Powermat Wireless Charging Pad

The relatively new art of wireless charging remains expensive and not without its flaws.

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Powermat Wireless Charging Pad
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  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    1.50 / 5 (of 4 Reviews)

Pros

  • Stylish, feels more polished than competitors, charges three devices simultaneously, dedicated accessories are better designed than competing products

Cons

  • The entire surface of the mat can't be used for charging, expensive, not as effective when charging devices without dedicated receivers

Bottom Line

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.

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  • Wireless Charging Pad Black 39.00
  • Qi Standard Wireless Charging Pad (White) 49.00
  • Samsung Wireless Charging Pad for Galaxy S4 47.00
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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.

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Liam

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just got this and it appears that i need to buy $40 'receviers' in order to charge anything besides an ipod/iphone which must sit upright in a dock? It didn't say anything about this on the box. i can not figure out how to charge my samsung galaxy or any other device and may aswell have bought a $200 iPod charger. rippped off

Iain

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Instead of plugging your phone into a receiver, why dont you just plug your phone directly into the wall. Looks like it will save you $200.

synthetic grass

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Thanks for explaining how it works. Can I say that I really don't get what the benefit is of this gadget. The mat has to be plugged in and then you need to buy adapters for each item that you want to charge PLUG IT IN and then place it on a particular part of the mat. I think I will just stick with the plugs I have got they work fine, and wait for them to come up with a mat that you just leave your stuff on when you are not using it and it charges.

PHILLY TUCKER

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It has worked great for me... yes you need a reciever but pay close attention some powermats come with one!! My came with the powercube and you can also buy the reciever case for your phone so it eliminates all cords!! Well worth the money!!! I got one brand new off ebay for 40.00 shipped to my door!! Its worth 220.00 alone!!

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Creative

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What is the point of saying this is wireless when its not compatible to all phone devices. Will be returning this product because I still had to plug in my phone to the powerdoc anyway, so whats the point. For that I will keep using my charger.

Ray

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This has no benefit over existing chargers. Once they design a true wireless charger then I'l be interested. That is, the device to be charged should not require "any plug-in extras".

Alex Stevens

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