Top 10 Best Wireless Charger for S7 2017


NameFast Charge 
Samsung Wireless Inductive Quick QiYes
Choe Qi Wireless ChargerNo
PrimAcc Qi ChargerYes
JTech Ultra-Slim Wireless ChargerYes
Pictec Fast ChargerYes
The mobile phone – where would we be without it? It’s easily forgotten that, until relatively recently, we were without it, as affordable mobiles have only become ubiquitous over the last 20 years. Before that, they were largely novelty items that – when we look back at our first ones – actually did very little. Today’s breed of smartphone is a different animal to that you owned 10 years ago. Indeed, it is probably as capable as your laptop, without the memory of course, and can perform tasks you never would have believed would be possible on a device so small.

Well, we say small, but it’s easy to see that the latest models are somewhat larger than those that went before. Take the Samsung Galaxy S7 – the latest from the market leading maker – and compare it to an equivalent from a couple of generations before. You’ll find it has a bigger screen, is a bit heavier, and perhaps thinner, but it will of course be better in every way. It will enable you to do things you would not have done before on the move -easily and efficiently – and we have no doubt you consider it an essential part of your daily life.

As with all small gadgets such as this, you rely upon batteries to get the job done, and here lies the problem: the more power your phone needs to allow you to access the internet, play with apps, and whatever else you do with it, the more battery power it uses. While battery technology has improved, it is not keeping up at the same rate of development as the phone itself, so your S7 will need to be charged on a regular basis. That’s why we’re going to show you ten wireless chargers – the very latest on the market – that will help keep you in touch! What are they, and how do they work? Let’s have a look.

 

The Top 10

1: Samsung Wireless Inductive Quick Qi

It may be worth noting at this early stage that there are a number of different systems in development; this one uses inductive technology – known by the brand name Qi – which uses a series of coils in the base to transmit the charging power. At the moment, this is pretty much the standard system, but that may change in the not too distant future. This is an official Samsung product so is designed to be used with all of its latest devices, but it should be pointed out that the S6 and S7 can be charged with any wireless unit, so you are not tied to branded goods.

This model is stylish and would look good on the desk or anywhere at home, and is surprisingly compact when you see it in the flesh. It charges very quickly in comparison to some older models, and has an LED display that tells you the status of your charging. It also features an auto cut-off mode, so will not overcharge your Galaxy. As this is a branded product you would expect to pay more, and at around £30 that is certainly the case, but it is good and you get the peace of mind it’s a quality Samsung product.

Pros
  • Neat design
  • Quick charging
  • Samsung product
  • Quality
Cons
  • If you want a Samsung branded product, none

2: Choe Qi Wireless Charger

This model, from a brand called CHOE that claims to be a market leader, is a simple take on the theme. It’s a small black pad that you place on the desk or shelf, and when you want to charge your phone – or any other Qi-enabled device – you simply place it on the pad and it does the job. As with all of these, there is no need for a USB interface or connecting wires. Notably, it’s not as fast as the more powerful Samsung model above, but it is perfectly adequate for overnight charging, for example.

This one also comes with a cut off for over-charging and for if it gets too warm, and it is designed with rubber feet for sturdy use. It’s very small – just 9cmx9cm – so will take up no space at all on your desk, and it is fully certified and comes with a full user manual and a 12-month warranty. Although not a household brand, it is well-built and does the job, and at less than £10 is very good value.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Compact
  • Neat design
  • Does the job
Cons
  • Not as fast as some

3: PrimAcc Qi Charger

This one differs from the above two in terms of design, in that it is an upright model rather than a flat base. You get a stand that you slot the phone onto, and that actually makes it easier to keep using the music and other functions while charging – something that can be difficult with the other type of design. It’s a neat touch, and one that makes this one stand out among the many other standard designs. It uses 2.0 technology so is quicker than many others – it claims to charge from empty to full in a little more than 2.5hours, which is impressive for a wireless unit.

This model has the requisite auto cut-off built in, is nicely made and looks good on a desk, and it is finished in an unobtrusive black and is very stylish. It works with all Qi enabled devices, and is compatible with S7 – but not S8 at the moment, so be warned if you are looking at upgrading soon. In short, we like it, and at around £15 it is not an expensive item for a fast charger.

Pros
  • Neat design
  • Fast charging
  • Well made
  • Affordable
Cons
  • None that we can see

4: JTech Ultra-Slim Wireless Charger

This is a neat and simple design – a circular pad like many of these – from JTech, who have a wide range of telecoms devices and other gadgets, and a reputation for great items at sensible prices. It is very small and will sit neatly on your desk without taking up a lot of valuable room, and uses the usual technique of placing the phone on the pad and it automatically begins to charge. Not as fast as the above, it nevertheless would be useful for overnight charging.

It comes with an automatic cut-off so will not overcharge your phone, and is compatible with a wide variety of models including the S7 and S8. You also get an indicator light that keeps you informed of the level of charge in your phone, so you can see how you are doing. Is it the best one here? Probably not, but we can’t get away from the fact it can be yours for less than £10, so if you’re not entirely sure you need one but want to try it out, you’re not spending too much.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Effective
  • Neat design
Cons
  • Not the fastest or the best but does the job

5: Pictec Fast Charger

This model is another of the standard designs, and again not one from a household brand, but it does a good job at a sensible price. It’s a little bigger than some at 11x15cm, but its fast charging ability is impressive. The usual charging rate for one of these is 5W; this one can be set to 10W, so you get double the charging speed of usual. However, we should point out that – at present – the fast charging speed is not available for the S7, so be careful if that’s what you use.

You get an indicator light that is designed not to keep you awake thanks to its soft and friendly glow, and it will turn off after ten seconds giving you plenty time to see how much charge you have, plus the usual automatic shut-down to prevent over-charging. In fact, it could be described as an entirely standard fast-charging device, but that’s no bad thing. At around £15 it is also not expensive, so worth considering.

Pros
  • Fast charge
  • Easy to use
  • Neat design
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Fast charge not available for S7

6: JTech Wireless Charging Pad

This is a neat and simple design – a circular pad like many of these – from JTech, who have a wide range of telecoms devices and other gadgets, and a reputation for great items at sensible prices. It is very small and will sit neatly on your desk without taking up a lot of valuable room, and uses the usual technique of placing the phone on the pad and it automatically begins to charge. Not as fast as the above, it nevertheless would be useful for overnight charging.

It comes with an automatic cut-off so will not overcharge your phone, and is compatible with a wide variety of models including the S7 and S8. You also get an indicator light that keeps you informed of the level of charge in your phone, so you can see how you are doing. Is it the best one here? Probably not, but we can’t get away from the fact it can be yours for less than £10, so if you’re not entirely sure you need one but want to try it out, you’re not spending too much.

Pros
  • Good standard design
  • Very small
  • Cheap
  • Effective
Cons
  • Not the fastest or the best, but does the job

7: GooDee Movable Coil Charger

This is a clever model in the vertical stand style, and comes with what they call ‘movable coil’ technology. Now, we’re not tech-heads so are not quite sure what this means. However, we are told it provides fast and efficient charging, so we’re happy with that. You place the phone on the vertical stand, which can be tilted to various angles and swivels so you can get a good view of the screen – and it charges in the usual way, and it does a good job.

The stand is surprisingly versatile and allows you to use the multimedia functions of your S7 while charging, and it is a well-made device that is clearly of a high quality. It has automatic cut off, an LED for keeping an eye on your charging, and is easy to use. It is also stylish, so would look good on the desk. In summary, we like this one, and at around £13 it offers surprisingly good value for such a nice item.

Pros
  • Versatile design
  • Efficient
  • Affordable
  • Well made
Cons
  • None – we like this one, although there are faster models

8: Punesen Qi Wireless Charger

The main convenience of these devices is that you don’t need to connect up to a cable, and that’s true of this model as well as the rest on this list. This one is of the slim, circular variety – you place the phone on the base and it charges – and delivers efficient charging, and is deliberately designed to be very thin so it generates less heat than some larger models. In fact, it’s amazingly compact, so you will barely know it is there.

You get the full safety features – it will cut off if it goes over-voltage or over-charges – as well as an LED light that indicates the level of charging at all times, and it only illuminates for a few seconds on request so you can get back to sleep without interruption. It is compatible with many devices including the S7, and does what it says on the tin. Furthermore, it’s around £10, so is very good value.

Pros
  • Very compact
  • Very slim
  • Neat design
  • Great price
  • Safety features
Cons
  • No fast charge, but that needn’t be a real problem

9: Elephas Qi Wireless Charger

This is another of the stand-up designs, and comes in a nice silver finish rather than the usual black. In fact, it’s a very stylish design that would look good on the desk or on a shelf, and comes with some interesting innovations. For example, this one has three coils, which it claims gives much better charging efficiency. The stand is adjustable and you can use the phone when it is in place. It is fast, and it is impressive, so you will get good results from this one.

What else do we like? Well, we’re at number 9 now so there’s not really a lot to add; all of these devices do pretty much the same thing, and that is to charge a phone without the need for a cumbersome plug-in charger. Some do it better than others, but they all achieve the ultimate aim. This one is neat, stylish and tidy, and at a price of around £15 is also good value for what is a quality, innovative and neat device.

Pros
  • Neat design
  • Very stylish
  • Efficient
  • Affordable
Cons
  • None that we can see

10: Qi Wireless Charging Pad

The small size of this one – it’s about the same diameter of your average coaster – took me back a number of years to when I had a Siemens SL55 mobile. This was a tiny device, with a flip front, that was little bigger than your average matchbox. In fact, it was too small to be practical, but it really looked the part. That’s in contrast to my Blackberry Z10, which was a huge slab of a thing! Anyway, this unbranded model is very small, does a decent job and is perfectly decent, if not exceptional.

It charges at the standard speed so is not the fastest out there, and works in the usual fashion – place the phone on top and it gets on with the job. It is a simple design that is deliberately no-frills, and makes no claim to be anything else. There’s not really much else to say about this one, and that’s not a bad thing as it does a good job at under £10.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Simple to use
  • Very small
  • Does the job
Cons
  • Not fast charging

That’s 10 of the best wireless mobile chargers – all but one suitable for your Samsung S7 – and each one does the job in its own way. Before we give you our summary, let’s a have a quick look at some of the important features to consider when choosing one of these.

How It Works

If, like me, you have a number of hand held and portable devices that need charging, you probably have a tangled spaghetti web of cables, one for each charger, that you could never possibly untangle. That’s why wireless technology is becoming more widely used in charging phones, and it is a very effective and efficient way of making sure you can charge your phone wherever you are. Let me get one thing straight before we move on: a wireless charger does plug into the mains. Yet, with the technology developing all the time, it’s getting to the point where one charging pad will be able to charge all your devices at once, and without direct contact between the two.

Let’s not get too carried away here, but there are interesting potential developments to come in this field. Indeed, the great inventor Nikolai Tesla, a man who was years ahead of his time, was constantly trying to find what he considered the Holy Grail, the ability to transmit electricity wirelessly. A wireless charger doesn’t quite do this, but it is not far removed. You’ll find many of these rely on a concept similar to Near Field Communication (NFC) which is the technology used when your contactless debit card makes a payment.

Anyway, back to wireless chargers; why do you need one? Well, if you have one that is state of the art, you don’t even need to have a physical contact between the charger and the phone. One criticism of them in the early days was that they were very slow, but the latest models are much faster. Anyhow, if you’re charging when you’re asleep, it really doesn’t matter how fast it is done. So, let’s have a closer look at the top 10 wireless chargers suitable for the Galaxy S7.

Important Features to Consider

A wireless charger is a great gadget to have around; it’s perhaps not one you think you need, but like many other such items, it’s one that you will realise is very useful indeed. Here are a few things to consider when choosing from our list:

Compatibility – you need to make sure the charger you choose is compatible with your S7 (or whatever other device you are using) as not all of them will be. Check with the manufacturer specifications before buying.

Charging Speed – if you really need fast charging, look for a 2.0 spec device, but if you are charging largely at night, a standard model will do.

Design – there are two standard designs of wireless charger – the flat, circular model, and the one that features a vertical, adjustable stand. The latter is best if you want to be able to use your phone while it is on charge.

That’s just a few of the many features of these clever devices and we have covered them pretty well in our review, so all that remains is for us to wrap it up!

Let’s Wrap It Up

When all is said and done, we like these wireless chargers, and they are very convenient. There are many that we would put onto our shortlist, and the choice is ultimately your own, but a couple stand out.

First, if you are set on a Samsung-branded item, there’s only one, and that’s number one. It’s good, it’s fast, but it’s also a lot more expensive than the rest. However, you don’t get guaranteed quality without the promise of a brand name.

We like the vertical adjustable stand models better than the flat disc versions, so would recommend that you look at one of these, and the most stylish of them is number nine. As we said, the choice is yours, so have a read through of our reviews, and make charging your Samsung Galaxy 7 much easier.