QI Charger for floating bedside tables.

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Forum topic by CvrdNDust posted 11-10-2021 01:17 PM 282 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2021 01:17 PM

Hey y’all,

Has anyone done a recent project and added QI wireless chargers? Amazon has a boat load of chargers but most are Chinese, Korean, etc… Don’t have an issue with location of maker, but just haven’t seen much specific on max thickness of the wood between the charger and the phone. Most say between 5mm and 2cm. Supposedly there’s a 40w charger out there that will work through several inches. Just haven’t found one that can be used inside woodwork.

If anyone has used one from Amazon, please let me know the brand and model. Or, if you have another source, let me know. And Rockler is NOT an option with their $167 price tag.

Many thanks,


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#1 posted 11-10-2021 08:46 PM

Would this work? Says material can be 3/8” to 7/8” thick, but not metal….

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#2 posted 11-10-2021 09:06 PM

Sorry, I can’t recommend a specific model, because I’ve opted to have the charger sitting on rather than in my nightstand. Even the devices that “work” through a given thickness of wood work better without the physical separation, so I opt for faster charge times.

Of course, it doesn’t sound like your design asthetic involves a visible charger base, so I haven’t been much help.

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#3 posted 11-10-2021 10:40 PM

I also went with the on instead of in approach. For the pic I didn’t hook up the wire but it goes out the channel to the right. Definitely not as elegant as a completely hidden option like in that Wood Whisperer video but I think it looks fine and it allowed me to use a cheap-ish Qi charger from Amazon and not have to worry about tolerances so much.

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#4 posted 11-10-2021 11:34 PM

Thanks, everyone. Great suggestions but on is not an option here. These chargers are going into matching floating bedside tables and I’m trying to remove the obvious wires. Also plan on mounting our Blackhawk holsters between the bottom of the carcass and the shelf. Out of site until needed.

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#5 posted 11-10-2021 11:41 PM

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