Wireless Chargers for Wooden Kitchen Worktops: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
As technology progresses it is becoming ever more important to have your devices to hand and ready to use at any opportunity. Moreover, it is even more crucial to ensure that your device of choice has sufficient charge for usage throughout the day.
Until recently, the majority of smartphones and other portable gadgets charged via a cable, which tethers the device to one location in the home or office. These cables are often too short, fiddly to connect, and can even damage the device’s connector over a long period of time (with regular plugging/unplugging).
A couple of years ago, a new standard of charging smartphones, smartwatches and almost any other low-powered portable gadget was introduced: Qi wireless charging.
This technology (pronounced ‘chee’) facilitates charging over very short distances without any cables, and is also quicker and easier, as you do not need to plug and unplug each time – simply place the device on top of the wireless charger and it will automatically start charging.
Many new smartphones come with wireless charging built in, and a wide variety of others can have the functionality added with the implementation of a specialist replacement battery or case.
We have identified the following devices as compatible with our Qi Wireless Charging Device:
Compatible smartphones / tablets
Asus Padfone S, Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 7, HTC 8x, HTC, Nokia Lumia 735, Nokia Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 928, Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 950, Nokia Lumia 950 XL, Nokia Lumia 1520, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +
Motorola Moto 360, Motorola Moto 360 (2015 models).
The following list of popular smartphones can be charged via the Qi wireless charging standard with an appropriate accessory:
Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5c, Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z3.
LG G3, LG G4.
There are many other smartphones that may work with a suitable add-on, a full list of which can be found on WirelessPowerConsortium.com’s handy compatibility list.
The WEX Wireless Worktop Charger
Our wireless charging solution is the ideal companion for wooden kitchen worktops and other furnishings as it can be installed easily onto the underside of the surface, offering an invisible charging solution.
To function correctly, the wireless charger requires that there is no more than 2.5mm of the worktop surface material above the wireless charging coils, and as such installation requires precision routing in order to cut a hole to the right size.
Because of the need for accuracy, we have added a new option to our Bespoke Worktop Cutting Service. For just £20, our team can cut a precise recess to suit the wireless charger into the underside of your worktop using our high-end CNC machine, which ensures complete precision and a perfect finish. We can also stamp a small logo on the top side of your worktop that allows you to easily locate the position of your wireless charger for quick and efficient charging.
This charger and recess can be ordered via our online worktop cutting service; to find out more about using our innovative online tool, please read our Bespoke Worktop Tool User Guide.
If you have already installed your worktops, or are looking for a wireless charging solution for another location at home or in the office, our solid wood wireless worktop chargers are the ideal solution.
Choose from a variety of pre-oiled end grain European timbers, including oak, walnut or a mixture of maple and walnut. The end grain timber is chosen because of its hard-wearing qualities and resistance to heat, and is cut into a circular disc which measures 160mm in diameter and 40mm tall.