The Box and Goodies –
Patriot sent us a few goodies to look at when they asked us to cover the FUEL ion. This included a case and charger stand for an iPhone 5, a charging pad and a car charging stand. With the exception of the car stand, each of these came in a plastic box that allowed us to see everything inside, but were not the easiest to photograph.
The primary charging stand comes with the case, USB cable and a magnetic charging stand. The pad comes with the round pad and a USB cable while the car stand comes with just about everything you might need to use it in your car. You can see this in the pictures below although we will cover them in a little more detail below.
The FUEL ion for iPhone 5 -
The FUEL ion case for the iPhone 5 it a pretty nice looking case. Compliments the square look of the iPhone, but it does add quite a bit of length to it. This is so the FUEL ion can connect into the charging port on the iPhone. This connector acts as an adapter for the magnetic charging pad on the back and also as an adapter which allows you to use a more common adapter, micro USB.
The magnetic pad on the back lines up with pins on the charging stand on the stand. This magnetism allows the phone to hang there on the stand without the need for support. It is a pretty cool effect and allows you to put the phone at an angle that give you good visibility on it in case a call or text comes in.
The stand is weighted so it should not lift up when you go to remove the phone for use.
The Charging Pad -
This product is just what it says it is: a simple pad that you can put your phone on. Like the stand that comes with the case you have a series of pins on the top that line up with the magnetic pad on the back of the phone case. When you put the phone down on these the magnet lines them up so that you get a charge. The pad is also weighted to help prevent it from being picked up with the phone.
The Car Adapter -
This one of the more cool wireless charging items that we have played with. The FUEL ion car adapter allows you to quickly and easily charge your phone in the car while using it for other purposes like as a GPS, in car audio etc. The adapter uses the same USB charging system as a normal phone to connect to power, but then allow you to simply click your phone into place on the magnets and you are working. You have two options for mounting. You can use the suction cup on your windshield, or you can use the included mount to put it on your dash. Both of these options work well so it is really up to what you want to do.