Smartphones are already devices that work largely wireless – WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE & more have made most cables redundant. You only have to put the devices on a leash to charge the battery – so far. Induction chargers are now preparing to clear the last trip hazard from the mobile area.
We have tested 15 Qi wireless charging pads – the best for us is the V10 from Te-Rich, which is available in a circular version in addition to the squared V8. It is made of glass and aluminum, has a high-quality finish and charges both Android smartphones and iPhones. In addition, it is very cheap.
But there are big differences in the charging performance, i.e. the speed with which you charge a smartphone. Only very few achieve the charging capacities that the manufacturers state on the packaging.
If you are looking for a wireless charging pad or a stand for the bedside table, you can safely neglect the charging speed, because all the chargers get the smartphone full overnight. However, if you want to use the charger at work on your desk, it makes sense to choose an induction charger that can get a lot of juice into the battery in a short time.
What is the Best Wireless Charging Pad?
1. Te-Rich Qi Wireless Charger V10
The Te-Rich V10, together with its round sister V8, is a feast for the eyes. The housing made of aluminum and glass is of high quality and has a minimalist design. In addition, both versions were among the fastest Qi charging stations in the test. In addition, there is low power consumption in standby and it is one of the cheaper devices in the test.
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2. Anker PowerWave Wireless Charger
If you prefer a smartphone stand instead of a flat charging pad, the Anker PowerWave AK-A2521011 is the best choice. With its rounded edges, the stand looks simple but elegant and is well made. It charges iPhones very quickly, but our Android smartphone from LG a little slowly. But the power consumption in standby is pleasantly low. Thanks to its extremely long cable, the Anker charging stand looks great on any bedside table.
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3. Belkin Boost Up 15W
The Belkin F7U014vf was the fastest charger in the test. If the plastic look of the UFO doesn’t bother you, you can watch the battery level as it grows. You should only have enough space available, because the pad was one of the largest in the test. The Belkin charging pad is one of the more expensive in the test, but unlike most other manufacturers, Belkin also comes with a quick charger.
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4. EasyAcc Charger HD17
The EasyAcc HD17 is something different: hand-stitched PU leather gives the pad an extravagant touch. The LED is placed in such a way that you cannot see it when the phone is parallel to the cable, but at least it works reliably and does not interfere with visibility when the phone is tilted. No power plug is included, but you do get Fast Charging option. The good price also speaks for the EasyAcc.
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All You Need To Know About Wireless Chargers
Before you buy an induction charger, you should know that not every smartphone is compatible with the technology. The still popular aluminum backs of many mobile phones shield the electromagnetic vibrations used for inductive energy transmission too strongly and prevent charging.
Smartphones with a metal housing are taboo
For everything to work properly, the smartphone must have a glass or plastic back and be equipped with the appropriate technology for wireless charging. This requires some technical components with which not every smartphone is equipped so far, even in the luxury class. In addition to the iPhones X, XR, XS and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy flagships S6 to S10, but also the LG G7 ThinQ, with which we tested the chargers, among other things, dominate.
The so-called Qi standard has practically become the wireless charging standard; even Ikea now offers furniture with integrated Qi charging pads.
The charging speed with wireless chargers is fundamentally lower than charging by cable. In principle, it also depends on how exactly the smartphone lies on the hidden coils of the charger. However, we were pleasantly surprised in the test that the devices still allow a certain amount of leeway without the charging power quickly falling into the basement.
There is little to rely on manufacturer information
More and more smartphones are equipped with quick charging technology. This means that they can be charged with a power of 10 watts or more. You need a corresponding quick charger – and in the case of wireless charging, you also need a power supply that can transmit this power.
Induction chargers where no power is specified can usually transmit around 5 watts. With “Fast Charging”, models are being advertised that charge up to 10 or 15 watts.
However, you shouldn’t rely on these values, as we found out in the test. In the best case, the devices that advertised with a charging power of 15 watts did not manage more than 11.5 watts.
Wireless Charger Test Overview
For testing, we used a smartphone with Android and one with iOS operating system, to be exact a LG G7 ThinQ and an Apple iPhone X. The LG G7 is designed for a maximum output of 15 watts, the iPhone X for 7, 5 watts.
We measured the charging power in watts for all devices. We measured the LG G7 ThinQ with a charge level between 8 and 10 percent, for the iPhone X the charge level was always around 80 percent. We also determined the power consumption in standby mode.
We did not fully charge and discharge the battery, nor did we determine the time until the smartphone is fully charged, since the exact charging time depends on many different factors – especially the capacity, age and wear of the battery, to name just a few .
The figures given are thus average values and may differ for other smartphones, but they provide a good indication of the performance of the induction chargers.
In addition, of course, we also took into account the design and, above all, the processing. This also applies to the processing: creaking and gaps are no fun.
Winner: Te-Rich V10 Review
When you unpack it, you notice how noble the Te-Rich V10 is. The pad is heavy in the hand, has a slim design, is simple and minimalistic and looks really good. All other chargers can line up in the back – far behind.
Aluminum and glass instead of plastic
On the one hand, the V10 is flawlessly processed, but the highlight is above all the processed material, because where everyone else relies on useful, but not particularly impressive plastic, the V10 consists of aluminum and glass.
With its square layout and rounded corners, the shape is reminiscent of Apple products. This is especially true if you take a look at the white version of the charger, which is also available in addition to the night black.
If you prefer to be circular, you can also use the sister model V8, which is also available in black or white. The design is the only difference, in all other respects both devices are identical.
The V10 is great when it comes to the power supply: It is the only device tested that draws its energy from a USB-C cable instead of via micro-USB. For example, you can connect LG and Apple chargers directly – in the league of mobile phones, in which inductive charging plays a role, the newer connection has long been standard. The currently widespread, but increasingly worn out micro USB port is less helpful.
A fast charger is not included, as is the case with almost all devices in the test, but you cannot expect that at the low price.
The LED is not optimally housed
During charging, a very small LED lights up permanently in blue. It is located on the back near the USB connector. It doesn’t bother as you can’t see them. Although the meaning and purpose of the LED fades away, in practice we can get over this detail because the phone already signals when it is charging or when it is done.
The V10 didn’t let us down when it came to the measurements and demonstrated a very solid performance. The measured charging current ranged between 9.3 and 10.3 watts for the LG G7 and between 6.2 and 6.3 watts for the iPhone X. Only the Belkin devices achieved better values. The standby power consumption of 0.27 watts was among the lowest in the entire test.
There is little to complain about. The Te-Rich pair of V10 and V8 looks great, looks classy, is very well made and charges quickly, yet it has a low standby consumption.
The only thing that is slightly negative is that the glass surface is susceptible to fingerprints and is also relatively slippery. The back of which is also made of glass, so we recommend you’d rather not drop your cell phone on it, not even from just a few centimeters. But most of them have a plastic protective cover for their smartphone anyway, so that doesn’t matter.
Runner-up: Anker PowerWave Review
For those who prefer to put their smartphones on a stand, charge them faster or spend less, here are our recommended alternatives.
For us, the best smartphone stand with a wireless charging function is the Anker PowerWave AK-A2521011. It is very stable on the table and looks high-quality despite its plastic housing. Even the included micro USB cable fits – it’s nice and long and thick.
Chic and high quality workmanship
We also have nothing to complain about in terms of design. On the contrary: With its narrow back, the rounded edges and the blue LED, the device looks really chic.
When charging the LG G7, the device delivered 5.9 watts, which is still okay, but also does not trigger cheers. The iPhone looked much better: the stand-alone charger managed 7.9 watts, which was only surpassed in the test by the Belkin F7U027vf. The standby consumption was 0.5 watts and thus in the middle.
The small, round LED sits in the base under the smartphone and is clearly visible. It lights up blue continuously during charging, which could be annoying on the bedside table. After all, the lamp stays off in standby mode.
A drop of bitterness is the missing charger, but Anker is in good company with it. Only Belkin and RAVPower also supply chargers.
The bottom line is that the Anker PowerWave AK-A2521011 is a suitable all-rounder with a preference for the iPhone, which is a bit too expensive in terms of its performance and that of the competition, but has nothing else to complain about.
Fastest Charger: Belkin Boost Up 15W Review
If you want to go really fast, the Belkin Boost up 15W is the best choice. Both smartphones were charged at a speed from which beat any other wireless charging pad in our test. We would only wish that the F7U014vf would be that thick.
Because the somewhat chunky charging pad is not exactly an ornament. The tapered shape makes it look even larger than would be necessary. The rubberized surfaces prevent the smartphone from slipping away, but they also collect dust.
If you don’t mind the less graceful look, you get a solid charger. The build quality is good and charging the batteries works without any problems.
Impressive performance when charging
The F7U014vf achieved an impressive 7.6 watts for the iPhone and an impressive 11.5 watts for the LG G7. However, the standby consumption of 0.5 watts is relatively high.
For a change, the LED is not on the top of the pad, where it is covered by the charging phone, but on the side, where you can still see it while charging. We think that is very good and hope that other manufacturers will follow suit.
Speaking of other manufacturers: compared to the competition, the Belkin chargers are generally very expensive. But Belkin also always provides a suitable charger. If you have enough space on the bedside table and look more at efficiency than on the outside, the Belkin charging pad is a good choice.
Best Price-Performance Ratio: EasyAcc Charger HD17 Review
Our price tip is the EasyAcc HD17. It delivers good measurements with its ten watts: Our iPhone X was charged with 6.9 watts – the Apple devices don’t allow much more – and our Android got enough juice with 8.2 watts. The consumption in standby mode is so low that we could no longer recognize it from our measuring device, which speaks very strongly for the charger.
Chic leather look with performance
The pad is covered with PU leather and has high quality, handmade seams. A small LED, unfortunately placed exactly opposite the cable, lights up blue and green when charging. We only find this placement unfavorable because you have to place your cell phone at an angle to see the LED. Some may find this problematic, the other may not. It is otherwise inconspicuous so that it does not interfere when it is visible in the field of vision.
A power plug is not included in the scope of delivery, but the soldered USB cable can also be used for fast charging.
In general, we are extremely satisfied with the Qi charger because its solid build does not remind you of typical cheap Chinese products. Nevertheless, the good price should be mentioned here, which makes the pad one of our recommendations.
Other Wireless Charging Pads That We Tested
Belkin Wireless Charging Stand 10W
Anyone looking for a really fast charging stand is in good hands with the Belkin F7U052vf. When charging, it shows values as good as the Belkin quick-charging pad. The stand is of high quality and well designed. You can easily put your cell phone on top of it and watch films. However, the standby consumption is quite high – and it’s quite expensive. In addition, there is no USB connection.
Anker Wireless PowerWave Pad
The Anker PowerWave AK-A2503011 is a good choice for those who do not want to spend a lot of money and do not value charging speed. Above all, it focuses on economy, which is reflected in both the low purchase costs and the low standby consumption. The workmanship is good, the loading speed is not exactly high, but okay. The device was our good & cheap recommendation for a while until the EasyAcc HD17 took the title from it, and you certainly won’t make a mistake with the pad today.
Belkin Wireless Charger 10W
Also from Belkin and also snow white is the F7U050vf, which is similar in thickness to the sister model F7U014vf, but does not look quite as an UFO. Instead, the device presents itself with a slight curve on the side, which makes it look like a smoke alarm or could also act as a puck in ice hockey.
The charging values on the iPhone are good and the LG G7 is excellent, only the consumption in standby mode is far too high with 0.7 watts.
We have to blame Belkin for the tiny LED, because once again it sits in a place that is hidden during charging – again, nobody thought about it!
Considering what the device costs, we cannot make a recommendation – the good charging values of the G7 do not help either.
The Choetech T511-000 shares the spot with the Te-Rich V8, but that was it with the similarities. If you want to summarize the characteristics of the Choetech charger in one word, “cheap” would not be a bad choice. On the one hand, this applies to the price, because the device was the cheapest at the time we tested the products. Unfortunately, this also applies to the feel and processing. The rubber surface, which is supposed to prevent slipping, feels uncomfortable when touched and does not hold much.
The LED lights up blue continuously during charging, which could be annoying if it were not covered by the smartphone to be charged anyway. So it doesn’t annoy you, but is again superfluous.
The values for charging the iPhone were pretty bad at just 5.6 watts, but the LG G7 looked quite okay at 6.8 watts. Only the standby consumption of 0.35 watts is really good, but it is also not a record.
The Nanami A800 is an example of how you should not do it: The standby consumption is too high at 0.65 watts, the values of the LG with 5.9 watts are anything but exhilarating and for the iPhone 5.1 watts. In view of such results, one can only dream of the 10 watts that the manufacturer specifies.
The silver plastic from which our test product looks and feels cheap. There is also a black variant for the look, which we would probably prefer. We would not recommend the A800 in a different color.
The LED lights up permanently blue – even in standby – which is annoying at bedtime and consumes electricity unnecessarily. However, this alone cannot explain the bad values.
Fortunately, things look better with the Nanami ACU6. The values are not brilliant at 0.5 watts in standby, 6.3 watts when charging the LG G7 and at least 5.8 watts on the iPhone, but they are all better than the A800 from the same company.
The LED is also more reserved: after immersing the surroundings in violet light for ten seconds at the start of the charging process, it turns off again.
The design of the pad is nothing special, but functional. Only the dimensions are striking because the Nanami ACU6 is quite large. The processing is significantly better than that of the A800.
Due to the low price, the Nanami ACU6 is well worth a look. But you shouldn’t expect too much from it.
The RAVPower RP-PC063 is well made and the feel is neat. As so often, whether you like the design is a matter of taste. Unfortunately, the device does not charge very quickly, especially the 5.5 watts we measured for the iPhone are really not a hit.
The RP-PC063, on the other hand, is very positive when it comes to standby consumption. At 0.27 watts, it is just as low as the test winner and is therefore very exemplary.
The LED turned out very small and lights up green when charging. But you don’t see that because it sits in a place that is covered by the smartphone to be charged.
The device is not a total disaster, especially in terms of price. The performance when charging is clearly too low.
Although the RAVPower RP-PC066 comes from the same manufacturer, its values could not be more different. When charging, it comes to 6.8 watts for the iPhone and a whopping 9.8 watts for the LG G7, but since it is unfortunately exactly the opposite of the sister model, the standby consumption is not correct here. At 1.46 watts, it is simply so absurdly high that we have no choice but to shake our heads in disbelief. Unfortunately, further repeat measurements brought no change. Hello electricity bill!
Another shortcoming is the surface: While the LG G7 was satisfactorily on the pad, the iPhone X slid around on its glass back. The LED, which flashes green when charging, has meanwhile been covered by both phones.
But we also have positive things to report: The included micro USB cable is nice and thick and protected by a sturdy nylon sheath. In addition, a power plug was included, which was consistently missing in all other models with a USB connection. We were happy to find out that the RP-PC066 only worked with it and our Apple and LG adapters refused to cooperate. Something like that shouldn’t happen with a standardized connection like USB.
We really liked the Yootech F500. The values in the test were a decent 0.42 watts in standby and an acceptable 6.2 watts for the iPhone. The LG G7 was slightly lower at 6 watts.
The F500 is made of plastic and is well made. With the all-round illuminated ring, there is no need to hide. It lights up green at the beginning of the charging process until it goes out again after about 15 seconds.
The countervalue to the called price is more than fair and makes the Yootech F500 a real alternative to our price tip Anker PowerWave AK-A2503011, which also has similar charging values.
With the X1, Yootech also has a good alternative to an Anker products at the front line, but this time to the PowerWave AK-A2521011.
With 0.42 watts, the standby consumption is moderate, but the charging current for the LG G7 is 5.9 watts, too. However, if you put an iPhone on the stand, the X1 really accelerates and delivers a whopping 7.4 watts. It is essentially in line with our recommendation from Anker. Although it is not quite as chic as its competitor, it is a bit cheaper.
The status light behaves as usual: when it starts, it flashes green for 15 seconds, then it goes out. We were spared permanent lighting or a mini disco. We like that.
Last update on 2020-09-23 | Source: Amazon Affiliate