Duracell myGrid is a charging pad for wirelessly charging all of your mobile devices. You can plop up to 4 devices onto the myGrid charger mat for immediate charging. There are no more charging cables to worry about, no cord clutter, and it charges as fast as a standard USB 2.0 charger. The only cable involved is the one powering myGrid. The iPhone Starter Kit comes with myGrid and one iPhone 3G/3GS Power Sleeve. Duracell makes Power Sleeves for BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry Pearl, and iPod Touch. MyGrid is also compatable with Duracell Power Clips, which function the same way as the Sleeve, but is not a full case for the device. Power Clips are compatible with a much larger array of phones as they include mini-USB, micro-USB, and Nokia adapters.
What’s in the myGrid iPhone Starter Kit Box:
1 x Duracell myGrid Charging Pad
1 x iPhone Power Sleeve
1 x Power Cable for myGrid
What’s in the Power Clip + Tips Box:
1 x Duracell Power Clip
2 x Micro USB tips
2 x Mini USB tips
1 x Nokia Tip
The myGrid charging pad is very impressive looking. It’s made of 12 thin silver strips, which are the charging contact points. It would make a very classy addition to any desk (just watch out for fingerprints!). The pad itself is very thin, just a couple centimeters. The power cable plugs in to side of the pad, which is about one inch thick at its thickest point. Here it stores all the magic that makes myGrid possible. There is a blue LED on the side that indicates if devices are charging or not. There are no buttons on the device.
The iPhone Power Sleeve is nicer than we expected. The rubber sleeve does not add a noticeable amount of bulk to the iPhone. It adds a nub that protrudes from the bottom of your phone right below the charging port. It also adds a slight protrusion on the back of the phone. There are a bunch of protective iPhone cases that are still bulkier than this. It feels nice in your hand too.
Duracell’s myGrid takes the clutter and hassle out of charging your mobile devices. You can charge up to four devices at once, with just one cable plugged into the wall. It’s easy to use and there’s virtually no set up involved. There are no on/off buttons; just place the device with its power sleeve or clip on the pad with the metal contact dots face down and it will immediately begin charging. It’s safe to use. It won’t do any damage to your phone, it’s charging mechanism, or battery. If you touch the pad with your fingers it will automatically shut off. The charging time is the same as charging your phone with a regular USB 2.0 cable. The Power Clip accessory comes with two micro and mini-USB adapters, one facing up and one facing down. The power clip snaps onto the adapter with a magnet. Technically, the power clip is supposed to be sealed to the back of your device with the included double stick tape, but it’s not necessary. The Power Clips will work with almost any device that uses a micro or mini-USB adapter, not just mobile devices.
myGrid works exactly as it should. You place the device with it’s power sleeve or clips on to the pad and it charges at full speed without requiring a charger. There’s no lag, charging begins immediately as the device makes contact with the pad. I was happy to see that the power clips work with devices that uses micro or mini-USB chargers: MP3 players, wireless headphones/headsets, or any other gizmo that has the charging port within a few centimeters from the top or bottom. I was also happy to see that the iPhone 3G/3GS charging skin works for iPhone 4, even if the case isn’t a perfect fit, and the cutouts are a little misaligned. The pad is supposed to charge up to four mobile phones, but you may have to use some Tetris skills to fit them all on there.
The performance of the Duracell myGrid was good, but while we would love to believe this form of “wireless charging” is game-changing, it’s not. You’ll need a Power Sleeve or Power Clip for each one of your devices. By purchasing just the starter pack you’re essentially purchasing one oversized charger. With multiple devices, you won’t necessarily save much desk space with myGrid, but you will prevent cord clutter created by traditional battery chargers. Using a charging pad is convenient as long as you keep the power sleeves and power clips attached to your devices all the time (which is not always ideal). Duracell’s myGrid Starter Kit or iPhone can be purchased from Amazon for $74.99. The “Cell Phone Starter Kit” includes the myGrid and Power Clip + Tips is also $74.99. The Power Sleeves range from $17 to $37.
The Good: Works very well, minimizes cord clutter, easy to use and set up
The Bad: Need to keep sleeve or clip attached to your devices to make the most out of myGrid, pricey considering all additional sleeves and clips need to be purchased separately.