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The best wireless car charger and mount for 2021 – CNET

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wireless charging pad for your iPhone or Android phone might be a staple in your office or home, but it can also be a useful tool to mount inside your car. Even the best wireless car charger isn’t a totally wireless experience — the charging dock requires power and a cable that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port — but a wireless charging car mount is convenient when you don’t want to have to plug cable into your phone every time you get in the car. Further, wireless charging technology is improving all the time, and wireless charging speed is faster than ever.

Note that each wireless charger in this buyer’s guide is compatible with any wireless charging enabled cell phone, whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung GalaxyGoogle Pixel or other models (or any other Qi-enabled device). And if you’re really attached to your phone case — so long as it isn’t super thick — you can leave it on and still be able to charge your phone. Most of these chargers even double as a phone holder with an adjustable arm. We update this list periodically and new wireless charging technology comes to market. 

Read more: The best USB-C PD charger of 2021

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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, a secure suction cup, 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 charger mount 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 a quick charge. I liked that the wireless car charger came with both a phone mount for my dashboard and an air-vent mount (if you want just the air-vent mount, there is a air-vent only version that costs $30).

Note that to get fast charging, you will need a power adapter that supports it (not included). Aukey sells a 21-watt charger for a little more than $10 (see below). 

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This wireless charger with a car vent mount doesn’t have the fancy powered “robotic” arms that automatically open when you place your phone near the charger and then clamp shut after you dock it (you have to press a button to open the arms and then squeeze them closed to clamp them around your phone). It’s also pretty bare bones, with only a USB-A to USB-C charging cable but no cigarette-lighter adapter included. But it is well-designed and cheap at $10. It charges iPhones at up to 7.5 watts and offers Android phones fast charging at up to 10 watts. But you’ll need that power adapter if you don’t have one already. Aukey sells a 21-watt charger for a little more than $10 (see below). 

Note that Aukey also makes a version of this with auto clamping that costs $30. It also only includes USB-C cable.

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This Aukey wireless car charger has similar features to the original YeeHoo in a cleaner looking design. It has up to 10-watt fast charging for Android phones, with iPhones capped at 7.5-watt charging. This wireless charger doesn’t come with a cigarette lighter adapter — only a USB-C cable — and to get fast charging, you will need a power adapter that supports it (not included). Aukey sells a 21-watt charger for a little more than $10 (see below). 

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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 bought this 21-watt car charger a while back, and it’s my current favorite at $10.49 after you use the instant 25%-off coupon on its Amazon product page (just be sure to check the box). 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 can only be charging one device. 

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