TechMatte Power Pod Qi Wireless Charger

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 3.42.02 PMI am completely new to the world of Qi wireless charging, and I am so glad that this technology seems to be finally taking off. Juggling various cables and docks for all of my small electronic devices is increasingly becoming a major hassle. As WiFi and Bluetooth are becoming ubiquitous, I am really looking forward to the days when we’ll be able to finally sever the last cable that is keeping all of those devices “wired.” Qi seems to be the answer to all of those troubles.

As far as I know there is only a handful of smartphones that use Qi charging natively. My Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t have it, but I was able to get a small Qi charging pad that turned it into a Qi enabled device.

TechMatte Qi charger is a small device that is very neatly designed. It is very thin, portable, and it uses a micro USB cable for power. The small footprint and the smooth surface of this charger mean that you will have to be very careful when positioning your smartphone directly on top of it for charging. There is not much wiggle room in terms of hitting the charging sweet spot. The little LED light on the side is very helpful, as it tells you when your phone is charging – red is for not charging, and green is for charging.

Charging time can take quite a while. This is not a kind of charger that you would want to use in a hurry. However, because of the ease of use of a wireless charger, having your phone charged on an intermittent basis now becomes a very convenient option – just put your phone on top of this charger whenever you are not using it, and you will almost never again have to deal with low battery. That in itself makes this Qi charger a very worthwhile product to have around.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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