IKEA Wireless Chargers in Furniture
Say farewell to your tangle of smartphone cords
Published June 27, 2015
In April, the world's largest furniture retailer released a line of wireless charging stations that make refueling your smartphone as easy as setting it down on your bedside table. Or lamp base. Or kitchen counter. Or almost any surface. IKEA's collection, including lamps and nightstands, are outfitted with a nifty charging disk the size of a clementine embedded into the fixture.
Janice Simonsen, IKEA design spokeswoman, said the collection is powered by wireless technology called Qi (pronounced "chee"). There are rival wireless systems, but IKEA and 200 other manufacturers using Qi are dubbing it the technology of the future.
"We feel Qi will be the standard that best lives up to our high demands for quality," Simonsen says. "And the leading global standard for wireless charging."
Ready to be rid of your tangle of cords but aren't in the market for IKEA furniture? Try the charging "pads." Think of them as power-up coasters for your phone. Simply plug them in and place them anywhere, from the island in your kitchen to your desk at work.
Not all smartphones are compatible with IKEA's wireless charging technology. iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users, for example, need to purchase a special phone case (about $15–$25) before using these chargers. Search online to find out if your phone is Qi-compatible.
Or there's a way to install the charging disk (about $29) in any of your existing pieces: Get creative. Add one in your workshop bench or several in your coffee table.
Here's what to consider before installing these disks all over your house:
• Charging disks aren't 100 percent wireless. You still need to plug them into power outlets.
• Not all smartphones will work with Qi chargers.
• IKEA charging disks generate 5 watts, as much as the basic iPhone USB charger does.
• IKEA chargers shut off when they reach 60 degrees F, says Simonsen.
IKEA doesn't have immediate plans to release wireless chargers for larger devices, such as tablets or laptops, says Simonsen, who adds that we can still expect more gadgets from the company over the next few years. In the meantime, the entire wireless charging collection is available in IKEA stores. Select products are available online and can be ordered by phone.