With AirPower canceled, here are the best alternative Qi wireless iPhone charging pads

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in iPhone edited March 30
The AirPower is gone. But, that doesn't mean that there aren't Qi charging options for your iPhone or AirPods Wireless Charging Case. Here are some of the options that we like the most.

Nomad Base Station
Nomad Base Station


Introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, wireless charging is a great way to recharge an iPhone, without needing to connect a Lightning cable. Instead, the iPhone is placed on top of the charger, positioned in line with an embedded charging coil which transfers power to the iPhone's battery.

Generally speaking, wireless charging is not the fastest way to apply charge to your device, as current iPhone wireless charging is limited to 7.5 Watts in the iPhone X and iPhone 8, following an upgrade from the 5 Watt limit at launch. By contrast, a wired connection can take advantage of Apple's other wall chargers offering far higher power transfers.

While wired charging is faster, wireless charging offers more convenience, in that all you have to do to start the charging progress is to place the iPhone down on a surface. This also makes using an iPhone as a clock far easier, as there's no fumbling to plug the cable in before falling asleep, nor to unplug it when waking up or needing to answer an important early morning call.

Obviously, we'd have preferred the AirPower. Now that it's gone, we have suggestions.

Nomad Base Station

Looking for something to charge multiple devices? Consider the Nomad Base Station. This premium charger is made of leather and aluminum with both USB-A and USB-C outputs. It can charge two phones simultaneously at 7.5W. If you want more details, check out our full review.

You can grab it now from Nomad for $99.95.

Nomad also has a Base Station that will charge the Apple Watch too. The Nomad Base Station is an excellent charging solution. On top is a leather-covered charging pad with a trio of coils beneath. This allows two devices to be charged at once, or a single iPhone horizontally. The Apple Watch charging puck is fully integrated so you don't need to supply your own, works with any band, and supports Nightstand Mode.






The body is made of metal which gives it a solid feel compared to the plastic alternatives.

Nomad also makes available a Base Station without the Apple Watch charger and dual USB outputs instead, and an optional walnut finish.

Zens Charging Pad and Watch Charger Station

If you're lucky enough to have three Apple devices, the Zens Charging Pad and Watch Charger Station can handle them all simultaneously -- though with 20-watt maximum output, it can only fast-charge two. That's still probably more than sufficient if you sit this in your office or bedroom.

Zens Wireless Charging Pad for Apple Watch and iPhone


The Station is MFi-certified by Apple, and made of aluminum for better durability and aesthetics. Some other touches include anti-slip material, auto power-off, and wide coils that avoid fumbling around for precise placement.

Amazon is selling the product for $99.99.

Belkin BoostUp Charging Dock

Belkin has always made reliable Apple accessories and they've done so again with their BoostUp Charging Dock. It can handle both your iPhone and your Apple Watch with an additional USB-A output on the back.

Belkin BoostUp dock
Belkin BoostUp Dock


The body is mostly made of metal with a soft-touch silicone surface on top to rest your watch and phone. The USB-A port on the back can be used to power up and iPad, another iPhone, a battery pack, or your headphones.

This too has the Apple Watch charging puck entirely integrated so no need to supply your own.

You can grab it for $149 from Belkin in black or white.

Kanex GoPower

Kanex GoPower
Kanex GoPower


The Kanex GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base is an Apple-certified Apple Watch charging puck positioned above a round wireless charging pad for your iPhone or other Qi-enabled devices. We've covered our fair share of multi-chargers thus far, but Kanex is the most compact we've seen yet. It has an overall small footprint with the ability to power up three devices simultaneously.

A USB-A output on the back lets you charge devices of your choice, while the Qi charger can be used for a phone or a wireless set of AirPods.

It is available just under $80 from Amazon.

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone XS


For those wanting a simple charging mat, the Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charging Pad is a good option, providing up to 10W charging for some devices. Supplied with a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger and a 6-foot Micro USB cable, it offers over-charge protection and foreign object detection, in case something is incorrectly placed on top of the mat.

Amazon is selling the Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charging Pad for $45.99. For more info on the charger, see our detailed review.



RAVPower





RAVPower is another of our favorite brands, creating great batteries and chargers at affordable prices. We reviewed their new line of iPhone compatible chargers when they launched and have recommended them ever since.

They've options to choose from including a charging stand and the common charging pad. Even a portable battery if that is more to your liking.

They start off at $16.99 on Amazon, though our favorite HyperAir charging puck will run you $29.99.

Monoprice Wireless Charger

Monoprice Wireless Charger


Want a cheap and simple charger? Monoprice's Wireless Charger is Qi compliant and has a clean appearance, resembling a thin white puck measuring 3.3 inches in diameter, 0.4 inches thick, and weighing in at 1.8 ounces. It only outputs power at 5V DC 1A, meaning it won't offer any fast charging capabilities, but it does include a blue "breathing" indicator light when it is charging a device, switching to a solid red when fully charged.

Monoprice is currently pricing it at $7.99. The low cost makes it a viable option for adding wireless charging points in multiple locations around the home, or even to add one in the office.

Aukey Graphite Wireless Charger

Aukey Graphite Wireless Charger


Winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2018, the Aukey Graphite Wireless Charger offers a stylish matte black pad and a lighter trim, with the plate measuring 3.41 inches square and 0.46 inches thick. Able to work with Qi-compatible smartphones in cases, the charger includes a plethora of safety features, including temperature control, power input monitoring, foreign object detection, and overcharging.

Supplied with a 3.3-foot USB 2.0 A to USB-C cable, the charger is available for $15.99.

Grovemade

Grovemade wireless charging pad


Grovemade has a history of using natural materials to make beautiful products. It is seen clearly in their wooden iPhone cases, as well as their Qi wireless chargers.

The topmost surface is made of cork which gives your phone a gentle surface to rest on. Stainless steel makes up the bottom, giving the pad added heft.

Nylon wraps the extra long USB cable for bonus durability. If the cable is too long, it can be wrapped up on the underside which is useful for keeping your desk tidy, or for taking with you for a weekend getaway.

You can get a Grovemade pad in one of three colors starting at $79.

Belkin BoostUp

Belkin BoostUp chargers


Belkin has always put out top-notch products and all their BoostUp chargers exemplify this. There's a charging pad as well as a stand to give you options.

The newer Bold line of pads and stands are a bit pricier at $59.99 and $69.99 respectively, but they are a bit more powerful and compact.

Grab any of them direct from Belkin.

MobilePal Gen-3 Qi Wireless Charging Power Bank

MobilePal Gen 3 Qi Wireless Charging Power Bank


If you want wireless charging on the move, the MobilePal Gen-3 10,000mAh Qi Wireless Charging Power Bank is portable power that offers more than the usual power bank features. Like others on the market, it includes two USB ports for wired charging, including one with QuickCharge 3.0 support, while on one side is a Qi wireless charging spot that delivers at up to 5 Watts. This can even enable for up to three devices to be recharged simultaneously.

Including a power button, microUSB input for charging, a battery indicator, and a flashlight function, this power bank is available for $39.99.

RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad

RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad


The RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad stands the iPhone X upright on a non-slip rubberized base, with a single discrete LED informing users of the charging status. This unit uses two wireless charging coils, which allows for the iPhone to be oriented vertically or horizontally, allowing users to position it in relation to the apps they are using, while still charging the battery.

Offering a maximum output of 10W for compatible Qi devices, the RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad is $16.99 on Amazon.

Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charger Stand

Yes, Samsung, stole Apple's ideas, boo. The fact stands that Samsung's charger is one of the better options on the market, and visually appealing to boot. It supports fast charging, and uses a multi-colored LED to indicate status. It's also designed so you can use your iPhone while charging is in progress -- a definite plus for work environments.

Samsung Fast Wireless Charger


The Fast Charge Wireless Charger Stand is available in black, blue, and white colors at Amazon, beginning at $39.49.

Yootech Wireless Charger

Yootech Wireless Charger for Apple iPhone


Another budget option, the Yootech nevertheless promises to fast-charge compatible Apple devices, and comes in four trim colors: black, blue, red, and neon green. There's not much else to distinguish it beyond price, though the lights do turn off if you're worried about being kept awake at night.

You can find the product at Amazon for $12.99.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,588member
    Thanks for this roundup. While I’m still disappointed in the AirPower cancellation, at present I don’t (in truth) have a need for it, since I presently lack three devices that could be charged on a mat. Consequently — depending on what you think the price would have been for the AirPower, I’m thinking it was likely to be $150 at least — you can pay as little as 1/20th that price for a basic single-device Qi charger pad, and probably less than the AirPower would have cost for 90 percent of the same multi-device charging functionality.
  • Reply 2 of 14
    benjerbenjer Posts: 90member
    Nice reviews. A couple questions:

    1) The last review (Yootech) mentions that the lights can be turned off if you'd like to charge your phone next to you while you sleep. I'd be interested in hearing from others' experience about quality Qi chargers that come without lights or whose lights can be turned off. It's not always apparent in product descriptions whether a charging pad has a light or if the light can be turned off.

    2) Some of the reviews mention safety features (such as foreign object detection, protections against overcharging, etc.), while others do not. Is it perhaps unwise to buy "budget" Qi chargers? I know I've made the mistake of buying a terrible 3rd party charger for my MBP in the past just because it was cheaper, only to have it fray. But other than wanting one that won't light up my room at night while I'm sleeping, I'm just interested in a basic Qi charging pad and so I don't need an expensive one that looks great or has a lot of features.
    likethesky
  • Reply 3 of 14
    dewmedewme Posts: 2,094member
    I use the Logitech 7.5W charging stand with my iPhone Xs Max with Apple Battery Case. It has worked great for me, charging the phone and the case at the same time. It is a bit pricey compared to other products but the Logitech stand is more like a cradle with side rails so you can still use your phone when it's on the charger with no fear of it sliding off or toppling the charging stand. It's a very robust setup. My only beef is that the charging indicator is on the top and obscured by the phone. If you don't want yet another LED shining in your face you may consider this a feature. https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/powered-iphone-wireless-charging

  • Reply 5 of 14
    Nomad base station + Apple Watch is my solution. Just ordered today, but looks like they’re pushed out to April 30th for ship date. 
  • Reply 6 of 14
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    If you looking for cheap but supports 5W,7.5W,10W than some of them are listed(RAWPower,Yootech) in article. But you also need to look for what power input it takes. Some MicroUSB,regular USB but wireless charging pad future is USB-C type connector with PD and QC3.0 support.    Check this out and compare with others on market..                "Satechi Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger"

    edited March 29
  • Reply 7 of 14
    I just ordered a Nomad base station. Will pick it up from Best Buy tomorrow when running errands. My SS s2 Apple Watch, iPhone X and s1 AirPods with the new wireless case (water damage on the orig) will have a new home on my night stand, devoid of the current cable mayhem. 👍🏼👍🏼
    n2itivguy
  • Reply 8 of 14
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,046member
    I picked up a pair of Ubio Labs Qi chargers from Costco. They made a high-pitched noise when charging, something the manufacturers said shouldn't happen. It happened on both. I contacted the manufacturers and they were supposed to send out replacements but I never got them. They ended up in the garbage can. My iPhone 8 Plus also got overly hot, something I've never had happen with my regular lightning chargers. I'm staying with the cords because I also had issues getting the Ubio to locate properly and begin charging.

    Since Apple said they couldn't manufacture a Qi charger up to their standards, it tells me that this way of charging isn't necessarily the best way to go. Apple could easily have sourced an existing charger if they wanted to.
  • Reply 9 of 14
    rob53 said:
    I picked up a pair of Ubio Labs Qi chargers from Costco. They made a high-pitched noise when charging, something the manufacturers said shouldn't happen. It happened on both. I contacted the manufacturers and they were supposed to send out replacements but I never got them. They ended up in the garbage can. My iPhone 8 Plus also got overly hot, something I've never had happen with my regular lightning chargers. I'm staying with the cords because I also had issues getting the Ubio to locate properly and begin charging.

    Since Apple said they couldn't manufacture a Qi charger up to their standards, it tells me that this way of charging isn't necessarily the best way to go. Apple could easily have sourced an existing charger if they wanted to.
    You have few misconceptions.  Chief among them is what Apple said.  They didn't say they couldn't manufacture a Qi charger to their standards.  They couldn't make Air Power to their standards.  AirPower wouldn't have been a regular Qi charger.  In a regualr Qi charger, the transmitter and receiver have to be precisely aligned.  Apple was attempting to go beyond that restriction and build something where you could place your device anywhere on the pad and it would charge.  To date, no one has accomplished this. ← That is what Apple couldn't do to their standard.  Not manufacture a Qi charger.  Heck, you and I can manufacture a Qi charger (no joke, there are literally kits to do it).

    Don't let your decision to buy some defective chargers color your opinion of Qi charging.  A tiny bit of research can save you some heartache.  Get a well reviewed charger and you're going to be fine, or just stay wired.   Either way, don't base your decisions on a complete misunderstanding of Apple's failure to make AirPower work.
    edited March 30 danh
  • Reply 10 of 14
    spacekidspacekid Posts: 172member
    benjer said:
    Nice reviews. A couple questions:

    1) The last review (Yootech) mentions that the lights can be turned off if you'd like to charge your phone next to you while you sleep. I'd be interested in hearing from others' experience about quality Qi chargers that come without lights or whose lights can be turned off. It's not always apparent in product descriptions whether a charging pad has a light or if the light can be turned off.
    Lights on the device is a major item that all reviews should address. Many users have these in their bedroom for charging at night. And many like it dark when they sleep.

    I'm on my second cheap charger. The first had blue lights all around the charger to let you know it was charging. Would light the room at night. The second one was purchased because it has a single light. It's better and I put my iPhone 8 Plus on it so that it extends over the light, but it still is noticeable in the room (my wife hates any lights in the room at night). The main problem was a couple of times it wasn't on the pad correctly and didn't get charged. I believe the light was on, but haven't tried verifying that issue.
  • Reply 11 of 14
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,303member
    I bought some tinted, translucent, tinted dots, rectangles, and square to put on all the LEDs that are too bright for my taster. On some i put two layers of shapes on them. Works great. Visible in daylight but not bright at night.
  • Reply 12 of 14
    anomeanome Posts: 1,279member

    I've been trying to find a solution I can use when travelling, to charge my iPhone, Watch, and now Air Pods, so I can preferably use it as a night stand, but that folds flat for easy packing. The Air Power wouldn't have solved this either, but I was still considering it since it charged everything and was portable. In my time investigating these options, I've found a lot of stands that almost do what I was looking for, but didn't have integrated charging - you needed to add a Lightning cable for the phone, and in many cases, the puck for the Watch, and if it had a place for your Air Pods, you had to add another Lightning cable for them.

    If they did have integrated power, so there was only one cord needed, then they don't fold flat, which makes them awkward to pack. I have considered buying some components from AliExpress - a folding stand, Qi charging coils, and a multi-output USB charger, and kludging something together myself, but I'm not good at construction, plus it wouldn't be compact enough, really.

    Is there anything like this out there? Or is there anyone with some engineering skills and/or manufacturing contacts who wants to go halves in a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo?

  • Reply 13 of 14
    Who cares about expensive chargers. Most of them are below $30 and they are not 7.5W. WHole slew of 10W/Qi3.0 are available on Amazon as well. Just make sure you buy proper Qi3.0 power adapter as most of charges do not come with them.
  • Reply 14 of 14
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 1,441member
    spacekid said:
    benjer said:
    Nice reviews. A couple questions:

    1) The last review (Yootech) mentions that the lights can be turned off if you'd like to charge your phone next to you while you sleep. I'd be interested in hearing from others' experience about quality Qi chargers that come without lights or whose lights can be turned off. It's not always apparent in product descriptions whether a charging pad has a light or if the light can be turned off.
    Lights on the device is a major item that all reviews should address. Many users have these in their bedroom for charging at night. And many like it dark when they sleep.

    I'm on my second cheap charger. The first had blue lights all around the charger to let you know it was charging. Would light the room at night. The second one was purchased because it has a single light. It's better and I put my iPhone 8 Plus on it so that it extends over the light, but it still is noticeable in the room (my wife hates any lights in the room at night). The main problem was a couple of times it wasn't on the pad correctly and didn't get charged. I believe the light was on, but haven't tried verifying that issue.
    The only experience I have with a wireless charger is a Belkin pad that my son gave me. You could place the phone on the charger and the phone would vibrate and temporarily indicate it was charging, and the light on the pad would change color but then after a few seconds, it would quit charging if the phone wasn't perfectly placed on the charger. After the first night, I turned it on my nightstand because the light bothered me. Within a week, it had already failed to charge my phone once because the phone wasn't properly positioned on the charger. After it happened again I ditched the wireless charger and plugged my phone in again. This is one of the biggest faults of wireless charging. Air Power was supposed to address it, but that evidently fell through. 

    I can't really understand what the fascination is with wireless charging. Is plugging the phone in really that difficult? IME, it takes as long to make sure your phone is properly positioned on a wireless charger as it does to plug it in, plus a lightning cable is more secure, more reliable and faster. 
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