MagCable Kickstarter promises magnetic charging for (almost) any phone
posted by Michael H. / Oct 14, 2015, 8:26 PM
The project is already fully funded, but there's only 35 hours left to get in on it. The idea is pretty simple: you can choose between a Lightning plug for an iOS device or a Micro-USB plug for most other phones (sorry to those with phones already on USB type-C) and that plug will stay in your device at all times. Then there is a reversible magnetic adapter that hooks on to give you power. We like the idea because it can help to save your charging port from damage that comes from constantly plugging and unplugging cables, and just in general magnectic charging cables are easier to deal with.
The product isn't perfect though. As noted, it doesn't have a USB type-C option. Additionally, the cable itself is only one meter (~three feet) long, which isn't terribly long, and while it appears as though the plug component should stay in your device, if it doesn't it looks like it could be pretty easy to lose. Lastly, the product does not yet have Apple MFi certification, though the team says it is "looking into it".
A single cable and plug will set you back $12 to $15, but there are bundles if you want to stock up on a bunch as well. And, as a bonus for how soon the Kickstarter is ending, cables are scheduled to start shipping this month, though most ship in November.
source: MagCable Kickstarter
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posted on Oct 14, 2015, 8:34 PM 1
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Just love this so called improvement that Apple claims to have made in magnetic connection patent: "The magnets within a connector are arranged in opposing polarities for improved coupling strength (claims 34-57)" How else could you arrange them? If the polarities aren't opposing, they'll repel each other, and that was an improvement Apple made? That's something I learned in kindergarten FFS.
posted on Oct 14, 2015, 8:57 PM 10
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Lol. They will soon claim gravity was made in one direction to improve simplicity
posted on Oct 14, 2015, 9:50 PM 2
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I think it's an awesome idea to be honest, though the phone I'm looking to buy is USB type-C. I remember when Pressy got all sorts of publicity, then all of a sudden some Chinese developer beat them to releasing an identical product and undecut their price. I can see something like that happening with this idea.
posted on Oct 14, 2015, 10:17 PM 0
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Get ZNaps. Exact same idea that already went through funding, they've got USBC.
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 9:08 AM 0
Jesus christ c'mooon with this crap adapters and magnet crap .. this is stupid. Apple had magnet on charging and it was total crap! I just wanna ONE FREAKING STANDARD which supposed to be ages ago !!! USB type C on all smartphones incl. freaking ipone ! That's it no objections,one cable straight! Who gonna mess with all these nonsense adapters connecting disconnecting ! NOBODY DONE !
posted on Oct 14, 2015, 11:30 PM 0
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The idea is nice but why should anyone use this if u can build in wireless charging!
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 2:07 AM 3
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I seriously don't like wireless charging. Depending on the charging pad, you may spend a bit of time aligning it, the device heats up more during charging, and it's slower to charge so it's hotter for longer which probably isn't good for the battery. I'll stick with regular plugin, quick charge, or this.
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 9:36 AM 0
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In a time where USB type-C will be quickly adopted this thing seems to be outdated.
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 3:26 AM 0
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Does it support quick charging?
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 3:51 AM 0
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This one is better.... you can customize it and it supports Quick Charge 2.0. Can't wait for mine to come in! https://www.kickstarter.com/pr
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 6:53 AM 1
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No USB-C option right now isn't really an issue. How many smartphones have a USB-C port? 2-3? I know more are coming, but it's going to take 2-3 years before USB-C becomes the predominant standard, over micro usb.
posted on Oct 15, 2015, 8:39 AM 0
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