The Best Cheap Qi Wireless Chargers of 2019

Many smartphones (including iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models) support wireless charging. 

A wireless charger creates a short-distance electromagnetic field; then, a compatible phone converts this field into electricity and stores it within its battery.

Wireless charging is a convenience more than a necessity. For example, if you keep your phone on a nightstand, you can avoid fumbling with a USB cable when you're groggy. 

New "fast charge" standards like Qi are a big improvement over old wireless chargers. This is why inductive charging is becoming a common feature in electronics. 

Charging stations come in all shapes and sizes, including: stands, pads, docks, mats and in-car models. The best wireless chargers come with a UL or ETL-listed power adapter. On the other end of the spectrum, many inexpensive Qi chargers are sold without an AC-adapter.

Is wireless charging dangerous? I doubt that anyone truly knows. 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 that have sold for less than $30:

Good Price: $14 | Great Deal: $10

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.

Good Price: $22 | Great Deal: $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.

Good Price: $20 | Great Deal: $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.

Good Price: $26 | Great Deal: $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.

Good Price: $25 | Great Deal: $20

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.

John DeFeo