The best wireless chargers for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL


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 — or even the best option — for everyone.

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 make it worth considering.

$79 at Google

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. It outputs up to 9W to quickly top up your Pixel 3’s battery.

$55 at Amazon

Plain and simple

Anker PowerWave

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 10W. The downside: Anker doesn’t include a power brick — you’ll need a Quick Charge 3.0-compatible brick to reach maximum speeds.

$30 at Amazon

Fashionable fabric

iOttie iON

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 up to 10W, 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.

$29 at Amazon

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.

$80 at Amazon

If you can stand the $79 retail price, the Pixel Stand‘s uniquely specialized features make it a great wireless charger for the Pixel 3 — but unless you really need the advanced dock mode, you probably don’t need to spend that much. Samsung, Anker, and iOttie all make great alternatives, and Mophie’s Powerstation lets you go completely wireless and take your charging with you.

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October 9, 2018 at 08:51AM