In this buying guide we’ll share a list of the best wireless chargers for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We’ll explain the difference between wireless charging and fast wireless charging, then recommend some of the best options and pads for your phone.
While devices like the iPhone X just got wireless charging, most Samsung phones have enjoyed it for years. Then, with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung introduced “Fast Wireless Charging”. Allowing phones to recharge without wires at nearly the same speed as the wall charger that comes in the box. That’s an important thing to consider when you buy a charger.
We’ve found wireless chargers and pads starting as low as $12.99 you’ll want to consider. Then, faster chargers or options with multiple charging coils cost a little more. For the best and fastest charge, you’ll need to spend around $35-80 to get one made by Samsung themselves. We’ll explain what you need, what to look for, and recommend the best charging pads for the Galaxy S8.
There are two different methods of wireless charging, PMA like at some coffee shops, and Qi which is the most popular method. Luckily the Galaxy S8 and S8+ work with both. It’s an awesome and convenient feature that means any charger you buy will work. However, the right one will work much faster.
As we said above, wireless charging used to be slow and impractical, but very convenient. Galaxy S8 owners will get the best of both worlds though. As long as they buy a fast wireless charger. Below we’ve round-up some of the best charging pads from brands we know, use and trust. Samsung has a few great choices, and others do too.
Fast Wireless Charging increased the speed of wireless chargers by 1.4x and increased the power output. Combine that with the new USB Type-C cable, and it’s faster than ever before. Making wireless charging a feature owners will actually want to use. Not just a convenience.
Now owners won’t have to choose between charging their smartphone quick with the wired charger that came in the box, or easy wireless charging at a slower rate. Fast Wireless is around 50-60 minutes faster than before, and only a hair slower than the wall charger.
Of course, the actual charging pad is still using a wire, because we’re not that far into the future yet. You’ll need to use the wall plug and cable that comes in the box with the Galaxy S8, and plug it into your fast wireless charger. Well, if it doesn’t come with a plug already. Samsung’s own Fast Wireless Charging Convertible Pad is our first choice, but there are others at a fraction of the cost in our roundup below.