By Angelique Gammon
Our cell phones have become virtual living, breathing extensions of ourselves connecting us 24/7 to work, family, and play. So when you look down and the day has barely started but your phone battery is on life support, the first wave of panic is, “Where is my charging cable?”
Around my office, I’m the known culprit for “borrowing” charger cables from co-workers and forgetting to put them back. It was for their sake as well as mine that I agreed to review a new line of charging products by NOMAD. Available in credit card, key-size and carabineer style, these little chargers on the go are made to attach as easily to your lifestyle as your phone does.
Just twice as thick as a credit card, the charger and USB cables pop out of the center of the NOMADCard, making it an easy fit in your wallet. The NOMADKey is the same size as a regular house key with a flexible center for a full range of motion. The NOMADClip is designed to hang wherever you are from a backpack or purse strap. NOMAD chargers are Apple MFi certified for iPhone, iPad and iPod Lightning devices. They are also USB 2.0 certified, meaning you can charge any micro USB device including tablets, Kindles, Jamboxes and, of course, your smartphone. The 24-gauge copper wires support high 2 amp charging and data sync. The Micro USB works with Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, LG, Motorola, Kindle and more.
A heads up for those who use a LifeBox to protect their iPhone: the charge port on the NOMADCard isn’t long enough to charge with the LifeBox on.
NOMAD the company has grown from a crowdfunded Kickstarter project in 2012 to sales of more than $2.5 million since its launch. Like many tech innovation stories, NOMAD’s founders grew the company from their grandparent’s basement to a team of 15 people in a San Francisco office. As one of the top Shopify stores, NOMAD recently was ranked second in gross sales in the electronics category.
The NOMAD products are currently available only online. Orders placed at hellonomad.com are $29 for the card and key styles; the clip style is $39. My NOMAD card order was processed the same day and delivered within three days.
The NOMAD website promises you can “throw away your charging cables” after you’ve selected which style of NOMAD – card, key or clip – best fits in your life. Not really a problem for me, since my cables were never where my dead phone battery was…until my NOMADCard was right there in my wallet.