The dream of wireless freedom for one's portable gadgets is a lot closer to becoming a reality than most people might think, one of the few remaining issues being that of the battery charging solution. However, several wireless charging solutions have already made their way onto the market, one of the most interesting (albeit still far from perfect) being the Powermat.
Touted ever since CES 2009, the Powermat has only now found its way into stores, one of the reasons for this delay being most likely related to the economic crisis and people's reluctance to adopt new and innovative technologies. However, from at least a couple of points of view, it was well worth the wait.
So, this solution allows users to wirelessly charge
up to three Powermat-enabled devices simultaneously (plus one USB power port). Moreover, it's extremely portable, measuring 0.625 x 12.25 x 4.562 inches, and being easily foldable for transport.
Unfortunately, the Powermat does have somewhat of a major minus (compared to WildCharge
, for example), namely the fact that it requires an external adapter in order to work. Practically, users have to attach some accessory to the device they want to charge wirelessly (a sleeve, a battery cap or a special adapter called Powercube) and then place it on the mat. However, there's one plus, namely the fact that the Powercube universal receiver works with a very large number of portable devices available out there, as it's accompanied by eight different adapter tips
And now for the issue many of you have been waiting for, namely that of pricing. Hence, the Powermat sells for somewhere in the vicinity of 100 US dollars, which is not that high a price on its own, but it's still a lot, especially since all sorts of adapters and accessories are involved.We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .