The Best Qi Wireless Chargers (Under $30) on Amazon in 2018
Many of today's smartphones, including iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models, support wireless charging. Basically, a wireless charging device creates a short-distance electromagnetic field that a phone can receive and convert into electricity for the battery to store.
I doubt that anyone needs a wireless charger, but they can be convenient. For example, if you keep your phone charging on a nightstand, it’s a pain to unplug the USB cable when you're groggy. Wireless charging saves you that effort (but you’ll need to place the phone back in the correct charging position).
Wireless charging used to be slow, but new "fast charge" standards like Qi are a big improvement and one reason why inductive chargers are so popular now. Charging stations come in all shapes and sizes, including stands, pads, docks, mats and in-car models.
Some folks wonder if wireless charging is dangerous. I don't know and I doubt that anyone truly does, but the U.S. National Research Council concluded in 1996 that "No clear convincing evidence exists to show that residential exposures to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are a threat to human health." Two decades have passed and nobody has linked inductive charging with cancer. I feel safe.
Here are some of the best-reviewed Qi wireless chargers on Amazon selling for less than $30:
Yootech Wireless Charger Qi-Certified 7.5W Wireless Charging Compatible with iPhone Xs MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus,10W Compatible Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9 Plus/Note 8/S8,5W All Qi-Enabled Phones(No AC Adapter)
Avg. Price: $14 | Bargain Price: $12
This Yootech charger takes 3-4 hours to charge most phones, according to Amazon customers, and is sleep-friendly because the charging indicator light shuts off after 15 seconds. To fast charge your phone, you'll need to purchase a quick charge 2.0/3.0 power adapter separately.
Wireless Charger, Seneo Qi Certified 10W Fast Wireless Charger Stand for Galaxy S9/S9+ Note 8/5 S8/S8+, Standard Wireless Charging Pad Stand for iPhone Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/8/8+(with QC 3.0 Adapter)
Avg. Price: $26 | Bargain Price: $22
This Seneo charging stand includes a fast charge AC adapter (many wireless chargers don't) and has an attractive 3-year warranty. Some reviewers didn't like the length or fit of the included cable. There is an indicator light to show when a phone is fully charged, but this feature doesn't work with iPhones.
Anker 10W Wireless Charger, Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Pad, PowerPort Wireless 10 Compatible iPhone XS Max/XR/XS/8/8 Plus, iPhone X, 10W Fast-Charging Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+/S8/S8+/S7/S7 Edge More
Avg. Price: $22 | Bargain Price: $14
Anker's 10W wireless charger has indicator lights that blink briefly, then shut off (which is convenient for overnight use). Some Amazon customers received defective units, but on the plus side, Anker's customer service team sent replacement units quickly or offered troubleshooting advice.
Qi Wireless Charging Pad RAVPower Qi Certified Ultra-Safe Wireless Charger Compatible iPhone Xs Max XR XS X 8 Plus 8, Galaxy S9 S8+ S8 & All Qi-Enabled Devices (AC Adapter Not Included)
Avg. Price: $11 | Bargain Price: $8.49
This inexpensive wireless charger has an anti-skid top to prevent phones from slipping off, however, the rubbery mat collects dust and lint. Many of this charger's negative reviews involve iPhones (not Android phones), so iPhone owners may want to look elsewhere.
Wireless Charger, LK Qi Fast Wireless Charging Pad Stand for iPhone Xs Max/XS/XR/X, LG G7 ThinQ / V40 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9 Plus, Google Pixel 3/3 XL All Qi-Enabled Devices
Avg. Price: $19 | Bargain Price: $16
LK's wireless charger is designed for big screen phones and has lots of positive reviews from phablet owners. This charger does not include an AC adapter and it may be an eyesore with a small phone.
Fast Wireless Charger, NANAMI Qi Certified Wireless Charging Stand [with QC3.0 Adapter] for iPhone X/XS/ XR/XS Max/8/8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus/Note 9/S8/S8+/Note 8/S7/S7 Edge/ S6 Edge+/Note5
Avg. Price: $26 | Bargain Price: $25
Nanami's wireless charging stand includes a QC 3.0 fast charging adapter. Some reviewers wished that the wire from the wall adapter was longer.
DESTEK Fast Wireless Charger for iPhone XS – Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone & Samsung (7.5W for iPhone XS Max/XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus, 10W for S9+ S8 Note 9 8), 5W for Others Qi Smartphones(w/ 18W Adapter)
Avg. Price: $23 | Bargain Price: $22
Destek's wireless charger includes an AC adapter and has anti-skid pads. Some iPhone owners had trouble keeping a connection with the charger, but the user reviews are very positive overall.