This slim, Qi-certified wireless charger features a copper coil for better heat dissipation. The charging pad also features temperature control, surge protection, and short-circuit prevention to provide a safer, worry-free charging experience.
As is typical for wireless chargers, you may run into difficulties if you have a thicker smartphone case.
Place your phone on the Qi charging mat to power up. Charges up to three phones at a time. Works for both iPhone and Android. Includes USB, micro USB, and lightning charging ports. Comes with Qualcomm 3.0 quick charge wall adapter. Light and portable. Comes on when you place your phone on top of it.
May not charge through metal cases, magnetic cases, or popsockets.
Simultaneously charges three Qi-enabled phones. Includes the station, micro USB cable, and AC adapter. Keeps device completely safe from overcurrent. Can answer the phone while charging. Wide, flat charger helps keep phone from getting knocked off. Attractive leather-style finish.
Does not charge through metal or cases thicker than 4mm. Tends to heat up the back of the phone.
JE Make IT Simple's device offers three wireless charging locations with each spot delivering up to 10 watts of power. This model also features technology to help protect your smartphone against overcharging and overheating.
The current version of this model does not support the charging of Apple watches.
Able to charge 3 Qi-enabled devices. Has a slim build and charges fast. Won't overheat, as it has reliable shutoff function that kicks in when devices are charged.
Some reports of lemons that failed to charge after several uses. Not compatible with all Apple devices.
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Wireless charging pads allow smartphone owners to simply place their phone on a pad to recharge, and they have really taken off in the past few years. However, anyone with smartphone-owning roommates, a spouse, or a growing family knows that one wireless charging pad just isn’t enough, and buying multiple pads is costly and takes up space. That’s where the triple wireless charging pad comes in.
With a single power cord to the unit – saving valuable outlet space – and three charging points that can be used simultaneously, these streamlined devices promise to end the desperate scramble to be the first person to reach the charging pad.
But not all triple wireless charging pads are the same. Which brands offer the best performance> Which are the best value? Rather than take a guess and hope, take a journey with BestReviews as we demystify the triple wireless charging pad and give you the info you need to choose the one that works for you. If you’re ready to buy, check out our top picks.
What is a charging pad?
Wireless charging pads use electromagnetic induction to transfer energy from the pad to the smartphone. This is accomplished by the charger using an induction coil to generate an alternating magnetic field. A wireless-enabled smartphone has a receiver coil that receives and converts that alternating field into energy that is then fed to the rechargeable battery. But it’s not as new as you might think. Rechargeable toothbrushes, for example, have used inductive charging since the 1990s. And at least one Palm model (remember those?) featured wireless charging in 2009.
Size: A triple wireless charging pad has a wide mat surface so that three smartphones can fit on the pad at the same time. Three induction coils are in place just beneath the pad surface, one for each phone. The pad itself is pretty thin – a quarter-inch or less – and is usually streamlined, with curved corners and little to no bezel.
Standards: There are two main competing standards in wireless charging: Qi and AirFuel. The fastest-growing standard – and the one you’ll most likely use – is the Qi standard from the Wireless Power Consortium. This is used by both Apple and Android devices. In fact, you’ll mostly likely see “Qi-enabled” or “Qi compatible” on the product packaging for almost all current-generation smartphones. Some smartphones support both major standards.
Power: The pad is charged by a single power cord, usually with a USB connector at the adapter end and a smaller connector, such as a micro USB connector, that plugs into the pad itself. An adapter is typically included in the package and should be used with the triple wireless charging pad so that the correct power is delivered to the device.
Optimized for iPhone
Don’t let the “dual” designation fool you: this charger allows additional devices to be plugged in via one of several port types, including USB-A, USB-C, micro USB, and Lightning. And its nine-watt input is just right for lower-wattage iPhone charging.
Heat: The back of your smartphone, where the induction coil and receiver coil are in closest proximity, heats up a bit during the charging process.
Wattage: Newer wireless charging pads can deliver up to 15 watts of power, but not every smartphone can handle that level of output, so a lower-wattage charging pad may work just fine, especially for older phones.
Charging speed: Triple wireless charging pads won’t charge a smartphone as rapidly as a direct cable connection. And when three devices are on the pad, the available power is split between three inductors, which can slow down the recharging even more.
Brand optimization: Some smartphone brands (such as Apple) offer wireless charging pads that deliver optimal power. Unfortunately, none of them are triple wireless chargers.
Lights: Indicator lights may be included on the pad. When lit, they confirm that the wireless charger is correctly connected to the receiver coil in the smartphones.
Optional features: These include additional wired charging ports, multiple charging modes, and automatic shut-off when charging is complete.
Always use the power adapter that comes with the wireless charging pad. Using a different power adapter can change the wattage and slow the charging rate.
Some triple wireless charging pads have a light to indicate when a phone is charging in one of the spots. For those that don’t, look for the “charging” symbol on the phone’s display.
Not all triple wireless chargers allow you to use the phone while it’s charging, although that’s changing.
Total wattage and add-on features have the biggest impact on the cost of a triple wireless charging pad.
Lower wattage and no-frills charging mark the lower end of the price spectrum, with pads in this range starting at about $19 and going up to $29.
At about $29 to $34, the input wattage increases to 12 watts or more, providing more power to split between the charging stations.
Shelling out $39 to $50 means you’ll get several more features like multiple indicator lights and extra micro USB slots, but the input wattage won’t necessarily increase.
Stylish, stable charging
You’ll be proud to set up this wireless triple charger in a prominent spot, thanks to its leather-look finish. It’s wide enough to accommodate three phones without crowding, and its five-watt charge rate is easy on your smartphone’s battery.
Match charging standards. Make sure the charging pad you plan to purchase uses the same charging standard as the smartphones that will be charged on it.
Remove the smartphone case before charging. A smartphone wrapped in a thick rubber or plastic case (more than four or five millimeters thick) will probably charge more slowly. If you can easily remove the case for charging, do so.
Charge your phone at night. Plan to charge your smartphone on the charging pad at the end of the day, so it will be fully recharged and ready the next morning.
Align the phone correctly on the pad. The closer that the induction coil is to the receiver, the faster the charge.
Another multiple-device charging pad that caught our eye is the JE Triple Wireless Charger. It has a no-frills exterior that easily fits three smartphones and plenty of interior goodies, such as temperature control, surge protection, and automatic interruption when the phone battery is full.
Q. I’ve tried using a wireless charging pad before and it didn’t work on my phone. The metal case on my phone is very thin, so what else could be wrong?
A. One thing wireless chargers can’t do is charge through metal, which breaks the connection between the inductor coil in the wireless charging pad and the receiver coil inside the phone. Remove the case before placing your smartphone on the pad.
Q. Will three phones charge as quickly on a triple wireless charging pad as they would individually on a single charging pad?
A. They probably won’t charge as quickly as they would on a single charging pad. However, if the input wattage is high enough (ten watts or more), then a decent amount of power will be distributed between the three inductor coils and the smartphones may charge nearly as fast as with a single, lower-powered charging pad.
Q. Why is Qi the dominant standard for wireless charging now when Powermat used to be the more popular product?
A. The answer to that could fill several articles, but the affordability of Qi-enabled chargers and the simplicity of setup and use had a big effect. Powermat, a founding member of the PMA/AirFuel Alliance, joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in 2018, helping to unify the two standards. Apple’s decision to use Qi wireless charging in its new iPhones pretty much cemented the dominance of this charging standard.
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