- Consumer Electronics & Personal Gadgets
I’ve been seeing a lot of these wireless charging pads such as the Powermat. Of course, I don’t really think that the word “wireless charging” should be used any more than “victimless crime”.
However, it is a term used to describe a pad that plugs into the wall, and made so the user can just plant their mobile device on and forget about it, at least until it is charged. So yes, there is still a wire involved to plug in the pad, and there is no way of getting around that. So until they make it so you can just walk into a room, and power just automatically gets wirelessly downloaded into your mobile, let’s just call this a charging pad.
Since I encountered the Powermat a while ago, it is difficult to talk about any charging pad without comparing it to that one. The Powermat was a black job that was able to hold three mobile devices, and the Wildcharge Pad was good for about two at the most. However, the catalog says that this thing can handle five devices. I don’t see how that is possible on a pad that is 8 x 6 inches.
I couldn’t help but notice that when a mobile device is placed on the Wildcharge, it makes an electronic beeping noise. It’s very similar to the sound that the Powermat makes when you put a mobile on it. In fact, I would venture to say that it is the exact same noise. If I played these sounds side-by-side, I wonder if I would be able to tell them apart.
Of course, you usually have to get some sort of skin on these things in order to get the charging thing going. Yeah, we aren’t at the point where we can just lay our things down on pads and have electric power flow to the mobile. I’m sure that is the next logical step, but for now, the skin is made to plug into the mobile itself, and then has connectors that you can lay there and it will have power flow into the mobile itself.
According to the official site, the WildCharger Pad is compatible with over 100 devices that include Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, HPC, as well as Sony Ericsson. A full list of device is available from the site itself.
You should be able to get the WildCharger Pad for about $49.99, if you go to the company site, you can get a packaged deal with some skin.