In the smartphone market, there are more and more Qi-compatible charger i.e., wireless charging (induction) smartphones. We are going to review some models that might interest you, with our recommendations according to your uses and your budget.
How to choose your Qi-compatible charger?
Here is a list of criteria to allow you to choose freely your Qi-compatible charger.
The charging speed is related to the power of the device while knowing that each phone has an internal limit. So it would be really great to have more than 10 W, but for the moment rare are the smartphones to receive more than 7.5 W. This is not annoying in itself, it just means that you will not use all the device capabilities.
The Qi-compatible charger itself needs a power source. So check if it is sold with a cable to plug into the mains or with a USB cable?
This is not technically essential, but this certificate is a way of ensuring that the charger respects all the standards issued by the WPC (Wireless power consortium), grouping together the giants of the telephony.
The classic model is round and black. However we can do everything with a charger white, cream, pink, gold or any other color (rarer, but not impossible). The same goes for the shape which ultimately is not systematically round.
Furthermore, if currently, the standard is to place the phone flat on it, it is also possible to favor a charger that keeps the phone almost upright, that is to say, tilted, to consult it more easily.
To avoid unpleasant surprises, whether it is a charger that does not work or a charger that damages your laptop, always favor known brands. It is not a problem that it is a Chinese brand, as long as it already has a certain reputation, that notices have been published on it and that it uses a known dealer.
Here the price is an indicator to avoid getting scammed. Indeed, do not buy chargers for less than $5. You won’t be able to charge much with it, the power will be ridiculous and the charging speed will be far too slow.
Also avoid the more expensive models, which often go faster than 5 minutes for double the price compared to mid-range chargers.
There are many models, but in terms of longevity and reliability, it is difficult to see clearly. We will select 4 models.
Best Qi-compatible charger: RAVPower wireless charger
RAVPower brand is an indicator of general reliability, but also of the possibilities available to you in the event of the need for after-sales service. Its wireless chargers are equipped with Quick Charge technology, for quick charging every time.
The latest RAVPower technology quickly recharges Samsung S10 and all Qi and Fast Charge compatible devices to 10W, but also your iPhone 11/ 11 pro/ X to a good 7.5W
• Dual coil charging: Qi wireless charger for iPhone 11 allows you to charge and use your smartphone in landscape or portrait mode
• Simplified Charging: Connect it to a QC2.0 / QC3.0 adapter of 15W or more, for fast charging. Also, it powers non-Qi compatible devices if equipped with a Qi receiver. Do not recharge through metal shells or shells thicker than 3 mm. Discreet LED: The wireless charging support indicator lights up in red, orange or green, which indicates the charging status
• Recharge Is Safer: Totally protected against overloads, overcurrents, overvoltages, and high temperatures, it is provided with the full RAVPower warranty of 12 + 18 months
• Compact & Stable: This lightweight wireless charging stand stays in place thanks to its non-slip rubber pads and its silicone bottom ring
• Power 2 devices simultaneously: The capacity of 10400mAh charges 2 devices at the same time, thanks to a wireless charging surface and a USB port; charge iPhone 11 and iPhone X up to 2.7 times via USB or 1.8 times via wireless charger
• 2x faster charging: The RAVPower wireless charger recharges twice as fast in 6 hours as a 2A / 2.4A AC charger
• Works with any Qi device: Widely compatible with iPhone 11/ 11 Pro/ X / 8 Plus, and Galaxy S9+/ S9/ S8 / S8 Plus / Note 8; non-Qi compatible phones will require a wireless Qi shell to be powered
Compatibility of ravpower wireless charger
Qi compatible models:
- 7.5W: iPhone 11/ 11 Pro/ Xs MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8
- 10W: Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S7 & Note 8
(Note: Equip your device with a Qi receiver if it is not original Qi compatible)
- Max input: 5V / 2A
- Max output: iSmart – 5V / 2.4A Max + TX 10W
- Charging time: 5.5 – 6 hours via Charger 2A / 2.4A AC
- 1 x RAVPower Wireless Charger (Model: RP-PC063)
- 1 x Micro-USB Charging Cable
- 1 x User Guide
Other interesting Qi-compatible chargers
Most smartphones these days are compatible with wireless charging. From Samsung (which was one of the first to integrate it) to Xiaomi via Apple or Huawei, the latest models almost all incorporate this functionality which allows you to skip the tedious step of finding a wire in a dark room before sleep.
Aukey LC-C6: Our recommendation
The Qi-compatible charger is particularly light and fairly thin and wide enough to easily accommodate all types of smartphones. This is very practical on a daily basis. The Aukey LC-C6 has a quality finish with a coating that prevents the smartphone from slipping. Its power of 5W allows you to charge most smartphones compatible with wireless charging.
In most situations, the charger is very practical for regularly recharging your smartphone or headphones without having to use a cable. In addition, the price is really very good, and very attractive.
We recommend that you also use it with an Aukey plug, the PA-D3 model is also a great product and very complementary to any setup. Here is an example of my setup.
Belkin Boost Up: certified by Apple
The Belkin Boost Up was born from the collaboration between the brand and Apple, in view of cutting the cord of the iPhone since the latter started to recharge Qi. With its simple, all-purpose design, the Belkin Boost Up can charge your iPhone to 7.5W or any Android smartphone at a speed of 15W.
It is specially designed to avoid overheating and damaging your battery early. It also has a small non-slip circle so that your smartphone does not slip during the night, as well as a small discreet diode to indicate the progress of the recharge. Note that it remains perfectly functional if a thick shell protects your smartphone.
Xiaomi Wireless Charger 20W: Simple and good
It works as well with the brand’s smartphones as with Apple, Samsung, and other models, and it is one that currently offers the best technical specifications, all at an unbeatable price. The Xiaomi Qi is able to charge your devices wirelessly up to 20W. Although this induction charging power is only available on a handful of smartphones today, it is a guarantee of longevity for the future. Note that if you use it with a smartphone bridled to 7.5W or 10W, the Xiaomi Qi will reduce its power accordingly.
The 20W charger benefits from a successful finish to say the least. Not too big and all dressed in white, it fits well on a sober desk thanks to its sobriety and minimalism. It wants to be rather ergonomic, because of its non-slip surface, like the previous wireless charger.
Be careful to position the smartphone in the center of the charger. Moreover, detection is not perfect, unlike the previous model. The charger has a rather efficient ventilation system which prevents it from heating intensely, which is a very good point for this model of the wireless charger.
To summarize, it is certainly one of the best value for money of the moment, and with its sober and elegant design will go with any decor.
Samsung Charge Duo: Expensive, but terribly effective
Charge two QI-enabled devices at once, without tangled cables, with the Samsung Duo Wireless Charger. The output power of up to 12W, coupled with advanced Samsung Fast Charge wireless charging technology, ensures maximum charging speeds for your smartphones. You can charge your connected watch and your Android smartphone for example, or your wireless headphones and your smartphone. Overall it is a great product.
The product supports all Qi-compatible devices and allows fast and efficient charging every time with two charging cradles which allows you to charge two smartphones at the same time. It is easy to configure and use, and to set up.
Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand: the most practical Qi-compatible charger
It’s one of Amazon’s bestsellers Qi-compatible charger, and for good reason. The Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand is an induction charger in stand format capable of recharging your smartphone with a power of 7.5W for iPhone, and even up to 10W for compatible Android smartphones.
It is particularly reliable, thanks to its integrated fan, which allows us to maintain the correct temperature and to ensure a homogeneous recharge from 0 to 100%. The device can charge both your smartphone in portrait and landscape orientation to watch videos while recharging your smartphone, for example.
Had a block taken? Here is our recommendation
To charge and connect your devices, we recommend using the USB-A and USB-C block from Aukey, the PA-D3. With an adaptive recharge up to 60W, the product allows you to improve productivity and be even better in terms of charging.
The product has a dynamic detection supplemented by Aukey dynamic DETECT with the USB-C port which can restore the full power of the charger. The figures are as follows: it will deliver 60W when used alone and 45W when both ports are used simultaneously.
The different types of wireless chargers
Several terms are used by manufacturers and sellers. In some cases, this represents different chargers, but not always. After all the initial technology is still the same.
Car induction charger
It is mainly through design that the induction charger for cars stands out. So it has either a suction cup (to go on the windshield) or clips (to slip into one of the ventilation grilles). It looks like it could be mistaken for a classic smartphone holder while allowing it to be recharged at the same time.
On the other hand, the charger itself is often sold with a USB cable for its own recharging.
Pad is the English term used to designate the charger. It is neither more nor less than a standard or universal model. In fact, more and more often, manufacturers use extended names to designate them: “Qi induction pad, standard universal wireless charger”.
One way like another to satisfy everyone.
QI or standard induction charger
These are two terms for the same model, also called a universal induction charger, which is what is described just above. If on form and power there are different devices, in reality in principle they are all the same.
Universal induction charger
It is the base charger and its name is excessive. Indeed, not all phones are compatible with the principle of wireless charging, even with a universal charger. On the other hand, the chargers themselves work equally well with Android or iOS.
Triple induction pad
The term “triple” evokes the fact that the charger can receive three phones at the same time. This does not change anything during loading time or general operation. In general, on the top is drawn a plus sign at each place where a smartphone can be placed. These are models for which there is little choice at the moment, but there is no doubt that the more phones will accept wireless charging, the more triple chargers will be accessible.
Wireless Chargers FAQ
How do you use a Qi Wireless Charger?
There is nothing more simple because there is, in fact, nothing to do. The wireless charger must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Itself is not always a mobile accessory. And then just drop your phone on it. Nothing more. The charging time is generally a little longer than with a USB mains charger. However, the advantage is that if in a family some have an iPhone and others a Samsung, everyone can use the same wireless charger.
Does wireless charging reduce battery life?
No. There is no evidence that the best wireless chargers will damage your battery. One thing that was known to shorten the life of a lithium-ion battery is to keep it fully charged all the time. Or let it drip to almost zero before reconnecting it. Ideally, you should let the battery discharge about 50%, then recharge it to 90 or 95%, with occasional charges at 100%. Why? It is related to the functioning of the lithium-ion battery. And the fact that the more the battery is charged, the more rapidly the electrolytes in the battery degraded. The full scientific explanation would take a few pages, but that’s the point. So if you want to preserve your battery, don’t keep it fully charged all the time or let it drain to zero.