As you know, all of the new iPhone models support wireless charging. The tech has been around for years in Android devices, but for folks who aren’t familiar with it, this allows you to place your phone on a compatible pad or mat to charge it—no more physically plugging your charger into your phone.

More specifically Apple’s new handsets support the popular Qi wireless standard, meaning they’re going to be compatible with a lot of wireless charging products that are already on the market, so we thought we’d roundup the best Qi wireless chargers for iPhone.

What is Qi wireless charging?

The Qi standard of wireless charging uses electromagnetic induction to move power from the charger to your phone. Wireless charging accessories have induction coils that create an alternating electromagnetic field, and compatible handsets have a built-in coil that can receive that energy and convert it back into electricity to charge your device’s battery.

Are there any downsides to it?

There are a few caveats here. Wireless charging is typically slower than its wired counterpart, which isn’t a big deal if you typically charge overnight, but could be if you’re looking for a quick power up. It’s also common for wireless charging pads and devices to heat up while in charging—though all of the chargers we’ve listed below have built-in safety features to ensure they don’t get too hot. And finally, a lot of manufacturers recommend removing thicker cases from your phone before setting it on the wireless pad. Again this won’t affect most users, but for the few that use bulky, rugged cases, it can be an inconvenience.

The best Qi chargers for iPhone

Mophie Wireless Charging Base

Perhaps the easiest one to recommend is the Mophie wireless charging base. It’s been optimized to charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X quickly and easily. Simply set your iPhone on the wireless base and charging begins immediately. The included wall adapter means you have everything you need to get charging right out of the box. Mophie adds that a software update will be released later this year to enable high-speed charging on the pad. This is one of the more expensive chargers, but Mophie has a solid track record for iPhone accessories and they clearly have Apple’s blessing here.

Buy for $60.

Anker Wireless Charging Pad

Anker’s another brand that gets a lot of praise—particularly on Amazon, where most of its products enjoy 4-star ratings or better. Their wireless charging pad features 5V/2A input, 5V/1A output, temperature control for safer and efficient charging, LED indicator lights, and more. You get the pad, a 3ft micro USB cable, and an 18-month hassle-free warranty. This isn’t the best-reviewed charger out there, but between its price and feature set, it’s worth checking out.

Buy for $26 (sale price).

Spigen Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Did someone say fast-charging? Spigen’s Essential Qi wireless charger supports QC 2.0 and 3.0 standards—up to 1.5x faster charging than regular wireless chargers (10 watt (5V/2.0A). It’s also compatible with a wide range of Qi devices and sports a very slim and subtle design. Features include LED indicators, so you know when your device is properly charging, and built-in safety components to keep your device from overheating. It’s also worth noting that the package comes with a 5-foot Micro-USB cable—slightly longer than a lot of the cables you get with wireless pads.

Buy for $19 (sale price).

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Hitting the sweet spot between premium and pricey is the Belkin wireless charging pad. Belkin has had a lot of success in the iPhone accessory range, so much so that Apple often features their products in its retail stores. Features here include a slim, sleek design covered in soft, high-friction material to avoid scratching your device and to keep it in one place, 1-amp output for charging, LED indicator lights, and Qi-certified transmitting coils. It’s is also compatible with Qi-receiving battery shell cases for other phones that don’t feature native Qi functionality. Comes with a Belkin Micro USB Cable (4ft) and a 2 amp wall adapter, everything you need for quick setup.

Buy for $40.

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

The BOOST UP is essentially a newer and more expensive version of the above Belkin charger. In fact at the time of writing, shipping was still about a month out. Nevertheless, this one ranks right up there with the Mophie wireless charging base, thanks to its price tag and feature set. It delivers 7.5W optimal charging for the new iPhones and has a green LED indicator light, so you can easily see that your phone is correctly positioned for charging. The big deal here: Belkin says it worked closely with Apple to ensure that this charger works great with the new iPhones. You really can’t ask for a better endorsement than that, now can you?

Buy for $60.

Seneo Qi Wireless Charging Stand

Prefer a stand instead of a pad? Check out this one from Seneo. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, on over 1,200 reviews, and it comes with an 18-month warranty to ensure your satisfaction. Includes all of the usual features like an LED indicator light, protection against overheating and overcharging, and a Micro USB cable for charging. Also supports QC (Quick Charging) technology, meaning it can charge compatible devices up to 1.4x faster than regular wireless chargers (although it sounds like it will only support standard charging for the new iPhones). But the big standout here is its cradle-like design that will allow you to easily see notifications at a glance and even perform tasks on the phone as it charges.

Buy for $18 (sale price).

Know of a great wireless charger we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below, and if we agree, we’ll add it to the list!

  • Jamessmooth

    With all these other far cheaper options, it’s hard to justify spending so much on Belkin and Mophie’s offerings, even if Apple worked with them. I’ve never had luck with Mophie, so they’re automatically out for me. That Senso stand looks pretty sweet. Think I’ll buy it and use it when my X comes!

    • Gary T

      I just ordered one. Can’t beat the price and I like that it’s a stand. It’s for my daughter. Ordered an 8 for her. I’ll know if it’s any good before I get my X.

      • Jamessmooth

        Good thinking! Please update with your thoughts of the charger if you get time.

      • Gary T

        Forgot about this until now. First, charger works as advertised. Second, my daughter can’t use it because she has a pop socket on her phone case. There’s no way to get the phone close enough to the charger with this installed. Sideways doesn’t work and having the front of the phone against the charger of course does nothing. I plan to get the X when it’s released so I’m saving it for my own use, until Apple’s three way charger is released. All of that said, without the pop socket the charger seemed to work perfectly fine. Only used it a little but no complaints at all. Charging began instantly.

  • ready1take1

    Anyone else see the downside of wireless charging being the fact that a lot of times you still need to use your phone while it’s charging? I envision folks who only have wireless charging around their house being on 1% and still needing to use their phone, to cumbersomely be holding up one of these pads behind their phone while they’re still using it. The only place I see it useful is overnight on a night stand.

    • pnh

      I agree. It won’t work well in my car either. One on the nightstand and lightning cables everywhere else.

    • I’ve been saying this for years. Wireless charging isn’t really wireless since you are still tethered to the wall by a wire. the only difference is that instead of a cable that will stay in and give you freedom of movement and use, you have an puck. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the way I use my phone it’s a HUGE step back to go “wireless” charging.

      • R3VVEDUP

        here’s an idea for everyone…dont use it then…problem solved.

      • LOL, that’s exactly what I plan on doing 🙂

        The only reason I think it’s brought up is because for years Android users touted it as a major life enhancing feature, and when we said the same things back then we were told that it was simply because we were jealous Apple sheep that would change our tune the second Apple released it. Now that Apple has it too a lot of Android users are already piling on with “See?! We knew you all wanted it after all!”

    • Galaxy Life

      Really?? If you need to use it while it’s charging why lay it on the mat? Why not just plug it in like you always do?

      • ready1take1

        The idea here is that all your chargers have been replaced with wireless ones.

  • Gary T

    Great timing on this article. All these years and still the best place for info. Just ordered a Seneo. Can’t beat that price. Hopefully it works well.

  • Diego Milano

    Thanks for putting this together! At the end of the day, it looks like some brands offer more or less a similar pricing compared to Apple’s alternative. The stand is definitely interesting, it would be cool to be able to have something that would offer both a pad and a stand.

  • Poppa Woody

    Everyone is thinking too short term here. Yes, the iPhone 8 jumped on the bandwagon of Qi only as a spring board to something better in iPhone X, true wireless charging regardless of whether you set it on the couch, piano, in your pocket, or you are talking on it. Energous Corp (WATT) will have their flagship products out and leave everyone in the dust for a year or two. They have true wireless power within a circle with a 3 foot radius, or 6 foot diameter with FCC approval. The 7 ft radius/14 ft diameter and 15 ft radius/30 ft diameter are awaiting FCC approval. I’m betting they will be a bit consume expensive – at first – and any restaurant, bar, etc. will have every square inch covered in power charging your iDevices while you dance.

    –They have a Tier one customer plus lots of licensing partners
    –The guy who helps Apple pass FCC regs supposedly ‘quit’ Apple and went to work for Energous and help them with FCC regsl
    –Dialog, a major supplier to Apple for parts invested 5 million in them about 6 months ago anf then another 10 million into them about 2 months ago.
    –No one at Apple will talk about it – neither confirm or deny

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