12 wireless chargers for Apple's iPhone X

Thinking about wireless charging now that the iPhone X is here? We've compiled a list of Qi-enabled chargers that will pair perfectly with Apple's latest phone, as well as the iPhone 8 or 8+ and various Android devices.

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From wired to wireless charging

The iPhone X is finally here, and among its many attributes, such as Face ID technology, it supports native wireless charging – just as the iPhone 8 line does.

Apple's iPhone X supports fast-charging via its wired Lightning connector and 7.5W wireless charging through a Qi-compatible pad or dock. (Many new cars also come with a Qi-based wireless charging pad option, which will work with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X models.)

Apple stores sell both Belkin and Mophie brand wireless charging pads, which it claims represents “the best implementation of the Qi standard.” But those models are also pricey (as much as $60) and you can use any pad or dock that conforms to the Qi-wireless charging specification.

“Fast charging” is basically anything greater than a standard 5W of power transfer. While it remains to be seen what Apple’s upcoming AirPower charging pad will enable in terms of fast charging – 7.5W or 15W (the Qi specification supports both) – currently “fast charging” an iPhone X using 7.5W will bring it to 50% after a half hour. (Fast charging is expected to arrive with iOS 11.2.)

Two things to look for in a wireless charger are an LED light to indicate when the phone is properly aligned to receive a charge and foreign object detection, which ensures foreign metal objects will not heat up if they come in contact with the charging pad or dock.

IKEA

The IKEA Triple Pad Wireless Charger

While Apple is releasing its own AirPower wireless charger next year that can charge three Qi-enabled devices at once, you can have that same capability today with the Triple Pad from IKEA. (And it’ll likely cost you less.)

 

In addition to accommodating up to three Qi-certified smartphones or other devices, the Ikea Triple Pad comes with a USB port that can separately charge a fourth device using a cable. This charger, however, is not capable of delivering “fast charging”; it only supplies up to 5W of power, so it’ll be slower than 7.5W chargers that offer about 1.4 times the charging speed.

CHOETECH

CHOETECH Qi Certified T511 Qi Wireless Charger Pad

Charging on the cheap should be ChoTech’s motto. The company sells a Qi-certified wireless charger for just $12.99, and it’s 7.5W “fast charge” compatible.

Pleson

Pleson Wireless Charger Qi Wireless Charging Stand

Pleson’s Qi-enabled charging stand will set you back $20, and it allows you to position your iPhone vertically or horizontally so you can either make a call or watch a movie while it charges.

Anker

Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad

A best seller on Amazon.com, the Anker wireless charging pad features temperature controls so the pad won’t overheat and a “power-efficient” idle mode that shuts it down so it won’t overcharge your battery or waste energy. Its LED indicator light is also intelligent: Red means it's ready to charge, blue indicates it is charging, and both colors together let you know your device is fully charged. Blinking lights mean an unsupported device has been detected. Anker does warn that phone cases should be removed to ensure effective charging. Price: $19.

Yolike

Yolike Fast Wireless Charger

If wood is your thing, then you might want to check out the Yolike wireless charging stand. No, it’s not really wood, but the synthetic material does mimic the look nicely. In addition, two wireless charging coils allow you to position your iPhone X vertically or horizontally and it supports up to 10W output. On top of that, it sells for only $18.

SurgeDisk

SurgeDisk Wireless Charger Bamboo Edition

Continuing the wood theme, SurgeDisk has produced a comely charging pad with a real bamboo surface. The company also claims its LED charging indicator will help you sleep as it uses a soft white light and not a red, green or blue LED. Price: $30.

Insignia

Insignia Wireless Charging Pad

The Insignia wireless charging pad has three features in particular that set it apart; the entire outer edge of the charging puck is an LED light, so it’s easy to see when your phone is properly aligned and charging, and it even indicates if the device can take a fast charge or not; the bottom is vented to allow heat dispersal; and it offers up to 15W of charging power, so you’re future proofed against software upgrades from Apple for faster charging in the future. Price: $30.

Samsung

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand

If you like big-name electronics to compliment your Apple device, then the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand should be on your list. The stand, which is quite stylish, is created by two circles coming together at a 23.5-degree angle. The stand comes in white, black, gold and silver colors. It’s a bit pricier than others at $60 but it’s on sale now for $32.

Belkin

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

Belkin, a solid name in electronics, claims it worked “closely” with Apple designing its 7.5W Boost Up wireless charger so that it won’t overheat or shutdown prematurely. The charger is compatible with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 or any other Qi-enabled device. A small LED light indicates when it’s wirelessly connected to a device for charging. The biggest drawback? Belkin’s charging puck will set you back $60.

mophie

Mophie Wireless Charging Base

The Mophie wireless charging base is also a brand that Apple supports in its online and brick-and-mortar stores. It’s a no frills puck that offers up to 7.5W of charging power and a non-slip coating that protects the iPhone from scratches and provides a stable surface to quickly drop and charge. Price: $60.

The Plux triple pad wireless charger

Plux is a Qi-based wireless charger that’s currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, but the New York-based company says its pad can charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously – just like Apple’s upcoming AirPower product.

The pad offers up to 10 watts of charging power, can be deployed as either a flat pad or a stand and comes in white or black.

Due out in April, it's available now for $69, though that price will got to $178 once it hits the market. 

The Funxim dual wireless charger

Another Indiegogo crowdfunded wireless charger is the Funxim Charging Pad.

The pad claims to be able to charge two Qi-enabled devices – such as the iPhone X and Apple Watch – at the same time. (Yes, it also works with Android devices enabled for Qi charging.)

So called 10-watt "fast charging" is supported. And it's only $32.