers we tested; at least, not when charging
iPhones. Some Android phones can handle faster wireless
charging speeds.

This is one of the uglier charging pads we’ve used, but
it’s inexpensive, solid, and works well.

Spigen Essential F301W

spigen essential f301w

The F301W is the charging pad sibling to the F303W stand.
It’s relatively inexpensive at about $30, but the price
does not include a power adapter. Fortunately, it will
work with almost any USB power adapter, and will support
faster charging if you have a Quick Charge adapter.

The F301W suffers from a couple of small design flaws
that really annoy, however. The micro USB connection is
recessed, with a very narrow cutout surrounding it. The
included cable fits fine, but most of the other micro USB
cables we tried did not. Also, the top of the charging
pad has a convex slope, with a rubberized ring in the
middle. Placing your phone on the ring is simple enough,
but it’s not wide enough to be really stable there—it’s
too wobbly.

It’s a shame, because the price and performance are fine.
All it would take a slightly different shape to the
plastic mold and Spigen would have a terrific product.

Are you interested in a charger you don’t see listed here?
That’s not surprising—while we try to cover the most popular
brands, there are literally hundreds of wireless chargers on
the market. We can still help make sure you get a product
you’re happy with, though. The next page contains some helpful
general advice to consider when deciding which wireless charger
to buy.

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