If you’ve ever thought, ‘Hey, it would be great if I could charge my phone or tablet just by placing it on a regular desk’, then IKEA has the device for you. It has just unveiled the Sjömärke, a $ 40 wireless charging pad designed to work on almost any desk or table, such as The edge reported.
The concept is pretty clever. Sjömärke is a wireless Qi charging pad, but you do not place it on your desktop. Rather install it below on your desk and are fastened by means of double-sided tape (included) or screws of 18 x 6 mm (not included). Your desk should be made of something like wood or plastic that does not block the magnetic field, and a minimum thickness of 8mm (5/16 of an inch) and a maximum of 22.2mm (7 / 8th of a inches), according to the manual.
Once you’ve installed the pad, plug it in with the six-foot power cable and mark the charging point on your desk with the included “X” -shaped sticker, and you can charge your phone or other device. With Qi 1.2.4 charging, it should deliver about 5 watts for decent but not super fast charging. IKEA notes that it also includes temperature and power monitoring so that it does not overheat – important as it will be placed against wooden surfaces.
For $ 40, it can be an attractive option for people who do not want to confuse their decor with an unpleasant plastic block. Sjömärke will arrive in IKEA’s stores and website in October 2021.
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