How to Charge Your Cell Phone Wirelessly – with Charger Pad

Last Revised on May 31, 2010

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Wireless charging has gone mainstream even before every cell phone user notices it. If you don’t understand what I am talking about, here is a brief overview. Recently, various tech companies designed and marketed a cell phone charger that will charge your phone wirelessly – they don’t need to be hooked onto each other.  Meaning, your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre and Droid can be charged wirelessly with this charging device. This wireless phone charger goes by a general name – charger pad. Lots of these – plug in your charger and charge phone wirelessly – have already hit the stores like Best Buy and WalMart, and many people seem to like them.

List of wireless cell phone chargers – charging phone wirelessly

Powermat, Splash Power Charger, Duracell’s myGrid, Powerplate Wireless Induction, Wild Charge System, Touchstone, and Castemate Fuel. This is the most comprehensive list of gadgets that charges your cell phone wirelessly. It is same like wireless wi-fi system. You got a router and a laptop; similarly, you got a charger and a cell phone. Both works helps their partner without being plugged into each other. However, remember they have to close to each other. Router technology is old and thus improved a lot – the range can go far miles. Whereas the cell phone wireless charger technology is pretty new and the furthest range is no range; only thing is they don’t need to be connected. All the ones listed here works with most cellphones out there, especially the big names like iPhone, Blackberry, Palm pre and pixi, HTC, etc.

Seriously, how do cell phone chargers power up phone wireless?

If you are thinking these devices are complicated, then you are wrong. At least, as of right now, these charging system are pretty simple. Remember they are just a new born. So here is how they work. Like I said before, there is no range in these devices – the phone has to be literally be on top of the charger to power up the battery. The only thing is, there are no cords – you just have to lay your cell phone on top of the charging bay. This is different than iphone or ipod docking stating  where they have to be carefully snugged on the dock. Ok lets explain one by one:

PowerMat: Power Mat is probably the most popular wireless phone charger right now. I was thinking there were couple of other devices that came before it to do the same magic. So unfortunately I can’t give them the credit as an innovator, but I will give them the credit of being aggressive and confidant in their product. Powermat has launched a series of advertisement on television about what it does – that is charge your cell phone without being plugged into the charger. They are pretty confidant and I think their product does fairly well compared to others. It also works with bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, digital readers, portable gaming systems, music/mp3 players and GPS navigation systems. It has a sleek charging pad, on which you simply drop your electronic devices to get it charging. Powermat comes into two different parts – a mat and a receiver. A mat is where you put your cell phone and the receiver is the case or sleeve for your phone that acts a a receiver, you leave it attached to your phone permanently. The only downside is that the sleeve is pretty bulky; else everything is so cool.

myGrid by duracell basically does the same thing. It works with your Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Motorolla and Nokia phone, wirelessly charging them. They are ultra slim, gets rid of too many cords dangling around and can power upto four phones at one, without having even single one of them attached to the charger. It comes with a powerclip and power sleeve. Oh yeah, they are safe to touch. No electric shock. You would think the company aren’t dumb to forget about safety precautionary measures, would you?

And Palm Pre comes with a pre installation of wireless charging option. And it doesn’t require any sort of power sleeve or adapter. That’s where they are ahead of iPhone eh.

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31 Responses to “How to Charge Your Cell Phone Wirelessly – with Charger Pad”

  1. Charged Up Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post. I have seen these on tv as well; actually my local electronic store has these wireless chargers on sale already. I think a lot of people don’t know what it actually does. they think that these chargers are for wireless cell phone. haha. they need to be taught by a geek how this gadget charges electronic devices electronically. power mat rocks by the way.

  2. universal wireless charger pad Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I like these charger pads, but even though they are wireless they only work on cell phones. Look up Witricity – this is the device that also charges your laptop wirelessly. Here is how it works: Witricity can be compared with acoustic resonances where once a sufficiently loud single note is sung in a room filled with glasses, the glass having the corresponding frequency accumulates sufficient energy to break. Using the same principles of resonances, witricity uses magnetically coupled resonators where one of them, the sending unit is the wireless charger. This charger tends to fill its surrounding space with non-radiative magnetic field that oscillates at specific MHz frequencies. This field then transmits power to the receiving unit which is designed to resonate with the magnetic field.

  3. Gruesome Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Almost all current devices still need to be plugged in unless you replace the Battery with one that is compatible. Take for instance the Motorola Razor, you need to plug it into the power-cube and place the power-cube on the mat. A great future technology but until more devices come out of the box compatible it doesn’t seem that compelling.

  4. Magic Pad by WildCharger rocks Says:
    December 20th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    As an owner of the magic pad I am very happy and satisfied with it. Here is my review of this special universal charger pad. It can charger pretty much all the portable electronic devices you can think of that uses battery charger, which includes but not limited to cell phones, mp3 players, PDAs, handset game consoles like Nintendo DS, digital cameras, gps navigation system, bluetooth sets, and laptops. And best of all is that it doesn’t overcharge these gadgets.

    I think it is really cool that one single mouse mat size charger has the capability to charge multiple devices at the same time.

  5. how much does it cost? Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    How much do these electronic charging pads cost? I did some search online and found different prices all over the place. I am looking to buy that at stores like Best Buy and other electronic stores such maybe radioshack or circuit city. Since I am always in a hurry and don’t have much time to plug my cell phone up, wireless charger seems like a good option – but it has to be a reasonable price. I ain’t wasting no money like hundreds of bucks for something that can only save me few seconds.

  6. You can only buy it online? Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Last weekend I went to Best Buy to purchase a phone charger pad but I couldn’t find one. Heck, even the people with blue shirts who are working there didn’t know what I was talking about. Also I went to their website and charging pad is not listed anywhere. But most of the online retail stores have it; the only thing is they don’t have price that stays the same. Every shopping site seem to have different brands with different prices. So it is confusing. I would like to know if anybody bought it and some reviews of which one is the best to get and has better wireless range capability. I personally am leaning to PowerMat.

  7. neil campbell Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 12:04 am

    charger pad is only available in best buy as far as i know.

  8. It's cool, loved it but have some limitations. Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Neil, you got it wrong buddy. I bought my Powermat Wireless Charging System from Amazon although the price was bit expensive. I purchased it brand new and it cost me over $105 with shipping and handling fees. But it’s a cool device with sleek design. It got USB cable connector too, and charges my cell phones very fast and power shuts off automatically when it is fully charged. The bad review I can give is that the extra receivers could cost upto $40 bucks each.

  9. the design Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    it sounds like the pad uses a transmitter just like an electric tooth bursh. using two coils close together that transfer electro magnetic energy. wouldn’t using a bowl design of the same thing be much more efficient ?

  10. Power Matters Says:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Don’t waste your time looking around for a cheap wireless charger. Just get the Power Mat; it’s the best one out there. You won’t regret.

  11. Available at BestBuy but Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 11:26 am

    They are sold in Best Buy but I think they are overcharging consumers for these devices since most stores don’t seem to carry the chargerpads yet. The one I bought works on iPhone 3Gs but not with iPad. I haven’t tried other phones except google HTC. Overall it makes the whole process easy without having to plug the all the phone and pda chargers separately.

  12. samsung sgh-t249 Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    who makes wireless chargers that are compatible with the samsung sgh-t249 model cell phone?
    Thanks for the help.

  13. Can other items be charged? Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Can other items be charged such as The DSi or the DSi XL?

  14. Duracell versus Wild Charge and Powermat Home Review Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I have kinda tried them all at a store, Best Buy has some of these available but not all the time. Advantages: Many of us have several devices that needs charging so often and the best way to do it is to simply do them all at the same time. But the problem is how can you get so many plugs for so many devices at the same time in the same location. That’s why this charger pad adapter that only needs one socket has shown up at stores like BestBuy and RadioShack. I like the Duracell myGrid which allows up to 4 devices to be charged at once. Amazingly enough it is known to cut down on the amount of power being used and thus save some money on electric bill. It sells with accessories for mobile phones, smartphones, MP3 players, DS, DS XL and PSP. Their simple connector rocks.
    Disadvantages: it could totaled to become expensive if you buy all the relevant accessories separately. So purchase them together or compare prices first. Another drawback was it takes longer to charge phones and other devices on charger pad than the device’s own charger; obviously it is because the pad is powering up so many items at the same time.
    Sincerely Mark the Raven

  15. internal/external design Says:
    November 25th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I would like to learn and know more about these powerMat chargers, I once saw it to my sister but unfortunartely that time I just thought wow the “technology”.But now I am willing to see even its design internaly and externaly, its operation. They are quite interesting, I mean very interesting.

  16. Joan Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Looking for a charging pad for samsung phone

  17. Anonymous Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    the charge pad is not the same technology as the wireless networks as you said “like a router” there is no way in hell you can emit electricity from radio waves…at least not yet! the way a charge-pad works is by using magnetic induction.

  18. Miracle Says:
    December 6th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    SO. To put it quite bluntly. How/Where do we find out exactly which devices/models, etc can be charged with any/which of these things??
    I’ve been searching to no avail.

  19. Samsung I897 Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Looking for a charging pad for samsung Captiva Galexy S phone

  20. Hershey asks: Dec 20 2010 1026 p.m. Says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    exactly how do the pads work? I just have a cell phone and laptop would it charge both?

  21. Hershey asks: Dec 20 2010 1026 p.m. Says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I only have a cell phone and laptop would it charge both, if so whitch would be the best.

  22. Samsung Highlight Says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Are yhere any power pads that work on samsung phones, specifically on the samsung highlight?

  23. Crawdad Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I was wondering how it actually works. By bluetooth?

  24. Samsung FLIGHT Model A797 Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Can anyone let me know if there is a charging pad out there that will charge my Samsung FLIGHT model A797??? Any help would be greatly appreciated. If not, can someone recommend anyone who works on cellphones??? My phones input jack has a short and only charges occasionally. Thank you for your help in advance! :o)

  25. john o Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    all of you are wrong about it using wi-fi and having no range yet! All it does is puts a magnet between your phone and the charging prones, and touch stone for palm pre was first and when you used that you had to chang the back cover which has the little magnets in side and right above the battery prones!! That’s all it is not wi-fi, just magnets that conect your prones from battery to the prones with eletric current the charging matt or touch stone!!! I thought it was wi-fi when they said wireless, but they mean no wires to the phone but charging dock has to be plugged in and then the current is ran to that which connects to the battery prones with a magnet!!! Sorry to burst anyones bubble, but the only way to charge any battery is current to battery no wi-fi and if some one knows how to get an electric current through the air let me know cus copper isn’t cheap and the governtment is already talking about charging by the hour for electric cars to be charged!

  26. can it charge a laptop?? Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    i have a laptop that has had the charger nocked heaps when it was plugged in and now i have to hold the charger in a certen spot for it to work. i was wondering if he power pad will work at charging it. it would save me alot of money if it did

  27. Induction charging Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    The process used by devices like this is called induction. Learn what induction charging is and all asking questions about specific items will be able to answer them yourselves.

  28. kannu Says:
    July 16th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    will any one tell me that these charging pads are available for which brands………. any specified phone will be charged using this or any cell phone???

  29. geodragon_07 Says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    if this is able to work on a samsung strive, i’ll be more than happy to hunt one down at my wal-mart.

  30. Liz Says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Just in laymen terms: If I live in a shack with no electricity and I have a cellphone which needs charging, can I use this mat? Does it never need to be plugged into electricity ever????

  31. chargerpad Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    How much can I buy one to charge my Iphone for and where can I get it at?

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