Wireless charging finally made its way to the iPhone.
Apple's three new phones—the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone 8—all feature wireless charging. Somewhat surprisingly, Apple didn't keep the feature locked inside of its walled garden, opting instead to lean on the Qi wireless charging standard. This means that the new iPhones are compatible with just about every recently-manufactured wireless smartphone charger on the market—including those made by Samsung.
Wireless charging is no where near as fast as wired charging, but the benefits of not having to deal with tangled cords and misplaced charging bricks are plenty obvious. Given that inductive charging is all about the placement of the device, the form and materials of each wireless charger is just as important to consider as the charger's overall style.
After sifting through dozens of wireless chargers, we've landed on these five options for various budgets.
1. Samsung wireless charging pad
For our money, the charging pad with the best quality-for-cost ratio is Samsung's standard charging pad. Although it was crafted with Samsung devices in mind, it's still a fantastic, relatively-low-cost option for iPhone owners.
The pad is small enough to fit on modestly-sized nightstands or crowded office desks, and since it's available in both white and black, you can choose the model that more closely matches your aesthetic.
Since wireless charging requires your phone to be carefully placed on a pad, we really appreciated the rubber ring on the top of the Samsung charger, which keeps the phone from sliding around on its own. There's also rubber padding on the bottom of the device, too.
At around $25, the Samsung charger won't break the bank, either.
2. Samsung angled wireless charging pad
If you find yourself constantly checking your notifications even while your phone is charging, this Samsung charging pad is probably your best bet, especially if you have an iPhone X with Face ID enabled.
It's essentially the same as Samsung's standard charging pad, but tilted upward to allow for easier phone access, meaning your iPhone X will have a much easier time recognizing your face since it's standing up against this angled pad instead of laying flat on top of it (provided your face is close enough to the charger's resting spot).
At around $37, it's a tad pricier than the standard, flat-top Samsung charger, but if you've got an iPhone X, it's probably worth the extra $10-$12.
3. Belkin Boost Up wireless charging pad
The Belkin Boost Up wireless charging pad is listed on Apple's online store, which'll probably go a long way in getting it onto the desktops of iPhone owners everywhere.
This Belkin pad charges at 7.5W, but as I'm writing this, the new iPhones don't support wireless charging in that power range yet. This means that your iPhone will probably benefit from a 7.5-watt charger eventually, but those fast-charging benefits won't be available until Apple rolls out a software update sometime in the future.
We love the slim, simple design of the Belkin Boost Up, and that its non-slip surface keeps our iPhone safely in place while it charges. That said, you will be paying somewhat of a premium for fast-charging performance, which hasn't yet been made available for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X.
4. Mophie wireless charging pad
Also available via Apple's online store, the Mophie wireless charger is a nondescript charging pad with a premium price tag. Once again, the relatively steep cost is an investment in the Mophie's 7.5W power supply, which will ostensibly charge your iPhone at a faster rate once Apple rolls out the aforementioned software update.
Although the Mophie charging pad isn't the most aesthetically pleasing device, its utilitarian design—complete with a non-slip charging surface—will look just fine on an office desk next to keyboards, monitors, and cups of coffee.
Like the Belkin charging pad above, the Mophie is recommended for iPhone users hoping to pay upfront for the wireless fast-charging support Apple promised to roll out "later this year."
5. Choetech T511 wireless charging pad
If you're easy to please and don't want to spend a premium for the as-of-yet-to-be-implemented fast-charging support, this basic charging pad from Choetech is what you seek.
The design itself is basic—the non-slip properties of its competitors are absent and the materials used are a bit chintzy—but for just $16, it's the perfect option for iPhone owners who just want to stick something on their nightstand and forget about it.
Heck, for this price, you may as well get one for your bedroom, one for your living room, one for the office...