Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have wireless charging capabilities built right in. Both phones will work with the two main wireless charging standards: WPC/Qi and PMA. You can find these wireless charging stations at cafes, airports, and other public places. If you want to buy a wireless charging pad to use in your own home or office, there are lots of options to choose from. Hey, if you’ve got a phone with wireless charging built right in, it’s kind of silly not to take advantage of it. Here are five wireless charging pads you can use with your new S6 phone, as well as many other smartphones. You may also want to check out our post on the best wireless Qi chargers.
1. Samsung Mini Wireless Charging Pad
When shopping for an accessory for your Samsung phone, it often makes sense to buy an accessory that’s also made by Samsung. This mini wireless charging pad comes with a one-year warranty. It operates under the Qi/WPC standard, but is smaller than many other Qi chargers out there. A built-in LED indicator lets you know if your device is incorrectly aligned on the charging pad. This model also comes with a spare two amp wall charger.
Price: $42.35 (15 percent off MSRP)
- Reasonably priced
- Small design, takes up less space on your desk
- Meets WPC standards for low power consumption
- No tangled wires to deal with
- Some phone cases may interfere with charging
- Phone must be properly aligned on charger
- Some users have reported pad stops charging before device is fully charged
- Some find larger pads make it easier to position the phone correctly on the first try
2. CHOETECH Qi Wireless Charging Pad
Wireless charging mats are often fairly expensive, so this deeply discounted pad from CHOETECH is kind of a breath of fresh air. If you want a low-cost way to enter the wireless charging realm, this is a good option to consider. This is also a great option for people who have older devices with a malfunctioning charging port. Do note that this charger does not come with a wall charger plug.
Price: $22.39 (68 percent off MSRP)
- Available in multiple colors
- Easy to tell when device is charging
- Using phone while charging may increase risk of overheating
- Won’t work with phone cases over 5mm thick
- Does not trickle charge
- Some users reported malfunctions within a year of purchase
3. RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad
This slim, attractive wireless charging pad looks great in your home or office. Like other Qi mats, this mat goes into “idle” mode as soon as you remove your phone from the surface of the pad. This saves you on energy costs.
In the box, you’ll find the RAVPower charger, a DC 5V/1.5A AC Adapter, a microUSB cable, and a user manual. If you’re interested in putting a wireless charger in your car, you might also be interested in RAVPower’s wireless car charger.
Price: $27.99 (72 percent off MSRP)
- Slim and lightweight
- Easy to position phone correctly
- Limited color options
- Looks a lot like other chargers
- May not work on phones with very thick cases
4. PowerBot PB1027 Qi Enabled Wireless Charger
This PowerBot charger will make a small beep to let you know you have centered the phone correctly. This wireless charger works with any USB port with an input from 500mAh to 2100mAh. You can also plug it directly into your TV or computer. The max output is one amp. If you are looking for a small charger with a unibody design and lots of color options, this inexpensive Qi charger is perfect.
Price: $13.99 (86 percent off MSRP)
- Available in multiple colors to suit your decor/personality
- Anti-slip coating is designed to minimize scratches on your device
- Charging cable is built in to the charger
- Designed to avoid overheating
- Some people may prefer a larger charger to prevent device overhang
- Reviews are a bit mixed
- Included cables are quite short
5. Qi Infinity Power Wireless Desktop Charger
This Qi charger operates under the WPC standard, so it should work with the new S6 line, as well as many other smartphones that support wireless charging. This charger has a one year warranty. We like it because you can place it on a desk and use it as a media stand while your device charges. This makes it easy to take calls, read email, watch video, or even play games while your phone is charging.
Price: $44.95 (25 percent off)
- Multiple coils give you greater flexibility when placing your phone
- Acts as a media stand
- Stable, unlikely to tip over
- Charge in portrait or landscape mode
- Only under warranty for one year
- More expensive than some other items on this list
- Won’t work with some cases