Nightstand Wireless Charging Ideas


andyw715

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Just my lowly opinion, but that thing is FUGLY!

The problem with a flat mat only is you can't tell what time it is.
I think that's the best thing about having the charging mat (Apple or some 3rd party's) is that you can just pick up the phone and see the time and put it back down and charge. Especially if half asleep.

I usually don't need to see the time while I'm sleeping :)
 

Blaqdymun

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I got this for $20 bucks it's low profile, takes up less real estate on my already too cluttered night stand. I do not need another radio with an iPhone and Alexa. I also purchased one for work and I can choose to view or ignore alerts.
 

Chupa Chupa

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Looks retro, not in a good way. Personally I use my phone and iPad as alarm clocks. No need for a stand-alone. If I want to know the time I have my devices or just "Hey Siri, what time is it." Less clutter.

I bought a basic Samsung Qi charging pad on Amazon for $23 (ships and sold by Amazon to insure I didn't get a counterfeit unit). I really wanted a true stand but the Samsung version is a few bucks more and I'd rather wait until Apple pushes out the high speed charging next year before I spend real money on a Qi charger. I only considered units that were officially Qi certified. Most of the stuff on Amazon and eBay is not.
 
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w4rmk

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The TYLT VU charger has always been my favorite because it has multiple charging coils inside and is therefore not picky about placing the phone on a particular spot. This works great when its the middle of the night and you are half asleep and want to pickup your phone for a text/call and put in back. Plus the larger shelf means you are not fumbling to get it back in place.

http://www.amazon.com/TYLT-Wireless-Phone-Charging-Pad/dp/B00DG8O1CQ/
 

Blaqdymun

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Looks retro, not in a good way. Personally I use my phone and iPad as alarm clocks. No need for a stand-alone. If I want to know the time I have my devices or just "Hey Siri, what time is it." Less clutter.

I bought a basic Samsung Qi charging pad on Amazon for $23 (ships and sold by Amazon to insure I didn't get a counterfeit unit). I really wanted a true stand but the Samsung version is a few bucks more and I'd rather wait until Apple pushes out the high speed charging next year before I spend real money on a Qi charger. I only considered units that were officially Qi certified. Most of the stuff on Amazon and eBay is not.
Agreed!
 

ATEspo

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The TYLT VU charger has always been my favorite because it has multiple charging coils inside and is therefore not picky about placing the phone on a particular spot. This works great when its the middle of the night and you are half asleep and want to pickup your phone for a text/call and put in back. Plus the larger shelf means you are not fumbling to get it back in place.

http://www.amazon.com/TYLT-Wireless-Phone-Charging-Pad/dp/B00DG8O1CQ/
$53 for black or $21 for any other color...
I know what people will NOT be ordering LOL
 

Chupa Chupa

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The TYLT VU charger has always been my favorite because it has multiple charging coils inside and is therefore not picky about placing the phone on a particular spot. This works great when its the middle of the night and you are half asleep and want to pickup your phone for a text/call and put in back. Plus the larger shelf means you are not fumbling to get it back in place.

http://www.amazon.com/TYLT-Wireless-Phone-Charging-Pad/dp/B00DG8O1CQ/
Yeah, I looked at the TYLT VU and almost bought it. The deal killer for me was that it looked like it used a proprietary wall charger vs a USB charger. I couldn't find any info to confirm or dispute this. Can you shed any light on it? I don't want a regular wall charger because it would take up physical outlet space I don't have.
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Probably gonna set up one of these flush mounted ones:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40360217/

Mounts into a grommet in the desk if you have one. They sell a drill bit to make the hole if you don't already have one.
Problem with it though (from my perspective) is that it's just 5w so will be obsolete as soon as Apple unleashes 7.5w fast charge capability.
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$53 for black or $21 for any other color...
I know what people will NOT be ordering LOL
I 100% prefer the black one but would buy the blue one if it used a USB charger. Honestly not a big deal. It's not like I'd going to keep it in the living room.
 
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mattopotamus

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Probably gonna set up one of these flush mounted ones:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40360217/

Mounts into a grommet in the desk if you have one. They sell a drill bit to make the hole if you don't already have one.
That is pretty cool. I am personally just going to wait for the Official Apple one so I can charge multiple items at the same time (apple watch, phone, and airpods).
 

CaptMarvel

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I’ve also been eyeballing these as a backup:

BEZALEL Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad Qi Charger for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S8+ S8 S7 S7 Edge S6 Edge+ Note 5 [Sleep Friendly] No AC Adapter - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073W46Y5T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_K6D-zb0R1ZNCP

Jabees Q9 LED Desk Lamp with Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone X iPhone 8, With USB Charging Output, Touch-Sensitive Control, 4 Color Temperature Modes, Dimmable Reading Lamps, Adjustable Aluminum Arm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LNTJWB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_O6D-zbA15JYCT

The lamp is cool, not bad for $50 for an office setting.
 

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w4rmk

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Yeah, I looked at the TYLT VU and almost bought it. The deal killer for me was that it looked like it used a proprietary wall charger vs a USB charger. I couldn't find any info to confirm or dispute this. Can you shed any light on it? I don't want a regular wall charger because it would take up physical outlet space I don't have.
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Yes you are correct it uses a wall wart with a barrel plug.
 

Blaqdymun

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Probably gonna set up one of these flush mounted ones:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40360217/

Mounts into a grommet in the desk if you have one. They sell a drill bit to make the hole if you don't already have one.
I do have two of these “holes” pre drilled into my desk for running cords. Even if it doesn’t drop fully flushed, it eliminates one extra apparatus. I will gift the second stand version to my sister for her X
 
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