"Perfect idea; quite pricy, but for good reason."4.0 starson by ckulb7820
Pros: The idea is there. Use the physical property of induction to charge devices, hence it's understandable why it's expensive. Literally drop your device on the mat to charge it. And this portable version loses all wires and folds well into it's case.
Cons: The price is rough for the wallet. In addition to the mat, if you want to go totally wireless you can purchase receivers (device specific), which are ergonomic and protective as well. Other than the price the device is amazing.
Summary: The portable Powermat comes standard with a wall charger to charge the unit itself, which holds a four hour charge if not plugged in and in use, a powercube to start the user off charging their devices without the specific receivers, a unique compact carrying case, and eight tips that can be plugged into the powercube to charge multiple devices, individually. The Powermat uses the physical property of induction, which is a way that electrical charge can be formed from magnetism. So the powercube, as well as the receivers that can be purchased for individual devices, have magnets in them, and the powermat has the opposite polar magnet inside of it, causing induction, transferring charge to the battery (or cord which connects to the device, for the powercube sake). Overcharging? Not a worry, when a full charge is reached and no more charge can be transferred, induction stalls the process until the battery is sensed to need more charge. The idea is flawless.
Personally, I own a blackberry, a bluetooth headset, an iPod touch, a TomTom GPS, and numerous other devices that have rechargeable batteries that can be charged using the powercube that the Powermat provides in it's Portable bundle. The powercube has the same idea as the receivers, but instead of being wireless, it has a cord attached to it with a mini-USB charger on the end, and the other 7 tips that are included (for virtually any phone, mp3 player, GPS, camera, etc) attach to the mini-USB depending on what type of connection your device takes. So what happens is the powercube attaches to the Powermat via a magnetic field, distributes charge through the cord and into the device that it's connected to, (the same way the receiver does, minus the cord).
So what you're thinking now, is so what? I have wall chargers, and USB connections to my PC, and extra batteries. Well, in my history, all of my devices, (being a cell phone, an iPod, a camera, a GPS, a bluetooth headset, etc.), have wall chargers or USB cords. I use my devices all day everyday, especially my phone and iPod, being a college student-athlete. What i came to notice after years of experience was that my cell phone chargers would break, or the connections within the devices would bend leaving me sans device. So the powermat allows for not only quick, easy charging for my Blackberry and iPod, but it also removes the hassle of broken chargers or bent wires, and having to plug things in. In the case of the other devices (there are no receivers for headsets, camera, GPS systems, etc.) yes they still need to be plugged in from the powercube Although, there will never be a worry of forgetting a charger again, and no more taking up outlets in your home, dorm, or hotel room, for chargers, because the powercube can charge numerous devices with its eight different tips.
Bottom line is that I think the Powermat is going to take over the wireless charging world, it's a fantastic idea, and in my opinion, well worth the price!
Say goodbye to carrying chargers, being left with a dead battery/device, broken chargers, and cords!