Kickstarter: ChargeCard for iPhone [Video]

There’s dozens of cool projects on Kickstarter. You could spend hours browsing through the various categories to see what sort of innovative ideas people have come up with. I was doing this recently and came across an interesting one. The ChargeCard for iPhone. The ChargeCard is an ultra-thin USB charging cable that’s thin enough to fit in your wallet, purse or pocket. At only 2.54mm, it’s slightly thicker than a credit card, which makes it highly portable.

According to creators Noah Dentzel and Adam Miller, “Our quest was simple: a charging cable for your iPhone portable enough for you to always have it on you. Being ultra-portable, however, wasn’t enough; it needed to fit into your life. So we designed ChargeCard.”

ChargeCard uses power from a USB port to charge your iPhone. It fits into the standard dock connector found on all Apple iOS devices, so it should work with iPad and iPod Touch as well. The body is made from ABS plastic and its foldout USB arm is made of a thermoplastic elastomer, which translates into “durable yet flexible” for those who purchase one.

Keeping in mind that many people use cases, and sometimes bulky cases, to protect their iPhone, Noah and Adam designed the ChargeCard’s iPhone port to protrude far enough to work with large cases such as OtterBox, etc.

The ChargeCard is currently 63% funded with 37 days to go, so it should go well beyond the $50,000 goal set by Noah and Adam. Backers who pledge $20 will receive one ChargeCard in your choice of 3 available colours (international shipping is $5 extra). Other pledge levels are offered as well. For $20 it’s a pretty interesting idea, and I’ve pledged for a ChargeCard myself.

What do you think? Does the ChargeCard look like the type of project you would back? Let us know in the comments.

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  • They’re probably not looking forward to the alleged new, smaller dock…

  • Cool idea.

  • I love the name. Other than that though, I don’t I don’t see why I wouldn’t just bring a cable along. It’s not like they take up a ton of space. I keep a cable in my laptop bag and one in my car. Where else am I going to find myself with access to a powered USB port but not enough room to bring a cable?

    Cool idea, but I personally don’t see the need. Especially when you can get 4 sync cables for the same price.

  • swotam

    If Apple changes the dock connector then they’ll probably create another model that works with it. They’re certainly aware of the rumours. Keep in mind that the existing 200 million plus iOS devices currently on the market use the current dock connector, so I don’t see them having a lack of market opportunity, and since we all have these devices at this point in time, this product will work just fine.

  • Horace

    This is moronic. If you have to carry another device to plug it into, why not just carry the standard issue cable too? I fail to see the logic.

  • swotam

    I think their target market are people who want to just carry their iPhone and their wallet with them. Odds are you’ll have access to a USB port somewhere along the way, such as at work or in the car. If you’re bringing along your own gear then the value proposition is less since you can just toss a cable in there.

    Obviously it has appeal since they’ve hit 69% of their goal in 3 days…

  • swotam

    They’re not suggesting you bring another device with you, they’re targeting users who have access to USB ports as they go places throughout the day. If you’re one of the “wallet and phone” types then this helps, if you’re lugging a bag of gear around every day then odds are you already have everything you need.

  • That sort of makes sense for people that only want to carry a wallet and phone, but for those USB ports that you might happen to encounter along the way, this seems like it would be an awkward way to charge it, as it doesn’t allow for much flex and positioning. For instance, in a car or on an airplane, there’s often a USB port in a dash in front of you. With this card, you’d have to hold the iPhone up the whole time so that it doesn’t twist or bend or unplug while it’s charging. Far from ideal.

    Laptops are one area I see the position limitations not being as big of a factor, but again, if you’ve got a laptop with you, then you’ve got room to store a standard sync cable.

    I’m not saying there’s not a market, I’m just saying there’s not really a need. I have a feeling the market is mostly people who want to be able to say “check out this cool new tech I got.” Even I almost want to buy one for the “cool idea” factor, but as far as a useful idea, that’s a stretch.

    Interesting news though. Thanks for posting the article.

  • Ruhndmc

    Ya, if the new iphone is a smaller port and is also “rumored” to have the ability to be a wallet itself, then all you would need is your keys, phone, and a new charge card that will fit with a smaller port. Great concept to fit into bookbook cases!

  • Ben

    this product sucks. I don’t know about your wallet, but I don’t want a “card” as thick as a usb cable in there, and I’m guessing a lot of others don’t either.