ChargeCard was a project on Kickstarter last year that gained lots of attention from techies and media. From being a successfully funded Kickstarter project, the ChargeCard is now one of the most innovative accessories I’ve seen today on the market.
The ChargeCard is meant to fit in your wallet on the go. It is pretty much the size of a normal credit and gift card, and fits straight in your wallet. Nomad sells this product in the 3o-pin connector, lightning connector, as well as Micro-USB options. The device not only charges your phone, but has the ability to charge your iPad, iPod, and Micro-USB tablets.
Connecting your device to charge is really easy, as all you have to do is insert the connector into your device, and plug in the USB to your desired charging device. Nomad says that you can charge your device using your laptop, mobile battery pack, and other various options. I have not tested it using a brick wall charger, but ChargeCard can be used with 3.1 amp chargers for all variants. However, it seems more logical to use the ChargeCard with a laptop or mobile battery pack due to the portability of the device. All versions of the ChargeCard use high speed USB 2.0, not the current USB 3.0.
However, I do have some complaints. One is an issue around build quality. While mine did work for a bit, at the end of my review period, I found my ChargeCard did not work. After a bit of investigation, I found that it was due to the fact that my USB connector was not working anymore. This is due to the fact I did try charging in different ways, and twisting the USB cable isn’t a good idea. Now this problem should only be for Micro-USB, due to the fact lighting cables insert into the phone in 2 different iterations, whereas Micro-USB only can insert one way. So if you are planning on buying the Micro-USB model, be sure not to twist the USB cable too often. Another complaint is that it only comes in one colour. While during the Kickstarter period it was offered in black and white, they only seem to offer the black option at the time of writing the review. I do hope that more colour options come out in the future.
The price of this charger is only $25 direct from the Nomad website. For the price, it’s quite affordable and well worth the money. You can purchase it direct from Nomad with this link.
Overall, this product is quite innovative. I love the simplicity of the product, yet how useful it is in our everyday lives. However, it does lack some build quality on the USB wires, at least on the Micro-USB version. But for the price, this is well worth the purchase.