Review: Powermat Wireless Charging System for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810

Powermat Wireless Charging System for the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and 9800
By Ryan Blundell on 12 Feb 2012 02:26 pm EST

"With such convenience, the Powermat Wireless Charging System should be a standard for all BlackBerry smartphones. "

In Short:
"Easiest way to charge your smartphone"

Should I Buy?
"If you're not a fan of wires, you NEED a Powermat"

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.

The Review

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?

Powermat Wireless Charging System

Powermat wireless door receiver

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.

Powermat Battery Door difference

Powermat back of Torch

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
by Powermat

The Good

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.

The Bad

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?

Other Great Charging Solutions

This Seidio Charging Vault has seen some action in Las Vegas BlackBerry Charging Pod for Torch 9800 J-Series Extra Battery Charger
Seidio Charging Vault
"One the go USB power supply."
BlackBerry Charging Pod for Torch 9810 / 9800
"Perfect as an alarm clock or a syncing stand"
J-Series Extra Battery Charger
"You'll have a fully charged spare battery ready to go."

Reader comments

Review: Powermat Wireless Charging System for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810


But none of these are wireless, just another "bridge" between having to plug something in.

What would be truly grand, is when our phones are charged completely by available frequency harvesting from wifi, the cell towers, and also the sun.

Nothing should ever have to be plugged in at all, not a mat, not a charger, nothing. No extra gadgetry to be attached.

This is completely possible (tesla) - seriously. We're so busy developing faster ways to consume energy, but no new ways to harvest the available sources all around us all the time. For real.

Now, with all that said, I still enjoyed the review and if a person has a few of these mats: one at work, maybe in a car somehow, and at home of course... It can be handy for sure. I always have to be "the devils advocate" on all things "wireless" - because we're still a long way away from actual, true wireless. Why? Because power companies and energy corporations, money.

Until we realize we need to wirelessly charge our batteries using the already available technology and resources - I will be getting a solar powered backpack by Ralph Lauren so that I can be an autonomous charging drone for my bb and playbook, as well as that portable wireless 500gb hard drive. We do get "the most sunlight" in

Okay, I totally went off, I hope you enjoyed it, if it made you lol, good, best medicine!

in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

We are a "level zero civilization" because our energy sources come from dead things, are finite, and we use it too much. We may not make it to "level 1" of course, but it is still exciting to be living during the evolution between the two. Hope we make it.

in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

I like PowerMat's stuff; I've seen it in action and I'm impressed.

There are two HUGE problems with wireless charging, and one may be insurmountable. First, there's no standard, so until these get baked into the phone designs, we'll have to be depending on the stupid dongles. In this case, the whole battery cover becomes a dongle, and it's a little nicer-looking than most others I've seen, but if I can no longer use a proper magnet-equipped holster, this blows a big hole in the way I use my BB every day.

The second problem: there's MASSIVE RF resonance off these devices; they interfere with all kinds of electronics around them, or even plugged into the same home circuit. That's a showstopper for many.

I'd love to see this actually work; imagine combining inductive charging with NFC; with the right setup just setting your phone on your desk could sign you into your network and sync your media and documents. Charging would be icing on the cake. But we're not there yet.

I have this for my 9800 and it works good. It seems to take awhile to charge fully from an almost dead battery but its charged by the time you wake up. Also the tone it makes when it connects is pretty loud and the white charging led can be pretty bright so aim it accordingly. Neither are good if its in the bedroom and the other half is asleep. Lol

If you have a Blackberry BOLD.. you can say goodnight and put it to bed in it's nice charging bed.. zzzz... #chargingpod

I'm not sure why I would get this when I already have a charging pod. Both the pod and the mat are plugged in. The pod solution actually has a smaller footprint and allows you to use the 9810 as a clock (alarm or otherwise). The only downside to the pod is the supposed wear and tear on the USB port, but I've not found that to be a problem.

dear powermat,

please, please, please, please, pleasssssseeee
stop releasing the battery cover for the phones 9 months after the phone is released when im on to the next model already!

i bought the powermat since day 1, and have never used a battery cover yet! step your game up guys.

such awesome technology going to waste. its pretty much a cable management system now to me