Powermat iPhone 3G Receiver
To compliment that Powermat (a wireless charging device for a wide gamut
of devices, click here for a full review) and rather than use the
Powercube which is the attachment that needs to be connected to these
devices, the developers have released the Powermat iPhone 3G Receiver
which makes charging a whole lot simpler! PHEW! Basically, all you need to do
is connect your iPhone to the receiver/charger and whenever you need to
charge the device, you just put it on the Powermat and the charging
The most standout feature of the iPhone 3G Receiver is that it also
works as a case for your iPhone, so not only is it offering your smart
phone the option of wireless charging but it does give the device some
additional protection. Although the installation of the iPhone 3G
Receiver is a little tricky, once installed our iPhone then became a
wireless charging beast. Of course, once you have figured it out, it
does make things easier, especially getting your iPhone out.
As with all
good cases, you still have access to all your iPhone functionality
such as the home button, camera, volume etc. However due to the receiver, it
does add some additional weight to your iPhone but itís a small price to
pay and you still have the option of syncing the device to your Mac/PC.
Charging time was almost on par with powered (240) connection but of
course, a whole lot easier. Although you can access your iPhone, you
can't really use it once it is powering as opposed to a powered
connection but that's nothing major in our books.
In terms of issues, if you want to connect your iPhone to a dock, you
need to take apart the case which is fiddle some but of course, you need
to weigh up the pros and cons. In terms of case design, itís nothing
flash and looks a little corporate when compared to some of the snazzy
cases available but once again, itís up to the user whether they want
easy wireless charging or not.
As a techno junkie, I found this device quite useful, especially for
charging the iPhone and rather than connecting it into the PC or via a
powered USB port, nothing was more blissful than gently placing this on
the Powermat, feeling the magnetic pull and then hearing the sound that
it was charging.
Itís simplicity at its best and does make the whole
experience of owning an iPhone, that slightly more enjoyable.