In Plain Sight: Charging Stations that Blend in Beautifully

In Plain Sight: Charging Stations that Blend in Beautifully

Jeff Heaton
Dec 12, 2011

There are a million ways to charge your devices it seems, from just plugging it into your computer the old fashioned way (somebody must still be doing that) to building entire pieces of furniture specifically for juicing up your devices. Frankly, we kind of wish they'd all disappear. And by that we mean fade into the background. That's why we got these devices in the first place: so we didn't have to see all that clutter. Here are four devices that accomplish that feat.

1. Day Maker (kickstarter pending)
Somewhere between a toaster and a clock, this charging station is useful even without your phone plugged in. Set your phone's alarm and insert your phone just like toast in a toaster. When the alarm goes off your phone(s) pops up and can be pressed down to snooze. A red handle on the back adds to the toaster-like feeling. Pair this with the bacon alarm and coffee on a timer and you've got a while breakfast-themed alarm system. We like how much it does on top of charging your device and the playful usage coupled with a crisp and simple aesthetic.

2. Grassy Lawn Charging Station ($24.99)
Like a tiny at home knoll for your devices, this charging station reminds us of a patch of wheat grass. Just don't cut it, it won't make a good beverage. From the smooth white casing to the gentle way it handles your gadgets the Grassy Lawn charging station fits the bill of charging station that doesn't disturb. Like most other stations you hide the cables in the bottom and run them up to 3-4 devices on top. If you're so inclined you could even make one yourself for about $4.

3. WoodTec Charging Station ($68-188)
While we admit these chargers don't disappear seamlessly into your stuff unless you live in a log cabin, it still looks nothing like a charging station and could be confused for a piece of decor. Each is made to order so you'll have to converse with Woodtec to get one made for yourself, but that means yours will be totally unique. Some of the stations are just big enough for an iPod/iPhone (the one pictured obviously is big enough for multiple devices). We like the uniqueness and the conversation created when charging modern devices in one of the world's longest used materials.

4. Mobi Black ($5)
Definitely the most affordable charging station we've seen (outside of DIY options of course), the Black is a simple dish for the contents of your pocket and a slot for stand-up charging. While it only does one device at a time, it's also unobtrusive space-wise because of it. And the black rubber coating is not only gentle on your device, it fades well into just about any space. While it's not feature-rich, we like it exactly for that simplicity.

How do you hide the charging clutter? Tell us in the comments.

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