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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

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Case in point

Put your iPhone 4 in the case - the top sixth of the Powermat unit folds back so you can slide the handset in to latch onto the integrated dock connector in the base - and then put the case on the tray. Almost immediately, the iPhone screen lights up with the usual green battery image and the phones starts charging up.

Powermat iPhone 4 kit

The case makes inserting the iPhone 4 easy. It's a little more tricky to get out

If the process doesn't complete as quickly as it does when you use Apple's own AC adaptor, then there's still not a lot in it. Adopting Powermat charging doesn't mean putting up with longer waits for your iPhone to be topped up.

But that's not to say it's without other issues. Powermat's iPhone 4 is solid and well-made but it adds 6mm to the length of your iPhone and a little extra, noticeable weight.

As I say, the handset slots onto a dock connector within the case, and there are grille-covered gaps that line up the phone's speaker and microphone. Even so, on a number of occasions, callers complained that my voice was muffled.

Powermat iPhone 4 kit

The raised edges mean there's not much else you can charge on the tray

Powermat has fitted the end of the case with a micro USB port so you can sync up your handset - a cable is included - without having to first take it out of the case. Fine, but what about those of us who dock our phones into speaker units?

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