As with many amazing ideas, the ChargeCard ($25 or via Bartering -- *See Below) began as a Kickstarter project in 2012. The aforementioned was not only successfully funded but also backed by 5,428 individuals, who pledged more than $161,000 (significantly above their goal of $50,000)!
The resulting company NOMAD headquartered in San Francisco has continued to produce ChargeCards with the traditional 30-pin connector model (for older iPhones, such as 4/4S, and for iPads, generation 1-3) as well as a model with a micro USB connector for both phones and tablets (including Android-based, Windows Phone, and other offerings from BlackBerry, etc.). Moreover, the company has also released a ChargeCard, integrating a lightning cable, for iPhone 5/5S and iPads, 4th generation and newer.
This author reviewed the latter two models. All of the ChargeCards have a similar design and are shaped like a credit card. However, the product is approximately 5 mm smaller in both height and length as well as 2-3 times wider than a standard credit card. The genius of the ChargeCards stems from a small USB wire (just over 5 cm) built into the center of the product that unsnap and bend 180 degrees to plug into the power source (e.g., computer or adapter). Thus, with this product in one’s wallet, he/she cannot be caught without a powered/synced phone or tablet.
NOMAD’s ChargeCard worked just as intended and had a sturdy build quality. The well-designed card makes it indispensable for on-the-go computing. In sum, unlike the dictionary meaning of “nomad,” this company of the same name has clearly found their way; this author is greatly interested in their future creations.
*Note: NOMAD has taken a unique path and alternatively established a website allowing one to barter for these products with other goods and services. According to their website, past barters include coffee, a bicycle, beer, and kettle corn. At time of press, NOMAD was willing to barter for a bean bag chair, wall decorations, web dev and photography work.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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