Powermat is a wireless charging system for smartphones and other portable devices. It works by attaching a custom battery door receiver to the device in question, which can then charge wire-free when placed on a Powermat pad. It’s technology we’ll likely see built-in for all smartphones in the not too distant future. In fact, we’ve already seen this come to fruition during the rise and fall of the original Palm Pre – with its Touchstone charging dock.
Until more manufacturers release inductive charging accessories for their devices, Powermat is probably the best third-party option for users with other devices. That being said, the previous design of Powermat products have been a bit too raw, at least in our opinion. Thankfully, they just released a new line of receivers, complete with revamped, sleeker designs. They also expanded their list of supported devices to include: the HTC EVO 4G, Motorola DROID X, HTC HD2, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Curve 8500/9300, and iPhone 4.
I was so impressed by pictures of the new receiver designs that I went out and bought the Powermat kit for the HTC EVO 4G without any hesitation. Below, you’ll find a video of the unboxing experience and first impressions. If you have any of the devices mentioned above, you can purchase the mat and receiver door set for $59.99 from Best Buy or directly from Powermat’s website. If you already have a charging station and you only need a receiver, that will run you $39.99. Powermat also sells larger charging pads for those of you with multiple devices. We’ll be doing a follow-up video after we put the product through its paces, so stay tuned to SmartKeitai.com for that.
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Note: Powermat will not charge devices with protective cases. Also, one viewer expressed interest in the wallpaper shown on the device in the video. You can find the Droid vs Apple wallpapers at XDA-developers.