The best wireless chargers

In the wake of the latest phone releases, we’ve put together a list of the best wireless chargers that are both stylish and compatible with a range of devices

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These days, developers put as much thought put into the appearance of a wireless charger as the technology, which means they can actually contribute to the aesthetics of your home. They come in a variety of forms, from stylish hubs to ergonomic mats and platforms, so you have a few options when it comes to choosing one that may become a feature of your home office or even your living room. 

When browsing, you may also want to consider the length of the charger cable, as this will determine where you can place it, or whether you may need to invest in an extension cable so you can ensure your wireless charger is in the most convenient place.

So how does a wireless charger work? The process by which the power is transferred from a mat to your phone is called electromagnetic induction. It means power is transferred via an electromagnetic charge then converted back into electricity by a receiver coil in your device. 

Due to the magnetic nature of the power transfer, compatible devices have a glass back, as metal intervenes with the electromagnetic energy emitted from the wireless charger. It’s this that developers have yet to overcome, and it’s why buying a case to protect your iPhone or Samsung has become more of a necessity, rather than something you may or may not need. The team over at T3 have compiled a list of the best iPhone cases if you’re yet to purchase one and require some inspiration. 

Our list features a variety of the best wireless chargers, including ones that are compatible with Apple, Samsung and other Qi enabled devices. Discover more by reading on below. 

1. Samsung Multi Wireless Charging Pad

A stylish charging mat that has taken its cues from interior design experts

Specifications
Best for: Charging multiple devices
Compatibility: Samsung
Cable length: 1.5m
Reasons to buy
+ Modern, stylish design + Charges up to three devices 
Reasons to avoid
- Third device can only connect via USB 

There are ergonomic pads, then there are those that have been designed to become a feature of your home - and that is exactly what Samsung intended to do when they developed this wireless charging pad. It’s sleek, modern and minimalist but the design doesn’t take away from its technological capabilities, thanks to its ability to charge three devices at the same time. There’s even a subtle LED indicator to let you know that your device is charging. Perhaps the one thing to note is the plastic exterior of the wireless charger won’t prevent a device from slipping slightly from its position, which may affect the charging process.  

2. Mophie Wireless Charging Base

A small, low impact wireless charger for subtle use anywhere in the home

Specifications
Best for: Quick charging speed
Compatibility: Apple
Cable length: 1.5m
Reasons to buy
+ Charges instantly on impact + Rubber finish means device won’t slip off 
Reasons to avoid
- Not as stylish as our first pick 

If you’re looking for a subtle wireless charger that you can place in any room, this base designed for the latest iPhone models may fit the bill. Small and circular, you can choose for it to become a feature of your decor or a device used solely for purpose. Reviewers seem impressed by its rubberised finish, which not only prevents your iPhone from slipping off, but also leaves no cause for scratches. There’s also a subtle LED indicator to let you know that your phone is charging. 

3. Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

This white wireless charging pad offers an alternative for iPhone owners

Specifications
Best for: Charging all Qi-enabled devices
Compatibility: Apple, Samsung
Cable length: 1.52m
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish, yet ergonomic design + Long cable length 
Reasons to avoid
- Device must be placed exactly for it to charge 

If you like the subtlety of our second pick but think white will harmonise better with the rest of the decor in your home, this one is a good alternative. Technology wise, it’s pretty much the same, and has the bonus ability of being able to charge any device with wireless charging capabilities, whether its Samsung, Apple or other. It’s worth mentioning that an Apple update is required to ensure your iPhone benefits from its full 7.5W charging capacity, otherwise it’ll receive 5W, which is the amount of power it will emit for Samsung or any other device.  

4. Samsung Fast Charging Wireless Stand

A charging platform come phone stand for viewing your screen while charging

Specifications
Best for: Viewing convenience
Compatibility: Samsung
Cable length: 1.2m
Reasons to buy
+ Fast-charges Samsung phones+ Charge your phone horizontally or vertically 
Reasons to avoid
- Fast charging wires need to purchased separately 

This wireless charging stand from Samsung will enable you to view your messages and notifications while your phone is charging, great is you work from home and use your phone as your main form of communication. You can even charge your phone horizontally if you happen to be in the middle of watching something when the low battery notification pops up. Available to purchase in both black and white, there’s the option to choose a colour that will harmonise with your existing decor. 

5. Anker Wireless Charging Pad

A slim wireless charging pad, perfect for desks and nightstands

Specifications
Best for: Compact size
Compatibility: Apple, Samsung, Nexus
Cable length: 0.91m
Reasons to buy
+ Unobtrusive design  + Capable of fast charging 
Reasons to avoid
- Cable is fairly short 

The smallest wireless charger in our list, this is probably the perfect choice if you’re looking for a sleek, unobtrusive option for your desk or bedside table. It can charge both Apple and Samsung devices, but is only capable of fast charging the Samsung Galaxy. It features a rim of blue LED lights which will flash to say that the device is charging, and reviewers say they turn off while the phone is charging so they won’t distract you if you’re trying to get to sleep. Note that the cable for this wireless charger is fairly short, so you may need to consider the position of your mains plug before you buy.  

6. RAVPower Wireless Charger

Stylish chargers don’t need to cost the world

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Compatibility: Apple, Samsung, other Qi enabled devices
Cable length: 0.6m
Reasons to buy
+ Great budget buy + Capable of 15W of power for compatible devices 
Reasons to avoid
- Cable is short 

While it may look basic, this budget wireless charger has actually earned itself some pretty impressive reviews when it comes to its usability, with many commenting on its value for money. For the price, it should charge just as well as more expensive devices, just note that its fast charge technology doesn’t support current iPhones, although it’ll still deliver 5W of power, which will take slightly longer to charge. If you’re looking to buy multiple charging platforms, this one is a great option, as there’s no compromise on style, yet its cost-effective. The retailer also mentions that they can supply longer cables on request.  

7. Anker PowerPort Wireless Stand

A cost-effective alternative to our 4th pick

Specifications
Best for: Stand compatible with all Qi devices
Compatibility: Apple, Samsung, other Qi enabled devices
Cable length: 0.91m
Reasons to buy
+ Optimised for iPhone, rather than Samsung + Charge vertically or horizontally 
Reasons to avoid
- No fast wireless charging 

This wireless charging stand is probably more ergonomic in appearance than the Samsung alternative, although Anker claim that is able to charge an iPhone 10% faster than other 5W wireless chargers. The stand allows you to view your messages and notifications while your phone it charging, and you can even charge horizontally if want to watch something. It’s cheaper than the Samsung alternative, and with that you compromise on the fast charging technology. Reviewers also find that the blue LED light may make you think twice about putting it on a nightstand.