Powermat iPhone 5 Wireless Charging Case Coming in Spring

The Powermat iPhone 5 wireless charging case should arrive this Spring for around $60 according to news coming out of Barcelona this morning. The iPhone 5 wireless charger will double as a spare battery that user can takeoff the case when they want a thinner option.

Powermat is best known for making cases that add wireless charging capability to the iPhone and many Android devices. The Powermat iPhone 5 case may be the first iPhone 5 wireless charger to make it to the market.

According to CNet, who spotted the iPhone 5 wireless charger, the case looks much like the Powermat cases for the iPhone 4S, but is not as thick.

The Powermat iPhone 5 wireless charging case. (CNet)
The Powermat iPhone 5 wireless charging case. (CNet)

The Powermat iPhone 5 case is still a work in progress, without any official name. It’s not clear if Powermat will spruce up the case before release, or if it will leave the odd-looking space between the bottom of the iPhone 5 and the bottom of the case. Powermat says the spacing is due to the longer Lightning connector used in the new iPhone.


Users can connect a 1,950 mAh battery to the back of the case to extend the battery life of the iPhone 5. The battery could provide a full recharge based on similar claims by Mophie for it’s Mophie Juice Pack Air iPhone 5 battery case.

Unlike the Nexus 4 and other recent smartphones, the iPhone 5 does not feature built-in wireless charging. The Powermat iPhone 5 wireless charging case packs in a small wireless inductive charger that will pair with a Duracell Powermat charger. This technology is different from the Qi wireless charging standard that is in the Nexus 4 and likely in the upcoming Galaxy S4 wireless charger.

According to company reps the Powermat iPhone 5 wireless charging case will go on sale this spring for $49.99 for the case alone and for $99.99 for the case and battery. Both products will likely include a wireless charging mat as part of that price.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


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