The rise of wireless charging furniture

By Steve Jarratt, Technology Writer

Qi Wireless charging - A phone charging on a Brandstand wireless charging solution.

All the leading smartphone manufacturers now produce devices with Qi Wireless charging built-in – it’s now the accepted technology standard around the world. 

So, it’s hardly surprising to see Qi Wireless charging solutions being integrated into different types of furniture - desks and sideboards, cabinets and nightstands. In fact, the idea is now so mainstream, even IKEA has a range of device charging furniture and accessories. 

The benefits of wireless charging are obvious. First of all, it’s hugely convenient. No more rummaging around for the right cable to fit the right socket. Just lay the device down on a tabletop charging pad and electromagnetic induction provides the power. 

A hotel essential 

Tabletop charging pads are an ideal value-add for the hospitality industry, because they are easy to install (or retro-fit), robustly built, and easy to keep clean – which will be increasingly important in a post-Covid world. They’re not limited to hotel rooms either, as chargers can be installed in public spaces such as lobbies, lounges and bars.

“Hotels are already jumping on board,” says [1]. “Wireless charging has been installed in a number of Accor hotels across Europe. Marriott hotels have also installed wireless charging stations in lobbies in the US and many of its hotel rooms have clocks with wireless charging… Just as free Wi-Fi has become an expectation, wireless charging will be regarded as an essential hotel extra in the very near future.”

Flush-mount charging 

The good news is that it’s not difficult (or expensive) to add wireless charging stations to furniture. You can, for example, opt for a standalone charging pad like the Brandstand CubieDot, a Qi Wireless charging pad with a 4-inch diameter. This enables you to instantly and cost-effectively turn any flat surface (a bedside table, a lobby counter-top or a window sill) into a useful guest charging point. You’ll just need to conceal and secure the pad’s mains cable.

The Brandstand CubieSpot can turn any flat surface into a charging point.
The Brandstand CubieSpot can turn any flat surface into a charging point.

For a more discreet (and permanent) solution, the Brandstand CubieSpot is designed to sit flush in a flat surface. All that’s required to fit the device is a 3.25-inch circular hole and a surface that is between 0.25 and 1.75 inches thick. The end result is much neater than a standalone charging solution, as well as being less prone to damage or equipment theft.

The retro-fit argument

With the CubieSpot, you could realistically embed Qi Wireless charging functionality into a wide range of furniture without buying anything new. While side tables and desks are the most obvious candidates, you can already buy a chest of drawers, table lamps and even a bed frame with wireless charging pockets built-in [2].

Alternatively, Brandstand also sells versions of its popular hotel alarm clocks with integrated Qi Wireless charging. The CubieDuo (US/UK/EU) combines Qi Wireless Charging with fast charge USB ports, while the CubieTrio (US only) adds 2x 110V tamper resistant power outlets for the ultimate in charging convenience.

Looking beyond hotels

It’s not just hotels that can benefit from the addition of wireless charging pads either. They can be installed in any public area where people congregate. This provides a useful opportunity to top up mobile devices while people sit around, having a drink in a bar or waiting for transfers at an airport. You might even consider adding them to restaurant tables, so guests’ devices are charged while they eat, and in a reception desk for both visitors and staff.

Brandstand’s Qi Wireless charging products can be easily deployed in a wide variety of places, enhancing the guest/visitor experience with relatively little expense and effort. With more devices supporting the technology each year, wireless charging is quickly moving from a ‘nice to have’ feature to a ‘must-have’ upgrade.

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