wireless car chargers and mounts
For drivers with long daily commutes, the best wireless car chargers are an excellent investment. Beyond the fact that plugging and unplugging your phone can be a pain, most car chargers come with a mount or phone holder that places your phone closer to eye level, so you’re not glancing down when your gaze should be on the road. Qi wireless chargers have already started creeping into our offices and homes. If you’re using a Qi-enabled phone, you should absolutely grab one of these chargers and go wire-free in the car too.
iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi Fast Charge Car Mount Kit
iOttie makes the most popular mounts on the market, and the most reliable of the Qi mounts around that’s compatible with fast Qi charging Samsung and Apple phones. There are certainly flashier mount styles or more cutting-edge mechanical mounts, but the iOttie’s old-school, spring-loaded clamps get the job done and usually last a while.
Anker PowerWave 7.5 Wireless Car Charger with Air Vent Phone Holder
Anker’s Qi car mount doesn’t come with the actual charger you’d plug into the car’s cigarette lighter. It’s a good option if you already have a QC 3.0 car charger. This mount has stabilizing feet that help reduce the strain on your car’s air vent and keeps the mount from falling during big bumps.
Multiple mounting options:
Squish Wireless Car Charger with QC 3.0 Car Charger
Most chargers make you choose between an air vent or dashboard mount, but this bundle from Squish comes with both mounting options, as well as a dual-port QC 3.0 charger to power the Qi cradle. Squish’s mount uses a gravity trigger, so you don’t have to hassle with manual spring releases or automatic sensors.
ZealSound Fast Wireless Charge Slim Pad Station Dock
Most Qi chargers for the car are docks, but if you seldom need to mount your phone for directions — or you wish to stow your charging in the center console — this car charger is for you. It allows you to just plop your phone down in the recessed pad, which keeps the phone from slipping around, and you’re ready to hit the road.
Magnets and Qi together:
iOttie iTap 2 Wireless Magnetic Qi Wireless Charging Air Vent Mount
There are a few Qi magnetic mounts on the market right now, but most use thin magnetic rings that are supposed to sit perfectly around your phone’s Qi coils. But those seldom work. Instead, this mount has you place a much stronger rectangular magnetic plate below the Qi coils so that there’s less chance of interference.
A smarter dashboard clamp:
MANKIW 10W Qi Wireless Charger Mount
This mount senses your phone, opens up its clamps, and then grips it automatically. A quick release button will then let you remove it. It only hits 10W but can be mounted on your dashboard if you want to keep your vent open. MANKIW’s Qi wireless charger also supports 7.5W quick charging and QC 3.0.
Comes with car charger:
UUTO 10W Qi Auto-clamping Car Mount with Car Charger
The UUTO Qi wireless charging car mount is case-friendly and can rotate up to 360 degrees. This snazzy-looking thing supports up to 10W Qi fast charging, has an auto-clamping feature, and keeps your phone cool since it mounts on the AC vent. As a bonus, it ships with a car charger so you don’t need to buy one separately.
ZeeHoo Wireless Car Charger with Built-in Cooling Fan
This package deal comes with all the gear that you need and more. There’s an AC vent clasp, a suction cup dash mount, a USB-C cable, and, of course, the wireless charger itself. It has a built-in cooling system so even if you decide against the vent placement your device will stay chill. You can charge all the latest phones at up to 15W wireless charging speed.
The circle of charging life:
QI-EU Magnetic Wireless Car Charger
Slap this magnetic circle onto any Qi-enabled device and it’ll juice it right up. The 15W QI-EU wireless car charger eliminates all chunky elements of standard dash mounts and clamps. If you do like to plant your phone on a surface though, it can be clamped onto a vent in your car.
Sensors and magnets and springs
The biggest differentiators when picking the best wireless car charger are going to be how the mount attaches to your car and how the mount grips your phone. If you prefer a no-nonsense mount that uses the standard springs, then the iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless is a great choice. It’s a bit bulky in the dashboard style, but it has a suction cup to easily stay on your window or dash so long as it’s not a ridiculous temperature out. Plus, the spring mounts tend to last well over a year before wearing out.
If you want to go a little more new-school, the Squish Wireless Car Charger and its gravity grip are excellent so long as you mount your phone vertically. This bundle has the benefit of having both the air vent mount and dash/window mount options right there in the box. I prefer the air vent models because they tend to fit a wider array of vehicles. Plus, the air from the AC blows over the mount and your phone, which helps keep them cool as wireless charging generates some heat.
Of course, before you buy any of these, check if your Android phone supports wireless charging. If not, you can invest in one of these excellent car phone holders or magnetic car mounts, then invest in one of the best car chargers separately.
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