Ikea releases its line of wireless charging furniture

The line includes a DIY kit to make your own stuff

IKEA Wireless Charging furniture

Ikea has launched its Wireless Charging collection of furniture, which has built-in Qi-enabled wireless chargers for compatible mobile phones.

In addition to offering bedside tables, floor- and table lamps, desks and simple charging pads, Ikea is also selling a DIY kit that lets users embed wireless chargers into furniture of their choice.

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The Ikea Wireless Charging Collection of furniture.

The furniture, and other items in Ikea's wireless charging collection, ranges in price from $9.99 to $119.

The Wireless Charging collection will be rolled out globally, with U.S. stores seeing availability beginning in late spring, Ikea said today in a statement.

"With smartphones becoming such a natural part of our lives, we wanted the charging part to become a natural part of our homes," Holly Harraway, Ikea's lighting sales leader, said.

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Ikea's wireless charging floor lamp. The collection also includes a desk lamp.

The furniture uses the most popular wireless charging specification, Qi, which is supported by brands such as Samsung and Energizer and has gotten an extension to its specification allowing it to charge devices at short distances

Users can check whether their mobile phone is compatible with the Qi standard at the Wireless Power Consortium's this website.

The WPC with its Qi specification is up against two other industry organizations with their own wireless charging protocols: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP.

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Ikea is also selling DIY kits for those who want to embed wireless chargers in their own furniture.

The Qi spec transfers 5 watts of power for enabled mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S4 and S3, Nokia Lumia 1020, LG G2, Motorola Droid Maxx and Mini and the Google Nexus 5 phone and Nexus 7 tablet.

If a smartphone does not have native wireless charging capability, such as an iPhone, users can purchase a VITAHULT charging cover (for Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy only), or other Qi-enabled covers for use with the Ikea wireless charging furniture.

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Ikea is also selling stand alone wireless charging pads.

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