Weird as it might be, we’re living in one big wireless goo of connectivity. So we really can’t do without a top-notch wireless charging station for all of our gizmos and gadgets. Problem is, these tools mostly look so drably utilitarian. We like a little bit of panache. So we searched and found six pretty great looking ones for aesthetes and aficionados of style.
Ginkgo Solar Tree ($120)
Made from eco-friendly bamboo and plastic, this desktop solar charger has an extra large, rechargeable lithium battery. The device’s three solar panels power this 4,000 mAh li-ion battery. There’s a small grip for propping up your phone, and a 4-LED indicator displays your remaining battery life. Alas, this Japanese (ginkgo tree) inspired station only works for iPhones and iPads, and it might not be the most powerful solar charged device on the planet, but it sure is pretty and we are very behind the idea of incorporating solar power whenever possible.
Joule Charging Station ($99)
Measuring 10″ x 10″ x 6″ and made in Belgium, this minimalist object is made from lacquered steel and French oak. Charge your cell phone without a bunch of ugly clutter. Available in three colors.
Bluelounge Sanctuary4 ($100)
Allow your devices to take a power nap together with this four-amp charger. With good looks and compatibility with all phones and tablets, this station serves up enough power to charge up to four devices simultaneously. Available in black or white.
Avantree Powerhouse ($40)
Reduce mobile device clutter with this powerhouse docking station that allows you to charge four devices at the same time. It’s compatible with most popular mobile gadgets and claims to charge them all super fast. It has a “built in smart IC which can recognize the mobile device automatically and charge it at the fastest speed the device needs.” It’s user configurable and comes with a set of silicone covers, so you can customize your mobile tools.
GretaOta Design Double Docking Station ($40)
The looks of this made-in-Italy version are Scandinavian minimalist, perfect for the purist. It works with all cell phones (iPhone 4-6 plus, all Androids) as well as with all tablets. It has space for all of your stuff, from wireless gadgets to watch, wallet, keys, glasses. Available in eight colors, from neutral beech to slate grey to rosewood. Made of two interlocking plywood bars, it measures 7,5″ x 7,5.”
OK, don’t laugh. We had to include the Hello Kitty of charging devices just because of its whimsical cuteness. The Foaster is a toaster (aka charging station) for your phones. You can charge four devices at once, even mixing Apple and Android. We picture it in a farm-to-table foodie kitchen next to a KitchenAid Mixer and Le Creuset pots.
(FYI: Prices in some cases rounded to the nearest whole number.)