Like many other users, the battery on my iPhone tends to die right before the end of the day. One obvious solution is to use a case like the Mophie, but I don’t like increasing the size of my phone. Another is to carry a battery charger around with me, but unfortunately, I am just too dunderheaded to remember an extra device.
Trust me, I’ve spent more than 30 years trying to become less forgetful, but the hassle of remembering to keep one more device charged, in addition to my phone, various other mobile devices (I own an Android tablet in addition to my iPad), and laptop is beyond my already beleaguered mental constraints.
That’s why I jumped (ha) at the chance to try Native Union’s JUMP Cable, a nifty cable/battery pack combo. The JUMP Cable, which blew past its Kickstarter goal in February, is now available to buy for $49.99.
That is a bit pricey because it only holds a 30 percent charge, but that 30 percent is enough power to buy you an additional hour or two on your phone at the end of the day when you really need it, even if you use power-draining apps.
And since you can charge and sync your iPhone with the JUMP Cable instead of using its lightning cable (a micro-USB version is also available for other devices), it’s almost impossible to forget, even if you are woefully absentminded like me. I just unplug my phone and the cord, wrap it securely around the battery pack, and toss both in my bag. The battery pack and 19-inch cable weigh only 1.5oz together, so it doesn’t add much bulk to the mass of stuff I carry around each day.