Apple’s iPhone SE may look like an iPhone 8, but it packs some features that are usually reserved for premium phones. One of these features is wireless charging. Now that you have your SE, which wireless charger should you order?
Before Buying a Wireless Charger for Your SE
Technically speaking, you can use any Qi wireless charger with the iPhone SE. But if you’re looking for the best wireless charger, then you may want to consider a few things first, like the iPhone SE’s charging rate or any other wirelessly charging devices that you may own.
Don’t worry; this won’t take long. Here are a few things to think about before spending any money:
- Charging Speed: The iPhone SE charges wirelessly at 7.5 watts. Most wireless chargers sold today cap out at 10 or 15 watts, so you don’t have to shell out a ton of money to reach the SE’s max speed. Still, I’d suggest buying a 15-watt wireless charger if you plan to share it with someone, or if you want to avoid buying a new wireless charger a few years from now.
- Charging Style: An upright charging stand will allow you to FaceTime or watch videos while charging your phone. On the other hand, flat charging pads usually cost less than stands and are easier to store or tuck into a bag or pocket.
- Accessory Charging: Other Apple products, like AirPods and the Apple Watch, can also charge wirelessly. A multi-device power station or charging mat can serve as a tidy place to keep your devices and save you from messing with a bunch of cables every night.
Now that we have an idea of what we’re looking at, let’s jump in. Here are the best wireless chargers for the iPhone SE.
Best Overall: CHOETECH Wireless Charging Stand
CHOETECH’s wireless charging stand is inexpensive, but it punches way above its weight. With 15-watt charging, it’s the perfect wireless charger for anyone who shares their space with an Android user, or anyone who wants to avoid buying another wireless charger after a phone upgrade.
As I mentioned earlier, upright wireless chargers are also great for charging while watching videos or hosting video chats. But some upright wireless charging stands only contain one wireless charging coil, which may not work well with the short iPhone SE. Thankfully, CHOETECH’s wireless charging stand has a two-coil design and will hold a steady charge even while your SE is in landscape orientation.
Best Budget: Anker PowerWave Pad
Need a wireless charger that won’t break the bank? Anker’s PowerWave Pad sells for cheap but can hit a maximum 10-watt wireless charging speed. It’s an affordable and easy solution to your wireless charging woes, and its thin enough to quickly slide into a bag, pocket, or desk drawer.
The Anker PowerWave Pad doesn’t come with a USB power adapter (a wall brick) but it’ll work with any power adapter or computer in your home—just make sure it has enough output to charge your SE at the maximum rate. Anker also sells a dual-PowerWave Pad for multi-device charging.
Most Versatile Apple Charger: POWLAKEN Wireless Charger
If you want to charge your SE, Apple Watch, Air Pods, and even an Apple Pencil, without shelling out for a Nomad Base Station, then I’d suggest buying the POWLAKEN 4-in-1 Wireless Charger. It completely charges all four Apple products in only about three hours. Its magnetic metal support plate can also be adjusted and folded to your preferred angle, which makes this a stylish and convenient option for your living room, bedroom, or office space.
Best for Cars: ZeeHoo Universal Car Charger
Why bother with charging cables in your car? A wireless car charger can charge your phone without any mess or effort and serve as a GPS mount in the process. Still, it’s difficult to find a fast wireless charger that fits into every car, so we’re going to focus on a universally compatible option from ZeeHoo.
The ZeeHoo wireless car charger hits a maximum speed of 10 watts and has an adjustable phone clamp that can fit the small iPhone SE. It’s rotatable for horizontal or vertical orientations and comes with both an air vent mount and a pivoting suction cup mount that’ll work on nearly any surface of your vehicle.
ZeeHoo’s wireless charger comes with a USB-C cable, but it doesn’t come with a power adapter. If you buy this mount, be sure to grab a cigarette lighter to USB-C PD adapter. Slower adapters may limit the ZeeHoo’s charging speed.