A world without wires is still a utopian dream at this point, but we’re inching towards it. Wireless charging for your phone is a step on that journey, although it’s not technically ‘wireless’, given the charger itself has to be plugged into the wallssocket, and the phone has to break on a little mat or it won’t have billed. Still, it will save you the hassle of plugging in your phone every night, so there’s that.
Many popular phones encourage Qi wireless charging today, from the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the LG G6 Amongst Others. But there are still phones which aren’t yet available on the bandwagon, including some flagship devices, like the Google Pixel 2 and two XL. That is why we’ve included recommendations for the two worlds below, so that you can strive towards this wireless dream regardless of what device you own. We looked for recommendations online, and found what the customers are saying, and this would be the most interesting and useful devices we discovered.
For those whose phones do not support wireless charging, one way to avoid that is by using a situation that is Qi wireless-equipped. You can then pair it with any Qi wireless charging pad from under, and be in your way. The thing with instances is that they’re specific to phones, so we’ve included two or three popular options here, even though you might have to search for your particular phone.
All of them operate in exactly the same manner. The case has a built-in receiver coil and a male charging end which plugs into your phone’s charging port. This will mean an additional step if you want to use wired headphones with your iPhone 7. Some also have an included battery pack, which helps extend your battery life on-the-go, and is then billed along with your phone when you place it down.
Price: Rs. 4,800
Purchase: iPhone 7 – eBay; iPhone 6s/7 Plus – Amazon; Google Pixel – eBay
Wireless Charging Receiver Coil
Another way you can obtain wireless charging for phones that don’t support it is by using a receiver coil, which plugs into the phone’s charging port. This turns any phone into one which can be used with a wireless charging pad, so although you’ll want to find one that’s compatible with your phone.
Since it plugs into the phone, the charging receiver you will need is different depending on whether you’ve got an Android (typically Micro-USB or USB Type-C) or a iPhone (Lightning). Getting the proper fit could be hit and miss, so be prepared to work just a little. As soon as you’ve plugged it in, put your phone down on a wireless charger, with the charging pad between your phone and the mat. Of course you do not want to have the coil hanging from your phone, so you will want to tuck it under the case/ back cover.
Buy: Lightning – eBay, Amazon; Micro-USB – eBay; USB Type-C – Amazon
As soon as your phone could be charged wirelessly, you need a charger too. If you are on a budget, consider the ARE Wireless Charing Pad, which is one of the cheapest charging pad and receiver mat combinations we can find online. The receiver bundled with the pad is designed to work with phones that use Micro-USB chargers, which is to say, most Android phones.
The ARE Wireless Charging Pad outputs 1A, so it’ll take more time than your standard charger, which outputs 2.1A. If your phone supports rapid wireless charging, consider one of these options below.
Price: Rs. 888
Samsung Wireless Charging Pad
Looking like a flying saucer and supporting quick charging on Samsung’s latest devices — the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Notice 8 DB LINK ALL — the new Samsung Wireless Charing Pad outputs 2A instead of the 1A you get from many wireless chargers. To keep temperature down, there’s even a silent fan inside. It also supports many other Qi-capable phones, including the brand new iPhone models, though not all phones support the faster wireless charging standard.
Design wise, it has a circular strip of rubber to the top and bottom to stop your phone also it from sliding around. There’s a status LED too, which shines blue charging and green when fully charged. That is actually a downside since it is often quite bright according to consumer reviews, which might be annoying at night if the charger is in the bedroom.
Anker is a well known accessories maker, and its PowerPort Qi 10 is a good wireless charger – if you’ve already got a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger. That is because Anker ships the PowerPort Qi 10 without a charger at all, so you will want to buy one yourself. Once you do, it may be attached to the Anker charging pad to use wirelessly, and the resulting combo will work quicker than a standard wireless charger – though only for phones that support wireless quick charge.
It has a good bottom grip, and multiple LED lights that show the charging position once you first set your phone down. The only issue is the fact that it has a single coil so you will need to remove your phone case and find an ideal place that provides maximum power.
Price: Rs. 3,078
Pasonomi Wireless Charging Stand
If you’d like a wireless charger that allows you to use your phone while charging, Pasonomi’s Wireless Charging Stand is worth looking at. It’s effective at Qi 2.0 fast wireless charging, even though it doesn’t ship with a compatible adapter. It has a LED indicator that shows status of security charging, which starts with blue for two seconds and then turns into green.
Pasonomi urges removing your phone case since your phone will become quite hot while charging. The stand enables you to put your phone both vertically and horizontally, which means you can easily create calls or watch movies while charging.
If money is no object, and you’re looking to acquire the best charger for your new iPhone X right away, Belkin’s BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad is a great option. It affirms the Qi standard as others, and can deliver up to 7.5W of power. Plus, it may also charge your phone with the case on, as long as it’s not thicker than 3mm.
There’s a LED status in the base, so you know whether your phone is charging or not. Remember though that the new iPhone models — 8, 8 Plus, and X — do not support the BoostUp’s rapid charging speed.
Price: Rs. 4,200