IKEA adds built-in wireless charging to almost every table
IKEA adds built-in wireless charging to almost every table

Furniture giant IKEA has been launching Qi wireless chargers for several years, and its lineup includes desktop charging pads and chargers built into work lamps.

Now the company is expanding its product line with a new charger called Sjömärke. It uses the same Qi standard for inductive charging. But it works very differently.

Sjömärke is a $39.99 wireless charger designed to work with your furniture.

And this device is unlike most Qi chargers in that you can place your phone or headphones directly on the mat.

Conversely, the aluminum-plastic 7×3 charger can work with plastic or wood (except metal).

Therefore, you can attach it to the underside of the table or shelf with double-sided tape or screws.

As long as you are mounting the device on wood or plastic, it should safely send a charge to the device on the other side.

Sjömärke requires a minimum distance of 8 mm from the phone, and the company recommends using a surface that is three-eighths to seven-eighths thick.

If you want the charger and cord to blend in with your facility to keep the room clean and tidy, the company says the device is perfect for placing on a table, side table, or bedside table.

Unlike masking tape, it comes with a 1.8m power cord and a sticker to locate the new charging location.

IKEA placed a Qi charging station under the surface of the furniture

The LED display shows charging status and has temperature and power monitoring to ensure safety. It is compatible with the latest Qi 1.2.4 Core Power Profile. So you can expect it to operate in the standard 5W charging range - there aren't any Samsung, Google or Apple-specific improvements here.

The charger makes it easy to charge your phone without searching for sockets and tracking cables. Simply place the phone on the desk or on a shelf above the charger.

An IKEA spokesperson confirmed that the Sjömärke will go on sale in stores and online in the US and other countries in October.

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