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Wallet-sized USB charger is portable power

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The ChargeCard is as thick as two credit cards and easily fits in any wallet.

The other day, I was in a bind. My iPhone was dying and I was in a decidedly Android-only house. No lightning connector in my immediate reach, I watched my phone die before my eyes, helpless to save it. This tragedy could have been avoided had I thought to bring along a charging cable.

ChargeCard wants to prevent future battery disasters by being the portable power connecter that is always by your side — or at least in your pocket.

A year after ChargeCard's Kickstarter success, the portable power connecter is finally making its way into online stores. The $25 device is as thick as two credit cards and comes with either a micro USB port, 30-pin connector for older iPhones or lightning port for the iPhone 5. The ChargeCard plugs into any USB power source, charging your phone without the tangled mess of a USB cord. 

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Total comments: 13
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (11 months ago)

I'd rather carry the free cable that comes with the phone. It is lightweight and pocketable too. This is just another silly and mostly useless and expensive accessory for iCrap.

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tjdean01
By tjdean01 (11 months ago)

I got my first phone 15 years ago. As time has gone on I've gotten older and have texted less and less (mass texting [called "mail" then] started in fall 1999), yet battery life has gotten worse and worse. Still, the KIND of person who always has a dead phone can be stereotyped by a flaky, rushed personality. If you turn the phone OFF at night while charging, dim screen, and keep WiFi, GPS, 4G, and FB and other programs OFF when not using them, you'll DOUBLE battery life. And people who stop to get a 10 min power-up should turn phone OFF while doing so to approximately double the juice going into the battery. The battery should never sit in a hot car. And should NEVER be allowed to drop below 5% person. THIS person needs this product. I's cool, yet I still don't see how this is better than a 6" USB cord in your purse or pocket.

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Impulses
By Impulses (11 months ago)

Whole lot of generalizations and math pulled out of the ether up in there... I can easily eke out 12-18 hrs of standby time with 4-5 hours of screen-on time within that and I don't even have a current gen phone (first gen Krait/S4 from a year ago). Battery life IS getting better on newer phones. I've got plenty of crap syncing and the only thing I ever turn off is Wifi (which actually consumes less power than 3g when available anyway). GPS takes up zero power unless you have a rogue app constantly pinging it. The people that need to turn off a million things can be characterized as those that have already lost control of their device and are trying to regain it by brute force... ;)

Hint: stuff that uses proper push and scheduling protocols has minimal battery impact, apps that follow dumb sync schedules and wake the phone every X minutes regardless of what other apps are doing are what will kill your battery life... Outside of that, it's mostly the display and/or searching in low signal areas that will get ya tho.

Most phones can easily charge fully in 2-3 hours even if they're turned on... Bumming power off chargers not designed for your phone (iPhone vs Android pin bridging, BC1.2 etc) or PC USB ports can be 2-3x slower than normal charging with the stock charger tho. I do agree that a short/thin 1ft cable (search for Startech on Amazon if USB) takes up less space than this doohickey, but if you're always running out regardless (no judging, some people simply use the phone more, shocker!) then you're better off getting a power bank (search Anker on Amazon, good value compared to others, tons of size choices).

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Phil
By Phil (11 months ago)

Silly... Looks like a USB cable you can carry in your wallet. I spent $20 this week for a USB Battery power reservoir with 20,000 mAh.
I'm impressed so far. Camping next week.

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justamattd
By justamattd (10 months ago)

Whats this giant powerbank for 20$ ??? Thats the biggest cheapest ive heard of.. what kind and where can I get it..??? Other than that.. how does it work real world? Ive had some cheap Chinese ones that just barely charge my phone.. 6500mh extended life battery that wont last as long as my real samsung 2600 stock bat. I think thats cause they made it 3.7 volt like older model before they knew it was supposed to be 3.8 but it only cost me 8$ .. so is this powerbank what? Details please ive been looking a good one cheap but have learned the ha r d way too...

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lattesweden
By lattesweden (11 months ago)

But aren't the modern mobile targeted to replace the wallet shortly?

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justamattd
By justamattd (10 months ago)

I find a stock 2600 samsung bat for my gs4 fits in my wallet easy as anything and it is pretty fool proof.. 12$ amazon..

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Gozgah
By Gozgah (11 months ago)

How about getting a phone that doesn't have a terrible battery life?

3 out of 4 people have either complained or come close to running out of power during the day regarding the i5, and this is without me asking about it.

Being slim is one thing, being a paperweight is something totally different.

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justamattd
By justamattd (10 months ago)

My gs4 works longer than anything ive had since the flip phone days .. though if it were cheaper id buy this thing ..otherwise its taking up the room in my wallet where the money was

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (11 months ago)

If he forgot to take along Lightning cable, what makes him think that he won't forget to take this ChargeCard?

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Lan
By Lan (11 months ago)

The point is that it's supposed to fit in your wallet, so if you have your wallet, you'll have this.

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Thorbard
By Thorbard (11 months ago)

Until you take it out to use it and don't put it back in your wallet.

This is why the EU has a rule that all phones should charge from Micro USB. I don't know how Apple manages to get round that...

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Impulses
By Impulses (11 months ago)

Initially they skirt the EU rule by including a 20-pin to USB adapter (or micro USB, I forget), so you could use any old USB cable and charger rather than their 20-pin cable. No clue if that changed after they moved to the Lightning port, if the EU was serious about standardization they would've fined them to hell for not migrating to microUSB if they were abandoning 20-pin...

The only redeeming factor to the Lightning connector over USB is the fact that you can't plug it in upside down. I find the EU's meddling in the matter rather draconian and almost as bad as Apple's insistence on proprietary connectors, but they didn't even have the stones to really enforce the whole deal properly.

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