IKEA BRINGS BUDGET WIRELESS CHARGING TO NEW IPHONES
One great feature of the new 2018 iPhones is no-contact Wireless Charging using the Qi (Chi) standard, which is also supported by some existing Android phones.
Apple’s market influencing power is so huge, that global companies like Starbucks are now adding in-store Qi charging to tempt people to drink their horrible coffee (so not happening in Melbourne!) and Qi is set to become the global charging standard for restaurants, hotels and indeed homes. This is a win for phone users of every persuasion.
Apple make a very clever AirPower mat, that charges all their personal devices and shares information between them, but it won’t be available until 2018 and is pretty expensive.
So thankfully for those clutching iPhone 8s, the nice Swedes at IKEA have come charging to the rescue with an astonishingly wide range of products, including seven lamps, two bedside tables and six different charging pads, starting at $39, all with typical oddball names. Some were already available, some are new and all are sensibly priced.
We headed for our nearest IKEA store to fondle the offerings and these are our picks of the range.
1. The NORDMÄRKE at $59 charges one phone very stylishly. The equivalent Belkin and Mophie pads cost $99 and don’t look nearly as good, so this one is a bargain.
2. The SELJE, is a neat bedside table with built-in charging that sells for just $78.99. Minimal is and does.
3. Our favourite is the RIGGAD, a smart work lamp that doubles as a charger. Winner of a prestigious international iF Design Award it will be gracing your correspondent's desk, as soon as his iPhone X arrives.
Congrats to IKEA for bringing this range to market and and expanding it so rapidly.
You can check out the complete range here.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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