The inCharge cable is really a very simple concept. It’s a compact charging cable that can always be carried along with you. When it’s closed, the cable is only 1.5 inches (4 cm) long, which makes it both extremely portable and also the smallest keyring charging cable in the world. This cable was a successfully funded indieGoGo project back in 2014 and now it is available through their website priced at $11.90.
The inCharge is a little over 3.5 inches (8 cm) long, build quality is surprising considering these are just little tiny cables. The ends are plastic while the cable itself is a super thick, flat rubber. It features a USB 2.0 A connector on one end and a micro USB or Lightning connector on the opposite end -a USB Type-C connector version is now available over here – The USB plug is unshielded, meaning it’s smaller yet also a bit less protected from damage. The cable between the two connectors comes in eight different colors. I was sent three different colors a blue, a red and a pink version. Also included with the inCharge cable is a split ring keyring.
“The cable features a magnetic closure that let you attach it to your keyring with a satisfying click, so you’ll never be without it unless you forget your keys.”
How does it work? Just open the cable and plug one end into a computer or USB AC adapter and the other end into a gadget like your smartphone. Once connected the cable performs the same as any other USB cable. It will allow charging and / or data syncing. The cable is short but flexible. But it’s hard to know how well it will hold up with frequent folding and unfolding.
If you’re worried about the inCharge fitting your phone, you’re totally covered. There’s a thin version (10mm wide) and a normal version (12mm wide) to fit in even with a case on your phone.
The inCharge is priced at little less than $12 for either the micro USB or Lightning version. The cable looks good and works great but is a bit over priced for a 3.5 inch long cable when you can find a generic 6 inch cable on Amazon for less than $2. Of course, the Amazon cable doesn’t attach to your keychain or come in eight colors. It comes down to your willingness to pay a premium price for color choice and an ability to easily carry it on your keychain. Is it worth it to you?
I was provided the InCharge Cable as a review sample. Head over InCharge website to know more about their products.