DJs love gadgets, and here is one that is more than cool – Nomad ChargeKey Lightning Cable

March 5, 2014 by Michael Buonaccorso

DJs love gadgets, and here is one that is more than cool…it fills an important need in your emergency kit!

It never fails. An important moment, and your phone is dead,and your charger is at home. ChargeKey ($29) from Nomad is a portable lightning cable,less than three inches long,with a lightning connector on one end and a USB connector on the other,in the shape of a house-key. It’s designed to fit onto

Chargekey

your key chain, just like a house-key, so you’ll always have an iPhone cable on you. A hard plastic loop above the Lightning plug goes onto your key chain. You have your keys,you have your charger! Charge/sync your iPhone from any USB port.

The unofficial lightning connector worked fine, no warnings popped up on the screen, but anything to do with Apple connections may always be subject to planned obsolescence. I guess we’re used to that by now.There are a few drawbacks though, including the lack of any caps or other ways to protect the plugs.I have the tendency to be rough on my keys, so the longevity of the ChargeKey won’t be known for awhile.But that’s an easy compomise to accept as a trade off to the size convenience and price.It should be noted ChargeKey works best with laptops and battery packs, but not desktop computers, or most wall chargers.

After a debut a the 2014 CES show, it’s already on backorder right now, and should resume shipping in mid-March.Note that a variant with the microUSB port is also available. Works with: iPhone 5/5S/5C, Lightning iPad, iPad Mini

http://www.hellonomad.com/products/chargekey-iphone5

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Michael Buonaccorso Michael Buonaccorso (51 Posts)

Co-founder of Mobile Beat Magazine in 1991, and current producer of Mobile Beat Las Vegas, Mike has worn just about every hat possible in the evolution of the magazine, from writing articles to making sales calls. Formerly a musician and DJ himself, he still enjoys writing for the magazine and released “A Different Spin”, a DJ history book, in 2011.


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