The Nomad Lightning to USB Cable for Your iPhone

Mar 11th, 2014

A keyring USB cable for your iPhoneAs this is my first product review, it’s cool that I get to review a product that works for my iPhone. Yes, I’m an Apple nerd.

I’ve been using this “cable” since finding it at CES this year and I love it. It’s come in handy a lot. I’ve even lent it to clients at meetings.

The nomad USB to Lightning cable is flexible and toughThe USB plug and the loop you put your keyring through is hard plastic and the middle is rubber. This is a great feature, it would be a lot less cool if the entire thing was rigid.

The one thing I wish the ChargeKey had was a quick-release or spring latch like they have on carabiners, but only if it was durable.

It’s a Lightning to USB cable for your keychain!

A compact lightning to usb cableThis is a Lightning to USB cable that’s the same size as a key. It’s barely noticeable. I think the only thing that would make it cooler is if it came in different colors, or if it could stretch… not sure that’s possible though.

The case I’m using is fairly minimal so I have no problems plugging it into my phone. Maybe there’s a case out there that’s so bulky that the base would get in the way? The difference between an Apple Lightning cable and the ChargeKey is minimal.

I will admit that the ChargeKey is something I only use occasionally. When I’m at my desk I prefer a longer cable so I can move it around and answer the phone without unplugging it.

I did some checking on Amazon for Lightning to USB cables and the prices vary, from $10 to $19.
The Charge Key retails for $29, so it’s not cheap, but it’s unique and will probably outlast a regular cable. Plus, it fits in your pocket!

Interested? Visit the nomad site for details.

If you’re not an iPhone user, there’s a Micro USB option too.

It's a Lightning to USB cable for your keychainThe Charge Key compared to Apple's Lightning Cable 1The Charge Key compared to Apple's Lightning Cable 2

So, how did I do? Are there things you wanted to know that I didn’t cover? Let me know in the comments.

About the author:

Michael Currey is an experienced web designer, front-end developer and social media manager with 15 years of experience and an education from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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