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Best wireless chargers in Australia

Ditch the cables and keep the power flowing with our guide to the best wireless chargers for every need.

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Wireless charging used to be really hard to manage, requiring specific chargers, cases and compatible devices. These days it's much easier with a single wireless charging standard that works across a wide array of smartphones, headphones and plenty of other device categories – even electric toothbrushes.

We've tested a wide array of wireless chargers, because your choices are equally wide. You can opt for simple classic flat puck-like chargers, but the introduction of multi-device chargers, chargers that support Apple's nifty MagSafe standard and chargers that hit higher peak charging rates make the choices anything but simple.

We've put 15 different wireless chargers through their paces testing a range of smartphones and headphones to pick the very best for every need, whether you're charging just one gadget, or many gadgets simultaneously in the home, office or car.

We've also considered additional factors like charging times, ease of connection with normal wireless charging gadgets and any issues we've encountered along the way.

The best wireless chargers in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on reviews from our in-house tech experts who have been hands on with the products. For each category, we identified key parameters based on our research and selected the wireless chargers that best fit these parameters.

Read more on our methodology below.


Belkin Boost Charge 15W Wireless Charging Pad

Best overall wireless charger

Belkin Boost Charge 15W Wireless Charging Pad
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Fast-charges Apple, Samsung and Google phones
  • Non-slip surface

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Some complain it's tricky to get phones in the right charging position

Picking the best wireless charger is tricky, because while it's all about power delivery, needs still differ depending on whether you're just charging a phone, or also boosting headphones or other Qi-compliant gear.

Belkin's Boost Charging Pad gets the nod for best wireless charger largely because it's a simple, no-fuss 15W wireless charger that can handle just about any Qi-compliant device, thanks to its large and wide charging pad, included wall charger and fast charging speeds.

It's also moderately priced by premium wireless charger standards, although some of that comes from the fact that it's avoiding the current trend to build in MagSafe (or MagSafe-style) compatibility into its frame. Being a horizontal charger, there's not so much of a need for that kind of absolutely aligned mechanism anyway. If you're an Android user, MagSafe chargers will work, but you're paying for a feature you can't in fact use.


Mophie Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount

Best wireless car charger

Mophie Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • MagSafe-compatible
  • Magnetic adaptor supplied for other handsets
  • Vent mounting gives you position choice

Cons

  • Doesn't like some heavier phone cases
  • Feasible to bounce phone off stand through potholes
  • Some car vents would make for awkward positions

Some premium vehicles do now incorporate wireless charging pads directly into the vehicle, such as the Tesla Model 3, but for everyone else, charging your phone in the car can be a pain, because who needs all those dangling cables? The Mophie Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount isn't quite a cable-free proposition, because it still has to connect to a standard cigarette lighter-style socket for power, but it does make it easier to simply snap your MagSafe-compatible iPhone into place for on-the-go power.

It's not limited to just the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 either, because Mophie includes a magnetic ring that you can stick to any reasonable sized phone to "make" it magnetically compatible. The catch here is that if you're using a heavier or thicker case on your phone, getting the magnet to hold properly can be a challenge.

In driving use, the Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount mostly performed admirably, save for the bumpiest roads. It's not exactly its fault – magnets do indeed work this way – but hitting a particularly deep pothole caused my car to jump, and the iPhone 13 Pro connected to the Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount to jump with it.

The use of a vent mount does make the Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount pretty easy to place, and it does give you flexibility in terms of positioning. However, you're also going to be limited by where your vents sit in relation to your eyes if you want to use it for navigation or other eyes-on uses. Remember – keep your eyes on the road, not on the phone!


Apple MagSafe Charger

Best convenient iPhone wireless charger

Apple MagSafe Charger
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • 15W of charging power
  • MagSafe convenience

Cons

  • 20W USB-C power adapter sold separately
  • Some buyers complain about charger getting hot

One of the key reasons to use wireless charging is convenience; if you want speed then wired charging is still the way to go. Apple's official MagSafe Battery sells primarily on convenience. It's a white brick that magnetically attaches to any MagSafe-compatible iPhone – basically an iPhone 12 or newer – for Qi charging, but you can use it with any Qi-compatible device, albeit without that satisfying magnetic snap.

There's no battery level indicator on the MagSafe Battery, but if it's connected to a compatible iPhone, it will instead give you a full battery rundown within the iOS battery life widget, so it's typically only a swipe away on your iPhone.

Where the convenience comes into play is that as a standalone battery it's nicely portable, especially if you've got an iPhone Mini model as it's nearly the same size. That combines with the fact that it'll act as a straight wireless charger when plugged in for any device, so you could use it in a hotel on the bedside table, for example. To further sweeten its convenience, if you plug your iPhone in while it's attached, once your iPhone's topped up, it'll handle some neat reverse wireless charging, topping itself up so it's ready for the day ahead.

You can find out more about the Apple MagSafe Battery in our full review.


EFM Flux 15W Wireless Charging Pad

Best wireless charger for Apple iPhones

EFM Flux 15W Wireless Charging Pad
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Strong magnetic connection
  • Up to 15W charging
  • Charging block includes second charging port

Cons

  • Can suffer from cable clutter
  • Small disc shape trickier for other Qi devices
  • Doesn't quite have the style cachet of the official Apple charger

For many newer iPhone owners, the answer to the question "What's the best iPhone wireless charger" would almost always default to Apple's own MagSafe Charger. It's a nicely stylish choice that will always suit your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, because it's Apple, but you're also paying a premium just for that Apple logo.

EFM's Flux 15W Wireless Charging Pad manages the same magnetic connection for around the same price, but with added extras you don't get with the official Apple model. For a start, in my tests the actual magnetic connection was stronger on the EFM charging plate than the official Apple one, which means it snaps into place correctly even faster. If you're cruel to your iPhone, you can indeed dangle it upside down from the cord, although this is silly and not at all advisable.

EFM also includes a 20W charging block in the box, something that Apple omits, and it sweetens the deal by making it a dual plug charger. The actual charging disc connects to its USB C port, but it also gives you a USB A type socket for charging a secondary device of your choice.

You do give up some of the style cachet of the Apple official if that's important to you. Dual charging is neat, but like every cable ever there's the risk of cable tangles and clutter with both charging sockets occupied. If you are using the EFM Flux 15W with other devices, its smaller size can make orientation for charging a touch trickier as well.


Belkin Boost Charge 15W Wireless Charging Pad

Best simple wireless charger

Belkin Boost Charge 15W Wireless Charging Pad
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Fast-charges Apple, Samsung and Google phones
  • Non-slip surface

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Some complain it's tricky to get phones in the right charging position

When you come down to it, wireless charging is all about convenience. If you want the fastest possible charging, a cable is still always going to win out, and do so in a way that doesn't involve any levels of power loss either.

Convenient product should be simple and affordable, and within the premium that you'll pay upfront for wireless charging, there's a lot to like about Belkin's Boost Charge Wireless Charging Pad 15W. It's a simple, flat, white disc charger with a large base plate. That does make placement fairly easy even for larger phones or other Qi devices – I was able to charge everything from the tiny iPhone 13 Mini to the huge Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 with few issues.

The inclusion of charging at up to 15W means that it can be speedy by wireless standards, although that will depend on the capabilities of the phone or other Qi device you drop onto it. The icing on the cake here is that Belkin includes a wall charger in the box. There are lots of cheaper wireless chargers, but many of them omit the wall charger, meaning you've got to use your own.

On the downside, the actual disc that you sit the phone on is large, which means you'll need to give it decent desk space every single time. The model supplied for review was the white variant, and my prior experience with white Qi chargers suggests that they can attract dust and grubby marks pretty easily – so if that worries you, look for the black model instead.


Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Stand

Best wireless charger for AirPods

Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Stand
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Charges both an iPhone and AirPods
  • Obvious groove to fit AirPods in
  • Matches classic Apple style

Cons

  • No charging plug in the box
  • Not truly a 'MagSafe' iPhone charger
  • Won't easily work with non-MagSafe phones

The reality for AirPod charging is that just about any Qi charger will do, because it's a standard and the charge rate of both AirPods and AirPods Pro really isn't that fast in any case.

However, getting it to orient so that it'll charge properly can be a bit of a chore, made worse by the fact that the charging light on the AirPods only comes on for a brief time. The only way to know if they've charged if you don't spot it upfront is to take them out of the case, at which point you probably want to use them… which you can't if they didn't charge!

That's where the Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Stand really (ahem) stands out, because alongside its magnetic iPhone charger it has a Qi plate at the base with an indent groove that neatly matches up to the size of the AirPods Pro or AirPods. It also helps that it looks almost exactly like the kind of charger that Apple itself would make, with clean aluminium lines and lots of bright white plastic in play.

On the downside, it's best suited only to iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 owners, because the magnetic charging disc only swivels slightly. Without that magnetic attachment, you'll be hard-pressed to keep any other Qi-compatible phone in line with it for any length of time. It's also rather pricey, given that you only get a USB C cable in the box, not an actual wall charger.


Mophie Wireless Charging Stand+

Best wireless charger for multiple devices

Mophie Wireless Charging Stand+
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Up to 15W charging
  • Flexible positioning for Apple Watch charger
  • Charge in flat or portrait position

Cons

  • Apple watch charger not included
  • Watch charger is only Apple watch charger shaped
  • Not notably travel-friendly

Apple never quite got its own AirPower charging mat, designed for easy wireless charging of multiple devices off the ground, but that didn't stop a lot of other makers from having a go at multi-device charging mats.

Mophie's Wireless Charging Stand+ stands out from the crowd thanks to the inclusion of wireless charging at up to 15W. Not every device supports that rate of charge, but if your phone does, you'll find it topping up at a considerably higher rate of charge than competing devices.

It's also a nicely configurable device, with 1 charging plate on an angular stand, perfect for bedside clock-style charging, and 1 flat charging plate that you could use for a secondary phone, wireless-compatible true wireless buds or any other Qi-compatible device. You can also charge any USB-A type socketed device from the rear charging socket, although that does logically mean you'll have a little extra cable tangle to deal with.

It's capable of charging an Apple Watch too… sort of. You don't actually get an Apple Watch charger in the box, so you will have to use your own, but it does come with an Apple Watch charger-shaped clip in the box. A nice feature here is that there's a choice of positions for the clip, so your Apple Watch won't get in the way of other devices while charging.

I would have preferred it to be a more generic clip – there's no way you could charge a Fitbit or Galaxy Watch with the watch clip. If integrated Apple Watch charging is important to you, consider other options such as the Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad or the Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad.


Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini

Best portable wireless charger

Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Cheaper than Apple's MagSafe Battery
  • 5,000mAh capacity
  • Magnetic connection for recent model iPhones

Cons

  • Magnetic connection isn't as strong as true MagSafe products
  • Lower charging rate than true MagSafe products
  • Needs to be switched on before it starts charging

If you're after a wireless charging solution that offers both power and portability, there's an awful lot to like about Mophie's Snap+ Juice Pack Mini. Sure, in some ways it's a bit of a shameless clone of the Apple MagSafe Battery, right down to the claim of being "compatible with MagSafe" iPhone models – but that's not quite the same thing as having actual MagSafe certification.

What does that mean in reality? In my tests, the Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini's magnetic attachment was weaker than on the official MagSafe battery. It's fine for lining up for charging, but doesn't grip quite as strongly as the MagSafe Battery does. It's also only capable of charging at up to 7.5W, less than on the official model.

So why do I rate it better than the MagSafe battery for portability? There are 2 reasons. Firstly, it has a larger battery capacity than the official battery, and even with that lesser charge rate you can still top up more of an iPhone's battery with it than the MagSafe Battery can manage.

Moreover, it's way cheaper than the official battery pack and, at the end of the day, you want to make it to the end of the day thanks to your portable wireless charger. If that is a concern for more than just an iPhone, you should also consider the Otterbox Power Bank with Qi wireless charging, which packs in 15,000MaH and 10W wireless charging – but it's a more expensive proposition, and a much heavier one, making it less suitable for portable use.

While the magnetic side of the Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini might make it seem like an iPhone-only option, Mophie even provides an adaptor to fit other non-MagSafe phones to it, if that's your style. It's also fully Qi-compatible, and there's no issue charging other Qi devices with it. I had no problems using it as a standalone charging plate for a Pixel 6 Pro, and it'll even bump up to 12W if it's plugged into a wall socket while powering up your device of choice.


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Methodology

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Brands considered
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Best products chosen

Why you can trust our picks

All the products in this guide were personally tested using an array of Qi- and MagSafe-compatible phones and other devices, including the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. All considered brands supplied review products, but some brands, including Anker, Cygnett, Google and Samsung were not able to supply review samples for inclusion in time for this feature.

All devices were used for full charging of devices, taking note of relative charging time, any connection or heat issues or other physical factors that would make them a more or less compelling choice for a wireless charging need.

I've been writing about technology and reviewing tech gadgets since 1998 – 10 years longer than the Qi standard that current wireless charging operates on has actually existed. As such, I've seen a lot of Qi technology come and go over the years.

  • Anker
  • Apple
  • Belkin
  • Cygnett
  • EFM
  • HPM
  • Mophie
  • Otterbox
  • Samsung
  • Satechi
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Types of wireless chargers

Early on in the history of wireless chargers there were a few competing standards, and a handful of proprietary gadgets as well. These days, everyone has settled on the open Qi standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium as the baseline for wireless charging gadgets and chargers.

As such, the type of wireless charger is pretty much always just "Qi", but there are other physical factors to consider. The hot "new" tech on the block in wireless charging comes via Apple and its MagSafe magnetic alignment technology. As the name suggests, this uses magnets in a phone body to help align more efficiently to a wireless charging coil for both ease of use, and potentially higher and more efficient transfer rates.

As Qi is an open standard, it's also been built into a lot of form factors. Earlier (and simpler) chargers were just flat plates that you dropped your Qi-compatible phone onto, but these days you can opt for in-car Qi chargers, bedside chargers and even battery packs with Qi charging coils built into the side.

How to compare wireless chargers

Because Qi is an open standard, you can drop any Qi-compatible device – any wireless charging capable phone and many other gadgets including select true wireless headphones and even electric toothbrushes – and get the power flowing.

However, not all Qi chargers are alike. Here's what to consider when buying a wireless charger:

What should I look for when choosing a wireless charger?

"Firstly you need to check out what sort of wattage charging your phone supports," says Eloise Tobler, a technology expert at Wisetek.

"Not all devices will support 10W fast wireless charging, but you're probably better off choosing this option now in order to future proof yourself."

Tobler also suggests going with a reliable brand with a good reputation.

"At the end of the day you're still placing you're uber expensive smart phone on this device and in most cases you do get what you pay for, so be wary."

How fast does it charge (and what do I need?)

Wireless charging is slower than cabled charging, but newer devices and some chargers can up the throughput rate even wirelessly. However, this is a matter of matching the right device with the right charger. If you have an older Qi-compatible iPhone, for example, that doesn't support MagSafe, it won't support 15W wireless charging, even if you do use a 15W charger. Pop a MagSafe-compatible iPhone (12 or 13 series) onto a MagSafe charger and you'll get faster charging. What matters here is not spending on a power level your phone won't support – or buying a fast wireless charger if your phone will support it, so you're not waiting forever for your phone to charge.

Do I need MagSafe?

If you're using an Android phone, the answer to this is a pretty emphatic no. For iPhone owners, if you've got an iPhone 12 or newer, then you're MagSafe-ready. MagSafe ups the charge rate on compatible chargers, but it's really the convenience of not only dropping your phone onto a charging plate, but having it align perfectly that makes it special. Bear in mind that Apple charges extra for "official" MagSafe certification, but there are already third party "magnetic" solutions that do a similar, but not quite identical job.

How many gadgets will it charge?

If you have multiple Qi gadgets, it makes sense to opt for a multi-device charging solution. You'll pay more for it, but typically less than buying 2–3 Qi chargers, with the added convenience of a single charging destination for your phone, headphones and more.

Does it come with a wall plug?

Some chargers incorporate the plug into the body, which could have implications down the track if the cable frays over time. Equally some chargers are just the charger and maybe a USB cable, meaning you'll need to find a charging plug to actually get it to work. In that case, you may also be limited by the power output of the actual charging block you use.

Price: Pretty obvious, no?

Some makes charge more for the style, or more for higher power rates or numbers of charging plates.

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