Skip Nav
iPhone Tips
PSA: Stop Force-Quitting Your Apps on Your iPhone
Digital Life
Even If You Don't Know What Phubbing Is, You're Probably Doing It
If You Try to Figure Out the Mistake in This Math Problem, It'll Make You Go Crazy

I Was Fooled by the Powermat Commercial

Blinded by the Light: Have You Been Fooled by a Commercial?

I was stoked after seeing a commercial for the Powermat, a wireless gadget charger that claims to charge any of your electronic toys without wires, cords, or trouble just by placing your device on the Powermat — finally a solution to my cord-management problems! A few days later I saw the Powermat at my local Best Buy and considered forking over the $100 listed on the price tag for convenience alone. But then reality (and an explanation from the sales rep) set in: $100 is not the bottom line on this super charger.

The Powermat does exactly what it says it does: charges your cell phones, PSP's, smart phones and other gadgets, but it does so with the help of dedicated cases that have a receiver attached to the back. Bye-bye custom iPhone and Blackberry cases — you'll be rocking the Powermat case and battery pack (which sticks out on the back) from now on. What's more, each gadget case starts at $30, and you'll need one for each device you want to charge! For me, this meant spending over $200 just to have all of my daily accessories covered. I walked away a little disappointed, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been fooled by a gadget commercial before. Share your gadget commercial rants, or about the time you bought a gadget and it wasn't what you expected below!

Join The Conversation
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I wasn't fooled by this one. I know that wireless charging is available now for reals, but it has such a short range that I knew this one would be mostly hype... kinda like the "plant stem cell restoration cream" commercial I saw. Looks like it's really awesome super technology, but there's a huge catch (in the Powermat's case, it's that you have to buy clunky, ugly, $30 cases, in the cream's case, it was that the stem cells were literally plant stem cells, as in, it was mashed up plant stems). I have fallen for hype a lot before, like when I bought a utility to transfer my iTunes music off my iPod and onto a computer... before I found out the trick to it is just clicking the "show hidden files" option.
BuffBabe6108 BuffBabe6108 7 years
I did the same thing when I looked into these. For 2 cellphones and a iPod it just wasn't worth it!
Vans Old Skool Sneaker Style
Cool Fidget Spinners
Jennifer Lopez Birthday Dress 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds