As part of the reviews centered around Father’s Day I had the pleasure of reviewing the Powermat charging station. For the purpose of this review I used my Powermat to charge my iPhone 3GS, and my Nook. (Since I don’t own a camera I couldn’t take a picture of my iPhone charging while it was on the charger, lol).
What is the Powermat you ask? As described by Powermat “Powermat Mats and Receivers allow you to wirelessly charge your iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry and other cell phones and devices.”
At first I was hesitant to review this product because the mat requires a magnetic force to connect the phone to the mat by use of an outer shell casing (for the iPhone at least) and concern loomed over the thought that the life of my phone would be sucked dry in a freak shorting (*fingers crossed* that it doesn’t happen).
For me personally I take on new electronics without the aid of directions. Even without the help of directions (for me at least) the beauty of this device is that simply by looking at a picture of the wireless charging system it was pretty straight-forward how this was to be used.
As is typical, the charging shell/Powercube needs to remain flush ON TOP of the mat in order to charge (magnet side down of course).
Device instructions broken down (for cellular devices in this case, an iPhone 3GS):
1. Plug wall adapter into charging mat; plug other end into an outlet.
2. Take charging shell, separate (there is a bottom piece and a top piece). The bottom part of the charging shell has the typical i-prong that inserts into the bottom of i-devices. The top half of the charging shell just slides onto the top portion of the phone and clicks into the bottom shell.
3. Place charging shell magnet-side down on the mat.
4. Voila! Your phone starts to charge.
(As posted further down in my review the Powermat automatically detects when the device is fully charged so as to not cause over-charging.
To charge other devices (in this case, my Nook)-you still need need the actual Powermat.
*For this you need to additionally purchase the Universal Powercube with interchangeable tips.*
1. Find the the interchangeable tip that suits your device and change the tip on the end of the Powercube.
2. Plug in applicable device; place Powercube on Powermat and voila!
A *major* PRO for the Powermat 3X version (completely wireless) is that in the event of oncoming severe weather you can charge up the mat beforehand for use on the chance your power goes out for an extended period of time and your phone needs juicing up.
It’s a sleek new way to not only charge your smartphone, but other gadgets such as an e-reader etc. with the handy Universal Wireless Powercube with interchangeable tips instead of having to go through numerous, expensive device chargers.
There is a *completely wireless* Powermat charging station that you can take with you for as long as the battery will last.
Once the gadget is fully charged the Powermat will successfully shut down the device so as to not “overcharge” the device. Standard device chargers have no such function.
Although considered “wireless”, charging your phone requires use of an outlet unless you have the “completely wireless” version (the standard mat which does need to stay plugged in, or the Powermat 3X version which you charge the mat, unplug from charging and it will live off it’s internal battery).
The label inside the charging shell (that encases the phone to be placed on the charging mat) says to remove device in order to get better signal; I personally encountered a problem in the casing holding itself together too tightly which made for a problem when I received a phone call and needed to remove the casing. Perhaps this device is better suited for non-cellular devices in the event an important phone call comes in and the signal fails due to the charging shell not coming off the device in time.
My recommendations: this would be a great gift for a father (or anyone) who is all about new concepts in technology or a gadget guru, but however tech-savvy one may be the price may deter some unless you can absolutely see the receiver of this gift (or perhaps yourself) being in need of carrying around a (small) charging mat. Perhaps the creators of Powermat should move towards finding a way to ditch the charging mat all together and focus on creating a charging shell that does the charging by itself (with the assistance of it needing to be charged itself prior to use).
A product was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.