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    hello this is my first time on the forums
    but i wanted to purchase the powermat single for the Evo, but i bought an otterbox and it was kind of expensive and i wouldnt want it to go to waste, so i was wondering will the phone charge even though it has a silicone layer,hard plastic layer, and a full body screen protector.?please help on the powemat website it says another case MAY reduce the charging or something. Anyone out there, give a helping hand?
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    Based on my experience with the Pre, a case like that likely will interfere with the charging. The inductive charge can only travel a very short distance, and the further the distance, the less power it produces.
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    powermat is a "no go" for me for a bunch of reasons -

    1. blocks charge port. think about when you are in the CAR and want to charge?
    2. ugly, emblem/logo, bulky on device.
    3. mat takes up space and looks awful.
    4. not much utility/value vs. the little effort of just plugging it in.
    5. cost.
    6. limits case options.
    7. PIA to remove to access microSD card, battery etc.
    8. contraptions. i don't like contraptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gekko View Post
    powermat is a "no go" for me for a bunch of reasons -

    1. blocks charge port. think about when you are in the CAR and want to charge?
    2. ugly, emblem/logo, bulky on device.
    3. mat takes up space and looks awful.
    4. not much utility/value vs. the little effort of just plugging it in.
    5. cost.
    6. limits case options.
    7. PIA to remove to access microSD card, battery etc.
    8. contraptions. i don't like contraptions.
    I bought one (just the door, since I have the mat already), and have found the following:

    1. it's just simple to unplug, and you can charge via regular car charger, nothing difficult.
    2. Not bulky at all (it's not the same door as on other devices, this one looks a *LOT* like the regular battery door.. emblem is actually smaller than the HTC on the back of the regular door)
    3. In my case, I already have a mat, but the single mat, doesn't seem to take up that much space.
    4. Nice part is, I've already had one chargin port fail on an evo.. this lessens that chance.
    5. Yeah, waaay tooo expensive.. should lower the price (luckily I got it with rewardzone cash at Best Buy).
    6. True, definately limits to "soft" cases.. Hard cases would require a dremel at least..
    7. It's just as easy to remove as the stock battery door (I don't know why people think it's any different).
    8. Personal preferences...

    I'm not saying that people should run out and get it, but I'm also not saying people shouldn't.. it's really a matter of preference... I miss the touchstone I had for my Pre... I wish they could do something like that for the Evo, but since not, the powermat is as close as it gets...

    The powermat is a trade off.. do I want a nice hard case, or do I want to rely on the insurance...
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    has anyone tested using the powermat door with a touchstone? i have 3 touchstones in various locations and being able to charge both my pre and my evo using those touchstones would be awesome...
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    I plan to pick up a powermat and I do also own a touchstone. Ill indeed give it a try. (plan to purchase on thursday at work and report results during the live chat / podcast)
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    Quote Originally Posted by imtravis View Post
    I bought one (just the door, since I have the mat already), and have found the following:

    1. it's just simple to unplug, and you can charge via regular car charger, nothing difficult.
    2. Not bulky at all (it's not the same door as on other devices, this one looks a *LOT* like the regular battery door.. emblem is actually smaller than the HTC on the back of the regular door)
    3. In my case, I already have a mat, but the single mat, doesn't seem to take up that much space.
    4. Nice part is, I've already had one chargin port fail on an evo.. this lessens that chance.
    5. Yeah, waaay tooo expensive.. should lower the price (luckily I got it with rewardzone cash at Best Buy).
    6. True, definately limits to "soft" cases.. Hard cases would require a dremel at least..
    7. It's just as easy to remove as the stock battery door (I don't know why people think it's any different).
    8. Personal preferences...

    I'm not saying that people should run out and get it, but I'm also not saying people shouldn't.. it's really a matter of preference... I miss the touchstone I had for my Pre... I wish they could do something like that for the Evo, but since not, the powermat is as close as it gets...

    The powermat is a trade off.. do I want a nice hard case, or do I want to rely on the insurance...
    I got one too. I already had a older model Powermat pad which can charge up to three devices. I use it to change my old iPhone, my Kindle, and a old Motorola Razor. Now I just drop the EVO on the old pad and it's charging. Nothin to plug in, just drop it on the pad and forget it.

    All the objections about the case being bulky, hard to take off, etc., are non-factors. I can even fit my Case Mate Tough Case on my EVO after trimming a little bit off the bottom off the inner soft silicon part of the case.

    I got the version that also came with the single pad and battery case. I use the single pad when I'm at work since my company doesn't want us to plug our phones into our computers, even if it's only for charging purposes.

    It may not be for everyone, but it works for my purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C01E View Post
    I plan to pick up a powermat and I do also own a touchstone. Ill indeed give it a try. (plan to purchase on thursday at work and report results during the live chat / podcast)
    It does not work with the touchstone
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    bummer!
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    My video shows how it works and how much like the original EVO cover the Powermat one is.

    Taking the EVO 4G to the Powermat on Video: Mobile
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    i love the power mat. i missed the touchstone from my Pre, its not bad or hard to use or takes up space. I broke the tab off and now i use power mat at home. Becareful not to lose that if it breaks off because it wont charge..ENJOY
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    I have now exchanged my Powermat for my 4G three times...Anyone else have the problem of the case and mat making the connection but the phone not charging?

    I have to re connect about 10-20 times before it will start charging my phone....I called Powermat and they just said that Best Buy may have gotten a defective batch of cases....They will exchange the next one which will make the 4th Powermat I have tried
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    yea i had the same problem,i took it back.The charge port broke off and it was kinda hard to find the sweet spot to charge. hopefully they will fix.
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    First post from a brand new EVO owner....actually 4 of them (wife, son, daughter and me). I've been thinking about this Power Mat system especially for my wife. Don't know about others but I am a bit concerned about fitting the usb cable into the port. First, the cable end is not really identified as to "this side up" for insertion. I find that I have to really look to make sure that I'm doing it correctly. If this is a bit of a problem for me, it probably goes double for my wife. The Power Mat system seems pretty slick in that you get the new "door" and then just drop it on the mat. A bit concerned about a couple of the comments here regarding the inability of charging and also of the "usb plug" from the new "door" breaking off. I'd like to hear from some long term users. Also, would it make more sense to get one of the mats that accepts two phones for charging (wife and I) or even the three mat portable version for traveling? Thanks in advance.
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    I purchased the Powermat and after using it one week I returned it. It stopped charging when I placed it on the mat. I also did not like the fact that the battery cover took away my charging capabilities when I am on the go. You would have to take your original battery cover with you if you are going to be gone all day so you can charge your phone. When I returned to Powermat I went to Sprint and purchased the charging cradle with the HDMI port. That works out better for me and it was $20 cheaper. Don't get me wrong the Powermat is a great product but not for me. If it worked like the touchstone that would be wonderful.
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    Yes i had the same problem, Exchanged it and 2nd one is working fine. I contacted Powermat and they said they have had some reports of the connectors being loose on some of the first ones.
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    I haven't done this yet, but think I might give it a try. So please don't take my word on whether it works or not, do your own research.

    I miss my Pre TS a lot. Powermat seems like a decent substitution, maybe.

    Mod your Evo to use on TS:

    How to mod HTC EVO 4G to work with Palm Touchstone wireless charger
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    The idea is neat but for the same amount of cash (actually less) I got a spare battery and a wall charger just for the spare battery and instead of charging the battery with the phone I swap out batteries every day and if I get home after work and plan to be out kind of late I can swap again and by morning I got another full charged battery with out having to actually put the EVO down or plug it up to a charger (or charging mat)
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    I tried getting one for my evo. Had a for a few hours.1,would not charge my phone.made the sound that it was charging but was not.and 2.with in this short amount of time the little tab broke off at bottom of back phone cover.now if I ever got it to charge my phone,i would have to worry about losing this little,very important piece.what a piece of crap.i took It right back.not to mention even if all went perfect,I hated that little piece sticking out the bottom of my phone.this was totally not worth it.

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    Got a Powermat for Christmas from a Best Buy and it;s doing like everyone elses. It makes the sound and lights up like it's charging (even stays on) but does nothing. Guess I'll be returning it as well.

    I'll probabley give another on a try as I really want this to work. If not I'll be trying the TS mod.
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    I am also disappointed with this purchase, I have the Powermat and PowerCube(back up battery). Thank God it was a gift. I would not recommend this purchase. First , the bulky usb cover required for charging disallows you from being able to have attach a protective Otterbox cover. Second, the usb clip is wired. When using th PowerCube(back up battery) is requires you to remove the clip to charge, causing wear and tear on the wire. I called Powermat before purchasing the cube and they stated they will replace it. Okay. But just as I thought after 5 months it broke. Turn around time to replace is 2-4 weeks. Therefore I have to recharge my phone with original provided phone charger. Not good. I find myself doing this anyway. So why do I need a PowerMat?
    The Cons definately outweight the Pro's with this product. Especially, when customer service agent states PowerMat is not addressing these issues. Therefore, convienance and construction are poor. Also, adaptibility for protective cases are poor.
    I will sell mine on Ebay and buy a simple second battery for my phone.
    Last edited by carmenU; 05-16-2011 at 02:46 PM. Reason: spelling

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