Our mobile devices running out of power is a constant worry, although portable chargers can help alleviate some of that anxiety. CulCharge, a new charger/powerbank still in its concept stage, is intended as an easy-to-carry option as it is small enough to slot onto a keychain.
The device is only 2.1 inches (5.5 cm) long and weighs 38 g (1.3 oz). Created by a start-up based in Bratislava, Slovakia, the CulCharge PowerBank is equipped with a 1,000 mAh battery. This enables a pocket-friendly size, but won't go as far as larger powerbanks. For instance, it provides around 55 percent of a full charge on the iPhone 6 and 39 percent of a full charge on the Galaxy S6.
The unit recharges via USB, and can be connected to a notebook/desktop computer and a mobile device at the same time. This brings us to the third prong in the device's 3-in-1 functionality. In addition to being a powerbank and a charger, the CulCharge also works as a data cable for syncing your computer and mobile device.
The gadget has protruding plugs for charging smartphones, avoiding potentially pesky tangling cables. There is a Lightning model for compatible iPhones, while a microUSB model is aimed at Android/Windows/Blackberry devices equipped with microUSB ports. CulCharge's estimated working life is 500 recharge cycles.
To take CulCharge Powerbank from project to product, the company is carrying out an Indiegogo campaign, which has already met its initial target by a comfortable margin, with a massive boost from Slovak Telekom (a branch of Deutsche Telekom). The telecom company made a pre-order of US$50,000 on the first day of campaign. Funding packages start at $49 for two units, with the retail price estimated at $70.
Shipping is not included and the product will be delivered worldwide. CulCharge has introduced a 100 percent money back guarantee if the product does not meet expectations. Estimated delivery is December 2015.