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Roadshow: The best wireless car chargers and mounts for 2021

David Carnoy, Roadshow on

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A 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 cellphone, whether it's an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google 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.

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iOttie Auto Sense Wireless Car Charger

iOttie finally has an "autosense" automatic clamping wireless car charger with a phone mount -- and it's a good one. 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, a strong suction cup, and the wireless phone charging 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 the cable is plugged into the wireless car charger, 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.

 

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