Last updated: June 17, 2020

Wireless charging technology is one of the latest features incorporated into smartphones. Charging the battery of mobile devices is now hassle-free, without the bother that inevitably comes with using cables. It is also an effective way to avoid damaging the charging port of your device, from having to constantly plug and unplug the power cord.

Sounds good? Well there’s a catch… Although the manufacturers add this feature to their phones, they don’t actually include the wireless charger as standard. It must be purchased separately. Now that Apple has cancelled their very own Airpower, what other alternatives on the market? Here is a selection of affordable wireless iPhone chargers with attractive and slick designs.

Key Facts

  • Wireless chargers are the answer if you want to say goodbye to cables for good. However, keep in mind that the charging speed is usually slower than when using a traditional charger. The actual speed will vary, depending on the phone you have and the wireless charger you purchase.
  • There are many types of wireless chargers on the market. The main difference lies in the design. Although there are lots of different styles out there, there are two main types: horizontal and vertical.
  • Keep in mind that although your phone won’t be connected to the wireless charger by a cable, the charger itself will need to be plugged into the wall of your home or office. Some manufacturers don’t include the required power cable with the wireless charger. If you don’t already own the correct one, you will need to purchase it separately.

Ranking: The Best Wireless Charger for iPhone on the Australian Market

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the all the options available for this type of technology, which is still fairly new. This is why we have prepared a list of the five best wireless chargers for iPhone on the market in 2019. We include a brief description, to help you to find the one that’s best for you.

Number 1: Nanami M220

This wireless charger by Nanami is one of the most affordable and has the highest number of satisfied users. It is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 Plus y iPhone 8. It is also compatible with some Galaxy and Nexus models, which is a nice feature to have.

It has a vertical design, which lets you continue watching videos or reading documents while your device is charging. Its dual coil system allows your phone to be placed either in portrait or landscape mode. We have to point out that this device only allows fast charging of Samsung models.

Number 2: Belkin Boost UP

If you are looking for a faster charge, perhaps you should invest a little extra and go with this model. It offers 7.5W of power for the iPhone, which is a faster charge than the standard 5W other wireless chargers provide. Although it still doesn’t reach the 10W offered by chargers for other brands of smartphones, it is definitely an interesting offer.

Available in black and white, the Belkin Boost Up has a simple, yet elegant design. It allows charging through plastic phone cases up to 3mm in width. It is compatible with Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8 and 8 Plus. It is also compatible with smartphones of other brands of smartphones equipped with Qi technology.

Number 3: RAVPower

This model has a nice sleek silicon design, and although only offering a 5W charge for iPhone, is very popular with users. It can easily charge your phone through any protective cover, and allows the continued viewing of your screen while on charge.

While some users have mentioned the bright LED light can be a bit of a nuisance during the night, it’s worthwhile considering the huge number of positive reviews of this device when making your choice. With its sleek and sophisticated design, it is easy to see why so many users choose the RAVPower.

Number 4: CHOETECH

Another interesting choice is this model by CHOETECH. It allows fast charging up to 7.5W for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8Plus and up to 10W for smartphones from other manufacturers. The dual coil system allows your phone to be charged while in a portrait or landscape position, which is nice to have. It has a solid design, with rubber feet to keep in in place.

Multi-colored LED lights indicate the charging status (solid blue for standby mode, green for charging mode). The blue LED indicator will flash if your phone is not properly aligned or any metal attachment detected. Being able to check the charging status with a simple glance is a big plus.

Number 5: UGpine

Want something that does the job without any fuss? This could be the option for you, especially if you’re not looking for a large outlay. This charger is the cheapest on our list and still a solid option. While providing a whopping 13.5W for other branded smartphones, it only provides 5W for iPhone models. It is a horizontal charger, so no viewing the screen of your phone while it is on charge.

There are many benefits for choosing the UGpine. You won’t be bothered by any annoying lights or beeps from this charger. The smooth LED indicator automatically turns off after only 10 seconds and won’t disturb your sleep. The design, while simple, is sleek and unobtrusive. The price along with the simplicity of design and functionality is why so many users opt for this charger.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about wireless chargers for iPhone

Who isn’t tired of constantly pulling your hair out over tangled, broken or lost cables? Wireless charging technology is the solution we’ve been waiting for. Before we jump in, you need to first understand a few things about this type of charger. Here are the most important things you need to know.

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The speed of the charge will depend on the model of the charger and smartphone.
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So what is wireless charging exactly?

One of the new features Apple incorporated into the iPhone a few years ago is wireless charging. This technology allows the battery to be charged without having to plug in the phone with a cable. However, the phone does need to be physically touching the pad of the charger, and the charger itself must be plugged into the wall.

We are still a long way off from the days of our phone automatically charging itself as soon as we enter our home or office. Although, thanks to wireless charging, we can now easily charge our smartphone, simply by placing it on the pad of the charger.

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You can protect the connector port of your phone and forget about the hassle of tangled cables with a more convenient and simple charging method.

How does wireless charging work?

At first glance, this system looks like it works by magic. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the charger generates an electromagnetic field and emits energy on one side, and the smartphone captures this energy on the other.

Wireless charging is achieved by induction coils present in both devices. Some chargers even include two coils. The charger generates an electromagnetic field from the power it receives from the mains power supply. This field remains latent waiting to come into contact with the coil inside the smartphone.

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When the coil inside the charger detects the coil inside the smartphone, it starts transmitting energy. This happens without needing to connect a cable between both devices. This is achieved thanks to an intermittent signal that is sent out to wait for contact with a compatible device. Therefore, it is this state of latency which enables charging to begin immediately upon contact between the devices.

What is Qi wireless charging technology for iPhone?

Qi is the name given to the world-wide standard of wireless charging technology. Developed by The Wireless Power Consortium, it received a huge boost when the big brands took a bet on it. We are talking about Samsung, LG, Lenovo, and especially, the trendsetters Apple.

It is vital that the charger you purchase has a Qi certification in order to be compatible with the iPhone X and iPhone 8. PMA, Cota and WattUp are names of other standards of wireless charging, but their use is fairly less extensive. Qi is the most developed in the market, the most widely used and the most efficient.

What can I do if my smartphone doesn’t support Qi technology?

If you have the latest generation smartphone, it most probably has Qi technology already integrated. To find out, you just need to check the manufacturer’s specifications. However, it could be the factory settings of your smartphone do not support this technology. If this is the case, don’t worry, there’s a solution.

You just need to get a Qi receiver. There are many designs currently available on the market at different prices. You only need to find one that is compatible with your smartphone and you can enjoy wireless charging technology. Usually, it is placed at the bottom of the phone and can be covered with a standard protective case.

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There are many designs of wireless chargers on the market.
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How quickly do wireless chargers for iPhone work?

Although wireless charging is clearly more convenient, unfortunately it is not as fast as a connection with a cable. At least, for now anyway. At the speed at which technology is advancing, it’s hard to say what will happen in the coming years. For now, we have to settle for what is currently available from each manufacturer.

In any case, the charging speed will be dependent on the smartphone and the amount of power the wireless charger supplies. The standard is 5W for a normal charge. Some chargers can reach up to 7.5W for iPhone, which would result in a faster charge. Although the still are not reaching up to the 9 or 10 W that some other chargers provide for other branded smartphones.

Charging speed for iPhone 8 or earlier models:

Wireless With a Cable
27% in 30 minutes at 7.5 W. 50% in 30 minutes with a fast charge.
20% in 30 minutes at 5 W. 21% in 30 minutes with a standard charge.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wireless chargers for iPhone?

The main advantage is the ability to place this type of device on charge without the need to continually plug in the cable. This prolongs the life of your connector port. More importantly, it allows us to say goodbye to the hassle of tangled cables. However, there are some disadvantages too. In this table we set it out clearly and simply for you.

Advantages
  • No need to connect your smartphone every time it needs to be charged
  • Avoid the mess of cables
  • Prolong the life of the connector port on your phone
  • It’s practical
  • It’s easy
  • It allows the charging of smartphones with different ports
Disadvantages
  • Slower charging time
  • The smartphone must remain in contact with the charging pad
  • Manufacturers do not always include the required power cable

Shopping Criteria

Unlike traditional chargers, there are many different options when it comes to wireless chargers. If you are thinking about buying one, it is important to keep a few things in mind. This will help you to choose the best adapter for your needs. We hope this section helps to make your decision easier.

  • Design
  • LED Lights
  • Charging Speed
  • Size
  • Budget

Design

There are two main types of wireless chargers: horizontal and vertical. A vertical charger allows you to continue viewing videos or documents. It can also be used as a stand, even when charging is not needed.

There are different shaped horizontal chargers, with the most common being round or square. There are some very interesting and stylish designs made from lots of different materials (even out of wood). Some brands even take their designs further, creating wireless chargers that are also lamps or clocks.

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LED Lights

The LED light (light-emitting diode) is a subject of much discussion, and often a source of major criticism from users. Some complain that certain models have lights that flicker during the night, which they have found very disturbing. Other users have lamented the lack of a light to indicate if the phone has been charged correctly.

These factors should be taken into account when you are deciding between one wireless charger or another. Knowing whether your phone has fully charged or if it is having some kind of problem, might be a deciding factor when making your choice. In the end it’s not something to worry about. There is a large enough range of wireless chargers out on the market to suit any preference.

Charging Speed

Charging speed can be a bit of a contentious subject. As the speed is not yet as fast as using a traditional charger, it is therefore an important consideration. Depending on the power capacity of the charger, the speed can be faster or slower and this could be a big factor when you are making your choice.

A standard charger (the slowest one) is compatible with all smartphones with Qi technology. Some models, of both smartphones and chargers, permit a faster charging time. Compatible iPhone models allow a charge of up to 7.5W, which is much faster than the standard speed. Faster charging time is something that is of interest to most users.

Size

Size can be a big consideration depending on where you might want to place your wireless charger. Do you want it on your bedside table? On your desk? In the loungeroom? Depending on where you plan to place it in your home or office, you need to decide on what size will be best for you. Currently on the market, there are models ranging from the super tiny to full sized with large surfaces.

You must also think about whether your device is going to remain in a fixed spot or if you will be traveling with it. For people who can’t be without their wireless charger there are models that are extremely light and thin. This means that leaving the house doesn’t necessarily mean having to deal with cables again.

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Please note that in the case that your smartphone heats up excessively, the system will suspend charging as a safety measure. It will restart once the temperature has cooled to an appropriate level.

Budget

Today it is possible to pick up a wireless charger without a large financial outlay. Even if some models have a three-figure price tag, they are not hugely different from the cheaper devices out there. Spend more or spend less? It’s a very personal decision, best taken after thinking about the pros and cons of all the available options.

Currently there are models out on the market with a low price tag and lots of satisfied users. Keep in mind that some models even allow the charging of multiple devices at the same time. It is important to find a wireless charger that suits your needs and fits your budget.

Summary

Saying goodbye to plugging in your smartphone every time it needs a charge is something we have all been waiting for. As well as being easier, this new method prevents damaging the connector port on your phone. It also allows different models of smartphones to be charged with the one device, without needing a separate cable for each one.

Charging our phone is something we do every day. It is very rare to find a model that can last more than 24 hours without needed to be charged. A wireless charger can allow you to do this in a much more practical way. If your phone has this technology available, it’s pretty likely that you are keen to say goodbye to cables forever.

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After a lot of work and studying, Jaiden has achieved his dream of building his own home cinema. Through his profession as a cameraman, he knows his way around technology very well. Meanwhile he regularly gives advice to his friends and family and writes about his technical hobby.