iPhones come with a proprietary adapter that should be labeled on the box as compatible with your iPhone. For Androids and other devices that use a traditional USB adapter, ensure that your USB port is the same size as the charger or cradle. For modern devices, this will generally be a mini-USB, a micro-USB, or the modern USB Type-C connector, which charges very quickly and efficiently. Apple MagSafe Charger Easy to use and fast, this wireless charger is a good choice for iPhones and other Apple devices. If you’re really into wireless charging, you can outfit your home with furniture with built-in wireless charging pads. Having a nightstand or coffee table that can keep your gadgets fully charged is pretty handy as long as you can get used to having furniture that needs to be plugged in to a power outlet. Easy to use and fast, this wireless charger is a good choice for iPhones and other Apple devices.
Slide a Pixel phone into the stand, however, and you can set it to show a gallery of photos, activate Google Assistant, and link your Nest Hello video doorbell to automatically display when someone rings it. The Pixel Stand was released alongside the Google Pixel 3 and has specific features that only activate when Pixel phones are slotted into it. But with versatility comes cost, and the Powerstation Hub is by far the most expensive charger on this list. With a retail price of $99 (around £81, AU$146), this isn’t affordable for most folks – and more a niche solution for those with the cash to throw around. Its three coil design means you don’t have to fuss about how to place your phone down, with a charge picked up consistently. Your glass phone won’t slide around either thanks to the pleasant soft TPU coating. The Belkin 10W is a step up in design and charging power – both of which are noticeable. That charging rate refilled 16% on our iPhone XS Max in 30 minutes. However, for Android users, especially for those with a Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL, the Stand is the ideal accessory. The device is 3.6 inches wide, 4.1 inches tall, and weighs 5.6 ounces, featuring a sleek, all-white design with a non-slip base and an angled stand that allows you to comfortably read the screen, even at a distance.
This is a solid, easily-adjusted mount with an industrial suction cup which holds up well enough in heat and rough roads. It doesn’t provide any electrical charge on its own, being just a mount, so you will, in fact, need an additional charger unit of some sort. The USB ports do mean smartwatches and other induction-incompatible devices can still charge with this device. If you just want it to charge, then a cup holder or generic cigarette lighter charger will work for you, and not provide some of the difficulty and inconvenience that a mount will. Another, more recent approach is cup holder chargers, which can be harder to fit in some vehicles due to the non-standard approach behind cup holder design. These rigs hold the phone, allowing hands-free use, while also charging the device, and in some cases, depending on the other accouterments present in the vehicle, a multimedia smart experience.
Our preferred pad from the two highlighted by Apple, Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base is smaller and sleeker than Belkin’s effort. It’ll charge the S9/S9 Plus/Note 9 and iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/XS Max at full speed, offers both a flat and vertical position and has internal fans to disperse heat. These do mean it’s a little on the large side but it’s has a smaller footprint than the Belkin. This is the same standard used by Samsung, LG and a number of other smartphone makers. It’s also the tech you’ll find in some Starbucks and McDonald’s branches. LG offers the accessories to keep you connected and enhance your life. Take your mobile phone experience to another level with LG’s innovative line of accessories designed to make your life easier.
Indicator lights on the front of the charger (underneath the phone-charging stand) show whether your phone and AirPods, respectively, are charging. The lights are not terribly bright, and they turn off after a few seconds. Apple certifies only those Apple Watch chargers that use Apple-approved charging pucks, which this Mophie model does. That means it’s as safe as any first-party Apple charger for charging any Apple Watch. It works with open or closed bands and holds the watch in landscape orientation. Both the 40 mm and 44 mm watch sizes sit low enough that, if you’re using your Apple Watch’s Nightstand Mode, you can press its Digital Crown to snooze an alarm without knocking the watch off the charger.
This wireless charger has five coils inside, giving you more options and range when it comes to placing your AirPods Pro or other Qi-compatible devices down on the surface. It can charge up to two phones simultaneously at up to 18W output, so things can charge up fast with this one. NOMAD’s Base Station Pro is built around a CNC-machined body atop non-slip feet, that’s only 1.2cm thick and is cloaked in a black padded leather cover. And while this modular wireless charging system is a great looking product, it’s primary selling points are hidden beneath the surface. The Base Station Pro uses Aira’s FreePower technology, which allows its 18-coils to intelligently communicate in order to achieve an electromagnetic coupling to a device’s power receiver. This not only allows for wildly reliable charging but also means that no matter where you set your device on the pad, it will receive a 7.5W charge. Best of all, this already advanced software can receive over-the-air updates via a smartphone app, enabling it to get even better over time. The middle charging spot dials down to 2.5W, making it ideal for powering select Samsung watches and earbuds. A non-slip rubber base ensures the charger and phone stay in place throughout. The pad is compatible with wireless charging cases up to 4mm thick.
I used a high-precision power meter that sits between the charging block and the power outlet to measure power consumption. While this is true of all forms of charging to a certain extent, wireless chargers lose a lot of energy compared to cables. They get even less efficient when the coils in the phone aren’t aligned properly with the coils in the charging pad, a surprisingly common problem. Once you have a phone or adapter that supports wireless charging, pick up a wireless charger that’s compatible with it. AnyQi certifiedwireless charger should work with any Qi certified device. You can find them online on websites likeAmazon.comor in electronics stores. Plug the charging pad into the wall and place your phone (or other Qi-enabled device) on it to charge. As long as your device and the charger support the same standard, it will just work. These thoughtful design touches make it easy for you to align the respective devices so that they charge properly.
But maybe the real highlight for this charger is its case friendliness. This is the difference between having to take your phone out of its case, or not. You still can’t have any clips or magnetic backings – magnets especially mess with wireless chargers. But I loved that I could leave my phone in its case, set my phone on the charger, and not have to keep adjusting it so that it sat right over one of the charging coils in order to get it to charge well. Your phone also shouldn’t have casing thicker than 3 mm or the wireless charger won’t be able to charge it. When it comes to phone cases, that extra allowance can make a huge difference. Don’t put anything between your phone and the charger either, because that will also keep it from charging. In fact, magnets might mess up the functioning of the wireless charger; I really feel like they could have done a little more as far as the resilience and robustness of the charger is concerned. It’s probably great for a home or office where it’s going to sit by a computer and you know nothing’s going to hurt it.
The Base Station Pro can charge devices at up to 7.5W, although the thickness of your phone case may reduce that speed. Nomad is using cutting-edge technology to make its charger work, and has said it’ll release software updates to improve this hardware over time. You will need to connect it to your computer to install updates, but I’ve gone through the process and it’s very simple. Most wireless charging pads require you to plug them into a power source, like an outlet or a computer, but AUKEY’s is built into a battery bank, so it’s totally portable. The battery pack has an 20,000 mAh battery with two USB ports (one USB-C, one USB-A), which has enough juice to fully recharge an iPhone 11 six times. 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. Like its flat charging pad cousin, Samsung’s fast-charging wireless stand isn’t much of a looker.
So although it’s a neat proof of concept, it’s best suited for early adopters willing to spend extra cash to have the coolest new tech toy. The Qi standard was first published in 2010, and it described an inductive method for wirelessly charging devices. In addition to specifying three different power ranges for wireless chargers, it laid out the way that devices would communicate with charging stations to ensure safe and efficient charging. From power adapters to wireless charging systems, LG has what you need to make your life easier. Browse our extensive line of devices and accessories featuring the state-of-the-art innovation you have come to expect from LG with the quality and durability you need. And be sure to see LG’s complete collection of cutting-edge products, designed to keep you connected with power and performance you can depend on.