How many times have you faced this situation where you go out for the night say a dinner party or to a bar only to discover that your smartphone is just about dead? No one likes to carry the charging cable along. So, most of the times what we do is dim the screen, turn off email and hope that the slim sliver of red battery bar will last you the rest of your evening, right?
Well, seems like inventors have named the new device ChargeCard for a reason which is – it is a portable iPhone or Android charger shaped like a credit card, designed to be slim enough to fit in your wallet. One edge of the Charge Card plugs into your smartphone. There are versions of the charger that work with Android and also both the old and new iPhone chargers. All you can see is the small rubberized strip popping out from the center of the card that acts as a USB charger.
You are thus able to charge your phone the ChargeCard in almost any laptop, computer monitor, USB-equipped car, Xbox, point-of-sale cash register, in fact wherever you can find an open USB port.
The rubber strip in the center can be plugged into any USB port and can be snapped back into place when not in use. Also, the charger stays flat enough to fit in any wallet.
The ChargeCard was nicely promoted in this past year as part of a super-successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $160,000 for the project, some more than triple the $50,000 goal. Now, the California based ChargeCard team, Noah Dentzel, Adam Miller and Brian Hahn are preparing to send the first units to customers, with the goal of shipping by the end of January.
Dentzel, an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week said that the fledgling startup has already sold 9,000 ChargeCards. They have also begun to take fresh orders at their website. One Charge Card costs $25 and, for now, it is only available online.
I think it is a pretty reasonable price to pay for what is essentially a really fashionable USB charging cable-cum-conversation piece that also fits in your wallet. As Hahn says,” you kind of gain USB radar as you walk around.” Well, with a ChargeCard, it’s still true that there are far more outlets on the walls in public places than there are USB ports. All you will need to do is to get out of your comfort zone and prepare to get creative and courageous to ask for favors in public places.
One of the concerns is that will it stay safe, functional and attached over time. But on a different though, carrying around a ChargeCard will be better than scrunching up a charging cord into your pocket.
“At the end of the day,” he tells the media, “cables are just a pain in the ass.”
So, are you psyched about getting one? Leave us your comments.
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