Powermat Wireless Charging Pad
The relatively new art of wireless charging remains expensive and not without its flaws.
- Stylish, feels more polished than competitors, charges three devices simultaneously, dedicated accessories are better designed than competing products
- The entire surface of the mat can't be used for charging, expensive, not as effective when charging devices without dedicated receivers
The Powermat Wireless Charging Pad is the best and most polished wireless charger that we've reviewed, but your willingness to spend this much should depend on how many devices you will be using with it. It is a convenient but expensive gadget that only comes into its own when used with dedicated iPhone, BlackBerry and Nintendo receivers.
Price$ 199.95 (AUD)
The Powermat Wireless Charging Pad can charge three devices simultaneously. It's definitely the best-looking wireless charger we've reviewed, and it also feels like the most polished and has a better designed iPhone case than its competitors. However, the relatively new art of wireless charging remains expensive and is not without its flaws.
The Powermat Wireless Charging Pad looks much like a small skateboard. The matte black design with silver edging definitely makes it the most attractive wireless charger we've reviewed, and it feels much more refined than both the Uniden Wireless Power Pad and the Olin Wireless Charger for iPhone.
The Powermat Wireless Charging Pad has dedicated receivers for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, four BlackBerry models (Blackberry Bold 9000, Curve 8900, Pearl 8110 series and Curve 8300 series), and the Nintendo DS and DSi portable gaming consoles. The iPhone receiver is attached to a case for the handset, while the BlackBerry receiver is mounted on a battery cover that replaces the original. Powermat also has an Apple universal dock charger that will fit any iPod with a dock connector.
For all other devices, Powermat supplies a "Powercube" receiver that features interchangeable connections for a number of Apple, Nintendo, LG, Sony and Samsung devices, as well as a standard micro-USB connection. The Powermat Wireless Charging pad is very effective for devices that have appropriate sleeves, but the Powercube isn’t as convenient. You can only charge one product at a time and you need to change the tips if you have multiple devices. Any device without a dedicated receiver will require you to connect the tip, so technically it won't be charged wirelessly. An extra Powercube or dedicated receiver will set you back $49.95.
Using the Powermat Wireless Charging Pad is simple. You attach an iPhone, BlackBerry or Nintendo DS receiver to your device (or plug in the Powercube for all other connections) and plug the Wireless Charging Pad into a power point. You then place your device on the pad and it wirelessly charges. The Powermat automatically switches off as soon your devices are fully charged.
The Powermat pad has enough room to charge three devices simultaneously and there are three lights on the front of the unit to indicate when devices are charging. There are three specific spots marked on the Powermat that will charge your device, so you can't just drop it anywhere. The pad makes an odd sound when charging starts or ends; it can be turned down or off by pressing the volume button on the rear of the pad. Another button can dim or turn off the glowing charging lights. A USB port means you can also charge another device using the Powermat.
Powermat sells four variations of the Wireless Charging Pad, all retailing at $199.95. The Starter Kit includes a Powermat and Powercube, while there are also iPhone, BlackBerry and iPod bundles. The last of these includes a Wireless Charging pad and a universal iPod/iPhone dock, so it will charge any Apple product with a standard dock connection.
The Powermat bundles will be available in Australia through Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, David Jones and selected Myer stores from 15 April.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 BlackBerry Priv review: When old habits die hard
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Google Nexus 6P review: An outstanding multimedia machine
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- BlackBerry’s PRIV hits Australian shores
- Apple might show off iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 at March 15 event
- 34 per cent of global online transactions made mobile: Adyen
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Windows Phone can now work on smartphones with Intel x86 chips
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTFull Stack & Mobile EngineersNSW
- FTFraud AnalystVIC
- CCJava Developer - Front/ Back EndVIC
- CCData Migration SpecialistQLD
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTSOE EngineerQLD
- FTProgram Test DirectorNSW
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperVIC
- CCHybris Developer - Global ConsultancyNSW
- CCHelpdesk SupportNSW
- CCSenior Visual DesignerNSW
- FTNetwork Systems LeadVIC
- CCWintel Engineer with Sharepoint 2010 / 2013NSW
- CCSolutions ArchitectNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst AGILENSW
- CCEnterprise Systems Infrastructure SpecialistNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer(Crystal Report/Oracle)160127/AP/vhsAsia
- CCInfrastructure ConsultantNSW
- CCJava DeveloperVIC
- CCProject ManagerSA
- CCSenior Business AnalystQLD
- CCBusiness Analyst - CanberraNSW
- FTSenior Unified Communications Consultant - National IT ServicesNSW
- CCProject Manager - Customer Engagement / NPSVIC