Having a wireless charging pad for your phone is convenient no matter where you are, but it is especially useful when driving because it helps reduce interference. While these chargers aren’t completely wireless – you’ll still need to plug the charging dock into a cigarette lighter or your car’s USB port – they’re wireless in the most important sense: you won’t have to constantly turn the cable charger on and off.
Please note that each wireless charger in this customer guide is compatible with any wireless-enabled mobile phone, be it an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, or any other Qi-enabled phone. And if you’re attached to a phone case – as long as it’s not super thick – you can leave it onyour phone. Most of these chargers can even be used as a phone holder with an adjustable arm. We update this list from time to time and new wireless charging technology is coming to market.
iOttie’s “autosense” wireless car charger with automatic clamping and phone holder is one of the best on the market. Although it is quite expensive, we have recently seen some nice discounts on it. The Auto Sense car phone holder with automatic Qi charging clamp is available in a dashboard mount version or in a CD and ventilation version (I tried the wireless charging bracket on the dashboard). This wireless car charger holder has a beautifully designed telescopic arm, a strong suction cup, and the wireless charging holder function is compatible with most phone cases. You get a charge of 7.5 W for iPhone and 10 W for Android phones, which is considered fast wireless charging.
This Qi wireless charger comes with a USB dual-cigarette cigarette lighter adapter. My only complaint – and a small one – is that the Micro-USB cable is included, not the USB Type-C. When this Qi charger plugs into the car’s wireless charging cradle, you can forget about it, but if the cable is accidentally disconnected (which it does), it’s easier to plug in the phone’s USB-C charging cable, especially when driving again.
If you don’t mind an unnamed brand like ZeeHoo, its wireless car charger has most of the features you want to charge your phone, including autoclamping, a secure suction cup that can be installed on your car’s vent, windshield or dashboard. It has USB-C and fast charging up to 15 watts for Android phones that support it (iPhones are limited to 7.5 watts). This upgraded version has a sleeker design than the original (see below) and costs about $ 20 less than the iOtti above. However, this wireless charger does not come with a cigarette lighter adapter – just a USB-C cable.
This wireless car charger is one of the most popular generic wireless car chargers with a telescopic arm with automatic sensor, and the original version I tried worked well in general, securely attaching to the car’s ventilation bracket and allowing me to quickly charge my smartphone or device which supports QI. I liked that the cordless car charger came with both phone holders for the ventilation bracket in my car (if you only want the ventilation bracket, there’s a ventilation-only version that costs $ 30).
Note that you will need a power adapter that supports it for fast charging (not included).
ZeeHoo’s original wireless car charger with automatic clamping remains good value at around $ 30. Aside from some cosmetic improvements on the upgraded version, the biggest difference is that this one has a fast charge of up to 10 W for Android phones instead of a fast 15 W charge (iPhones are limited to 7.5 W charging for both chargers). Like the upgraded version, this wireless charger does not come with a cigarette lighter adapter – just a USB-C cable – and for fast charging you will need a power adapter that supports it (not included).
If you want to use a wireless charger with a slightly more discreet look, a phone charger with a magnetic holder is a good choice. The iOttie iTap 2 Wireless is available in versions with vent, CD slot and suction mount on the instrument panel. I tried the ventilated version, which has a locking mechanism on the ventilation buckle that holds the charger suction bracket securely attached to the ventilation opening. Please note that this bracket is not compatible with MagSafe.
To make your cordless phone charger work with a magnetic car intake, you need a case with built-in metal (which I have) or you can attach one of the included thin metal plates to the back of the phone (glue it to the bottom so it doesn’t interfere with the wireless charging in the middle). You can even cover the board with a phone case, but make sure the case is not too thick or your phone does not stick to the charger holder.
The iOttie iTap 2 Wireless Charger Magnetic Holder includes a dual USB car charger that has an optional USB port to charge another device. The included cable is a Micro-USB cable, not USB-C, which does not have the ability to accelerate charging. I tested it using the iPhone 11 Pro, which certainly stayed on the charger, but for larger phones it would probably be better to use one of the above wireless charger options.
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The Mophie Snap Plus 15W wireless charging cradle is a magnetic cradle that comes with an integrated USB-C cable (the charging pack can be removed from the cradle, but the cable is integrated into the pack). It also comes with a cigarette lighter adapter and a magnetic ring that you can stick on the back of non-MagSafe-enabled phones, including Android models. I tried it with the MagSafe charger case on my iPhone 12 Pro and the phone stuck well to the holder. Still, the magnet isn’t super strong and I wouldn’t recommend it for heavier phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. But overall, it’s an attractively designed accessory.
It can wirelessly charge Android models at speeds of up to 15 watts, but with iPhones, wireless charging is up to 7.5 watts.
ZealSound’s Qi-certified Car Charge Slim Pad Station Dock may not be the most elegant wireless charging solution, but this wireless charging pad can be placed wherever you want and has a bottom and guardrails to keep your phone from flying off the ground when you brake abruptly either accelerate or turn sharply. It offers charging up to 10 W for compatible Android phones. For iPhone, it charges at 7.5 watts. A cigarette lighter power adapter is included.
If you already have Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging pack, this Spigen mount plug-in is a good option to bring into your car. Like I said, the MagSafe wireless charger is not included. Not a USB-C cigarette lighter adapter. But for less than $ 20, this is a fairly affordable magnetic mounting kit.
Note: Just make sure you get the right cigarette lighter adapter with it to achieve a maximum charging speed of 15 W. Also, since this relies on magnets from the wireless charging package to stick your phone to it (MagSafe case is required if you use a holster), this is not recommended for the larger iPhone 13 Max Pro as it is more likely to slip off the bracket – especially if you hit an uneven one – due to its weight.
Okay, this isn’t a wireless charger, but many of the wireless car chargers on this list don’t include a lighter power adapter, so I thought I’d put this on the list at the end. I originally had an Aukey power adapter on this list, but it’s out of stock, and this low-profile Ainope mini fast USB car charger offers even faster charging (up to 24 watts) and costs less. It has both a USB-C and a USB-A port so you can charge two devices at the same time, but to get 15W wireless charging, you’d better charge one device.
Note that you will need to use USB-C to Lightning cable to get the fastest wired charger for iPhone. That cable is not included.