Samsung’s WPC-based wireless charging limits the chargers you can use with the Galaxy Watch 5 series. Here are the ones that’ll work.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro are great smartwatches that bring a lot of upgrades over their predecessors. The new watches are more durable, they have bigger batteries, and they even support additional health tracking features. They don’t leave a lot of room for complaints, but there’s one thing we wish Samsung had done differently: charging. The Galaxy Watch 5 series support WPC-based wireless charging, which, in a nutshell, limits the chargers you can use with these watches. But if you’re looking for a replacement charger for your watch and are wondering which to buy, then check out our curation of the chargers that work with the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
The Galaxy Watch 5 series only supports WPC-based wireless charging, meaning you can’t use any third-party Qi-certified chargers to wirelessly charge them. Similarly, you can only use a Samsung phone to reverse wireless charge them.
Best chargers for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
The options are fairly limited, but these are the best chargers that you can buy for the Galaxy Watch 5 series in case you want to replace the one that came with the watch:
Samsung Galaxy Watch charger
This is the same charger that comes with the Galaxy Watch 5 series in the box. It’s a simple charging puck with a USB-C connector.
Samsung 15W Wireless Charger Duo
You can also use Samsung’s 15W wireless charger duo to charge both your smartphone and the Galaxy Watch simultaneously.
Galaxy Watch charging cradle
This Galaxy Watch charging cradle is perfect for charging your Galaxy smartwatch, especially the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro that comes with a D-Buckle. It’s only available to purchase in select markets though.
Those are the chargers we recommend using to charge your Galaxy Watch 5 or the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. You may find a lot of other Galaxy Watch chargers on Amazon or other retailers, but they’re all Qi-certified chargers that may either charge your watch for some time and then fail, or just may not charge at all. We suggest you stay away from the third-party options for the Galaxy Watch 5 and stick to the official Samsung chargers. Alternatively, you can also use your Samsung phone to charge your watch if it supports reverse wireless charging.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of watch bands, cases, or screen protectors for the Galaxy Watch 5 series. You can explore our collection of the best Galaxy Watch 5 bands or the best Galaxy Watch 5 Pro bands in case you want to buy one of those for your smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
The new Galaxy Watch 5 offers a modest improvement over the last year’s Galaxy Watch 4 to improve the overall user experience.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro brings some noteworthy improvements over the regular Galaxy Watch 5 including a bigger screen, better build quality, and longer battery life.
So which charger are you planning to buy for your Galaxy Watch? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments below.