Device charging end table for those of us who don’t use Qi wireless charging


We recently told you that Ikea has announced a line of furniture and lamps with built-in Qi chargers.  What about people who don’t use Qi charging?  We want nice things, too!  Well, Hammacher Schlemmer has a Device Charging End Table that has a built-in charging station for those of us who still need to cable up.  A compartment flips open at the back and has a dual electric outlet with an additional USB charging port built in.  (The image actually looks like two USB charging ports to me.)  The cover of that compartment has a cut out at the edge to guide the charging cables out neatly.  A storage drawer in the front holds remotes, your reading glasses, and the like, and an open shelf at the bottom adds even more storage.  There’s even a little tray that pulls out at the middle front to hold your drink.  It measures 23″ tall x 22″ wide x 16″ deep, and it’s made of hardwood solids and birch veneers with a warm chestnut finish. Assembly is required.  The Device Charging End Table is $249.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.

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5 comments… add one
  • Andrew Baker March 25, 2015, 10:58 am

    We come full circle, This was semi-popular in the 70’s.

  • Janet Cloninger March 25, 2015, 11:01 am

    I don’t remember furniture with outlets in them in the 70s. What was the purpose? So you could hook up a lamp and a clock but only have one cord going to the wall? The only gadget I had back in the 70s was my TI calculator, and it used batteries! 😉

    • Andrew Baker March 25, 2015, 11:33 am

      I remember my parents and aunts had them, Usually exactly that. I think both had a lamp and clock. Maybe it was something with my family, maybe they all went to a motel auction. But I remember it as a kid, and remember spilling a coke into it and getting yelled at.

  • Sandee Cohen March 25, 2015, 1:18 pm

    Yes, Andrew! You’ve nailed it. These are motel furniture endtables. Or nightstands.

  • Jhon March 25, 2015, 3:33 pm

    We have a Hotel Surplus warehouse near by. I have two pretty decent looking lamps I picked up for $10/ea that have built-in USB ports (~2Amp).

    They had a similar (but more square) end table with built in power/USB for about $50 or so at the time, too.

    I wish I would have picked up one of the mini fridge’s they had. $25. I can’t charge my iphone with it but I could keep my soda cold at the office…

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