Friday, June 28, 2013

USB Charger Monitor on Kickstarter

Not every USB charger is alike, nor are the USB cables we use to charge our portable devices. If you're wondering why sometimes you smartphone can be fully charged in under an hour and sometimes it takes "forever", you'll love to know you can figure it out using this small USB passthrough dongle that popped up on Kickstater: the Pratical Meter.

You just insert this dingle inbetween your USB cable and USB plug, and you'll be able to see how much "juice" is flowing.

In the case of an iPhone, the difference between having just a single led lighted up or all of them is the difference between charging it up in 1.5h... or having to wait 8h. But the best part is that you can use this power meter to measure any other kind of portable device using a USB charger.

For instance, if you're out on the woods relying on a solar USB charger, you'll be able to see at a glance if you're actually charging up your device.

For just $19 dollars, including a fast charge USB cable with miniUSB, microUSB, and Apple plug; there's not much to say against it. I've already backed up the project - now I just have to wait till September and hope they don't face any unexpected delays.

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