SM France Wireless Charging Table Tops
IPAN IPAN is a french company specialising in wireless charging for public places. Having teamed up with Werzalit by SM France, you can now have their technology embedded in your table tops.
Integrated into the mass and invisible on surface, the charging areas merge with the decor using a simple marking on the table top. This ensures the furniture keeps its integrity, giving a perfect smooth touch and refined design.
- Up to 8 days of charge
- No electrical outlet
- 2 x USB ports
- Shock Proof
- IP 65 Certified
- Anti-Theft System
- Charge 4 Units at once
About wireless charging and Qi
What is wireless charging?
Wireless charging means, as the name suggests, you no longer need to plug a cable into your device to charge it. Simply placing it face up on a special mat or tabletop is enough to start charging up your device’s battery.
What is ‘Qi’ wireless charging?
Qi (pronounced: ‘’chee’’) is a global standard like Bluetooth, NFC, USB and WIFI. Its name comes from the Asian philosophy and means ‘’vital energy’’, an intangible flow of power. The idea behind Qi is simple: all devices with the Qi logo will be compatible with all Qi chargers.
What is Qi-certified?
Products using the Qi standard must be tested rigorously to help ensure safety, interoperability and energy efficiency. Only products that have passed these independent laboratory tests can use the Qi logo and are considered “Qi-certified”. WERZALIT wireless charging tabletops are Qi certified.
What is the Wireless Power Consortium?
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is a group of leading companies that cooperate in continuously defining, maintaining and developing the Qi standard for wireless charging. https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/
How does wireless charging work with a phone?
Wireless charging works by transferring energy from the charger to a receiver in the back of the phone via electromagnetic induction. The charger uses an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field, which the receiver coil in the phone converts back into electricity to be fed into the battery. They must be correctly aligned over the top of each other, although a set orientation is not necessary. Rechargeable toothbrushes and other bathroom accessories have used inductive charging since the 1990s.
Does the phone heat up?
Most phones and some chargers heat up slightly on the back where the wireless charging is taking place. Smartphones also typically heat up slightly when being charged via cable, so the difference is small in most cases. There is not anything to worry about.
Is wireless charging faster or slower than cabled charging?
It’s all about power. A 5W wireless charging system can deliver up to 5W of power to the battery of your phone. This is like a 5V/1A USB outlet and therefore it’s just as fast as wired charging. In general, it depends on the amount of power delivered to the phone. With cabled charging, the amount of power is dependent on the type and power rating of the adapter in combination with the capabilities of the phone. For wireless charging it is actually the same; a 15W charger has the capabilities to charge your phone faster than a 5W charger, but this also depends on the amount of power your phone can handle.
Is wireless charging going to be a big thing? What is the future?
While the standards for wireless charging have been in flux for years, now that most devices either support multiple standards or at least Qi, wireless charging is likely to become a standard part of smartphones. Apple’s adoption of Qi is likely to make it the primary standard going forward.
I have a case on my phone, does it interfere with my phone’s wireless charging capabilities?
Using a case on your phone shouldn’t interfere with its wireless charging capabilities. In fact, to make your phone wireless charging compatible, we even recommend that you use a case to hold the receiver in place. Wireless charging works best with slim, flexible cases so that the transmitter and receiver can connect easily.
When will we see Qi installed more widely in public places?
It’s hard to predict when Qi will reach the point of ubiquity that WiFi has achieved. It depends on the percentage of people that have a Qi-Certified phone. With almost all major smartphone manufacturers now offering Qi-Certified models, we expect to see that percentage continue to grow. Already, a number of WPC members are installing Qi-Certified chargers in thousands of restaurants, hotels, public transportation, coffee shops and many other venues around the world and WPC expects this trend to continue.
Where can I find information on trends?
I’ve heard that wireless charging can damage a phone’s battery. Is that true?
Lithium battery capacity typically decreases as the cycle number increases. There are several factors that can decrease overall battery life, including charge cycles. However, according to public research, a battery’s lifetime actually increases by 4x when the depth of discharge – or amount that the battery is drained – is limited to 50%, rather than 100%. In other words, by continually topping up the phone battery during the day, as you might do with Qi wireless charging, and not letting your phone battery dip below 50%, you can actually increase the lifespan of your battery.
Which devices use wireless charging?
There are hundreds of phones, and other products such as smartwatches, earbuds, tablets which can be wirelessly charged. The Wireless Power Consortium keeps a full list of both wireless chargers and chargeable devices: https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/products
Can you list the most popular models from major brands?
Apple: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Samsung: Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 series, Galaxy Note 5 and Gear S Smartwatch series. Huawei: 20 Pro, Mate RS Porsche Design, P30 Pro, Mate 30 , Mate 30 Pro Google: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL. LG: G2, G3, G6, G6 Plus, G7, G7 ThinQ, Lucid 2, Lucid 3, Optimus F5, Optimus G Pro, Optimus It L-05E, Spectrum 2, Vu 2, Vu 3, V30, V30 Plus, V40 ThinQ.
Is wireless charging safe?
Wireless charging systems must obey a set of rules and regulations related to electromagnetic interference (EMI/EMC), sometimes also called “radio disturbance”, and magnetic fields. WERZALIT wireless charging tabletops meet these rules and regulations. So, is wireless power safe? Yes, all kinds of precautions have been taken to make sure that it is.
About WERZALIT wireless charging tabletops
Are WERZALIT wireless charging tabletop Qi-certified? Yes.
How is it manufactured?
The coil (induction charger) is embedded at time of manufacturing, under a patented technology. Alignment with the logo is realized. Then the battery support is connected and fixed under the table.
Does the phone charging start automatically?
As soon as the phone is placed adequately on the tabletop, charging starts.
What happens when the phone is fully charged?
Charging stops, thus saving battery power.
How do I know if the phone is charging?
The phone displays a charging image, it may beep too (phone manufacturer dependent).
Why do we need a logo on the table?
The logo is used to indicate exactly where to put the phone for charging.
What if the phone is wrongly positioned?
Charging would not occur.
What if a foreign object like metal cutlery is put on the charger?
The charger will detect it and shut itself. Nothing will happen.
What is the guarantee?
Battery is guaranteed for 2 years. WERZALIT tabletop is the standard 5-year warranty.
How many phones can I charge at same time on one table?
A single table comes with one wireless charger and two USB plugs (including one fast charge). There can be up to three phones charged at the same time on a single table.
Can I also charge a tablet?
For tablets using Qi standard, they can also be charged. For other tablets, they can be charged using a USB cable. However please note that contrary to phones, tablets usually have a longer autonomy.
Can I also charge a laptop?
Once the Qi standard is implemented on laptops, it could be done.
Can we charge other devices?
Any device allowing Qi wireless charging can be wirelessly charged on the WERZALIT Ipan Ipan tabletop. Any device using a USB power charging cable can be charged on the WERZALIT Ipan Ipan tabletop.
My phone is a model which is not wireless. Can I use WERZALIT Ipan Ipan tabletop?
Yes, but without using the wireless charging functionality. WERZALIT Ipan Ipan tabletop comes with two USB ports (one being fast charge), so you would simply use your usual USB power cable.
I need to charge two phones at the same time. Can it be done?
Yes, but only one could use the wireless charging functionality. For the other one you would need to use the USB power (cable). Since there are two USB plugs, you could charge up to three devices on a table.
What is the power of the WERZALIT Ipan Ipan wireless charger?
There are 3 power sources for charging your phone or device: 1. standard USB, max 5V x 1A = 5W max; 2. fast charge USB (green): max 12,5V x 1.2A = 15W; 3. max; wireless charging, max 5V x 1.5 A -= 7.5W max. This ensures maximum compatibility with devices on the market.
Can the tabletop be customized?
WERZALIT decors are fully customizable with your own design.
Can I replace the battery and what is the battery life?
Battery is guaranteed for two years under normal circumstances (i.e. no repeated freezing, 5 hours usage per day). You can independently change any battery at any time.
How many charging cycles does the battery support?
The battery supports a standard 1,000 cycles of charging. For low intensity charging (once a week, that would make 1,000 / 52 = about 20 years, 10 years for high intensity)
How long is the duration for charging the battery?
A standard full charge takes about five hours. You could charge it overnight. A safety system stops the charge once the battery is full.
Can the battery support water spills or rain?
Yes, the battery is IP65 rated. That means it is water resistant. “Protected against water jets from any angle”. It is protected against water projected from a nozzle and can sustain rain, even heavy tropical rain.
Can the battery support dust?
Yes, it is totally dust tight. Full protection against dust and other particulates.
For cafes and restaurants
Would this bring more traffic to my café or restaurant?
How do my customers know where to position their device? They put it on the logo.
What if water or any liquid is spilled on the table?
WERZALIT Ipan Ipan is embedded at time of fabrication (patented). There could not be any contact between the charging system and any liquid, whether hot or cold, spilled on the table. No spilling of liquid can damage the system.
What about cleaning and hygiene?
Since WERZALIT Ipan Ipan is embedded in the table material and there is no space for dust or food remains, our system is the most hygienic on the market. Just clean your table as you usually do.
Do I need a special person to install it?
No, you just need to install the table where you wish.
How do I advertise?
We suggest having advertising according to your own design. You can have displays on your storefront, or on the table. Since the charging logo is embedded to match you design, we would not recommend a sticker.
How many battery chargers do I need?
One charger can charge up to four batteries at same time. We recommend having one charger every four batteries for easier rotation and thus minimising charging time.
Can the battery be stolen?
No. The battery system is protected by a specific handle which acts as a lock. It is not possible to unmount the battery without the handle. Furthermore, the battery design is proprietary, so it would have no use without the corresponding charger.
Do I need all my tables to be equipped?
From our experience, we would recommend equipping about one fifth of your place at first. You could create a kind of “wireless charging space” dedicated to customers using this service. Of course, depending on your positioning and clientele, you could decide to immediately equip up to 100% of your tables.
Can I use with a tablecloth?
While technologically the phone would charge through a tablecloth, the customer would not have indication where to position its phone.
How often do I need to recharge the battery?
The battery is designed to support 40 hours of charge of standard telephones. With an average of five hours charge per day, it gives an autonomy of eight days.
Do I need cabling of any kind?
WERZALIT Ipan Ipan is a totally standalone autonomous table, battery operated. There is no cable. You can use it indoor or anywhere on your terrace, you can move it as you wish.
What are the advantages for my business?
To differentiate from other neighbouring outlets, to compete with the big names (Starbucks and the likes) which are increasingly using it, to attract and keep a new crowd of customers.
Is WERZALIT wireless Ipan Ipan unique?
WERZALIT is the only company able to propose integrated wireless charging for table manufactured with moulded-laminated technology, thanks to its worldwide patent.
PRODUCT BRAND: SM FRANCE
SM France, has been creating commercial table tops for nearly 45 years.
SM France’s “laminate-molded” table tops for the hospitality and catering industry, are made of wood, glues and papers. The technique of molding and lamination by hot pressing gives the product qualities
unmatched to date, especially in terms of weather resistance.
Recognised for its design and creation, SM France is considered the “leader of the table top”. You will find SM France products in a large number of restaurant and café terraces around the world.