Best wireless charger 2024: Top 12 ranked for Android and iPhone

The best wireless chargers are a bit of a dream, breaking you out of the old rut of having to plug in your phone every time to sit down to work or sleep.

Ditch your cables and quit wearing out your phone's charging port by getting yourself a handy wireless charger. It's easier than ever now that more wireless chargers are switching to USB-C, so you can stick to one Type-C cable.

The best wireless chargers for Android, iPhone, and beyond

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Standards, standards, and more standards: What makes a good Qi charger so hard to find

For a flat pad, Belkin has made a comeback in the wireless charging space over the last year, with a variety of 10W and 15W wireless chargers that are Made for Google. They support the EPP charging profile that the Google Pixel 7 and previous models use, while still having the wireless charging profiles that Samsung and Apple employ for their phones.

The Anker PowerWave II Pad 15W is slim, non-slip, and can use either Qualcomm QuickCharge or Power Delivery, so you can use the fast chargers you already have at hand.

The iOttie iON Wireless Duo is another good pick, especially if you charge your true wireless earbuds beside your phone whenever possible. This stand supports 15W EPP charging to Pixel phones, and the design and texture are wonderfully premium for an entirely reasonable price.

The Mophie Snap+ is an affordable and compact wireless charger that comes with a cable built-in, so it's a clever and versatile little charger. What you'll really love about it is that it is MagSafe compatible with both iOS and Android devices. How so, you ask? This is all possible thanks to the adhesive metal ring included in the package. You can use that sticky ring to add MagSafe support to any phone, letting you use all the best MagSafe accessories for Android.

If you're planning to use your wireless charger on the go, we recommend grabbing one of the best Qi wireless portable chargers in addition to a larger wireless charging pad or stand.

Some things to take note of before buying a wireless charger

Wireless chargers have a half-dozen different charging standards and protocols that are hard to condense down to a product name or bullet-noted list. Still, we've tried to sum up the most important things to know right here.

Let's start with the most important standards on a Qi charger, the actual charging specs:

  • 15W EPP: This is the Qi Wireless Consortium's "Extended Power Profile," and it's a relatively open standard, though the list of phones using it right now is relatively small, including LG phones, the Google Pixel 5 and up, and the OnePlus 8 Pro and up (when not using OnePlus's own charger for proprietary 30W or higher wireless charging).
  • 15W Samsung: This is technically Samsung Fast Charge Wireless 2.0, and we've yet to find any chargers with this speed spec outside Samsung's own 15W Wireless Charger Stand.
  • 10W Qi: Of the 10W charging specs, the standard 10W is what most chargers and Android support. This can sometimes be using the EPP profile, sometimes it's not, and sometimes it's not the standard Qi because it's actually the Samsung profile instead.
  • 10W Samsung: This is technically Samsung Fast Charge 1.0, and for a lot of wireless chargers, this is the 10W standard they mean when they say they're a 10W charger. The charging speed you'll see on a compatible Samsung device is closer to 9W than 10W.
  • 7.5W Apple: 7.5W is the charging speed used for iPhones, and as such, it's become a charging speed offered on almost all wireless chargers. Wondering where 15W Apple charging is? It's currently limited to first-party Apple chargers.
  • 5W Qi: This is the basic Qi profile that all Qi chargers support. Even if you can't fast-charge your particular phone on a particular charger, you are always able to get 5W charging if your device supports Qi charging.

Since we've yet to find a wireless charger that supports all of these, we instead have to try and pick a charger that has the particular standards that we think our devices now and in the future can use. If you're a Galaxy or iPhone user, your task is easy, since most chargers have your protocols. The rest of us should be seeking out a charger with 15W EPP or 10W standard Qi charging.

Namerah Saud Fatmi
Senior Editor — Accessories

Namerah enjoys geeking out over accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of smart tech. She spends her time guzzling coffee, writing, casual gaming, and cuddling with her furry best friends. Find her on Twitter @NamerahS.