Keeping the batteries in your smartphone and tablet topped up throughout the day can be tough. Instead of strapping on a bulky case or carrying an external power brick the size of a small tank, Native Union is offering a smart, pocket-sized charging cable and portable battery called JUMP on Kickstarter.
It’s smaller than a hockey puck (50mm x 50mm x 13.6mm) and the two reinforced cables wrap around its exterior to keep it clean and mess-free. An 800mAh battery is hidden inside, which is roughly a third of the power pack found in the iPhone 5 and 5s. While it won’t bring your device back to 100% charge from flat, it should still prove yourself for those who find themselves in the red during the latter part of the day.
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The JUMP’s pièce de résistance is its ability to automatically recharge its own internal battery once it has finished reviving your smartphone. So if you’re charging from a wall socket or your laptop, JUMP will detect when the battery is full and begin charging itself unprompted. This means, at least in theory, that the JUMP should have 100% charge more often, and therefore more useful out in the wild.
Native Union smashed its $40,000 funding target in a little over 24 hours, but you can still pre-order the device by pledging $40 or more before the campaign ends on February 13, 2014. It’s available with a Lightning Connector or MicroUSB and is expected to ship in May.