The TapNCharge is a wireless charging pad that charges your phone’s battery without the hassle of a cord.
If you’ve used a charging cord for any amount of time, you know how frustrating it can be. Cord connections become loose over time and fall out of your phone easily. If you work in a home office and have a rolling chair, rolling over your cord multiple times can render the cord useless.
Cords are not a permanent or convenient charging solution, and wireless pads like the TapNCharge claim they can solve that problem.
In our review, you’ll get a clear sense of TapNCharge’s pros and cons, such that you can make a smart buying decision.


How the TapNCharge Works
This pad creates an electromagnetic field that transfers power from the pad to your phone. So, when you place your phone on the pad, it powers up simply by resting on the pad.
The pad itself plugs into a micro-USB cord that plugs into a wall outlet or the USB port on your computer. We suggest plugging this cord into a wall outlet that allows you to hide the cord to protect it from damage or the constant plugging and unplugging.
Doing so protects the cord against the damage that often plagues the charging cords you put into your phone.
The TapNCharge has an LED light that will flash one of three colors, each of which tells you something about the pad’s function:
Solid green: Ready to charge
Solid purple or blue: Charging
Flashing purple/blue and green: Phone requires an adapter
Qi Technology and Phone Compatibility
As convenience goes, wireless charging can’t be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.
Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.
Now that it’s a good time to go out and grab a stand or pad, we’ve tested some of the most popular models out there for both Android and iPhone, and discovered our favorites among the bunch. Read on for our findings, and check back periodically for our latest updates.
Updated 1/29/20 to include our review of the uber-stylish Nomad Base Station Stand, which happens to boast great performance in addition to good looks. Scroll to the bottom of this article to find links for all of our wireless charger reviews. Phones That Are Not Qi-Compatible
If your phone is from 2018 or older and not in the above list, there’s a good chance it won’t be able to charge wirelessly.
In this situation, you’ll need to purchase a Qi adapter. This adapter plugs into your phone’s charging port, bends behind your phone and sticks to the back of it.
The adapter is thin enough that it shouldn’t impede you from putting a case on your phone.
Once you stick the adapter to the phone, you can place the phone on the charging pad just like you would with a Qi-enabled phone.
TapNCharge includes lightning, micro USB or USB C adapter. Anker’s PowerWave 7.5 Stand is our current top pick. It charges faster on Android than any other pad we tested, looks nice, and has a stand that makes checking notifications very easy. A cooling fan in the base can be loud in a quiet environment, but it’s not a deal breaker—just something to keep in mind.
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