Like many gadget lovers, I personally own many gadgets, mp3 players, cell phones, etc. One thing that all gadget lovers can agree on is that it is a nuisance to constantly charge all of these gadgets. What’s worse is that all of these gadgets use different cables to charge. Don’t you just wish you had one power cable that could charge everything and anything? Powermat brings us a step closer to that reality.
I was sent both the home&office mat and portable mat. For the receivers I was sent the Nintendo DSi, iPhone 3G, and the iPod & iPhone dock.
All of the Powermat’s products are nicely packaged and I would buy them just for the nice presentation of their product.
For this review I will talk about the home & office mat since the portable mat is very similar to it. Inside the box you’ll find the charging mat, owner’s manual, power adapter, and the Powercube.
Behind the Powermat are 2 buttons to control the status sound and status light. There is also a power jack, and an auxiliary USB port if you so wish to plug in a USB charging cord. The power adapter for the Powermat seems overly large for something that feels very light. The power cord came nicely wrapped around the power adapter.
The Powercube comes with 7 tips that work with the Powercube’s built-in mini-USB cord. The tips that come with the Powermat are micro-USB , DS lite, DSi, Sony, Samsung, LG, and Apple.
The Powercube also comes with a storage box for the tips. The funny thing is that the storage box doesn’t hold all 7 tips!! And assuming you’re using a tip, the storage box still doesn’t hold 6 tips.
The storage box sits nicely on top of the Powercube and is held in place by a magnet.
The iPhone 3G receiver is a nice 2 piece slip-on sleeve. It has a soft touch feel and you have easy access to all the buttons. A nice addition to the sleeve is that it converts the dock connector into a micro-USB port. Powermat was nice enough to provide a micro-USB cable along with this receiver.
The iPod & iPhone dock receiver charges your iPod and iPhone by sliding it in the dock and just placing the dock onto the Powermat. The dock has a movable wedge at the back to accommodate the different thickness of the many variations of the iPod and iPhone. Personally I have an iPod Touch with a clear plastic case to protect it. It’s a tight fit even with the movable wedge set all the way back. This dock was clearly made for iPod and iPhone without any protection cases.
The Nintendo DSi sleeve receiver works just the same way as the other receivers. The design of this receiver gives the DSi a better grip when you hold it.
Here’s a picture of the 3 products that’s charging on the Powermat. As you can see there’s 3 status lights at the bottom of the Powermat showing that it’s charging. They will turn off when your device gets a full charge. The Powermat also emits a status sound when you place and remove a device.
The portable Powermat works just the same as the home version. The difference is that this one can be folded up and it comes with a nice carrying case. It’s pretty useful for when you’re on the go. But in my experience, I would rather just carry a micro-USB and iPod sync cable with me instead of carrying the that portable Powermat around. I just set that portable Powermat up at the office while I use the home Powermat at home.
Both variations of the Powermat cost $99.99. And the receivers range from $29.99 to $39.99. Personally I like this type of “wireless charging” induction technology but it would be better if it was standardized and the induction receivers were actually built in to the devices.