With a target launch date of ?late Spring 2015? for the United States, Ikea has started unveiling a line of furniture that includes wireless charging pads for mobile devices. On Wednesday, the world-renowned furniture company officially launched the wireless charging furniture collection in Europe which it first announced last month. The collection, which includes things like bedside tables and lamps furnished with wireless chargers, is also slated to be released globally.
For techy users who don’t want messy cables
In a statement, Ikea U.S. lighting Sales Leader Holly Harraway said, “With smartphones becoming such a natural part of our lives, we wanted the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. We know our customers rely on their mobile devices constantly and also hate messy cables. That’s why we’ve created this collection to make mobile charging a lot more accessible, yet a lot less obvious.” The new collection is obviously aimed at those who can’t stand the messy look of cords and cables ruining their home’s aesthetic.
Aside from buying furniture with built-in charging pads, Ikea will also help techy users to add wireless charging to their existing furniture. This is possible by purchasing Ikea?s hole saw kit that allows anyone to modify their current Ikea furniture in order to install one of the wireless chargers. Once the hole is drilled, a Jyssen charger can then be fitted into it.
The requirement: Qi wireless charging compatibility
Of course, smartphones and tablets have to be compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard first in order to take advantage of the Ikea charging pads. Otherwise, the company will also be selling adapter cases for popular smartphones that are not compatible with Qi wireless charging. Digital Trends mentioned that Ikea is planning to sell cases for the iPhone 4 to iPhone 6 models as well as variations for Samsung Galaxy S3 through S5 models.
For those who don?t like the idea of drilling holes into their precious furniture and buying new ones with built-in charging pads is simply not practical, we?re here to help. We?ve rounded up some of the best wireless chargers around that won?t break the bank. Check them out below.
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The RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad has a simple design, but does a great job at charging Qi-compatible devices. It sport an anti-slip silicon pad that keeps phones securely in place. A built-in USB connection to power up the charger. There’s also no LED on this pad, which may be suited better for those who can’t sleep with a bright light at their bedside.
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PowerBot PB1027 charger from SOundBot will make a small beep to let users know that they have centered the device correctly. This wireless charger is compatible wwith any USB port with an input ranging from 500mAh to 2100mAh. Its maximum output is one amp. ?and tt can also plugged directly into a TV or computer. This is perfect for those who are looking for a small charger with a unibody design and various color options.
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While the majority of wireless chargers lay a device flat on its surface, the Tylt stands it up. It lets users keep an eye on all of their notifications. It?s a good choice for people working on a desk or in front of a computer. The straight lines and angled design looks sleek and thanks to the large charging area, devices? display can either be viewed portrait and landscape orientation. It is capable of rapidly charges a smartphone as fast as a traditional plug-in charger and it works with all Qi-enabled models.
Featured Image Credit: ?Ikea Wireless Charging Press Kit