I am not a big fan of cables – I try to avoid them when I can. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, I have a Bluetooth speaker phone in my car and I have a stereo Bluetooth headset for when I’m taking the heel-toe express. The one cable that seems to keep me tied down is my BlackBerry charger. I know, it seems petty, but it’s not so much when I’m half asleep, in the dark, fumbling with the charger and charging port. Anyone with extremely active kids knows that the less time you take to plug in your phone, the less time they have to do things they’re not supposed to do (like playing hockey IN the house).
That’s why I like a wireless charging system from the good folks at Powermat. No wires, just power and convenience. While not available for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, it is available for other BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810. For simple charging in a not so simple lifestyle, Powermat is a must have.
Within the wireless charging system, you have the Powermat, its charging cable/power supply and what they call the receiving battery door – made to replace the standard BlackBerry battery door. This receiving door has a connector held on by a plastic tether. This connector is made to plug into your smartphone, allowing the Powermat to make contact and charge. Once your BlackBerry smartphone is full of juice, Powermat will cease trying to charge it. How can you not love having a crazy simple way to charge your BlackBerry smartphone? Why should BlackBerry smartphones with external charging contacts have all of the fun?
Now there is a down side to this – I know, I’m such a pessimist. This receiving door does add some bulk. So any snap-on case you have will not be compatible; the same can be said with most holsters and pouches. It adds about a couple of millimetres to the thickness of the Torch. The connector also sticks out 2 or 3 millimetres from the USB/charging port. The optimist in me says that this connector does add more grip to the Torch for you right-handed folks (or wrongies as I say). The door also still has the same ridged feel as the original door.
To ensure you have a correct connection, you will experience a magnetic pull as the BlackBerry gets close to the Powermat. Do no resist, as this guides you into the correct position. The Powermat sounds a tone when connected properly and another when the smartphone is removed or out of alignment. You are also notified of a perfect connection by a light.
Powermat Wireless Charging System for BlackBerry Torch 9810 / 9800
Wireless charging is never, ever, a bad thing. Set it down, pick it up with more power to keep your BlackBerry going. The Powermat and charger are portable, so you can easily stick it into your bag and take it with you.
Say bye-bye to your snap-on case or pouch/holster, as the battery door adds bulk. You also have to be careful not to break the plastic tether that keeps the connector and battery door together.
Unless you live and die by your cases, there is no reason why you should pass up on the Powermat Wireless charging system. It is the perfect charging solution for at home and at the office. No fuss – just clutter free charging. As I said before, why should the BlackBerry smartphones with their own charging connections have all of the fun?
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