The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are the first devices of the series to support wireless charging, and there are plenty of great charging stands to choose from. Google’s own Pixel Stand is specialized for the new Pixels, but that doesn’t make it the only option — though most other chargers are limited to 5W Qi charging with the Pixel 3.
Made by Google
Google Pixel Stand
The Pixel Stand isn’t just your run-of-the-mill wireless charger. It’s made specifically with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in mind, and triggers an advanced docked mode with Google Photos galleries and alarms that get gradually warmer and brighter to simulate sunlight. It’s pricey, but its unique features and 10W output make it worth considering.
Made for Google
Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad
Belkin’s upcoming BOOST UP charger is the only other wireless charger endorsed by and sold on the Google Store. Like the Pixel Stand, it’s capable of 10W fast charging, and features a grippy texture to keep you Pixel from slipping off. It doesn’t have the Pixel Stand’s specialized features, but it’s still a stylish and convenient way to charge your phone.
Sit or stand
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible
Samsung’s convertible stand is one of the most popular wireless chargers around, and as the name implies, it allows you to lay your phone flat or prop it up at an angle so you can still see notifications from your desk. Unfortunately, while it can charge some phones at up to 9W, it’s only capable of 5W Qi charging with the Pixel 3.
Plain and simple
The PowerWave doesn’t enable any fancy docked mode or flip between different angles, but it’s a simple wireless charger that runs nearly half the price of Google’s and Samsung’s offerings, and still outputs up to 5W. The downside: Anker doesn’t include a power brick — you’ll need a Quick Charge 3.0-compatible brick to reach maximum speeds.
If you’d rather your Pixel 3 lay flat than sit propped up, iOttie makes a nice alternative to the Anker PowerWave at roughly the same price. Like Anker’s offering, it outputs 5W to the Pixel 3, and it comes in a nice fabric styling that matches Google’s Pixel cases. Also like Anker’s offering, it unfortunately doesn’t include a power brick.
True wireless power
Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation
The biggest criticism against wireless charging is that it’s not actually wireless — there’s still a wire running to the charger itself. Mophie tackles that problem with a portable battery pack that supports wireless charging — up to 5W of wireless power, or 10W when using a cable.
If you can stand the $79 retail price, the Pixel Stand‘s uniquely specialized features make it the best wireless charger for the Pixel 3 — but unless you really need the advanced dock mode, you probably don’t need to spend that much. Belkin’s charger outputs the same 10W maximum speed, while Samsung, Anker, and iOttie all charge the Pixel 3 at 5W, and Mophie’s Powerstation lets you go completely wireless and take your charging with you.
November 19, 2018 at 10:00AM