The best smartphone chargers

  • If you have a phone, you need at least one charger to replenish the battery every day or so.
  • It’s helpful to have more than one charger so you can charge your device no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
  • We’ve rounded up the best phone chargers of all kinds from normal ones that use a charging cable and a wall adaptor to wireless chargers and ones you can use in your car.

Phone batteries may be getting larger, but you still need to regularly charge your phone if you don’t want to be stuck with a useless hunk of metal and glass with a dead battery.

Thankfully, there are hundreds of smartphone charging accessories out there from wired chargers you plug into an outlet to wireless chargers and ones for your car. Many companies have also started using fast-charging technology so you can fully charge up a device in less than an hour.

We’ve rounded up the best phone chargers of all kinds that we’ve tested and researched. Whether you want a wireless charger, a car charger, a charging station to juice up multiple devices at once, or your standard wall outlet to charging cable setup, we have a pick for you.

When buying a smartphone charger, you’ll want to consider a few things. It’s a good idea to keep in mind where and when you want to charge your phone. If you want to charge it at night, perhaps a wireless charger will be best, as those tend to charge devices more slowly. If you spend a lot of time in your car, you may want a car charger that will keep your phone juiced up while you drive.

Of course, with so many charging accessories out there, it can be hard to find the right ones for your needs. That, however, is exactly why we’ve put together this guide.

Here are the best phone chargers:


The best charging cables

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The Anker PowerLine+ II cables are durable, support fast charging, and work with iPhone or Android devices.

If you’re looking for a high-end, reliable charging cable, then it’s worth buying a cable from the Anker PowerLine+ II series. Anker makes cables for lightning ports on iPhones as well as USB-C and Micro-USB ports on Android devices. They’re also the top pick in our guide to the best charging cables.

The durable cables have a braided nylon covering to ensure that no matter how you stretch or bend the cables, they will last for years to come. Most other charging cables are made of cheap plastic and are easily broken.

The cables also come with a pouch and a Velcro cable tie so they don’t get tangled up. The cables come in a few different lengths so you can get a longer or shorter cable depending on your needs. They support charging speeds of up to 60 watts, which should be enough for most fast-charging tech.

There are very few downsides to these cables, but if there is any downside, it’s the fact that the cables only support USB 2.0 data transfers and not the faster USB 3.0. If you only use the cable for charging, of course, that won’t be an issue. They’re also slightly expensive compared to some others, though considering how long they last, they’re worth the higher up-front cost.

Despite those potential downsides, the Anker PowerLine+ II cable series is almost universally loved. I’ve personally used PowerLine+ II cables, and found that they’re stronger than the average charging cable.

Pros: Very durable, range of models and colours, fast charging speeds

Cons: USB 2.0 data transfers, expensive

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Anker Powerline+ USB-C to USB-C Cable

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The best wall charger

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The RavPower 61W Dual Port Charger has a USB-A and USB-C port, offers enough power to charge laptops as well, and it looks better than other wall chargers.

If you want a high-end, versatile wall charger, then the RavPower 61W Dual-Port Charger is the way to go.

The charger has two USB ports built into it, including a USB-A and USB-C port. The charger supports fast-charging speeds of up to 61 watts, which means it can not only charge your phone, it can also be used to charge your laptop and other devices.

The design of the charger is pretty nice, too. You can get it in black or white. The charger is relatively compact and slim, and it has retractable pins so you can easily slip it into your bag.

So what about downsides? Well, there really aren’t any. The charger is even relatively inexpensive for what it has to offer. Sure, that’s more expensive than some of the cheaper options out there, but with two ports and 61-watt charging, it’s worth the cost.

Pros: Inexpensive, versatile, well-designed

Cons: None at this price


The best wireless charger

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The Moshi Otto Q has a great design, plus it supports fast wireless charging, cutting down on the time it takes to juice up your device.

Looking for a well-designed, high-end wireless charger that supports relatively fast wireless charging? The Moshi Otto Q is the way to go. It’s also the top pick in our guide to the best wireless chargers.

The charger is covered in a nice looking grey fabric and it has a silicone ring on the top to ensure that your phone doesn’t slip off of the charger when it’s in use.

If you have a Quick Charge adaptor, you’ll get 7.5-watt fast-charging on an iPhone or up to 10 watts on a compatible Android device. In other words, no matter what phone you have, you should get relatively fast charging speeds with this wireless charger.

There are a few downsides, but not all that many. The charger doesn’t come with a power adaptor, so you’ll have to buy that separately or use one you already have, and the LED light can be a little bright in the dark.

Despite the downsides, this wireless charger is a top choice for many reviewers, including us.

Pros: Classy design, support for fast wireless charging

Cons: Doesn’t come with an adaptor


The best car charger

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This car charger has a sleek and stylish design, plus it supports fast charging speeds and comes with a USB-C cable.

Your car may be one of the best places to charge your phone, mainly because you might be draining the battery while you drive by using maps to navigate or playing music. Plus, you’re staying within the confinement of your car and you won’t need to remove it from the charger until you arrive at your destination. The NekTek PD 45W Type-C car charger is our favourite one.

The charger has a USB-C port built into it, which is great for modern devices. But it goes a step beyond that by adding in a standard USB-A port for older charging cables. In other words, no matter what kind of charging cable you have, this car charger should support it.

It also supports fast charging and it can even charge up your laptop, Nintendo Switch, headphones, and other devices. To sweeten the deal, the car charger comes with a USB-C cable.

Considering the versatility of the charger and the relatively low price, there really aren’t any downsides to it.

Pros: Two ports, fast charging speeds, sleek design, relatively inexpensive

Cons: None


The best charging station

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The Satechi 7-port charging station has multiple USB-C and USB-A ports for charging several devices at once, plus it has anti-slip pads and a sleek design.

If you want a charging station that you can use to juice up all your devices at once, Satechi has the accessory for you. The Satechi 7-port USB charging station has enough ports to charge seven devices at once, including phones, tablets, and laptops. It’s also our top pick in our guide to the best charging stations.

This particular station was recently updated with two USB-C ports, making it more versatile. Not only that, but the station also has surge protection, so it should protect your devices, and it has a sleek and stylish design. The seven slots have anti-scratch silicone pads to safely hold your devices.

Unlike what’s shown in the images, the charging station doesn’t come with cables, so you’ll have to buy those separately. We recommend buying pretty short cables, so you don’t end up with cables all over your desk or table.

Despite the fact that there are no cables included, it’s still a great option.

Pros: Well-designed, seven charging slots, has USB-C ports

Cons: Cables aren’t included

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