One of the very first product demos I was ever allowed to keep was a Nomad ChargeCard. It’s an ingenious product I received in 2013 while attending my first CES. When I first heard Nomad’s pitch u about the ChargeCard, I was admittedly contemptuous. To prove the merit of their device/accessory/tool, they handed me one of their prototypes. Within a day, I had found that the credit card shaped and sized, charge and sync cable fits perfectly into your wallet and alleviates the necessity of carrying around an intrusive cable that tangles, breaks and often triggers loads of now unnecessary frustrations.
The ChargeCard’s advantage over a standard charging cable is its size and versatility. By being as thick as just two credit cards, it’s hardly noticeable in your wallet. Also, come on, it stays in your wallet! Those moments where you find yourself with a low battery warning and no cable to charge with are completely gone! When don’t you have your wallet with you? Personally, I take mine whenever I leave my house, it’s just what you do.
The ChargeCard, conveniently comes in two versions, each with a USB connection on one end. The other end will be either a Lightning or a Micro USB connection. That’s right folks, Nomad’s platform agnostic and support everyone. How’s that for solid business sense?
The ChargeKey is also one tough SonofaB*%ch. On occasion, I’ve had to use it by connecting it to an in wall USB port with my iPhone dangling towards the floor and the thing has held up. What really amazed me is that it didn’t unplug from my phone while doing so. My standard cable gets unplugged when I pick up my phone too quickly. It’s also remarkably easy to keep clean. I mean, it’s difficult to get dirty in the first place sitting in your wallet all day. However, when it does, all it takes is a quick wipe down of the contact points with an alcohol dipped cotton swab. [A1]
I used it for just over a year before my constant use of it began to take its toll. While it still works, I’d hate for it to break, so it’s now out of circulation. Saddened, I began to tote my white cables again for a while. Luckily, Nomad has developed and released a successor to the ChargeCard, the ChargeKey, and I love it even more than the card.
The ChargeKey is a fantastic alternative to cables and even its predecessor, the ChargeCard. Unlike the ChargeCard, which the small, rubbery tool attaches to your key ring and goes wherever you do. I had instances in which I would use my ChargeCard while visiting friends or family and end up forgetting to place it back in my wallet. Not so easy with the ChargeKey. How far can one go without ones keys? Not too far, especially if you’re driving. Due to that simple fact, I feel that the ChargeKey is a perfect product.
Lack of forgetting it is far from being the only reason that the ChargeKey stands miles above its alternatives. For one, it’s only $25, its unobtrusive size and weight mean that while it sits in your pocket, you’ll barely even notice it’s there. It’s also able to claim the title of the world’s smallest and most portable USB cable available on the market while also being something that is very unlikely to be stolen (accidentally or purposefully). Think about it, how likely is it for someone to steal something attached to your keys?
I especially love showing off my ChargeKey to people who’ve never seen one before when they ask me for a charging cable. It almost always results in them asking if they can buy it from me, to which I end up directing them to Nomad’s site to purchase one of their own. This thing is too good to give up, shipping time alone would make me notice its absence and annoy me, and I haven’t had it that long.
What will end up surprising you about the Nomad ChargeKey is just how nimble it is. Looking at it, you’ll think that the materials and design would cause it to be very rigid and thus difficult to use, but the truth is just the opposite. While hanging on your keychain, it retains its stiffness to ensure longevity, but apply a little force from say, an iPhone, and the elasticity kicks in the ChargeKey flexes just like any standard cable.
The durability of the ChargeKey far outweighs that of the Standard iOS device cable due to its simplistic and well engineered design. With the ChargeKey, there’s no shrink tubing to rip, no ends to rip off and furthermore, nothing to tangle and break. The ribbon cables within are designed to bend further than the wire used in standard cables and it just looks so much cooler to bat.
While I’ve only used the ChargeKey for my iOS devices, Nomad also makes one with a Micro USB connection for the Android users out there. I’ll soon be picking one up myself to eradicate my need to carry a Micro USB cable for essentially every other device I own.
Now while I am adamantly in favor of you purchasing a Nomad ChargeKey as soon as you get to the end of this article, I must warn you that they have become so popular, the inventory is currently on backorder. People want them so bad, Nomad won’t begin shipping new orders until March 15th. If I were you, I’d place my order soon as the next batch is likely to sell out even faster.
If you don’t have $25 to spare on an astounding new charging option, you could always try using the barter system. Curiously, as they say on their own site, Nomad doesn’t just deal in money, they also deal in barters. All you have to do is head to their Barter Form and propose a barter to Nomad. Afterwards, they review the offer, and if the trade sounds fair, they arrange the exchange of goods. I can’t express how much I adore this company.
Jordan Goodson, the geek in the darkness, guiding his readers through the vast catacombs of tech and science. He journeys the interwebs searching for any and all relevant data to be absorbed and shared.