Review: PowerMat Wireless Charging System for BlackBerry Bold 9700 Series

By David Boyd on 12 Apr 2011 12:20 pm EDT
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PowerMat Wireless Charger

Are you looking for a better way to charge your BlackBerry? The charging cable it comes with does the job, but it's not very exciting, and you have to keep up with that cable and manually plug in your device. I wanted something simple, and yet fun and cool at the same time. Is it even possible to have something be fun and cool when charging your BlackBerry? Absolutely! Continue reading and let me introduce you to the PowerMat Wireless Charging System.

PowerMat Wireless Charging System for BlackBerry

What's in the Box

PowerMat Box

The PowerMat system for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 series comes with everything in one box that you will need to get started. When you open the box you will find the PowerMat charging mat, a receiever battery door, and a power supply cord. That's it; simple and easy. 

PowerMat inside the box

Setup and Installation

Getting started is extremely easy. Remove the PowerMat charging pad from the box, and place it wherever you will be wanting to charge your BlackBerry. Plug the power cable into the wall and then connect it to the charging pad. Remove the battery door from your BlackBerry and replace it with the PowerMat receiver battery door. That's it! When you are ready to charge your device, you simply set it down on the charging pad. 

Intial Thoughts

PowerMat has a fantastic product on their hands. The simplicity of being able to charge your device just by setting it down on something is brilliant. I keep my PowerMat by my bedside, and I'm sure like most of you, I can leave my BlackBerry alone. If i see that red light flashing, I just have to pick it up and see what is there. When I would charge with the traditional cable, I would often find my reach limited when I would try to read my BlackBerry while I was still in bed. I could always unplug it, but then I'd have to pick up the cable and plug it back it when I was done reading my message. 

The PowerMat completely gets rid of that problem, and it is actually better for the environment. When your BlackBerry is fully charged, the PowerMat will auto shutoff, and conserve power. However, it will still monitor your battery life, and charge as needed while your device is still on the charging pad. That's some smart technology if you ask me. 

My only complaint with the PowerMat is the inability to use a case with the PowerMat battery door installed. I am a huge fan of the Seidio Innocase for my device, and it simply will not work with the PowerMat. If you look at the above pictures, you will see that the PowerMat battery door has two small lumps on the lower portion of the battery door; one on each side. This is how the PowerMat actually works. In the back of the battery door, is the PowerMat technology to allow the wireless charging, and the small lumps are actually leads connecting to the wireless charging ports on your BlackBerry. 

Pro's and Con's

Pros

  • Easy charging
  • Stylish Design
Cons
  • Not compatible with most cases

Conclusion

When I visited the PowerMat booth this year at CES, they talked about how wireless charging was going to be the wave of the future. They had an office desk with Powermat technology built in to it so when you set you device down on the desk, it would charge. My favorite demo was a car. I don't remember what make or model it was, but whenever you set your device in the cupholder, you'd hear that infamous PowerMat charging sound, and your device would be wirelessly getting a charge as you drive. Now what does this have to do with this review? It just shows that PowerMat is on the move, and I'd suggest you jump on the bandwagon, head to the Shop CrackBerry Store, and start with the PowerMat Wireless Charging System for your BlackBerry at home. 

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Reader comments

Review: PowerMat Wireless Charging System for BlackBerry Bold 9700 Series

12 Comments

Charging Pod is still better than this and cheaper. Those 2 lumps would drive me crazy, getting caught in my pocket. The only way I would get this tech is when they integrate this into the actual batteries of all the general devices that we use day to day. IMO.

Agreed. They need to figure out how to do this without changing the shape or requiring a special "door" to put on. If it won't work with my Otterbox Commuter case... see ya later.

No bleeping cords? No bleeping way..

I agree with hammers18 that while this technology is innovative, it isn't practical for the general consumer. Battery integration would be the better solution and provide the best avenue to branch out this technology. IMO.

At CES 2010 (yes, almost a year and a half ago) they had just batteries that would work with any phone that had a removable battery (sorry iToy). They were so cool, and they also said they would have them released to the public in May of 2010, yea that went well... Just google "powermat CES 2010" and you can see for yourself. CrackBerry even made a blog post about it.

I emailed Powermat a couple months ago asking them where this is at because I love the idea behind Powermat, but these battery doors are just plain stupid. They did respond back and said they were still working on them, but had no time frame for a release. I guess they're still busy making doors for their charging solutions.

Until they come out with batteries, and no dumb door, I will be sticking with my charging pod...

When I spoke with them at CES this year, they said they had shelved that idea for now, and instead were working on other things like the desk, cupholder, etc.