Ikea acquired in comparatively early on promoting furnishings embedded with wi-fi charging coils, however what when you don’t have one in every of its powered-up desks or shelving items? In order for you seamless Wi-fi Qi charging with out redecorating, then subsequent month, there will probably be an answer. Meet the Sjömärke, a $39.99 wi-fi charging pad made to work with furnishings you already personal.
This machine isn’t like most Qi charging pads, the place you’d put your cellphone or earbuds instantly on the mat. As an alternative, the seven-inch by three-inch aluminum and plastic charger works by means of plastic or wooden, so you need to use its double-sided tape (or screws, not included) to place it on the underside of a desk or shelf.
So long as you’re mounting the machine on one thing wooden or plastic, it ought to safely ship an electrical cost by means of to your devices on the opposite aspect. It wants a minimal distance from the cellphone of about 8mm, and Ikea recommends utilizing it with a floor between three-eighths and seven-eighths of an inch thick.
In keeping with Ikea’s guide (pdf), it’s “Perfect to mount on a desk, side table or bedside table when you want chargers and cables to blend into the decor to keep the room neat and tidy.” Aside from the sticky tape, it comes with a six-foot energy cable and stickers to mark the placement of your new charging spot.
The LED signifies charging standing, and it has temperature and energy monitoring for security. It’s appropriate with the newest Qi 1.2.4 baseline energy profile, so you possibly can anticipate it to carry out throughout the vary of ordinary 5W charging — no Samsung, Google, or Apple-specific enhancements right here. Nonetheless, it’s spectacular sufficient when you’d wish to cost a cellphone by merely placing it on the desk the place it already sits and never have to maneuver anything round. An Ikea spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the Sjömärke will probably be obtainable in-stores and on-line within the US and different international locations in October.