Best Wireless Chargers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 6, 2020
Would you like to spare the need of bringing wires around but want to have a quick way of charging your phone? Wireless technology is what you need! Consider our comprehensive review on the best wireless chargers and make your choice! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The model presents an unapologetically polished front, with a clean glossy circumference, a discreet but noticeable logo, and multiple black shades creating an illusion of depth. The self-cooling fan will prevent overheating. The fan's also pretty much silent. 

CONS

The non-slip pad is small. 

OUR VERDICT

People with Samsung smartphones and smartwatches will benefit from the Samsung EP-P3105TBEGGB the most. Other than supporting Fast Charge, recharging these gadgets as quickly as every wireless charger on this list, this model also shares an aesthetic with the latest Samsung gadgets, making them an elegant fit.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Qi-compatible devices, Fast Charge mode is compatible with some Samsung and Apple devices

OUTPUT CURRENT

5 V, 1 A (9 V, 1 A for Fast Charge mode)

FEATURES

Built-in LED indicator, USB Type-C interface, Scheduled fan control (self-cooling fan)

DESIGN

Charging plate with non-slip surface 

DIMENSIONS

96.5 x 96.5 x 20 mm

99 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The foreign object detection feature will alert you with an amber LED light when there's a foreign object on the charger (keys, coins, you name 'em), preventing the model from melting or damaging the gadget you're looking to recharge.

CONS

The provided USB cable is pretty shoddy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Belkin F7U082 is smart, capable, and flexible. What's more, the model measures 90 x 90 x 13 millimetres, making its footprint even more compact than the model's most space-saving competition. In other words, the smallest bedside tables will easily accommodate this accessory.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Qi-compatible devices, Fast Charge mode is compatible with some Samsung and Apple devices

OUTPUT CURRENT

5 V, 1 A (9 V, 1 A for Fast Charge mode)

FEATURES

Built-In LED Indicator, Micro USB interface, Overheating protection, Foreign object detection

DESIGN

Charging plate with non-slip surface

DIMENSIONS

90 x 90 x 13 mm

74 g

Warranty

3 years (registration required)

PROS

The charger can recharge phones through 6-millimetre thick cases. To go with overheating and overcurrent protection switches, this charging accessory also integrates overvoltage and short-circuit protection means as well as foreign object detection. 

CONS

The LED indicator is too bright. 

OUR VERDICT

Customers with LG phones will appreciate this wireless charger from LETSCOM first and foremost. Outputting 15 watts, this model recharges them (from ~0 to 100%) within 90 minutes tops. Plus, its matte finish is not the scratch magnet that wireless chargers with glossy housings are. 

detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Qi-compatible devices, Fast Charge mode is compatible with some LG, Samsung, and Apple devices

OUTPUT CURRENT

5 V, 1 A (9 V, 1.67 A for Fast Charge mode)

FEATURES

Built-In LED indicator, USB Type-C interface, Overvoltage, Overcurrent, Short-circuit, Overheating protection, Foreign object detection

DESIGN

Charging plate with non-slip surface

DIMENSIONS

100 x 100 x 8.6 mm

~50 g

Warranty

1 year (registration required)

PROS

You can switch the phone-and-watch pad between vertical and horizontal positions so that you can check messages without bending over the charger. The non-slip treatment on the bottom will make sure the station remains stable and secure even on slippery surfaces. 

CONS

The Apple Watch charger is a bit fiddly. 

OUR VERDICT
This charging station from TEMINICE can charge Qi-enabled smartphones, Apple Watches, AirPods, and Apple Pencils at the same time. To boot, despite its somewhat bulky construction, the station can be folded, enabling pretty comfortable transportation.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Qi-compatible devices, Apple Pencil, Fast Charge mode is compatible with some Apple devices

OUTPUT CURRENT

5 V, 1 A (9 V, 0.89 A for Fast Charge mode)

FEATURES

Built-In LED indicator, USB Type-C interface, Adjustable support angle, Short-circuit, Overheating protection

DESIGN

Dock station with pads and slots for simultaneous smartphone charging (horizontal or vertical positions), Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Pencil, non-slip surface

DIMENSIONS

170 x 85 x 10 mm (fully folded)

~200 g

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The model recharges Samsung phones from 0 to 50% in ~30 minutes. The Micro USB cable that's shipped with the charger measures 1.2 metres, so you will not feel too tied to the mains. The LED indicator will flash green when there's an issue with the cable or adapter. 

CONS

A Fast Charge mode for Apple devices is not supported. 

OUR VERDICT

Apart from Apple enthusiasts, everyone with a Qi-compatible gadget will be able to fully benefit from Anker PowerWave Pad. Also, its polished housing will look good with sleek premium smartphones, so you won't have to worry about your phone not making friends with this charger. 

detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Qi-compatible devices, Fast Charge mode is compatible with some Samsung devices

OUTPUT CURRENT

5 V, 1 A (9 V, 1 A for Fast Charge mode)

FEATURES

Built-In LED indicator, Micro USB interface, Overheating protection, Foreign object detection

DESIGN

Charging plate with non-slip surface

DIMENSIONS

100 x 100 x 9 mm

70 g

Warranty

18 months

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Samsung (EP-P3105TBEGGB)

Scheduled Fan Control

The Samsung EP-P3105TBEGGB is an elegant solution, not unlike Samsung's more expensive gadgets. Needless to say, the pad looks quite brilliant, presenting an unapologetically polished front that, whilst sharing obvious similarities with more value-oriented wireless chargers, also looks pretty different from its budget peers. The circumference is clean, the company's logo is discreet yet noticeable, and the multiple black shades make its appearance uniform and multi-layered at the same time. As negligible as the difference between these chargers usually is, we can see where the elevated price tag is coming from here.

Of course, this is not just about aesthetics. We're not saying that they're not important, just not quite as much as the scheduled fan control feature, the model's biggest selling point. Employing a self-cooling fan, this charger starts running the fan the moment you place a device on it, preventing overheating. When you remove the recharged device, the fan stops whirling automatically. Despite its effectiveness, the fan is practically silent, so you can put the charger on the bedside table without worrying that its operation might disturb you.

The one thing that we're not crazy about here is the non-slip surface on the bottom. To be more specific, whilst more affordable wireless chargers usually add non-slip treatment to the entire bottom, this model comes equipped with a small non-slip pad, which is a more elegant approach, sure, but also a less convenient one. Because the pad's so small, a device with respectable heft can apply pressure to the edges, making the base slip or skid. But, as long as you don't straight-up drop the device, you should be fine.

Review of Samsung (EP-P3105TBEGGB) 7.5W Wireless Charger Pad

Type-C Interface

Operation-wise, the charger works with Qi-compatible devices and accessories, delivering an output of 5 watts. With Samsung and Apple devices that support the Fast Charge mode, the model charges at up to 7.5 watts, Naturally, this is nothing new. What's also not new is the USB Type-C interface that this device comes equipped with, but we welcome the interface nonetheless since, between Type-C and Micro USB, we always pick the former over the latter. As always, the model also comes outfitted with an LED indicator that lets you know when it is powered up.

So, without further boring you with details that pertain to most wireless chargers, the Samsung EP-P3105TBEGGB is a little more elegant than its alternatives and a little more caring towards the device it is charging.

Samsung (EP-P3105TBEGGB) 7.5W Wireless Charger Pad in the use

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Belkin (F7U082)

Commanding a Small Footprint

Wireless chargers are accessories. They're not the accessories you purchase to accessorise something but they're accessories nonetheless. The Belkin F7U082 understands that. Aside from offering respectable tech, this is a convenient accessory first. Measuring just 90 x 90 x 13 millimetres, this model occupies almost no space. Bedside tables, small coffee tables, the smallest, busiest, most crowded surfaces/furniture pieces will have no troubles accommodating this compact accessory. Setting aside its space-saving profile, the model even weighs ~70 grammes, so you can toss this one into the bag and bring the charger with you to work and back home without even noticing its presence. Truth be told, considering its size, forget the bag - you can probably get away with a pocket.

From an appearance standpoint, this is not necessarily the most attractive accessory, not quite. The plastic feels sturdy and nice to the touch but the lines (meaning the circumference) is not quite seamless, so the model does not quite look as sleek as more expensive wireless chargers usually look. That being said, between black and white options, the white one appears pretty elegant. It is also easily soiled but that's always the case with white accessories, electronics, anything white, really.

Review of Belkin (F7U082) 10W Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Compatible with Lightweight Cases

Reviewing the model's performance, we've no complaints, at least nothing especially significant. Drawing 10 watts, this device provides the fastest possible wireless charging speed to iPhone and Samsung gadgets, all while delivering the standard 5-watt charge to Qi-enabled devices from different brands. What's more, the model even works with the most lightweight plastic cases (>3 millimetres).

Foreign objects like keys and coins can disrupt the charge and even make wireless chargers waste unnecessary power that might melt or damage the gadget on it. With this model, you can charge without worrying about that. Using a white LED light, the Belkin F7U082 indicates that the connected gadget phone is aligned and is charging without hiccups, whereas a red light (more like amber) will alert you that there's a foreign object on it. Both lights are noticeable but not bright, so you won't find them distracting even flashing beside you on a bedside table.

Looking at the package, we're fine with everything except the USB cable. In short, it is pretty shoddy, not unlike everything else that comes with this product. Still, the Belkin F7U082 can tussle with the most expensive wireless chargers even with this shoddy cable.

Belkin (F7U082) 10W Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad in the use

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LETSCOM Super P

Just 50 Grammes

The LETSCOM Super P is pretty super, we will not lie. The model may not necessarily look the part but there's some serious tech inside this small circular charging accessory. Also, the small part is not misleading, even when compared against the most compact wireless chargers. At 100 x 100 x 8.6 millimetres, this model will have no problems fitting cluttered workspaces or bedside tables that are already housing multiple accessories. Generally speaking, with these chargers, weight matters very little since they're all fairly lightweight anyway but, with this one, we'll make an exception since 50 grammes is just brilliant. Of course, the difference between this 50-gramme model and average wireless chargers weighing ~100 grammes is not huge but it is noticeable, especially when you're carrying this charging accessory with you beside an already full bag.

Examining its design, this charger follows the industry playbook, drawing a black circle that's practically indistinguishable from most models. The company's noticeable logo could use more discreetment, so to speak, and the matte, almost abrasive finish looks a little weathered, maybe even crude, but, again, these differences are practically unnoticeable. Plus, the same finish is less susceptible to scratches than more glossy, polished finishes, so that's always a plus. What's also a plus is the built-in LED indicator light. Staying red, the light indicates that the charger is connected to the power source. Alternating between red and blue with frequent flashes, the light delivers an overcurrent alert. The indicator follows the same pattern where's s foreign object detected. When the model's charging the gadget on it and everything's fine, the light remains blue.

Review of LETSCOM Super P 15W Qi Wireless Charger

Dishing out 15 Watts

Though we started lauding the model's tech, we haven't even touched upon it yet. First off, apart from the above-mentioned overcurrent protection, the charger comes armed with overvoltage, short-circuit, and overheating protection switches. Second, whilst there's no shortage of wireless chargers that can charge Qi-compatible devices outputting 5 watts, giving iPhones 7.5 watts, and Samsung gadgets dishing out 10 watts, this one can also fast-charge LG phones, feeding them a continuous 15-watt supply.

Long story short, people with a decent high-tech gadget collection will appreciate the LETSCOM Super P but not quite as much as those people whose collection also includes an LG smartphone.

LETSCOM Super P 15W Qi Wireless Charger in the use

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TEMINICE (EIGELIU)

A Complete Charging Station

The TEMINICE EIGELIU (apologies, chaps, but this is one terrible name) is a little more thorough than 9/10 wireless chargers, and we appreciate that. See, an average person nowadays carries more than one gadget with them. Some also use smartwatches, many stick with true wireless earbuds, creative professionals even carry stylus pens with them. More often than not, these 'buds, 'watches, and pens come from Apple. Needless to say, recharging them can be a hassle. With this charging station, the hassle is virtually removed from the equation.

Looking at the pictures, you've probably already deduced that this charging accessory can charge wireless earbuds, styluses (styli?), smartwatches, and smartphones at the same time. To be a little more precise, the model is compatible with these tech accessories from Apple, meaning Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Pencil. This charger does not work with smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and styluses from different brands. But the model is fine with every single Apple Watch iteration, both AirPods (including the Pro version), and different Apple Pencil instalments.

The 'watch charger is a little fiddly but, considering that the station measures no more than 170 x 85 x 10 millimetres (with the 'phone and 'watch pad folded) and can charge 4 wireless gadgets/tech accessories simultaneously, this is an understandable mishap. Furthermore, the said pad can be switched between horizontal and vertical positions, so you can check messages or maybe even use the phone without holding and/or removing it from the charger.

Review of TEMINICE (EIGELIU) 10W 4-in-1 Wireless Charger

Supporting a Whole Apple Suite

Setting aside tech accessories, this model is not especially different from its peers. There's some non-slip coating on the bottom, preventing the station from skidding on slippery surfaces. There are also multiple cooling holes on the same bottom, dissipating heat and making sure that the multiple accessories charging on this station do not overheat. With its increased footprint and, weighing 200 grammes, the model is a little less portable than most wireless chargers but, again, this is an inevitable sacrifice when you go from a wireless pad to a wireless charging station. From power consumption and output perspectives, this station is compatible with Qi-enabled devices, fast-charging them with 5 watts, but, from what we can tell, not the 7.5-watt and 10-watt alternatives from Apple and Samsung respectively.

Bottom line, customers with multiple wireless gadgets/tech accessories from Apple should not even look towards different wireless chargers and go with this one instead.

TEMINICE (EIGELIU) 10W 4-in-1 Wireless Charger in the use

 

Anker (AK-A2503011)

PowerWave Pad

The Anker AK-A2503011, also dubbed PowerWave Pad depending on the country, bridges the gap between wireless and wired charging speeds. Whilst less capable wireless chargers are lagging behind, this high-output, high-efficiency model fast-charges Samsung devices, supplying them with 10 watts so that they can go from 0 to 50% within 30 minutes. Of course, this charging accessory is also compatible with Qi-enabled gadgets, treating them with 5 watts instead. The issue here is that the model does not support Apple's Fast Charge mode, which is not a downside for users who do not fancy iPhones but, considering their popularity, there's a pretty decent number of customers who will feel slighted here. Assuming you're not one of them though, this wireless charger will not disappoint you or your Android gadgets.

For one, the model can charge through heavy-protection phone cases up to 5 millimetres thick, so you'll be able to recharge your smartphone without removing the case. That being said, metal cases and cases with attachments like magnets, cards, and grips can interfere with charging, but this is always the case with wireless charging.

Review of Anker (AK-A2503011) 10W Wireless Charger

Temperature Control

The charger adopts a Micro USB interface, which is usually not quite as good overall as Type-C but you're not really working with it, you're just plugging the Micro USB jack into the charger and a standard USB connection into an AC adapter, so its relative inferiority is irrelevant here. What is relevant is that the supplied Micro USB cable is 1.2 metres long, meaning that you can place the charger 1.2 metres away from the mains, something that people with limited outlets will appreciate. An AC adapter is not supplied with the package but they rarely are, so we're not really blaming the people at Anker for a common practice.

On the construction front, the model measures 100 x 100 x 9 millimetres and weighs 70 grammes - standard numbers as far as wireless chargers are concerned. There's an LED indicator that flashes green when there's some issue with the cable or adapter, which means you'll know when the charger is not working. The model's features also include foreign object detection and temperature control, so the paired gadget will not overheat whilst charging. Last but not least, its dress sense is appropriate, with a smooth, polished finish making this charger a fitting pair for high-end smartphones.

In closing, as long as you don't side with Apple, we can wholeheartedly recommend siding with the Anker PowerWave Pad.

Anker (AK-A2503011) 10W Wireless Charger in the use

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What Is a Wireless Charger?

High technology is developing really fast. Wireless chargers that used to be strange and unusual devices from faraway future only a couple years ago are no longer considered to be a part of science fiction.

A wireless charger is a device designed for charging smartphones, tablets and other modern gadgets without wires. To comply with such chargers, a charged device should have a special built-in Qi sensor. In order to start the process of charging, you just need to put the charged device in the cradle. That's all! So, wireless chargers give you a chance to get rid of bothering wires and protect your phone charging port from damage.

If you travel a lot, you should consider buying power banks and solar chargers by means of which your gadgets will stay charged when you need them.

What Features to Compare

Compatibility and Qi Wireless Interface Standard

The first thing you should pay attention to is the compatibility of your gadget with Qi wireless interface standard. This standard was designed specifically for wireless charging where the battery-charging station is used for creating a magnetic field which afterward induces an electric current in the battery of the device. Nowadays many manufacturers embed this technology into their high-end gadgets as it allows people to free themselves from wires. If you have an outdated smartphone, you need to buy a special chip (receiver) which should be connected to the smartphone. Alternatively, you can buy a special case with Qi-module. Note that wireless charging takes a bit longer than a usual one.

Design

There is a variety of different wireless chargers and each of them has its own unique design. They can be designed in the shape of stands which can be easily placed on your desk. Some models have a stone or button design. It's obvious that dimensions of a wireless charger are crucial since you are likely to take it with you on trips. Note that some models don't require plugging into a wall outlet and can be placed in your pocket or a small bag.

Special Features

Pay attention to special features of wireless chargers you can benefit from. Some charges, for example, have additional USB-ports allowing you to charge more than one gadget at once. Others work using their own battery and have pre-installed 30-min operation cycle following which the device can shut off automatically. It can be very useful if the gadget has been already charged and there is no necessity to charge it anymore. One more advantage is that apart from smartphones, charging pads can work with smartwatches as well. The last but not the least, the majority of wireless chargers include LED-indicators that show the current status of charging and smart temperature control function to prevent your device from overheating.

Did you know?

The Technology is Older Than You Might Think

Without trying to make any sort of an informed guess, it would be fair to presume that most people associate the wireless charging possibility with some of the latest advancements in the world of information technology. And although that makes quite a lot of sense, that kind of assumption couldn't be more misguided. As surprising as it may sound, the technology required for wireless charging has actually been around for the past 200 years. In 1820, utilising an electric current paired with a magnetic compass, Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted was the very first person to discover that electric currents can create a magnetic field. Of course, speaking of the inventions that helped us get where we are today in terms of wireless charging, we would be unwise not to mention Michael Faraday, an English scientist that, among other things, managed to make a name for himself in the world of science by discovering electromagnetic inductive wireless charging a decade later in 1831. Without going into too much detail, Faraday was able to find out how to transfer energy between two objects, which is, as you might deduce, the very basis of wireless charging.

The Two Types of Wireless Charging Technologies

Generally speaking, the majority of wireless chargers fall under a couple available categories in terms of charging technologies. There are those that transfer energy from the closest near field sources and those that are able to perform their main function by transferring energy from distant sources. The majority of wireless chargers out there use inductive and magnetic charging, meaning that they employ the first method that transfers energy using the closest near-field sources. However, more and more devices these days are starting to put into use a wireless power technology that is based on radio frequency energy, which, similar to solar, heat, and pressure charging, utilises some of the more distant sources in order to transmit energy.

Wireless Charging Technologies Are Much More Environmentally Friendly

That probably shouldn't come as a surprise if you know a thing or two about the distribution of energy and the sort of damage all of the orthodox solutions are capable of doing to our environment, so, suffice it to say, wireless solutions are actually capable of creating a considerably more sustainable environment. They will be able to do that by reducing CO2 emissions by thousands of tons annually when applied on cars and public transportation vehicles, and by minimising the battery waste produced by the constant replacement of disposable batteries.

You Might Be Using A Wireless Charging Technology Without Even Knowing It

Sure, that is quite a presumption to make given that we probably don't know a single thing about you. But, for your information, electric toothbrushes actually recharge using a wireless charging technology in order to prevent the possibility of an electric shock due to their proximity to water. And with most people nowadays using electric toothbrushes, you may have already gotten acquainted with this technology without even realising it.

FAQ:

Q: What are some of the advantages of the wireless charging technology?
A: The biggest advantage a wireless charger has over a regular one with a cord and a cable would certainly have to be the convenience aspect of the whole thing. Just think about it - you can sit down for a drink or a light snack and simply put your smartphone on the charger (with some of the models utilising a much wider charging area, you don't even have to align your phone with the charger perfectly). As simple as that. The majority of wireless chargers also tend to be lighter and much more compact than the regular ones, so you can easily take them with you wherever you go without having to worry about what percentage is your smartphone's battery at, and whether you will be able to finish every task that you planned before your phone shuts down. On top of that, the inductive charging automatically stops when the device is fully charged, which is a feature that isn’t at all available to the absolute majority of regular chargers.

Q: Is wireless charging slower or faster compared to the regular approach?
A: At the very inception of this technology being implemented in commercial use, the majority of wireless chargers would tend to lose to their wired counterparts in terms of speed. But, nowadays, most wireless charging solutions are capable of entirely replenishing the battery of your smartphone at virtually the same speed or, sometimes, even considerably faster than their cabled rivals. The secret to it lies in the fact that the latest Qi-certified wireless chargers are capable of delivering higher power levels (up to 15W) to compatible receivers, which, in turn, results in significantly faster charging times. On top of that, if your phone and your charger both support fast charge mode, the kind of swiftness they are able to reach in terms of recharging the battery is simply unparalleled when it comes to cable chargers.

Q: Can I charge multiple devices at the same time on one wireless charger?
A: It all depends on the kind of model you are looking at. Some are capable of charging up to two and even three phones simultaneously, while some can only charge one phone at a time, so make sure to check if the option is there before purchasing your wireless charger.

Q: My phone tends to feel a bit warm every time I charge it using a wireless charger. Is it normal?
A: Yes, there's likely absolutely nothing to be concerned about since it is absolutely normal for your phone to feel slightly warm right after the charging process is concluded. Furthermore, some wireless chargers even feature temperature control and advanced safety options that will always prevent your phone from receiving any kind of damage throughout the entire charging process.

Q: If my device is able to charge wirelessly, can I still use a regular cable charger instead?
A: Yes, you can still use a cable to charge any device that's compatible with wireless charging.

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Publish Date: 2018-01-12 11:04:10