The best way to keep your phone charged while you’re on the go is to use a wireless car charger. Yes, carmakers have started realizing it might be smart to build in wireless phone chargers now that so many new phones offer wireless charging and people like to charge their phones while driving. Unfortunately, though, the vast majority of newer cars don’t have wireless phone charging. And when they do, it’s available only as an overpriced add-on. That means it’s up to drivers to get wireless chargers themselves.
For the fastest charging speeds, you should opt for the wired route and use a USB-C or Lightning cable with a high-wattage cigarette lighter power adapter and fast-charging USB-C ports. But going wireless is clearly more convenient. With a wireless car charger, you just place your phone in your car mount — or on it in the case of magnetic mounts — and your phone automatically starts charging. You don’t have to worry about plugging a cable in to your phone every time you get in your car.
Alas, wireless charging doesn’t mean there aren’t any wires involved. You’ll still need to connect the charger to your vehicle. But once it’s set up, all you need to do is pop your phone in when you want to juice up.
Note that each wireless charger in this buyer’s guide is compatible with any wireless charging-enabled mobile phone, whether it’s an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy, a Google Pixel or any other Qi-enabled phone (some magnetic mounts include stick-on metal plates for Android devices to make them adhere to the mount).
I’ve personally tested all the devices in this roundup. I’ll keep updating this best list to consider new wireless phone chargers as they hit the market.
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