Recently in the news there has been a lot of buzz around IKEA and their new range of furniture that will be coming out that allows you to wireless charge your smart devices simply by placing on a certain area of furniture that's designated for charging.
While the integration of the wireless charging device might be something that's news, the actual devices that do the charging of smart phones and tablets wireless, is not. In fact, it's been around several years now. So, if you think being able to charge your srmart device without any wires is a great invention, there's no need to wait for IKEA to bring out their wireless charging furniture range - you can buy the charging units now, via Amazon and integrate with your current furniture!
Wireless Charging Technology
There are numerous wireless smart device charging units on the market, each having their own positives and negatives and one thing you must be absolutely sure of before purchasing a wireless charger is that it is compatible with your specific phone or tablet.
The example wireless charger above is the EC Technology® 6mm Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad that can be used for Samsung S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 (2013), Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus Vu2, HTC Droid DNA and most other Qi-Enabled Devices.
For a full list of the latest best selling Qi chargers, visit Amazon.
Positives for wireless chargers
- The obvious; charge your smart device without wires
- Much less unobtrusive than wires from a charging cable
- Always on
- Easy to use; simply place smart device over charger to start charging
- No wear and tear that you can get from using charging cables
- Allows you to 'block' charging port (and stopping the number 1 reason for water damage (water entering via charging port)
Negatives for wireless chargers
- Not very mobile. While you can disconnect and take with you, wireless chargers are best off when buying more than 1 and putting in places where you will sit / keep on charge for long periods.
- IKEA version is not portable due to it being integrated
- Charging times increased, vs. plugging in to mains power supply with cable
- Must ensure you get a good wireless charger that is compatible with your device
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