Cleverly designed by riders for riders, the MotoPowerPuck is a small, weather-resistant, WPC Qi V1.2.1 compatible wireless charger that’s just 6 cm diameter x 1 cm thick. Connect the puck to your preferred 12v power source, place it in contact with the back of your Qi-compatible phone, and it will charge your phone—without a USB cable.
Why does that matter? Well, experience has shown me that USB connections aren’t reliable. They fall out. Sometimes they’ve fallen out when my phone was just sitting on a table. On a bike there is the added threat of water encroaching into the USB port, which can fry your cable, brick your phone, and maybe even set your bike on fire. (See “Our Story” on the MotoPowerPuck website for more detail on that last item!)
How you use a MotoPowerPuck will reflect your needs and your ingenuity. Say you use your phone for navigation so the display is always on. Attach a MotoPowerPuck to the phone mount on your bike and your phone will charge wirelessly while it’s in the mount. A 3M adhesive disc is supplied for just that purpose, allowing you to place the MotoPowerPuck securely and permanently. This approach works well on the popular RAM X-Grip mount. Want to move the MotoPowerPuck between multiple locations, like between two bikes or between your bike and your boat? Try using thin but strong Velcro or Dual Lock instead.
I took a different approach. When I’m riding, I only use a phone for things I can control via voice commands, so I keep it on my person. I also prefer having the phone on me in case of a get-off. To charge my phone, I secure the puck to the phone using a 1” x 12” Velcro strap (the same kind used for bundling computer cables). It holds well on my Caseology phone case (with a grippy, rubbery surface) and also on my hard plastic case (with a picture of my dog Norton). My phone charges through either case. With the puck secured, I slide the phone into the same pocket where I normally carry it.
Since I have DIN power ports (the type BMW uses) on both of my bikes, I connected the puck (which comes with bare wires to connect to the battery or auxiliary power) to a coax cord that mates with a DIN plug. I found a suitable donor cord in my box of spares, soldered the wires and snugged it up with shrink tubing.
- The MotoPowerPuck and your phone must remain in constant contact to charge. The puck only activates and transfers energy when an enabled device that requires charging is placed upon it, otherwise it draws no power. It will switch into standby mode as soon as the battery is fully charged.
- The MotoPowerPuck does not charge as rapidly as my OEM Samsung in-the-wall charger. That’s not surprising given their different amperage outputs: 2.0A for the OEM wall charger vs. 1.0A for the puck. (I confirmed charging rates in real time using my phone’s native device manager.)
- In my testing, the MotoPowerPuck fully charges my phone while riding. If you run lots of power-hungry apps on your phone while riding, you may consume battery power faster than the MotoPowerPuck can replace it, although it should drain more slowly.
- I sourced 12v power using my bike’s DIN power ports, which are on fused circuits. However you decide to source 12v power, make sure you use a fuse.
- In my experience, the MotoPowerPuck works as described on the manufacturer’s website. The website is informative and also entertaining…worth a look.
- Input: 12v/3A (bare wire for connection to battery or auxiliary power supply)
- Output from charger: 5v/1A (wireless)
- Wireless Standard: WPC-Qi V1.2.2
- Dimensions: ~10mm thick x ~62mm diameter
$65 (at time of publication)
Available at motopowerpuck.com