How many times have you shown up to work, school, or a friend’s house only to immediately begin asking around to borrow a phone charger? If you forget your own, there isn’t always a guarantee that someone nearby will have one that is compatible. The Nomad Chargekey solves this issue by keeping a charger on your person at all times. The best part? You can go ahead and forget about it until you really need it.
As the name implies, the Chargekey is a small Lightning cable compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and newer iPads that fits right on your keyring. It will stay there until that moment when you are searching for a bit of power to keep your phone from shutting down, then you need only find a nearby USB outlet (easy enough nowadays) and you are good to go.
And so is the benefit of Nomad’s little offering. What about the cons? While we didn’t put it through a torture test, durability is definitely a concern. The plastic connector housings and rubberized connecting cable seem sturdy enough, but this is a keychain we’re talking about.
Several metal objects rubbing together in your pocket all day could definitely lead to advanced wear and tear to plastic and rubber parts. The exposed connectors on the USB half seem especially vulnerable to scratching, while the plastic loop that attaches to the key ring seems an obvious weak spot.
Again, we didn’t run any prolonged durability tests so this is all theoretical, but it is something to consider when the asking price for a Chargekey is $25. Luckily, Nomad doesn’t only deal in cash. They will also barter for goods and services in exchange (Nomad is particularly interested in social promotion of their products in exchange for a free keychain charger).
The Chargekey itself solves half the issue of finding a way to charge your device on the go. By itself it won’t get the job done, but combined with a nearby USB port or portable battery pack it could be nearly as indispensable as your house or car key.
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