16 multi-device wireless chargers to replace Apple’s defunct AirPower

Disappointed that Apple’s long-promised AirPower wireless charging pad never made it to market? Check out these alternatives for iPhones and Android devices.

Belkin Introduces BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock Enhanced For iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR A

Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock

Apple made a big splash announcing its AirPower wireless charging pad – and then wound up killing off the device before it ever made it to market. But there are alternative multi-device wireless chargers to keep in mind. 

We've reviewed four multi-device wireless chargers. (And here's our rundown of noteworthy single-device chargers.)

Among the options for those who were hoping for the AirPower is Belkin's BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The wireless charging station is compatible with iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and all Apple Watch models. It offers "fast" charging at 7.5W and Belkin expects to release a 10W "universal" version in the near future that's optimized for Android smartphones. You'll pay a heavy price premium for the convenience of a single charging station, though: $160.

Samsung wireless charger duo

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo

While this charging pad may only juice up two devices at a time, it offers fast charging (7.5W) for any number of Qi-enabled devices. This charger can also accept a Samsung smartwatch, including a Gear S3, Gear Sport, and Galaxy Watch. And, hey, it's made by Samsung; that also may explain the rather hefty price tag of $114.

ZENS Wireless Phone Charger Dual

ZENS Dual Wireless Charging Pad

Another dual wireless charger comes from Amsterdam-based ZENS; it sports two 15-watt wireless charging coils, which means you should be able to charge your Qi-enabled smartphone 1.5 times faster than when using a standard 5W pad. (Most smartphones only receive up to 7.5W.) The wireless charger supports Apple "Fast Charge," which will will provide a 50% charge in 30 minutes on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X models. Price: $60. ZENS also plans to launch a dual charging pad with an Apple Watch charger. That will set you back $115.

multi-device wireless charger

ZealSound Dual Wireless Charger

ZealSound claims its dual wireless charger can adjust its output to match the mobile device, whether an Android or Apple smartphone or an Apple Watch. The pad has two charging surfaces that transmit 10W, 7.5W, 5W or 2.5W of charging power. ZealSound states its charging pad can charge any Qi-enabled device 15% faster because of its "highly efficient components and advanced chipset." The pad comes with a 3.3-ft USB charging cable. The price: $40.

IBIS multi-device wireless charger

IBIS Wireless Dual

The IBIS dual wireless charger juices up three devices at once – two smartphones through its internal Qi-based wireless charging coils and one smartphone or wireless-charging enabled tablet through any of three USB-specification ports or a Lightening port. The pad comes with a USB C-Type (universal) cable and a Qualcom 3.0 fast charging adapter for up to 7.5W of power transfer. It also has a healthy number of reviews on Amazon, 65% of which give it five out of five stars. The price: $40.

NOMAD charging pad

NOMAD Base Station

If a touch of elegance is your thing, you may want to consider the NOMAD Base Station, which sports a leather padded surface, under which there are three charging coils. The Base Station can charge up to two phones wirelessly at up to 10W "Fast Charge." There are also two ports for wired charging: one USB-A and one USB-C with an 18W output capacity. The price: $100. 

Atomi wireless charging pad

Atomi 30W Qi power pad

This wireless charging pad from New York-based Atomi enables up to three devices to receive 10W each (though iPhone 8 and iPhone X models only accept 7.5W "Fast Charging"). An LED indicator lets you know the charging status of your device at all times. It also has built-in safety features, such as temperature control, surge protection and short-circuit prevention. The best part is the rock bottom price: $22. The bad? It only has five customer reviews on Amazon.com with an average of 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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Ikea Triple Pad Wireless Charger

In addition to accommodating up to three Qi-certified smartphones or other devices, the Ikea Triple Pad comes with a USB port that can separately charge a fourth device using a cable. This charger, however, is not capable of delivering “fast charging”; it only supplies up to 5W of power, so it’ll be slower than 7.5W chargers that offer about 1.4 times the charging speed. It also can't charge an Apple Watch or AirPod headphones. The price: $60.

JE 3 triple pad wireless charger

JE 3 Triple Wireless Charger Station

This wireless charging station by J-Smart can power up to three Qi-enabled smartphones, including devices made by Samsung, Google, Motorola and Nokia, as well as a Qi-certified wireless charging-enabled case or adapter. Unfortunately, it does not support fast charging (7.5W or above); it puts out a maximum of 5W to each of three devices place on the pad. The good news? It's only $36.

Lina Tech triple wireless charging pad
Lina Tech

Lina Tech Triple Charging Pad

Along with being able to wirelessly charge up to three Qi-enabled smart phones, this pad includes two USB ports, so you can charge five phones in total. The charging pad can power the iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones along with 7.5W fast-charging for Galaxy S8/S8+/S7/S7 edge, and Note 5 devices. The price: $33.

The Funxim dual wireless charger

The Funxim dual wireless charger

Another Indiegogo crowdfunded wireless charger is the Funxim Charging Pad. The company raised more than half a million dollars in 2018. Manufactured (or at least distributed) by Funxim Innovation Technology Co.,Ltd in China, the company claims this pad can charge two different Qi-enabled devices – such as the iPhone X and Apple Watch – at the same time. (Yes, the company claims it also works with Android devices enabled for Qi charging.) And 10-watt "fast charging" is supported. 

The bad? There are only five customer reviews of the product on Amazon and they're not glowing.

The good? It's only $32.

Xentris 10W Qi Rapid Charge Dual Wireless Charging Pad

Xentris 10W Qi Rapid Charge Dual Wireless Charging Pad

The Xentris 10W charging pad offers Qi-based dual device rapid charging for any of Apple's iPhone 8 or later smartphones as well as with Android Fast Charge devices. For smartphones that accept 10W of power transfer, this pad will offer twice the charging power of the standard 5W. It includes a USB-C wall charger with five-foot cable and has multiple safety features, including foreign-object detection, over-current protection, over-voltage protection and over-temperature protection. Oddly, the only place we could find this online was Walmart. The price: $75.

Aimitek wireless charger

Aimitek Dual Wireless Charging Pad

The Aimitek charging pad has an anti-slip surface, as well as built-in over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and short circuit protection. But, it doesn't offer 7.5W "Fast Charge." It'll charge two Qi-enabled smart phones at a maximum output of a standard 5W. The price: $25.

CHOETECH wireless charging pad

CHOETECH Dual Wireless Charging Pad

The CHOETECH charging pad is a stylish pad with surface LED lights to indicate when a Qi-enabled smartphone is connected. The pad has built in over-charging and temperature protection. It does not support 7.5W "Fast Charging," sticking instead with 5W standard charging. It sells for $31.

Eurpmask Dual Wireless Charger

Eurpmask Dual Wireless Fast Charger

We're always a bit wary of products when a manufacturer's homepage is difficult to find on the web, and that's the case with Eurpmask. On the other hand, the company claims its upcoming Dual Wireless Fast Charger can not only charge two Qi-enabled smartphones, but can also charge an Apple Watch at up to 2.5W. The pad offers 7.5W "Fast Charge" output for Apple iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus, or 10W output for Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus / Note 8 / S8 / S7. The price: $26.

incipio ghost wireless charging base

Incipio 210 Wireless Charging Base

Incipio doesn't offer much information on its wireless charging base, other than it can power up two Qi-enabled devices. It doesn't state charging details on Amazon or its home page, so it's best to assume it offers only standard 5W charging. The price: $60 on Amazon, or $30 on Newegg.

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