Best Chargers For Your Android Phones and Tablets [2018]

The charger that you plug your phone into every night is probably the most important accessory for your device, besides maybe your case. A good wall charger will juice up your device quickly, and most importantly, won’t burn your house down.

Besides that, many of them have extra features like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge support, multiple plugs for charging your smartwatch or tablet, and some of them even double as a portable battery. So what are the best wall chargers for your shiny new phone?

Top Pick: Anker Elite

Anker is one of our favorite brands for smartphone accessories, and if you need something affordable to get the job done, it’s easily one of the most reliable brands on the net.

The Anker Elite is a dual plug charger with two USB ports, PowerIQ, and a durable, travel-ready design. It’s capable of pushing out 24W to your connected devices, which should give you a speedy charge to pretty much anything you might own. While it’s rated at 2.4A per port, if you only use one of those ports you’ll get a combined 4.8A to a single device to speed up the charging rate if you’re charging things one at a time.

Best of all, it’s cheap, regularly going on sale for right around $10. For an every day charger to plug in and rely on, you can’t beat that.

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Tons of Gadgets: AmazonBasics 6-Port Charger

Amazon is primarily known for just being a marketplace for other gizmos and gadgets, but their AmazonBasics brand offers a ton of accessories at great prices with solid performance. Case in point? The AmazonBasics 60W 6-port USB wall charger.

If you just absolutely need to charge a ton of devices, you can’t complain about having a total of 6 ports to plug something into, especially considering it can deliver the full 2.4A needed for a reasonably fast charge. Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, whatever. Plug it in and you’re good to go.

It might be a little overkill as a bedroom charger unless you regularly charge a ton of gadgets overnight, but it’s an excellent addition to any living room, kitchen, or any other spot that you might have gadgets resting or lots of people hanging out.

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Most Portable: Anker PowerCore Fusion

Should you bring your wall charger, or a portable battery today? Tough question, right? Well, Anker has an answer; just bring both.

The Anker PowerCore Fusion is a cross between a high-speed wall charger and a 5000mAh portable battery. It offers two USB ports for multiple devices, but also houses a decently sized battery that you can take on the go and use later on.

Don’t let that scare you into thinking that it’ll mess up your phone’s charge, either. The PowerCore Fusion charges your devices first, then charges itself while plugged into the wall to make sure your primary gadgets are ready to use. There’s an even a microUSB charging port right in the front to charge it up on the go, in case you want to pull some weird USB wall charger battery bank Inception.

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Most Compact: Ailkin USB Wall Charger

In a perfect world, we’d have wall outlets every two feet with endless power strips and surge protectors to plug everything into. Unfortunately, in the real world we’re usually much more constrained on plug space, and that’s why it helps to grab a few chargers that don’t take up much room.

On its own, the Ailkin USB Wall Charger is a pretty standard charger; it offers fast charging, has two USB ports, and can handle bigger devices like tablets. Where it differentiates itself is the very low profile of the charging block that won’t eat up your other outlets.

To up the value of the Ailkin charger, they come in two packs in tons of different colors. Stock up!

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The Fast Charge: Aukey Quick Charge 3.0

Maybe you don’t need a ton of ports, and maybe you’re not trying to save. Maybe you just want to charge your device as fast as possible because you’ve got places to be, and you want Aukey’s Quick Charge 3.0 Wall Charger.

Not only is it relatively inexpensive, but it delivers a whopping 43.5W of charging power to your devices. You’ll get two high-speed USB charging ports, and then a single Quick Charge 3.0 port that will juice up your compatible devices in record time.

They also offer this charger in a variant with more USB ports, in case you need them.

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USB-C Charging: Tronsmart Type C Charger

If you have a new device with a USB-C port, you probably want to take advantage of that. Whether it’s a Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2, or any of the slew of smartphones that have ditched microUSB, you’ll obviously want to use that more robust, faster charging port.

The Tronsmart Type C Charger delivers with a Quick Charge 3.0 USB port and one USB-C port capable of charging your phone at incredibly fast speeds, covering just about anything you might have around your house.

USB-C chargers aren’t quite as common yet, as most of those devices are still pretty new, so it can be tough to find one that isn’t outrageously expensive. That makes Tronsmart’s offering even more attractive at less than $15.

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About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.