ChargeCard USB Charger for the Apple iPhone and Android fits in your wallet
If you're not happy with the battery life on your phone, and want to be prepared just in case you never get the opportunity to plug into anouther outlet during the course of the day, you might be interested in ChargeCard. Funded last year by Kickstarter, this is a USB charger that is the size of a credit card and fits in your wallet. The card connects to the charging port on your phone. Then, you fold out the built in USB cable and plug it in to a USB port. The device will even allow you to recharge through a case like an Otter Box.
The ChargeCard can be pre-ordered from the sourcelink for $25, and it is expected to start shipping in May. It will fit the Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 4/4S and Android models. Keep in mind that the card itself will not charge your phone, you do need to find a USB port during your time of need. Now that might be as simple as plugging the device into your laptop, but if you have to search for a USB port, you might ask yourself what the advantage of having the ChargeCard is. Well, it can replace the bulky A/C wires and chargers not to mention USB cables that you always are stuffing in your pocket. And you can always use it at Best Buy or other tech stores. While you're pretending to look over that one laptap, you can be recharging your phone by using your ChargeCard to connect to its USB port.
source: ChargeCard, Kickstarter via Forbes
5. hipnotika (Posts: 289; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
didnt you read article ?
"this is a USB charger that is the size of a credit card "
8. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
Not what i meant but i'm sorry for not making it clear..i meant the battery size of the charge cards...
11. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
Please re-read the article. This ChargeCard does not have an in-built battery. These just act as extremely pocketable (or should I say wallet-able) alternatives to regular chargers.
17. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I can't see paying 25 dollars for a usb cord. I mean that's all this really is. It's not even an actual charger. I would have paid 25-30 for a external 1Ah battery that would nearly fit in a wallet. or about the size of a regular spare battery. But not of a usb cable when I would still have to carry around a charger too.
27. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
I wish we could fit the AC transformer into the size of a credit card, but this would likely win a Nobel prize in physics as a transformer has a required geometry, inherently. With that said, a battery would also be great, but it would have to be quite a bit thicker to get the volume required to do anything more then a 5% charge, and the thinness is what makes the ChargeCard unique. Hopefully Graphene super conductors become available soon!
Finally, I created a discount code "phonearena" so you can get the ChargeCard for only $20. I'll leave the sale open for a week or so. Thanks everyone-
28. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Please don't take my comment as derogatory. I just think it is expensive for what it is. That being said, I would gladly buy something that is larger, but still extremely portable, if it had a small battery in it. Even if it is only a .5 amp. Just enough to give you a bump charge in a pinch. Good luck with your product. There is definitely a demand or you wouldn't have raised the cash you did on kickstarter.
35. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
I cannot but agree with you sir. 25 USD for what is essentially just a USB cord, no matter how pocketable it may be, is just too expensive and of not much use.
However, a lot of people on Kickstarter have backed it so certainly there is a demand for this type of product.
32. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If you were referring to thickness it is actually 1/10th, but not really worth the price IMO seeing how is just a compact use charger. I could see if it had a built in battery then I'm sure people everywhere would be buying it. Nonetheless still a cool idea just not fit $25. I could see maybe $10 or $15.
2. Atheneum (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)
should have used the extra space as a spare battery charger.
it can even be smaller if only just the 'cable'
22. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
Yes, it could be smaller, but the concept is that it is shaped like a credit card, so you keep it in your wallet. We think that if it was not the shape of a credit card, it would be left at home, like all your other cables. Now there are other ways of making sure you bring a cable with you and also keeping it out of the way, so stay tunned for our next product...
34. Atheneum (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)
That's a nice thought. :-)
What happen if the 'extra space' could be use as an additional cable. In some part of the world people use two different phone, like iPhone and android. Having this two combination of charge card would be awesome. Or...you could insert in a small battery with an emergency LED light. Maybe this is for the ChargeCard 2.0?
3. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
thats just stupid iOS and Android devices should just make a bigger battery
7. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
zerolemon 7000mah batter for S3 (would come for S4 also) ... best option
9. vincelongman (Posts: 1052; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Only problem is thickness, but would be worth it for the extra battery life
16. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)
A lot of Android 3rd party vendors and one maker, Motorola, do make bigger batteries. The Razr Maxx is an excellent phone with a >3000mah battery standard. You can also always just swap out the battery as well on phones like the S3, S4. Lots of options here.
4. LDC207X (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
So your saying if I buy this for my android phone and then get an iphone in the future it basically become useless to me. what then? I want a trade in deal. great idea none the less
21. LDC207X (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Yeah and the funny thing is my current phone is the evo 3d lol
23. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
Hey, it is a good point. Not to upsell, but IMO the best solution is the Micro USB ChargeCard so it works with your Android and nearly every other device (kindle, jawbone, jambox, digital camera, etc etc). If you get an iPhone, the battery is so bad you basically have to get the Mophie Juice Pack, which charges with Micro USB, so you are still good to go. This is what I do.
30. LDC207X (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Thank you! The micro USB is a lot more practical, but if you ever wanted to get an iPhone then it because useless until you get another phone with a micro USB
I really feel like they should have a deal where you trade in your micro USB version for half off on the iPhone version.
13. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Integrate a solar panel with it, only then it will be useful.
25. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
I'm confused why you think it is a scam? Rick Broida of CNET, Jason Gilbert of the Huffington Post and Seth Porges of Forbes just reviewed it and they love it. I'd be happy to take a call (818) 309-6588 We are a based out of LA and are very transparent.
15. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)
Just points out the stupidity of Apple's proprietary connectors even more. It's because of this that I just generally leave the iStuff home when I travel and just bring my Android and Amazon tablets/readers. One inexpensive USB charger can generally take care of all my other devices.
19. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
This alone is why I don't get the idea behind buying an apple product. I mean what's going to happen in 2 more years when apple moves on to their New and Improved(C) lightning connector? I still have my charger from my original droid 2.
26. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
We agree. We wish Micro USB was the standard for all devices. I can't believe the "Nook" didn't go with Micro USB either.
29. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
The only thing I will give the new lightning connector from apple is the fact that it doesn't have to be plugged in a specific way. I hope when the next small USB spec comes out it has that ability. The only thing an apple phone has ever offered that I like.
18. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
i would get it for only 25$ and still have my extra battery charger from samsung
20. wsker (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Why can't I just have a normal cable and might be shortened as well, MUCH cheaper, and more functional. .
24. ChargeCard (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
I created a discount code "phonearena" so the ChargeCard is only $20, and still free shipping world wide!