A wireless charging pad from Grovemade that actually looks good with your furniture
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Wireless charging is slowly becoming a standard feature, with major manufacturers such as LG supporting it in the LG G6 and LG V30, Samsung in the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, and more recently Apple with the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X. The problem is that while you can tuck a charger away behind your furniture so that only the cable is visible, wireless charging solutions require a not-so-attractive slab to sit in plain view.
Portland Oregon based Grovemade has a reputation for producing well crafted and high-quality accessories, and they want to bring some beauty to this space with their new wireless charging pad. It is made of a soft cork upper (to protect the phone’s finish), a stainless steel base to give the charging pad some weight, and sandwiched by another thin layer of cork to protect the desk surface and offer some grip. The bright red cord can be wound up into grooves under the pad to hide any additional length, but depending on your color scheme the red could look out of place.
One thing to consider is that the price of good looks and construction within the United States is quite high with an asking price of US$79. If you’re looking to save some money, then IKEA makes a wooden charging pad that has recently had a price drop to around US$20, while they also stock some stylish lamps that include charging pads in the base for a similar price to the pad option from Grovemade.
The Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices and will charge through cases that are up to 3 mm (0.12 inches) thick, but unfortunately, it only provides 5 watts so there is no fast charging here. Pre-orders are open now at a price of US$79 with shipment expected in early December.