How To Add Wireless Charging To an IKEA Nightstand

How To Add Wireless Charging To an IKEA Nightstand

Gregory Han
May 1, 2013

I don't know whether I'm more impressed by this carefully executed IKEA hack incorporating a Nokia Qi inductive charger into an IKEA HEMNES nightstand for wireless charging or the beautiful video documentation of the project itself...

There aren't many devices using Qi inductive charging technology out of the box: the Nexus 4, Lumia 920, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 4 (here's a visual catalog of all Qi-compatible devices; older iPhones can also use an add-sleeve to tap into wireless charging). But who wouldn't want to ditch the hassle of connecting with a Micro USB or Lightning cable for daily charging duties? YouTube video DIYer, Lobbamobba, put together a video showing how he hacked an IKEA nightstand for invisible inductive charging, automatically charging his Nokia Lumia 920 when placed onto the nightstand surface:

1 hour and 45 minutes is the time required for the project, the majority seemingly focused on the careful chiseling to create a cozy slot for the Qi-enabled Nokia DT-900 unit (below) underneath the surface top. It doesn't look difficult, but the process does seem like it requires your full attention for a perfect finish...or access to a wood router.

There are a number of methods to do this but I wanted to keep it as simple and quick as possible. You can take it to the next level by just carving around the charger and then drill a hole for the cable to run through. If you don't want to place it like I did so that it is supported by the bottom part of the nightstand just put a peace of sheet metal or something to hold it up instead.

Just in case you need further clarification, Lobbamobba followed up with another video with additional information in response to various question from Facebook followers, all presented in humorous fashion.

Via Lifehacker

(Images/videos: Lobbamobba; Nokia)

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