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Sonicable can charge mobile devices faster, when using a PC's USB port

Sonicable can charge mobile de...
The Sonicable is said to charge any device twice as fast as standard charging cables
The Sonicable is said to charge any device twice as fast as standard charging cables
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The Sonicable is said to charge any device twice as fast as standard charging cables
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The Sonicable is said to charge any device twice as fast as standard charging cables
The Sonicable is available with Apple Lighting and Micro USB conections
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The Sonicable is available with Apple Lighting and Micro USB conections
The Sonicable is 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long
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The Sonicable is 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long
The Sonicable has a reversible USB connection
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The Sonicable has a reversible USB connection
The Sonicable's Sonic Switch allows users to switch between charging and syncing or just charging
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The Sonicable's Sonic Switch allows users to switch between charging and syncing or just charging
A labeled diagram of the Sonicable
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A labeled diagram of the Sonicable
The Sonicable is available in a variety of colors
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The Sonicable is available in a variety of colors
A comparison of the Sonicable and a regular charging cable
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A comparison of the Sonicable and a regular charging cable
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When you're in a rush, it can feel your phone is taking forever to charge. A new cable, however, promises to cut the time it takes to charge mobile devices from a PC. The Sonicable is said to be able to charge any device twice as quickly through a PC's USB port than they would with regular charging cables.

Bluetech Industries, the company behind the Sonicable and previously the Slimger portable charger, argues that battery capacities have not kept up with the power-hungry technologies of our smartphones. Although the Sonicable can't remedy this, it is designed to ensure that, when you need to charge your device at a PC, you can do so quicker than you otherwise would.

In order to deliver the level of speed that's claimed, Bluetech says the cable allows users to select the type of functionality that it delivers. A switch on the cable makes it possible to select either regular mode or "Sonic" mode. In regular mode, the cable will both charge the user's mobile device and sync data from a computer. Switched to Sonic mode, the cable will direct all resources to charging the user's device, thereby doubling the speed.

That, of course, means that this only charges faster than typical PC charging, which is always slower than wall charging. It won't make a lick of a difference when charging through a wall outlet – a fact that the project's creators skirted around in the pitch.

The Sonicable is 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long
The Sonicable is 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long

In addition to the Sonic Switch, the cable has a reversible USB connector so that it can be inserted into a port either way up, as well as aluminum connectors and a thick nylon body for durability. It is available as an iPhone Lightning version and a Micro USB version, both 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long.

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway for the Sonicable. At the time of writing, backers can pledge from US$27 to the campaign and receive a cable, assuming all goes to plan with production and roll-out.

The video below is the Indiegogo pitch for the Sonicable.

Sources: Sonicable, Indiegogo

Update: We clarified the faster charging claims a bit more, to emphasize that this company can only claim that its cable charges faster than typical (slower than wall charging) PC charging

SONICable - The World's most advanced charging cable

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3 comments
unggitsastra
already been solved, hence; invented! http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/22/18-year-old-invents-under-30-second-phone-charger/
splatman
My BS detector is screeching. Reminiscent of oxide free copper speaker leads.
blooper
so... this cable does the same job as the portapow cables that are on amazon but cost a lot more? nice.