If the thought of your phone running out of battery fills you with utter horror, then it's crucial you have a phone charger with you at all times. A car-based phone charger is a great way to charge your phone up while driving, you'll even be legally allowed to use its voice functions and sat-nav while you drive.
A wireless car charger is even easier to use than a normal charger. If your phone supports wireless charging, you need to make sure your phone is touching the contact patch, what could be easier? So join CAR in looking at the best wireless car chargers on the market. We have also included a quick buyer's guide too.
The best wireless car chargers:
Xiaomi Mi Wireless Car Charger
The best wireless car charger
Silently pumping out twice the power of most chargers of this type and offering value coated in a sleek design, we crown the Mi as our top recommendation for wireless car chargers. The Mi bears fantastic features that aren't just gimmicks: the clamps automatically grip the phone when placed on the charger; there is efficient cooling that actually works; wireless charging works up to 4mm, which takes phone cases into account; and the clamps open to a maximum width of 81.5mm, which is wide enough for most smartphones.
Pros: Unmatched fast charging; electronic clamps; value
Cons: Doesn't rotate
Scosche Wireless Car Charger
The best premium wireless car charger
Frankly, the price tag is only drawback of this wireless charger. The Scosche charger uses powerful magnets to hold your smartphone in place - it's both easier and more stable than clamps. This is the only model here to use a suction cup rather than a clip or adhesive, which allows you to place the Scosche charger in a variety of places. While the price may be a bit steep, this is a seriously impressive wireless charger highly recommended by us and backed by a lifetime warranty.
Pros: Excellent magnetic holding power; strong suction mount; lifetime warranty
Cons: Noticeably more expensive than the competition
Belkin Boost Charge Wireless Car Charger
The best simple wireless phone charger
The Belkin charger isn't as fast or sleek or high-tech as the Xiaomi model, but it is very solid and dependable with few parts to go awry. The charger has 10W of power, like the Beeasy charger, but can be rotated to landscape if you need it to and will fit any smartphone. While the charging distance of 3mm is a little short of the Xiaomi model, it should be enough for most phones with cases. We also appreciate the additional USB port in the 12V plug.
Pros: Simple and robust; rotates
Cons: Xiaomi and Scosche chargers looks nicer
Beeasy Wireless Car Charger
The best wireless phone charger for sat nav users
If you want things to Be-easy when using your phone as a sat nav while driving, this is probably the best option for you. This charger sits on the dashboard and as you can see, holds your phone landscape only. Provided your phone fits, there is little to criticise this functional charger over, other than that the adhesive does wear out after some time.
Pros: Sticks to the dashboard without leaving damage
Cons: Thick phone-cases will need to be removed; adhesive wears out over time
TEEPAO C7 Wireless Car Charger
The best wireless charging mat
If you'd rather your phone be out of sight while driving, consider this. This pad will make sure your phone stays put when charging thanks to the anti-slip mat and borders that stop your phone from sliding away under the seat. Just make sure you have a sufficiently flat surface to place the mat or it won't be as effective.
Pros: Non-slip will keep your phone safe
Cons: Cannot use your phone; may require a QC2.0 car charger to charge properly (depending on car model)
Car Charger Pad
The best wireless charging matt for safety
Another simple charging pad for wirelessly charging your phone, we like how the rubber base (which prevents any slipping), the simple design and the fact it features a clever foreign object detector that will identify non-phone metal touching it. It also features an automatic cut off when it gets too hot, a great feature.
What you need to know about wireless car chargers
Does my phone support wireless charging?
Most modern smartphones (2019+) should be Qi equipped, meaning they will accept wireless charging. Some older smartphones can be made compatible with a Qi-enabled phone case. It's a safe bet to check with your phone's manufacturer before committing
If you're still running your old Nokia 3320 then I doubt it'll support wireless charging (but the batteries in those things last forever anyhow.)
Why you need a wireless car charger?
It's against the law to hold a mobile phone while driving and will result in an automatic £200 fine and six penalty points. In some instances, it can be as much as £1000 and a ban from driving.
With a phone holder, you're legally able to use voice controls (like Siri or Google Assistant) and your phone's sat-nav. So long as you don't hold it, you're allowed to use it. That's why a phone holder is such a good idea.