The world is forever changing and so is our technology. With the introduction of the PC and the internet, the world has been on a tech- revolution for the past few decades. In the past couple of years, I have seen the greatest technology to hit the tech-revolution since the introduction of the internet or the cell phone. It is called wireless charging. What is wireless charging you ask? Wireless charging is the ability to charge your hand-held devices without any wires. No more adapters and no more wires, just put your device on the mat and that’s it! Charge!
At the beginning of 2009, the world was introduced to the Powermat. I have to admit, seeing one of the first wireless devices gave me shivers. What an amazing device! This device oozed cutting edge technology. A way to change all the wires and cords as we know it, but being familiar with gadgets and gizmos, I realized that this technology is in its infancy stages. I know there will be much more amazing things to come! (Kudos to the engineers at Powermat!)
After seeing that device, I needed to investigate. I had so many questions.
- How does it charge wirelessly?
- Is it cost-effective to run?
- Does it need accessories to work?
- How much is it?
The Powermat charges by using Magnetic induction. Basically, you need to attach a receiver to your device that will sync with the Powermat. Each one of your devices will need a receiver to work with the Powermat. Per the people at Powermat, this system is as cost-effective as using your current adapters. After much investigating of the Powermat, I realized a couple of things. 1) This is truly a great device. Just the fact you can electrically charge a device without the wires is truly amazing. You do however need to purchase various adapters in addition to purchasing the Powermat to power up your devices. This brings me to: 2) The Powermat is expensive for the average person. The Powermat retails for $99.99. The additional adapters range from $30-$40 depending on what you need; adding additional cost to the wireless charging.
The GenZ, which is also a charging device, works on a different concept. GenZ Power is a charging station produced by Domaine Consumer Goods. I have seen many charging devices. In this day and age of personal wireless electronics, I see charging stations as an absolute necessity. Without them, we would have the spaghetti of wires all over our house and office. GenZ Power provides the unique concept of built-in adapters in the charging unit. No more looking for the correct charging cord. Currently, I use it for two cell phones and my iPod. I truly love this device.
Main Features for the GenZ Power:
- Built in with 13 of the most common connectors which includes 2 USB ports
- LED light indicating status of charging (Flashing when charging)
- Different voltage for each connector with IC control
- Auto cut-off when battery is fully charges (Green Charging Station)
- Can charge up to 4 devices at the same time
What makes the GenZ most appealing is its price. This item retails for $59.99. You don’t need to purchase additional applications to make this item work. Just open the box and use. The product shows on the back panel of its packaging the adapters that are inside the device. No question about knowing what you are getting. The people at Domaine Consumer Goods have done a remarkable job with this item. It is not as advanced as wireless charging but it eliminates looking for the chargers at half the price.
Well that’s all for now!!