Ikea has been getting into the wireless charging games for a while now and has a desk with a built-in charging dock for compatible phones. However, thanks to Sjömärke, you can now add wireless Qi charging to your workspace without having to recompile.
The great name device is designed to work through wood and plastic. By placing it on the underside of your desk, you can create a wireless charging area right above it. This means you can easily reserve space, even if your workstation is as cluttered as any other workstation.
However, make sure your table meets Ikea’s recommendations before going ahead and buying. You will need a wooden or plastic desk with a thickness of 8 to 22 mm (0.31 to 0.87 in). See Digital Manual for more details.
Currently listed in the US sojomarque The price is $39.99. Contact Ikea for more information on availability in the UK and Australia. If you find out more, be sure to add it here.
Opinion: Wired charging is a relic
Over the weekend, the newly announced iPhone 13 claimed to be a portless iPhone, effectively this time around. Given the options offered by Bluetooth and Qi charging (or proprietary technology like Apple’s MagSafe), it’s not very easy to pair your smartphone with something.
Ikea’s Sjömärke charger shows that we’re not the only ones who feel that wireless charging will soon be the dominant force. We have been defending this technology from our competitors for many years. With the latest gadgets, you can easily charge wirelessly at your desk.
Wireless charging is also convenient. I forgot to connect my smartphone at night to wake up to 4% battery life. It was very easy to just place the smartphone on the pad on a nearby surface. It’s also secure from a data standpoint, as you don’t know if a public wired charging port is secretly trying to steal your cell phone information, but wireless charging doesn’t carry that risk.
We think it will take at least another year for the company to be brave enough to announce a portless phone, but when it does arrive, it will be a long postponed announcement.