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The 8 Best Wireless Car Chargers for 2023

With our day-to-day lives increasingly dependent on our phones, you probably don’t want to step out of your car and realize your phone’s battery is almost dead. That’s why you may want a reliable wireless car charger. Though you can certainly opt for the wired route and use a USB-C or Lightning cable, it’s much more convenient to go wireless. With a wireless car charger, you just place your phone in your car mount — or on it in the case of magnetic mounts — and your phone automatically starts charging.

Wireless charging doesn’t mean there aren’t any wires involved — you’ll still need to connect the charger to your vehicle. But once it’s set up, all you need to do is pop your phone in when you want to juice up. 

Note that each wireless charger in this buyer’s guide is compatible with any wireless charging-enabled mobile phone, whether it’s an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy, a Google Pixel or any other Qi-enabled phone (some magnetic mounts include stick-on metal plates for Android devices to make them adhere to the mount).

Keep reading to check out my picks for the best wireless chargers for cars. I’ll update this list as new wireless car chargers hit the market. 

Read more: Best Car Phone Mounts for 2023


iOttie Auto Sense Wireless Car Charger

Premium automatic clamping

$55 at Amazon$60 at Crutchfield$58 at Best BuyYou’re receiving price alerts for iOttie Auto Sense Wireless Car Charger

iOttie’s “autosense” automatic clamping wireless car charger with a phone mount is one of the best out there. While it’s fairly pricey, we’ve seen some nice discounts on it recently. The Auto Sense Automatic Clamping Qi Charging Car Phone Mount is available in a dashboard mount version or a CD and vent clip version. (I tried the dashboard wireless charging mount.) This wireless car charger mount has a nicely designed telescoping arm with a strong suction cup, and the wireless charging mount feature is compatible with most phone cases. You get 7.5-watt charging for an iPhone and 10-watt for Android phones, which is considered fast wireless charging.

This Qi wireless charger comes with a dual charging USB cigarette lighter adapter. My only gripe — and it’s a small one — is that the included cable is Micro-USB and not USB Type-C. Once this Qi charger is plugged into the wireless car charging mount you can basically forget about it, but if the cable accidentally becomes unplugged (which does happen), it’s easier to plug in a USB-C cable for phone charging, especially when you’re driving.


Upgraded ZeeHoo Wireless Car Charger

Best value for feature set

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If you don’t mind going with a no-name brand like ZeeHoo, its wireless car charger has most of the features you want for phone charging, including autoclamping and a secure suction cup that can be installed on your car’s air vent, windshield or dashboard. It has USB-C and up to 15-watt fast charging for Android phones that support it (iPhones are capped at 7.5-watt charging). This upgraded version has a sleeker design than the original (see below), and it costs about $20 less than the iOttie above. However, this wireless charger doesn’t come with a cigarette lighter adapter — only a USB-C cable.

This wireless car mount charger is one of the more popular generic wireless car chargers with an autosensing telescopic arm, and the original version I tried worked well overall, attaching securely to my car vent mount and giving my smartphone or QI enabled device a quick charge. I liked that the wireless car charger came with both a phone mount for my car’s air-vent mount (if you want just the air-vent mount, there is an air-vent only version that costs $30).

Note that to get fast charging, you will need a power adapter that supports it (not included).

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Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger

Best magnetic wireless car charger

$57 at Amazon$60 at CrutchfieldGet Price AlertsYou’re receiving price alerts for Belkin Magnetic Wireless Car Charger – MagSafe Compatible Car Mount Wireless Charger – Air Vent Mount With Included Power Supply for iPhone 14, iPhone 13 & iPhone 12 – Car Magnetic Phone Mount Charger

Belkin makes a MagSafe car-vent mount that costs around $40 as well as the BoostCharge Pro ($100, see below), which is Apple-certified and wirelessly charges iPhones at up to 15 watts. And while this model — the Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger — only charges iPhones at up to 10 watts, it’s more affordable at around $60. Its USB-C cable is removable (it’s integrated on BoostCharge Pro) and you get a 20-watt cigarette-lighter power adapter. I personally like a car power adapter with two USB-C ports so a passenger can plug in a cable and also charge his or her phone, but you can always opt to add that later. 


iOttie Velox magnetic wireless charging car mount

Best magnetic wireless charger from iOttie

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iOttie offers this MagSafe-compatible wireless car charger with a car vent mount. It has a strong magnet, so your iPhone stays on the mount, and it also has an integrated USB-C cable and cigarette-lighter power adapter so you’re ready to start charging out of the box. Note that iPhone “fast” charging caps out at 7.5 watts.

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Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge 5

Good wireless car charger for iPhones and Android devices

$60 at Amazon$60 at Target$60 at Best BuyYou’re receiving price alerts for Scosche MPQ5DV-XTSP MagicMount Pro Charge5 15W Wireless Charging Dashboard / Vent Magnetic Phone Mount for Car. Updated for MagSafe iPhone 12/13/14 Pro/Pro Max, Plus, Mini along with Galaxy and more

Scosche’s MagicMount Pro Charge is designed for both MagSafe-enabled iPhones but can also be used with Android devices if you stick the included MagicPlate on the back of your phone or case (it’s a metal plate that sticks to the mount’s magnet). 

You have the option to buy the mount in a variety of styles, including air-vent and dashboard versions as well as one with a telescoping arm. A 20-watt car power adapter is included and the Qi wireless charger offers up to 15 watts charging speeds with certain Android devices (it drops down to 7.5 watts for iPhones). 

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Belkin BoostCharge Pro Wireless Car Charger with MagSafe

Best fast-charging MagSafe wireless car charger

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The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Wireless Car Charger with MagSafe is one of the few official Apple-certified MagSafe wireless car chargers, which means it can charge iPhones at the top wireless charging speed of 15 watts (most wireless car chargers only charge iPhone at up to 7.5 watts). The mount swivels, so you can view your phone in landscape or portrait mode, and a 20-watt car power adapter is included.

This is a vent mount and it stays in place pretty well and has a strong magnet. That said, it’s got a bit of heft to it and I have had it come off the car vent when I hit a bump in the road (not a small bump but a bigger one). It’s also pricey. But if you really want that fast 15-watt charging for your MagSafe-enabled iPhone, this is the wireless charger to get. 


Spigen Mag Fit Phone Holder Car Mount

Affordable Apple MagSafe wireless charger compatible mount

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If you’ve already got Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging puck, this Spigen mounting accessory is a good option for bringing it into your car. As I said, the MagSafe wireless charger isn’t included. Nor is a USB-C cigarette lighter adapter. But at $30, this is a fairly affordable magnetic mounting accessory.

Note: Just make sure to get the right cigarette lighter adapter with it to get the maximum 15-watt charging speed. Also, since this relies on the magnets from the wireless charging puck for your phone to stick to it (MagSafe case required if you are using a case) this isn’t recommended for the larger iPhone 14 Pro Max as it’s more likely to slip off the mount — especially if you hit a bump — because of its weight. 

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Scosche MagicGrip FreeFlow Autogrip

Auto-clamp wireless car charger from Scosche

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The Scosche MagicGrip FreeFlow Autogrip has two key features: an auto-sense arm that opens automatically when you place your phone in front of the mount (and closes around your phone when you place it on the mount), plus an articulating swing-arm that offers flexible viewing options for your device, including landscape and portrait modes. 

This wireless car charger offers up to 10-watt charging speeds for Android devices and 7.5-watt for iPhones. A 12-volt power adapter is included.


Ainope Mini Fast USB Car Charger

Best fast-charging USB-C cigarette lighter adapter

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OK, so this isn’t a wireless charger, but a lot of the wireless car chargers on this list don’t include a cigarette-lighter power adapter, so I thought I’d throw this on the list at the end. I originally had an Aukey power adapter on this list, but it’s out of stock and this low-profile Ainope mini fast USB Car Charger offers even faster charging (up 24 watts) and costs less. It has both a USB-C and USB-A port so you can charge two devices at the same time, but to get 15-watt wireless charging you’re going to be better off charging one device. 

Note that to get the fastest wired charging for iPhones, you’ll need to use a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. That cable is not included.

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