How to buy the right wireless charger

How to buy the right wireless charger


(upbeat music) – Wireless charging is great, and pretty much every phone has it now. You just take your phone,
you drop it on the pad, and it starts charging like
magic, except it’s real. But if you’re actually
looking to buy a charger for the first time, it can
be a little intimidating. There’s a whole bunch of
specs you need to think about, stuff like wattage, and
how many coils it has, what the charging speed looks like, what the form factor is. And it can just be really confusing to just go to the store, and buy one, or go on Amazon and buy one. If you’re looking to cut
the cord for the first time, and again, you should it’s great, here’s a couple things that
you’re gonna want to think about when you’re buying a charger. (upbeat music) First off, QI. It’s spelled Q-I, and it’s the
wireless charging standard, your phone uses it,
basically every charger out on the planet’s gonna use it, but just double check
to make sure it’s there, you’ll save yourself some time later. The most important spec for buying a wireless charger though, is how much power can it push? Now, base charging for
Qi starts at five watts, which is fine. But a lot of devices
support fast charging, so Apple phones like the iPhone XR or XS, can support up to seven and a half watts, which will charge faster
assuming your pad can support it. Samsung phones go up to nine watts. Some Android phones
even go up to 10 watts. Pixel phones basically
only just fast charge with a Pixel stand which
is a limit from Google. Sorry Pixel owners. But generally speaking,
you’re gonna wanna make sure that to get the fastest
possible experience, you want at least 10 watts
from any charger you buy. There’s lots of different form factors out there for wireless chargers, and where you plan on using yours is probably gonna help
determine what kind you want. So if you’re planning
on charging your phone by your desk a lot, you’ll
probably want a standing one, where you’ll easily be able to
see the screen of your phone without craning over. If you’re hoping for
one by your bed though to charge overnight, you’ll probably want a flat charger, so that your phone isn’t standing up, and blinding you every time someone texts you at two in the morning. And if you’re indecisive, or
just want the flexibility, there are pads that convert
from flat to standing, so you can get the best of both. (upbeat music) Another thing you might wanna look out for when you’re buying a wireless charger, is how many charging coils it has. Now, there’s two ways this
can affect your experience, the first is for chargers
that are still only meant to charge one device, but still have multiple coils. The advantage here is
that having multiple coils will make it easier to
find that sweet spot where it lines up, and actually charges. On the other hand, there are also devices like Samsung’s dual charger that have multiple separate coils so you can charge
multiple devices at once. So if you have two phones, or a phone and a smart watch that you wanna charge at the same time, that might be a good option for you. Most wireless chargers
use a standard adapter to plug into walls which is great. Most of them use Micro USB, or some newer ones even USB-C, which is really useful ’cause
those are standard cables, which means that you
can easily swap them out if you need a longer
one, or your break yours. But some chargers use
weird proprietary ones, or even have cables embedded
directly into device, which you probably will wanna
avoid unless you really can’t. In that same vein you’re
also gonna wanna look at what kind of wall brick
comes with your charger, if it comes with one at all. A lot of companies don’t
include a brick in the box, which can be frustrating because if you only have a five watt brick for your 10 watt wireless charger, it won’t matter that your charger can fast charge your phone, because it won’t have the
power supply to do that. And if you’re hoping to save money by buying a cheaper charger
that doesn’t come with a brick, just remember that unless you already have a high watt charger with you, you’ll probably end up just
having to buy a new one anyway, which means you haven’t
really saved any money at all. Wireless chargers come in
all sorts of weird shapes, and sizes, materials, and designs, so a lot of it also just comes
down to personal preference. Do you like leather, get
a fancy leather charger. Do you like fabric, get a fabric one. Do you want one that
just charges your phone? Get a cheap plastic one. Now obviously there’s
gonna be some variation between chargers. Some will still charge slightly faster than others, but for the most part, if you follow this you’ll end up with a
great wireless charger. Personally my favorite
charger is this RAVPower one which we’ve written about over on This is My Next on the site. Thanks for watching, and be
sure to subscribe to The Verge for more videos like this. – [Interviewer] Cool, clap
once more. (hand claps)

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