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Power Mat: Does it Work?

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - "We've got cords plugged into almost every outlet in the house," says Chris Silman of Benton, MO. He says between himself, his wife and kids....plus their cell phones and Nintendo DS games, the Power Mat is looking pretty good.

"You're supposed to be able to put charge up to 3 items at a time."

That would free up some outlets and possibly charge items faster than regular wall chargers. So, over the last two weeks, he's been comparing if that's true.  First, let's start with the Nintendo DSI.

"We ran both of 'em down. plugged one into the wall with regular charger. The other with the Power Mat. The one in the wall charged in about an hour and a half. It took almost four hours to charge off the Power Mat," describes Chris.

So, it may not be faster with this system, but Chris likes having all of his items charging in one place.  Remember though...the iPhone adapter will add some bulk and weight to your slim phone. You can also buy the Power Mat Universal Power Cube.  It comes with all kinds of adapters, including this one for the Silman's Blackberry.

"But once you pull the phone off, it may not be at a full charge," says Chris. He also worries that if you leave the phone on the charging mat for too long, eventually your phone's battery will wear down more quickly.

Chris also says both of his phones ran out of charge faster off the Power Mat than when charging with their normal adapters in an outlet.

He says some might find it a tad easier just to plug in your charger, whereas with the Power Mat, you have to hit the exact spot on the mat for it to charge.  It will make a sound when it's correct.

"Overall, I'd probably give it a C+. I drop it down because you don't have a full charge at times, I feel. Plus, the cost of it is outrageous," he says.

You'll pay $100 for the Power Mat itself, $100 for the separate travel mat, $30 for the Universal Charger adaptor, $30 for the Nintendo DSI plug, and $40 for iPhones.  Still, Chris says it may be worth it for some people. 

"It's convenient and it eliminated a lot of cords, which is nice. Plus, it's easy for kids to charge their gaming devices with this rather than plugging in a charger," he says.

He's willing to pay for that convenience at least with the travel mat.  It's obviously more portable and folds up easily.

"When you got five things to charge!" he laughs.

So, if the price was bundled and lower, the Power Mat would get powerful reviews from us, although we're still unsure just how well it charges overall. We like the concept here though. So, for now, the Power Mat earns an above average C+ on this Does it Work test.  You can find it at Target and Best Buy.

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