The Best Qi Wireless Charging Power Banks

The Best Qi Wireless Charging Power Banks

Our runner-up pick, the Aukey PB-Y32, has been in and out of stock several times in the past few weeks due to logistics problems related to the coronavirus pandemic. If it’s out of stock when you’re looking to buy, and you don’t have time to wait for it to become available again, we suggest going with our top pick, the Kenu BingeBank. It’s usually only about $5 more, and provides a better all-around user experience.

Our pick

Kenu BingeBank

Kenu BingeBank

The best combination wireless charger and power bank

This power bank’s reusable adhesive surface holds your phone in place while wirelessly charging, and the kickstand can prop your phone up for desktop use or movie watching. It can charge most phones up to three times.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

The Kenu BingeBank offers the best grip of any wireless power bank we’ve tested in the form of a reusable adhesive pad, ensuring that your phone stays in place and keeps charging. Its sturdy metal kickstand works in landscape or portrait orientation, making the battery useful as a desktop dock or as a source of backup power while you’re watching movies. The BingeBank has roughly the same footprint as an iPhone 11 Pro but measures about twice as thick, and it’s equipped with a USB-C port for input and output (you can fast-charge supported devices through the USB-C port if you have the right cable), as well as a Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A port for rapid-charging certain Android devices. The BingeBank can fully charge most phones three times before needing to be recharged itself; that’s as much battery capacity as we’ve seen from any Qi power bank since we began researching competitors for this guide in 2018.

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Runner-up

Aukey 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank (PB-Y32)

Aukey 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank (PB-Y32)

A basic, fast, and inexpensive charging option

If you just want the basics and speedy charging at a good price, this Aukey model delivers. But don’t expect extras like a kickstand or an adhesive surface.

Buying Options

$34 from Amazon

Aukey’s PB-Y32 satisfies all our core criteria with its compact design, grippy surface, high battery capacity, fast wireless charging, speedy ports, and low price. But it’s simply not as nice to use as the Kenu BingeBank: It doesn’t have any sort of dock or stand, so you can use it only with your phone lying flat on its surface, and its rubberized grip isn’t strong enough for it to stay connected to your device in a bag. Consider the Aukey if you’ll mostly be using your charger in one place and don’t mind your phone being horizontal while it’s charging.

Also great

Scosche QiDock Powerbank

Scosche QiDock Powerbank

The best choice for a desk

This is a smaller, lower-capacity battery pack paired with a dock that charges the power bank and holds your phone at a convenient angle.

Buying Options

$44 from Amazon

The Scosche QiDock Powerbank is a great option if you don’t require as much portable power because your phone’s battery doesn’t often run low, and if you prefer a stand-style charger for your desk or bedside table. The power bank nestles into an included dock that both recharges it and allows you to prop up your phone, and you can easily remove the battery to take it with you. Most Qi power banks of this capacity (under 10,000 mAh) are expensive for their size, not certified to adhere to wireless charging standards, or both, whereas the QiDock is a strong value and is certified. This power bank’s 5,000 mAh (18.5 Wh) battery should be able to charge most phones about one and a half to two times. The QiDock also has a USB-A port for charging a phone or tablet with a cable, but the USB-C port works only to charge the power bank itself.

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Our pick

Kenu BingeBank

Kenu BingeBank

The best combination wireless charger and power bank

This power bank’s reusable adhesive surface holds your phone in place while wirelessly charging, and the kickstand can prop your phone up for desktop use or movie watching. It can charge most phones up to three times.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

Runner-up

Aukey 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank (PB-Y32)

Aukey 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank (PB-Y32)

A basic, fast, and inexpensive charging option

If you just want the basics and speedy charging at a good price, this Aukey model delivers. But don’t expect extras like a kickstand or an adhesive surface.

Buying Options

$34 from Amazon

Also great

Scosche QiDock Powerbank

Scosche QiDock Powerbank

The best choice for a desk

This is a smaller, lower-capacity battery pack paired with a dock that charges the power bank and holds your phone at a convenient angle.

Buying Options

$44 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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