Mar 31, 2017
My barber recently unveiled a very welcome new piece. What was it you ask? Not a new chair, or a special hair wash bath. Nope… he new piece that got so much attention was a standalone charging bay.
Charge your devices while your head gets mowed.
Brilliant, and just goes to underscore one point: it’s a power hungry world, and we just live in it.
Look, we need our gadgets, and they need power. We’ve said it before: the person who creates a smartdevice with really long battery life will make a mint. Till then, give me some useful accessories that can help me keep my devices juiced.
Enter Nomad Key Micro-USB Charging Cable. It’s been around for a while; we wanted to see if it is still a relevant piece.
At first glance, the Key is indeed small: keychain circle in chrome finishing, and a small USB to micro-USB accessory wrapped in hard black plastic.
In usage, it works especially well with power banks (Nomad makes one, but we used our own).
The biggest plus is the mobility and relative ever-present nature of the solution; if there is a USB power source available, it’s possible to charge a device that needs requires micro-USB input. Nifty and convenient yes, especially for this times one might need to an extra cable beyond the one packed in the go bag.
On the other hand, the lack of length does relegate to primary backup use (or with an aforementioned portable power bank), because the device to be charged invariably has to be very close to the power source, almost prohibitively so.
Now, the obvious drawback is the advent of USB-C devices. Sill, for now, we figure the Nomad Key still does most of the hings that would make it quite useful in today’s mobile landscape.
Just as well.