Do you know what’s missing from all our visions of a futuristic utopia? Wires. Fumbling with a cable to plug in an Android phone or iPhone will totally vanish. Everything will just magically work in the coming days. Though we’re not there yet, wireless charging technology is improving all the time. Trending on the top list in this brave new world are wireless phone chargers. The charger is not entirely wireless as they still have to be plugged into a wall outlet, but they do free you from your nightly plug-in. You can place your smartphone on a pad and know that in the morning it will be good to go.
GOOGLE PIXEL STAND
Smartphones that support Qi wireless charging, including the latest iPhones, at top speed, Google Pixel Stand is capable thanks to the included USB-C to USB-C cable and 18W USB PD power adapter. It’s made of polycarbonate and soft silicone with a base that grips on any surface so that it won’t slide around on the nightstand. The white finish is unobtrusive, so it should blend into any environment. You can prop your phone up on this stand in landscape or portrait view and it will charge because there are two coils inside.
Power output: 10W
Qi Dimensions (phone size maximum): 3.6″ x 4.1″
Weight: 160g (5.6oz)
Cable included? Yes
AC adapter included? Yes
ANKER POWERWAVE PAD
The Anker PowerWave Pad can output up to 10W for fast wireless charging of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but it can also charge the iPhone X at 7.5W, so you should get top speed out of this pad regardless of your phone. Design of the white disc is fairly unobtrusive and there’s a decent weight, so it shouldn’t slide around on your desktop. There is an LED indicator and a fan inside, which is great for keeping your phone cool, but is definitely audible at times, so we wouldn’t recommend this pad for the nightstand.
Weight: 303g (10.7oz)
AC adapter included?Yes
ION WIRELESS FAST CHARGING PAD PLUS
This is another versatile wireless charging pad that can output 10W or 7.5W ensuring that you get the top charging speed possible, whether you have an Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, or something else. With an unusual shape and fabric covering that comes in red, gray, or white, this is an attractive device that really stands out from the crowd. There’s an unobtrusive light in the recessed front and plenty of ventilation to keep the temperature down.
KERF WIRELESS CHARGING BLOCK
This wireless charger looks like a simple block of wood. Variety of choice of wood, from the walnut pictured to maple, canarywood, padauk, and the list goes on,Kerf Wireless Charging Block blends seamlessly with any decor.It is capable of charging your Samsung Galaxy or iPhone at top speed and can go up to 10W. It has a USB-C port to plug in and it supports Qualcomm 2.0 and 3.0 fast charging, so it may be able to deliver a higher wattage in the future as standards advance.