MagCable Kickstarter promises magnetic charging for (almost) any phone

MagCable Kickstarter promises magnetic charging for (almost) any phone
Kickstarter is an interesting but questionable place. There's no guarantee a good idea will get funded, and even if a project is fully funded, there's no guarantee that the product itself will ever be released. But, some ideas are cool enough that they deserve a shot, and we think MagCable might be one of those, because it promises magnetic charging for most phones.

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. 


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28 Comments

1. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Interesting...

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Saw this on kick starter before it was cool B)

3. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Sounds like something MacGyver would endorse.

4. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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.

6. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Lol. They will soon claim gravity was made in one direction to improve simplicity

10. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

There's a pending lawsuit against Newton for taking credit on gravity. It was more than "inspired" by the apple.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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.

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Which phone?

24. middlehead

Posts: 448; Member since: May 12, 2014

Get ZNaps. Exact same idea that already went through funding, they've got USBC.

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's the one I was looking at a few months back.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Better than reversible plugs but wireless charging is better. Having a magnet dongle permanently on my phone flares up my ocd.lol

11. Acer_Predator unregistered

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 !

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I agree although Magnetic chargers in MacBooks are friggin awesome, I wish they came as standard in phones

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The idea is nice but why should anyone use this if u can build in wireless charging!

17. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Because it is cheaper

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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.

14. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I'm never at the same spot when charging my phone so I either buy 4 cables for upstairs, downstairs, car and work or have to constantly remove that little adapter and almost certainly lose it.

15. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

In a time where USB type-C will be quickly adopted this thing seems to be outdated.

25. middlehead

Posts: 448; Member since: May 12, 2014

Get it from ZNaps. Exact same thing that already went through funding, they've got USBC.

16. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

The fact that the adapter sticks out ruins it for me. Can't stand that.

18. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Does it support quick charging?

19. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Works with up to 2.4a chargers so it can't handle the 3.0a plus some phones use.

22. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Nope, but ZNAPS does.

20. jmonteiro829

Posts: 260; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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/projects/1041610927/znaps-the-9-magnetic-adapter-for-your-mobile-devic/description

21. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yup.. every time I get an update from them Im hoping its THE one. Alas, not yet. ZNAPS FTW!

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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.

28. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

The price is pretty reasonable by kickstarter standards! I'd pay 12 bucks for that happily!

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