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Powermat's radically different iPhone 5 case

Powermat's modular system

Powermat's new design

A more portable dock

Prominent logo

Sitting on the dock

A little extra bulk

Powermat went back to the drawing board with its wireless charging case for the iPhone 5 because of the new iPhone's Lightning Dock connector. The design evokes the black-and-copper look of a Duracell battery, unsurprising because Duracell is in a joint venture with Powermat. It will be available in April, although no specific date was given.
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The new system comes in three separate pieces. There's the case itself, there's an extra battery pack that slaps on the rear, and there's the mat, which itself holds a large battery. The total system costs $199.99, or twice the price of the old system. Separately, case costs $59.99, the backup battery pack costs $49.99, and the dock costs $129.99. So they aren't cheap.
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Powermat tapped designer Yves Behar to create the new look of the iPhone 5 case.
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Powermat opted to go with a more portable dock that doesn't always have to be plugged in. The dock itself has 4,200mAh of battery capacity.
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Love it or hate, the items all carry the Duracell Powermat branding.
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The system in total gets you 6,000mAh of battery capacity, or triple what Powermat's iPhone 4S case provided.
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The case adds only a bit of bulk, although the extra attachment at the bottom does appear a little needless; the Lightning connector required the longer design.
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