New technology charges phone without wires

By: Frank Waugh Email
By: Frank Waugh Email

From wireless internet and cell phones to remote start and Bluetooth, the trend these days is to ditch the wires.

"It eliminates the spaghetti of wires, the tangle of cords,” said Shane Price of Staples. “It is nice and convenient, it is a drop and go technology."

Price is talking about the Powermat, a wireless option for charging phones and just about anything else.

"It can actually charge a lot of devices that are already in people's homes,” said Price. “GPS devices, Bluetooth headsets, anything from MP3 players to game controllers."

Installing and using the product is literally a snap.

"It is real simple,” said Price. “It just slides on and drops on the device. That's all you got to do."

Drop and go sounds simple enough, but before charging you must make sure that you have the correct Powermat case or adapter. For some phones, a replacement battery door is all that is needed. However, for iPhones and Blackberries, you have option of a hard plastic case.

As far as size goes, the standard iPhone case and the Powermat case with the magnet on the back are pretty equal.

It is a very good organizational tool, as it keeps all your rechargeable electronic devices in one place.

Charging other items in your house requires interchangeable adapters offered with a Powercube.

And if wireless charging isn't enough, that's not all it offers.

"This will charge your cell phone about 30 percent faster than most of the cables,” said Price. “The advantage of this is that it is a smart pad. When your phone is fully charged, it will actually go into a power save mode to be energy efficient so you are not wasting anything."

As for cost, an iPhone case and a single Powermat sits at about $50. The price for the three charging stations starts at $100, plus the cost of the adapter or case.

Looking for other options? Battery giants Duracell and Energizer have also released wireless charging systems.

The technology is also expanding to uses outside of the home.

General Motors has announced plans to integrate wireless charging technology into the Chevy Volt among other models. For more information, click here.

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