The latest Kickstarter fund to exceed its goal is one that promises to revolutionize the way we charge our phones. MagCable is a magnetic charging cable that allows its users to charge their Android or iOS devices without the need for precision. The team behind the MagCable is promising to simplify the charging experience, making it quick and easy to charge your phone without wasting your time or patience by fumbling with a traditional cable.
The MagCable is currently listed on popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The project has become so well-liked that the initial goal of $76,769 has been surpassed by about $49,000. At the time of this writing, there is still over a day left to contribute. The massive funding is most likely explained by the MagCable’s alluring premise. A video posted on the product’s Kickstarter page demonstrates the advantages of the MagCable, and it appears to deliver by making it remarkably easy to charge your phone. Although no one complains of how difficult or time-consuming plugging in a cable can be, the practicality of a magnetic cord is bound to make life with a smartphone just that much easier. As demonstrated in the video, a user has only to guide the cable in the direction of the plug connected to your device in order for the cord to latch on and start charging. It’s a neat idea that could potentially garner a huge audience looking for an alternative to hard to manage cables.
Consumers who don’t own phones with integrated wireless charging may find the MagCable to be a viable alternative. It’s also possible those who do may find the MagCable a suitable backup for when a more traditional methods of powering your phone is needed. By adding a superior degree of simplicity, the MagCable comes across as a well thought-out solution. The cable also comes with the ability to switch between two levels of charging: one which acts as usual cords do and another that charges your handset twice as fast by bypassing data.
However, there are some drawbacks to the MagCable. At three feet in length, the magnetic cable may not always reach anywhere you’d like. Also, there is some ambiguity concerning the plug that the cable connects to, and whether it must stay connected to the device indefinitely. The plug does stick out from the phone which will be uncomfortable for some. The MagCable is also behind on its supported connectors. While the big two (Micro-USB for Androids and Lightning for Apple devices) are covered, the upcoming USB Type-C connector is currently not available.
The MagCable is not overly expensive at only $15, and the team promises to ship cables to its Kickstarter backers by November.