We’re living a wireless life. The more portable and convenient an item is, the better. Gone were the days when wires and cables were a requirement. Now, it’s mostly how fast and easy you can do something in a certain amount of time. Before wireless headphones became a craze, wireless chargers were a hit first. While they’re not as affordable as you might like them to be, there are some affordable ones in the market. Here are some of the best wireless chargers under $20.
First up is the Yootech 7.5W/10W/15W Metal Wireless Charger. Compatible with not just iPhones, you can also use this if you have Android phones. Versatile, isn’t it? This charger is designed with heat emission holes to ensure high-speed charging while maintaining a low temperature. It looks sleek and stylish at a fraction of the price of most wireless chargers with this aesthetic.
Another wireless charger to check out is the ESR Ultra-Thin Wireless Charger. You can use this not just for your iPhone and AirPods but also for any other Qi-compatible phone. Specifically for iPhones, this wireless charger allows for 7.5W fast charging. As for AirPods, it allows for 5W charging. It’s designed for nighttime charging with its LED indicator that automatically turns off after a minute so you get uninterrupted sleep.
If you want a wireless charger backed by a well-known brand, maybe you can take a look at the Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave Base Pad. Similar to the previous ones mentioned, this wireless charger allows for 7.5W fast charging for iPhones. Do note that some other brands actually do not offer this feature, which is actually 10% faster. Even though it’s wireless, this charger is capable of charging at the speed of a wired charger.
Not a fan of charging pads? If you’re more into stands, you might like the Anker Wireless Charger PowerWave Stand. It’s essentially just a stand version of the PowerWave Base. However, it only allows 5W charging for your iPhone. What makes this wireless charger great though is its functionality. You can charge your phone in either portrait orientation and landscape orientation.
The TOZO W1 Wireless Charger is quite slim and supports the iPhone 12 series. Designers used aviation aluminum for this charger. It also features indicator lights so you’ll know when your iPhone is already fully charged. You don’t have to worry about safety, as it has built-in protection against overheating, short-circuiting, and over-charging. It’s definitely a great option for people on a budget.
The Amazon Basics Wireless Charging Pad is a simple yet effective tool for charging your iPhone. It’s capable of juicing up your iPhone battery efficiently. This charging pad also features an LED indicator to let you know the charging status of your device. That way, no notification sounds from this tool will disrupt your sleep.
The PowerWave Pad can instantly charge your iPhone once you place it on this device. It can even power up your AirPods, which is just neat. Even if your iPhone case is 5mm thick, this charger can still directly charge your iPhone with ease.
The FDGAO Wireless Charging Pad is an affordable fast charger that can not only power up your iPhone but also other Qi-certified devices. Even better, it can charge through up to 6mm thick phone cases. This charging pad has a slim design that features rubbers at the bottom to prevent slippage. Because of its compact design, it’s pretty easy to carry around and travel with.
Another fast wireless charger worth considering is the Tissyee Magnetic Wireless Charger. This is designed to take up little space, so you can easily fit it in your pocket or in your bag when traveling. It features excellent magnetic attraction so you can adjust your iPhone to any angle without it easily deviating from the center of the pad.
The DBPOWER Magnetic Wireless Charger features 24 built-in powerful magnets so it’s quick to attract your iPhone when you place it on the pad. This charger also comes with shock absorption so it won’t break that easily. It has such a strong charging capability that it can power through 8mm-thick phone cases, which is just amazing. However, do note that metal phone cases interfere with wireless charging so it would be best to avoid that.
This goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good-quality wireless charger for your iPhone. Of course, some of the expensive ones do have additional features that affordable ones may not have. However, if what you’re looking for is just optimum function and convenience, these are already great wireless chargers that you can choose without breaking the bank.
First published in August 2020; updated July 2021