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TravelCard is a credit card sized battery for your Apple iPhone or Android device

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TravelCard is a credit card sized battery for your Apple iPhone or Android device
If there is one thing that smartphone owners can't get enough of, it is battery life. That is why Go Design has produced a credit card sized battery for the Apple iPhone and Android handsets. Dubbed the TravelCard, the 1300mAh battery in the device can offer 5 additional hours of talk time, 4.5 hours of web browsing or 98 hours of standby time to a dying handset. Hey, there are times when a smartphone owner might sell his soul for 5 additional minutes of battery life, so these extra hours are a godsend.

Made of lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, the TravelCard is just 4.77mm thin, and weighs just 56.7 grams. This means you can literally store it in your wallet and spring it when you need that extra battery time. The accessory will be offered in white, black, silver and sapphire blue. And guess what, Apple has already certified the battery under its MFI (made for iPhone) program. The TravelCard will be manufactured in a factory certified by Apple.

The Kickstarter listed TravelCard has already exceeded its funding goal, and in fact has nearly tripled it with 23 days still left until the project is funded. Right now, you can still reserve a unit with a $40 pledge which is $5 off the expected retail price of $45. TheTravelCard is due to ship this May.

Check out the device that just might keep you from jumping off a bridge one day, by clicking on the video below.

source: Kickstarter via BGR

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posted on 08 Mar 2014, 00:48 2

1. sbfalex (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

1300mAh??? wtf are ppl going to do with this? extend for another 15 minutes?

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 01:09 2

3. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

yeah coz 3900mAh battery lasts for 45 mins (sarcasm)

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 03:48 2

8. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

But there is loss, so 1300 mAh is not perfectly efficient when charging. It will charge about 1100-1200 if used without interruption or less if sporadic (and how long can you leave that hanging from your phone on the go). Thinness is great, but this kind of device won't help those that actually need it because those heavy users will likely get a replaceable battery phone. The extra battery is about as thick as this thing but about 3000 mAh in the case of Samsung and such.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:13 4

11. sarb009 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Yeah u r true. But for poor iphone users as they cant replace battery this is the only option.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 00:50

2. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Neat that would really come in handy. Looks great too.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 01:43 3

4. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

1300mah... What a joke...
I always carry a 6600mah battery with me...
that can charge my phone from 0-100 like 3 times...
And its not bulky btw...
Where are they going with 1300....

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 02:17 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

They should make a version with wireless charging, it would be so much more convenient, durable and, also so they can put a bigger battery in the size footprint.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 02:47 3

6. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

useless phone, thats why i love my note3 with extra battery kit

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 13:31

20. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

The Note 3's screen is tiny compared to my iPad Mini. It takes about three Note 3's to have about same display area as iPad Mini.

Can we stay on topic.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 03:44 2

7. csoulr666 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

What many people(previous commentors) don't understand is that it meant to be highly portable and give you just enough charge to do stuff in emergencies.......... You can fit it in a wallet for crying out loud

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 04:40

9. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Yeah, people whine but they don't buy.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:32 1

17. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

but it looks like it is as thick as 5 credit cards. no thanks, Besides, I dont thave to worry about battery life.

moto x.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:11

10. TheNeighbor (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Apple keeps giving new features, but not enough battery to keep up.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:36 2

12. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

$45? I bought my New Trent 12,000mah portable battery for $40.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:38 1

13. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Also. Thank you Alan for writing non-biased articles lately.
If this was written a few years ago I would of expected something like "even though the iPhone doesn't use up power like Android phones".

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 08:40 1

14. vasra (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

You can get a much larger battery RIGHT NOW from dx dot com for $20. Just search for ounuo mobile power source. That's incl. shipping anywhere in the world.

Why pay twice the price for this via kickstarter, for a smaller capacity battery, is beyond me.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 09:00

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Alan F.
It makes me sick that it's not mentioned whether this will also work for WP.
This happens quite often on PA.. Does it work for WP?

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 19:31 1

18. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

It's just a portable battery. I'm not familiar with WP, but as long as the connector will work, then I see no reason why this won't work. The battery could care less who it's giving the power to.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 09:36

16. Totse2k15 (Posts: 470; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

No thanks. $45 can get me one of those high-end portable charger battery-- PowerGen/Anker, etc, from amazon.com.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 19:44

19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Wast of money buying a battery add on.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 23:54

21. Humphrey.One (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

I've been carrying a spare battery for about a year in my wallet.
If you have a phone with a removable backplate and removable battery like I do, you can easily check out how thin the battery is. Buy an additional one and keep it in your wallet - takes less space than this gizmo and has the same capacity as your present one.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:13

22. Harco (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)

This is exactly what I've been looking for. I use my iPhone as a GPS tracker with mapping software. Usually the battery lasts throughout a day hike. Occasionally though on very long hikes it runs out. So I need something very light and portable that will easily go inside my pocket alongside the phone to get it through those last couple of hours. The Travelcard looks perfect.

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