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Guide: Wireless charging nightstand

A few weeks back I decided to integrate a wireless charger into my nightstand. In case you feel like making one yourself, I made a quick guide of how I made mine. Keep in mind that wireless chargers have a limited charging distance and may not work when used inside a LACK shelf (panel thickness: 3.4 mm) combined with a thicker phone case. If in doubt, try testing this distance before you hack into a brand new shelf.

What you will need

  • IKEA LACK shelf (I used two 30 cm x 26 cm, a LACK table sawed in half could also be used but I didn’t feel like making the brackets)
  • QI Charger with at least a 5 mm charging distance (Got mine on eBay for less than $20,-)
  • QI compatible device that you would like to charge on your nightstand, obvious but worth mentioning. A QI receiver can be purchased on eBay for the Galaxy S3, S4 and many other phones.
  • Long flathead screwdriver
  • Knife
  • Blow-dryer (paint stripper would probably be quicker but may damage the outer coating)
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Double-sided tape

 

Steps

thumbnail1.  Starting at a corner, remove the bottom panel of the LACK shelf by heating the edges and prying it open with you knife and screwdriver. The panel is also glued to the paper filling, so you will have to break this bond by moving the screwdriver back and forth.

thumbnail 2.  Push the paper away from where you want to install your wireless charger. Also make room for the wire along the edge.

 

 

thumbnail3.  To create a hole for the wire in the backing, drill a hole through the multiplex that is close enough to the open edge to break through it (see foto).

 

 

thumbnail4.  To create an opening for the wire in the bottom panel, make two incisions with your knife and use your pliers to break off the piece between the incisions.

 

 

5.  Test whether it works! If you intend to use it with a case you might want to test that as well. In my case it still worked with a 1 mm thick plastic case.

 

thumbnail6.  Stick the QI charging pad inside the shelf using double sided tape. Run the USB-wire along the side and through the hole in the backboard. Replace the paper filling over the QI charging pad and level it out if it sticks out.

 

7.  Reinstall the bottom panel using small nails or screws. Make sure they aren’t too big, or predrill the holes so the MDF doesn’t split apart. I used some leftover nails I got with a PAX closet which are usually used to attach the back of the closet.

 

8.  Install the shelf to the wall as you usually would.

 

thumbnail9.  Enjoy not waking up to an empty phone you forgot to plug into your charger!

 

Ps. If you’d like to automate your life even further, you can use apps such as Trigger (simple) or Tasker (more complex) to automatically switch your phone to silent mode (or make it do pretty much anything) when it starts or stops charging.

One Response

  1. Mel says:

    Neat idea Thomas and very clear instructions. It can’t wait to try to do it myself.

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