Let’s face it – walking around with a charging cable for your devices in your pocket is not ideal, and I doubt many people do it. Having the option to carry something lightweight, small, and fully portable, however, is great and is now possible thanks to the affordable NOMAD ChargeKey. NOMAD were kind enough to send me out one of their Micro USB to USB ChargeKey units that should work with all Micro USB devices. Also available is a Lightning connector for use with the new iDevice models.
The ChargeKey arrived in a very simple cardboard envelope packaging. Simply open up the front and you are greeted with the Key itself. That’s it! Remove the Key from the sticky adhesive that holds it in place and you are good to go. Size wise, the Key is no bigger than a standard house key, which makes it the ideal size to attach to your keys and carry it about with you.
The Key itself is made from a hard plastic at the two ends, one end with the Micro USB connector and the other with the main USB connector, and also has a rubber material in the middle that allows it some room to move about. This could prove handy for a few reasons – less chance of it poking you while in your pocket, less chance of it being damaged and snapping while in your pocket, and lastly, it allows a bit of movement when hooking up your device.
When it came to using my phone with the Key, I had it connected to my laptop. I didn’t want to risk using it with a wall adapter as it would mean leaving my phone hanging and to be honest, that would kind of defeat the object of the Key as if you are at home, you would use your wall adapter any way. Having it hooked up to the laptop though, charging started as you would expect and I was also able to sync my phones photos and emails as well. I also gave it a try using one of the PowerBanks that I have and am happy to say that that worked as it should.
Overall, the NOMAD ChargeKey does what it says. It is small, lightweight, portable, and comes in handy when you least expect it. Always having it to hand is a major plus thanks to being able to have it attached to my keys and knowing that I don’t have to walk about with a charging cable in my pocket or bag is handy. You never know when you’re going to be caught without power! Priced at an affordable £20 over on Amazon UK, I think it is a must have addition, especially for those of you who like to be able to stay connected all of the time!