The 7 Best Wireless Smartphone Chargers


January 25, 2018 9:00 am

The tech dream of 2018?

Sitting down at your desk and having everything work: no cords, no clutter, no compatibility issues.

And then taking that no-fuss connection everywhere you go.

HyperDrive is that dream.

The device has two main functions: On top, there’s a wireless charger for later model iPhones and compatible Android phones — it supports all 4 Qi wireless charging standards (5, 7.5, 10 and 15W). You can charge your device lying flat or standing while you power up; sturdy hinges allow you to adjust the screen to almost any angle.

As well, the HD’s ventilated design means you can charge your phone without overheating.

But it’s also a hub for your multitude of devices: If you use a MacBook or other modern laptop with limited connectivity options (outside of the dreaded dongles), the HyperDrive offers 4K HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, microSD, SD, USB-C and three USB 3.1 ports.

A detachable cable means there’s no clutter and the device is easy to ferry around town. Shipping in May, it’s currently $50 off from the future retail price during its Kickstarter funding.

Can’t wait that long? Don’t need that all of that hub? A few other worthy wireless options:

For minimalist aesthetics: The Wireless Charging Pad
Grovemade’s handsome charger features a stainless steel base and cork top (replete with Japanese calligraphy), with a red braided power cord that wraps completely under the dock. Works with almost any 3mm case.

For bold aesthetics: Venus
Available for pre-order from Bourge Design, this wireless charger looks more like a superyacht. Crafted from curved aluminum and glass, the Venus also features USB 3.0 and USB-C ports hidden in the base.

For ALL your travel needs: Nomad USB Hub
You can charge five devices (max output of 30W) of almost any nature at once on this flying saucer-like wonder. Besides the the topside wireless charging, the Hub features several additional plugged USB ports (1 USB-C, 2 USB-A, 2 1A USB outputs) — plus LED status indicators for each powered device.

For price: Otium Wireless Charger
At just $20, this charger (which fast charges certain devices) doubles as a no-slip media stand.

For on-the-go charging: SNOW-C
No idea if this works, but this active Kickstarter project is a decent-looking winter coat with wireless charging pockets.

For wirelessly charging multiple devices: Funxim
Quickly and simultaneously charge a later-model iPhone and Apple Watch (if you’re not an Apple fanboy, it does work with any QI-standard device).

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