ChargeCard for Micro USB Review

Daniel Bader

June 8, 2013 5:01 pm

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ChargeCard is the brainchild of California-based Noah Dentzel and Adam Miller, a product that attempts to fine a balance between the versatility of a regular USB charger and the portability of something that fits in your wallet.

Funded on Kickstarter, the ChargeCard project raised more than three times its $50,000 goal, catching the dual wave of Kickstarter and simple smartphone accessories. At its core, ChargeCard is a simple Micro USB charger in the shape of a business or credit card. One side has a non-removable micro plug and in the middle, held relatively tightly with clips, is a tractable USB 2.0 plug.

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When ChargeCard is stowed away, it fits easily into a wallet or bag. It may not be the first charging cable you turn to, but it’s fantastic for use in a pinch when you’re near a computer or a USB-based charging outlet.

Made of a hard, slightly flexible ABS plastic, there’s little chance the thing will snap in half. The USB arm employs a “flexible thermoplastic elastomer,” and stows easily back into place while not in use.

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At $25, ChargeCard is a lot more expensive than a replacement USB cable, but it fits into your daily life more easily than curling up a long cord or stowing a dock somewhere in your bag. Some of the cost comes from the fact that each Card is manufactured in the United States, but coupled with free shipping it’s not a bad deal at all.

Unfortunately, the Micro USB version of the ChargeCard doesn’t double as a stand like the iPhone 4/4S version; the off-centre micro plug angles the phone too far to the right. It is sturdy enough to stand a phone upright if you find the right perch, but it’s not a recommended use case.

There’s a Lightning-compatible iPhone 5 version coming in a few weeks, which came after the initial Kickstarter roadmap.

ChargeCard is compatible with all Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. The company is currently offering free international shipping, so check out ChargeCard for Micro USB if you’re interested.

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  • dandoozled

    possibly the stupidest thing I have seen in a long time.

    • Farid Pirani

      If it raised over $150,000, obviously there is a significant market for it that don’t think it’s stupid.

    • Tony Sarju

      Exactly. Most people fail to grasp the fact that just because a product isn’t right for them, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for someone else.

    • Dangotdoozed

      I assume you don’t own any smartphone, because if you did you’d probably realize you need your charger more often than not… and who wants to carry a cord and cube when I can put this in my pocket.

    • dandoozled

      I carry a Note 2 for my personal line, as well as an HTC One for my work line, battery life isn’t an issue at all with the Note, and is a moderate issue with the One. I’m never more than 30 feet from a charger (aka, my desk, my car, or home) so it’s not an issue.

  • Matt

    I came expecting a credit-card sized battery…

  • Nadefrenzy

    $25??? $15 would be too expensive as well. Make it $10 and it will sell like crazy.

  • William Worlde

    Lots of fools buying anything! By the same token, first adopters make our world spin! Thank you!

  • Zed

    There’s also a kickstarter in progress for a CC size kickstand for iPhones if anyone is interested. MS writers can contact me if interested

  • sicsicpuppy

    A lesson on how to make $24 profit .Watch for these at Dollarama in a year .

  • Jonathan G.

    It is a good idea for a charger but I wouldn’t pay 25 dollars for one of these. Id rather put that money towards an external portable battery of some substantial size.

  • Dylan K

    What a concept, a credit card sized USB cable. Never would have thought of that. I wonder if it also does data transfers too?

    • Travis Chalmers

      Yes, it also does data transfers. I have one and keep it in my wallet. It’s super convenient for my battery-hog of a phone and reduces clutter. Instead of having cables at my office, computer, bedroom, and in my pocket, I have a tiny charger in my wallet.