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Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 21, 2021 05:24AM
If you've ever thought, "hey, it would be great if I could charge my phone or tablet just by laying it on a regular desk," then IKEA has the gadget for you. It just unveiled the Sjömärke, a $40 wireless charging pad that's designed to work with nearly any desk or table, as The Verge has reported.

The concept is pretty clever. Sjömärke is a Wireless Qi charging pad, but you don't place it on your desk. Rather, it installs underneath your desk and is held in place either by double-sided tape (included) or 18mm x 6mm screws (not included). Your desktop needs to be made of something like wood or plastic that won't block the magnetic field, and must have a minimum thickness of 8mm (5/16th of an inch), and a maximum of 22.2mm (7/8th of an inch), according to the manual.

Once you install the pad, plug it in with the six-foot power cable and mark the charging point on your table with the included "X" shaped sticker, you're ready to charge your phone or other device. With Qi 1.2.4 charging, it should supply about 5 watts for decent but not super fast charging. IKEA notes that it also comes with temperature and power monitoring so it won't overheat — important, since it will be placed against wood surfaces.

[www.engadget.com]



Install/use video -- [www.youtube.com]



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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 21, 2021 05:45AM
some office desks already have built-in wireless chargers
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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 21, 2021 06:47AM
Seems pretty thin (5/16"). My office desk is 1.5" thick.
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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 21, 2021 08:11AM
That’ll make your swimmers swim straight.



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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 21, 2021 08:57AM
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That’ll make your swimmers swim straight.

hopefully it won’t move your eggs to one basket.



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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 21, 2021 10:51AM
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Lux Interior
Seems pretty thin (5/16"). My office desk is 1.5" thick.

Is it hollow?

Says it will work thru 7/8”





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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 21, 2021 11:41AM
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Seems pretty thin (5/16"). My office desk is 1.5" thick.

Is it hollow?

Says it will work thru 7/8”

I misread. Thought the max was 5/16.

But my desk is MDF, so I'm sure it wouldn't work.
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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 21, 2021 11:41AM
.....can this be used to recharge a **********or.....???



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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 21, 2021 12:04PM
Too bad they couldn't figure out how to up the output. If so, I'd add one or two to my desk.
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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 21, 2021 12:08PM
Interesting that there's a minimum distance of any kind.

Though I don't know of any really nice furniture would have a maximum thickness of 7/8".

Does MDF contain magnetic field blocking substances?

My guess is as long as the desk isn't metal or metallic, it's a matter of range/distance, not substance.

The video shows it working through plywood, so I don't think being hollow makes a difference over 7/8".

Anyway it's sort of a cool concept, but even with X marking the spot, there's probably the FWP of lining it up for full effect mode.





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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 21, 2021 09:54PM
Assuming they will work with Ikeas DIY desktops (we have a few), which are like 1.25" -- but hollow.





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Re: Ikea introduces underdesk desktop charger
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 22, 2021 08:05AM
Assuming they will work with Ikeas DIY desktops (we have a few), which are like 1.25" -- but hollow.


Sure, if you open up the bottom of the desktop and place the pad inside.

Otherwise, I'd assume IKEA would have listed the device's range as over 1" instead of under.

Of course, charging at 1W is still charging.





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