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The best wireless chargers for your phone in 2021: easy iPhone & Android charging

The best wireless chargers
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Fed up with hunting around for your USB or Lightning cable when your phone needs juice? With the best wireless chargers, all you have to do is place your iPhone or Android phone on a charging pad or in a wireless charging stand and hey presto: it'll charge.

What's more, some wireless chargers can even charge your Apple Watch and AirPods, and a 3-in1 charger will juice up these devices and your phone simultaneously.

You'll need a phone that's compatible with wireless charging in order to get in on the fun. Generally, if your devices is Qi-compatible, it can be charged wirelessly. The speed at which it can be charged is generally slower than if you use a good old cable, with wireless charging rates varying from 5W, to 7.5W for the iPhone 8 and newer, through to 10W for modern Samsung, LG and Sony phones. 

But if you've got an iPhone 12 (non-Mini), then Apple's MagSafe charger will supply an impressive 15W of wireless power - that;s not far off the 20W supplied by a cable connection.

A few things to keep in mind: while most wireless chargers will charge through a phone case, don't leave a credit card or other RFID card in a card slot on your case, as the wireless charging circuitry could damage the card.

Finally, as a wireless charger can be plugged into the mains via your phone's normal USB wall charger, it probably won't include one in the box. That's fine if your phone came with a high-output fast charger, but if you've only got a basic USB charging adapter, wireless charging will be much slower. A wireless charging pad that includes its own power adapter will keep your charging at full speed.

Best wireless chargers in 2021

Editor's Choice

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1. Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE 15W Wireless Charging Stand + QC 3.0 24W Wall Charger

A great wireless charger for iPhones and Android phones

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 15W | DC power adapter included?: Yes (24W Quick Charge 3.0 power supply)

Fast 15W charging
Can charge phone upright or sideways
High-output DC adapter included
Not all phones charge at 15W

This wireless charger is excellent value, capable of up to 15W fast charging to Qi-compatible phones, including the iPhone 8 and newer, Google Pixel 4, and Samsung Galaxy S/Note 10 and newer. The vertical stand keeps your phone's screen easily visible, and it'll charge with your phone positioned in portrait or landscape orientation - great for watching videos as your phone charges. It can even charge through a phone case up to 3mm thick. And unlike Apple's MagSafe charger, this Belkin stands comes with a 24W Quick Charge 3.0 power adapter. There's even a $2,500/£1,500 connected equipment warranty for total peace of mind.

best wireless charger: Apple MagSafe charger

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2. Apple MagSafe charger

The best wireless charger if you've got an iPhone 12

Compatibility: iPhone 8-12 | Max charging wattage: 15W | DC power adapter included?: No

Super-fast iPhone 12 charging
Effortlessly easy to use
Much slower with older iPhones
DC adapter not included

If you're using an iPhone 12-series phone, the MagSafe charger is the wireless charger for you. It snaps effortlessly to the back of any iPhone 12 model thanks to a ring of magnets built into the phone, and there's no careful aligning required. Once in place, it juices up your iPhone with 15W of power, resulting in impressively quick charging times. However, while MagSafe will work with the iPhone 8, 8+, X, XR, XS, XSMax, SE, 11, 11Pro and 11 Pro Max, expect significantly slower charging speeds. The iPhone 12 Mini is also restricted to 12W.

If you like to use your iPhone in a phone case - no worries - Apple offers a selection of MagSafe compatible cases to choose from. MagSafe is even compatible with AirPods Pro and the AirPods with wireless charging case. You will need one of Apple's 20W USB-C wall adapters to get the most out of the MagSafe chargers, so if you don't already own one, factor an extra $19 into the total price.

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3. Yootech Wireless Charger

The best wireless charger if you're on a tight budget

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 10W | DC power adapter included?: No

Fast with Samsung phones
Can charge AirPods
No DC adapter included

It's not the fastest wireless charger out there, but Yootech's pad is still capable of sending 7.5W to an iPhone 8-12, and a healthy 10W to a Samsung S8 or newer. All other Qi-compatible devices - including the Pixel 3 and above - receive 5W of wireless power. The pad will even charge your AirPods, and can charge through a phone case up to 4mm thick. Another nice touch is the LED charging light switches off once charging is in progress to keep it sleep-friendly. If you're after a wireless charger that won't break the bank, this is it.

SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync

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4. SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync

Wireless charging and auto photo back-up in one!

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 10W | DC power adapter included?: Yes

Useful auto photo backup
Fast DC power adapter included
Good value
Back-up capabilities not really required if you already have sufficient cloud storage

Sandisk is a brand you'd normally associate with digital storage products, so it's no surprise that this wireless charger also packs either 128GB or 256GB of built-in storage. The idea is you place your phone on the charger pad and not only will it charge your phone, the pad will also automatically back up your photos, video and phone contacts via Bluetooth. The system is controlled via the Ixpand Charger app for iOS or Android, which lets you control backup settings as well as enabling back-up syncing capability with more than one connected phone. If you've already got a 200GB or 2TB iCloud account, then you're probably not going to need the back-up capabilities of this charger, but with Google soon ending its unlimited Google Photos photo storage, the Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync could make a lot of sense if you own an Android phone with wireless charging.

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5. Anker PowerWave 10 Dual Pad

Great if you want to wireless charge two phones at once

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 10W | DC power adapter included?: Yes

Simultaneously charge two phones
Wall adapter included
Can charge AirPods
Slow charging with Pixel phones

Wirelessly charging two phones simultaneously doesn't have to mean buying two separate wireless chargers. The PowerWave 10 Dual Pad has two charging surfaces, allowing two Qi-compatible phones to each receive up to 10W wireless charge. iPhone's can charge at 7.5W a-piece, and Pixel phones 5W. What's more, unlike most wireless chargers at this price point, the PowerWave 10 Dual comes with a wall adapter included - great if you don't already own a QuickCharge 3.0 power brick. Factor this and the dual charging capability and this wireless charger is terrific value.

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6. Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE 3-in-1 Wireless Charger for Apple Devices

Simultaneous wireless charging for your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 7.5W | DC power adapter included?: Yes

Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods
Qi-compatible charging
Slick design
Not compatible with iPhone 12 Mini
Quite pricey

Want to wirelessly charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and Airpods, all at the same time? That's exactly what the Belkin 3-in-1 wireless charger lets you do. It's not the fastest charger out there, providing only 7.5W of power to your iPhone and 5W to your watch and AirPods - some way short of the 15W that Apple's MagSafe charger gives an iPhone 12 - but that might not be a deal-breaker if you're charging overnight anyway. Plus, if you need to charge an Android device, the charger is compatible with any phone supporting Qi wireless charging.

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7. Lexon Oblio

Wirelessly charge your phone and disinfect it at the same time - awesome!

Compatibility: Qi-compatible devices | Max charging wattage: 10W | DC power adapter included?: No

Charges and disinfects your phone
Classy design
Reasonable price for features
Not the fastest charger
Must flip your phone for full clean

The Oblio is a truly innovative wireless charger, and one that is perfect for today's virus-obsessed world. That's because as well as charging your phone, the Oblio can actually disinfect it at the same time! Sounds like marketing BS, but the science is real. With a UV-C LED located on its front interior, it can eradicate the DNA of microorganisms found in viruses, mold and germs. The LED disinfects a single side of your phone at a time, and has been proven to kill 99.9% of viruses in 20 minutes. You'll just need to remember to flip your phone mid-charge to disinfect the other side.

10W Qi-certified wireless charging gets your phone juiced up quickly, and you can charge any compatible phone up to 8.3cm wide and 1.05cm thick. You will however need to supply your own Quick Charge 3.0 power adapter.

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