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Powermat almost-wireless charging solution powers-up the HTC EVO [Accessory Review]

October 13, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Accessories, Chargers

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Charger fatigue is no fun, especially when faced with limited outlets or space to pack when traveling. That’s why people are intrigued by the Powermat sets that charge multiple devices through one outlet.

Powermat is offering a new method that makes charging even easier now that it uses slimmer rear panels on devices rather than the larger add-ons of previous models. The HTC EVO 4G is the latest Android device to take advantage of Powermat’s “wireless” drop-and-go system. The custom receiver door drops onto a plugged-in mat and instantly begins charging, so there’s no need to search for USB cords or ports.

At $39.99, Powermat is by no means a necessary expense. But for the sake of convenience, especially for people who have multiple phones or cameras capable of charging with Powermat, it’s a neater solution. Having an easily-recognizable place to put a phone down and charge can warrant a purchase. Unlike the bulkier models that added a charging panel to the rear of previous phones, the EVO receiver door is smooth, slim, and practically the same size as the original back casing. One negative is that the receiver door has a protruding microUSB cover/charger that makes the bottom of the phone have an odd shape. However, I’m confident most people will be able to overlook this minor detail.

Powermat represents a convenient method for quickly charging a device. If you’re sick of chords and want to simplify charging on the go, order a Powermat. EVO owners can purchase a full set that includes the receiver door and a 1x charging mat, or purchase an additional 2x or 3x panel for multi-device charging. Be sure to line-up the rear-door and the charging panel so that the device will charge properly (a white light will shine on the mat when charging). Once that’s done, you’ll be able to drop, charge, and go about your business.

Powermat will go on sale at the end of October. Visit Powermat.com for more information.