Wireless charging is becoming increasingly popular among smartphone users, the lack of tangling wires and technological improvements have made them a hot commodity. More and more manufacturers are exploring the technology all the time and it may be on its way to becoming an industry standard.
Currently the Wireless Power Consortium estimates that 90% of consumers are aware of wireless charging technology with as many as 80% planning to purchase it in the future. A further 76% want phone manufacturers to include Qi technology in their devices.
The market for Qi charging has grown by 20% since 2013 and is expected to have grown by up to 120% by 2020, according to a report by the WPC.
There are vast numbers of chargers available on the market today, and finding the right one can be something of a headache, so take a look at CBR’s list of the best wireless chargers for Android!
1. Anker PowerPort Qi Wireless Charging Pad
The Anker PowerPort Qi Wireless Charging Pad is a wonderfully simple charging solution, for at home or at work. The 10W charger is capable of charging your mobile phone through the coil embedded inside the device, which is slim and easily transportable.
One of the benefits of this particular wireless charger is the LED lights around the side of the device which will let you know if the device is charging or not, with some other chargers it can be difficult to know for certain if they’re doing their job. Don’t worry though, the LED’s will turn off after ten seconds so it’s perfectly suitable to keep on your bedside table at night.
Unfortunately the device only operates with a single coil, meaning that the power to time ratio isn’t too efficient, and to maximise the result you’ll be better off going caseless. However, you would also be expected to pay slightly more for the increase in power, and price is definitely one of the advantages of this model.
The Anker PowerPort Qi Wireless Charging Pad is available from £14.99
2. Ikea NORDMÄRKE
The Ikea Nordmarke is an excellent addition to any homes wireless charging solution. It’s warm modern look means that it won’t look out of place in most homes, making it perfect to augment your coffee table or living room. The device also comes in different sizes that can charge more devices simultaneously, so if your family fights over the charger then the Nordmarke has you covered.
One of the disadvantages of the Nordmarke however, is its lack of portability. Whilst this won’t be a problem with the smaller models, the larger ones can get quite heavy. This is to ensure it doesn’t slip and slide around the table, but it’s not as convenient as other solutions on the market.
The Nordmarke is slightly more expensive than its competitors, but the multi charging capabilities of the larger models are definitely worth splashing out for, especially if sharing chargers is something that’s an issue in your home.
The Ikea Nordmarke is available from £30.00