If you’re looking to get a Qi-charger for your iPhone or Android device, you’ve come to the right place! Weʼve been using a plethora of different Qi-charging pucks for months now in order to come up with our recommendation for the best Qi-charger for your smartphone!
In the past few months, we have used 8 iPhone Qi-Chargers. During those months of testing, thereʼs only one that weʼd actually recommend people on getting.
Our pick is the Anker Powerwave. We like it not because of the fast charge capability but because of the physical design. If you are curious as to why, listed down below is our reasons for choosing the Anker Powerwave.
But Anker Powerwave is not actually the fastest Qi-charger despite our liking to it. Pictek Fast Wireless Charger is actually the fastest among the bunch, click here to find out by how much.
Aside from that we also done some little testing to find out if the Micro-USB cables have something to do with the Qi-chargers charging faster.
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The Best Qi-chargers we reviewed so far (from best to worst)
- PowerWave has a nice design. Angle is suited for a desk setup which is way
- More useful than the normal puck setup.
- Coils are either large enough or thereʼs two to enable both portrait and landscape charging
- Comes with a charger and cable for when you get sick of Qi-charging and just need a spare charger
- Doesnʼt charge the iPhone any quicker than a regular iPhone charger
- Fancier (has metal)
- Thinner than Belkin offering
- One of the faster chargers on the list (not as fast as Pictek)
- Requires itʼs own charger
- Device may slide around on the charging surface
- Flat design is not useful in work areas/easy to lose track of
- Small LED charging notification area
How to pick the right qi-charger for you
Now weʼve only used 8 different types but if you go to Amazon, youʼll notice that there are dozens more. We think the first question you have to ask yourself is: Where am I going to use this Qi-charger?
If you havenʼt noticed, we prefer to have the Qi-Charger in our workspaces. So we tend to like the chargers that prop the iPhone out like the Anker and Spigen oneʼs.
In the office workspace, being able to see the notifications while sitting
normally in the desk is handy. We canʼt do this with the puck style Qi-charger. Even the ones with a slight angle to them like the Uolo and Belkin ones.
Similar to the office workspace, being able to see the device while moving around in the kitchen is handy. itʼs nice to not have to stare down at the screen for a recipe or to see what our son is doing on the Nest Cam.
The only place where we might use a flat style of charger would be on the night stand. Since we generally have no need to check the device while we sleep. But other than that, we donʼt find flat-style chargers to be terribly useful. If we’re going to place the device on a table, weʼd be better off going with a normal wired charger with better charging rates.
What is the fastest Qi-charger?
NOTE Spigen F300W only looks the fastest because all the other Qi-chargers used the iPhone’s 5W charger The Spigen F300W didn’t work with the 5W charger. In fact, Spigen F300W used a 10W charger which is why Spigen F300W is looks faster.
If charge rates matter to you, you’re better off going with a wired charger rather than a Qi-charger. On an iPhone X, a 29W MacBook charger can charge the device in 1/3 of the time when compared to a Spigen 5W F300W Qi-charger.
But if you really need the fastest Qi-charger, your best bet is going to be with the Pictek Fast Wireless Charger. Pictek Fast Wireless Charger is the fastest in all our charge tests by several minutes. In the grand scheme of things, we’re not sure how saving is three minutes every 3-4 hour charge cycle is going to make a difference. But at least you can say your purchase was well spent on it since there is actually an approx. ~20 minute difference between the fastest and slowest Qi-charger.
It should also be noted that the Anker products seemed a little slower than the average Qi-charger yet they are the most expensive chargers in the graph.
Does the micro-usb affect charge rates?
For this experiment, we took four cables out of our giant stash and ran multiple charge tests against them. We had a ZY branded cable for our gimbal, a Samsung branded cable, the Anker cable that came with the charging puck and a random cable from our box.
Surprisingly, the fastest cable was the random no-name cable in both test charge cycles with the fastest chargers in this list. The Samsung branded cable was next with the slowest being the fancy looking ZY branded cable. Between the slowest and fastest cables, there was a 10 min difference when charging our devices from 30-90%.
In the grand scheme of things, 10 mins per charge cycle might not be a big deal when it takes almost three hours to charge an iPhone 8 from dead. If you’re charging the iPhone overnight, this isn’t going to be a big deal but if you’re a stickler for time, 10 minutes over the span of two years would equate to ~122 hours of wasted time if you’re on your device ALL the time.
We wish we could give you guidelines on how to pick the right cable but we can’t. We literally have a box of random micro-usb cables from all the different gadgets we’ve collected over the years and they generally all look the same. This is the exact opposite of Apple’s standards for Lightning cables.