The ZOpro: a thin iPhone case with built-in charging cable

By , Oct 30, 2012

We all know the scenario. You’re away from home, with no charger, and your iPhone just alerted you that its battery is now down to a measly 10%. What do you do?

Well, if you had the new ZOpro case on your iPhone, you could use its integrated charger to breath life back into your handset. But wait, what’s a ZOpro case?

The ZOpro is a new case for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. It’s extremely thin — less than 3 millimeters, or about the size difference between the iPhone 4S and 5 — and has a number of unique features built in.

The headlining feature is the integrated charging cable. If you ever find yourself in need of an iPhone charger, simply pull the case apart to reveal a dock connector (yes, even for the iPhone 5) and USB cable.

But that’s not the only trick the ZOpro has up its sleeve. The case also supports a wide range of accessories including magnetic lenses (and Olloclip lenses), tripod and dash mounts, and countless other add-ons.

The ZOpro team is currently trying to raise money via Kickstarter to start mass production. If you’re interested, a pledge of $20 or more is as good as a pre-order, and it will help them reach their funding goal.

To be honest, the lens and tripod mounts don’t do much for me. But I’m not much for iPhoneography. I do like the idea of the integrated charging cable though, and think many people will find it to be useful.

What do you think of the ZOpro?

[9to5Mac]

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  • http://twitter.com/notjustintrout Whipped by Nadia

    The blonde woman in the video used the phone upside down when she picked up the phone for a “phone call” …….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suresh-Kumar/100003067275114 Suresh Kumar

      coz she is blonde

    • http://www.swipecases.com/ techtock

      LOL! Embarrassed to say you are absolutely right whipped. Making a complete video with an iPhone was a serious challenge. Can’t zoom because of loss of quality and such. We had to build a track system for that zoom effect. That was the best take with exception of that one little thing.

    • JomanJi

      lol

  • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

    great idea but the cable integration is sooooo ugly… add wireless charging and make it a $50 case and it will sell

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Who cursed at the end of the video? And how is that professional?

  • http://www.swipecases.com/ techtock

    Thanks for the props Cody! Well written.

  • http://twitter.com/aomia syler

    is the case a tight fit? i ask b/c some cases get pocket lint under the phone and can scratch it. i gave up my otter box for that reason.

    • http://www.swipecases.com/ techtock

      The inside of the case is covered in thin velvet to protect your baby from things like that. I have been carrying my 4S around in one of the prototypes for 3 months or so. No scratches.

  • Tek-Knowledgey

    Great idea! works for me, i dont like carrying a chord everywhere. And the attachable camera lenses are a nice bonus. Amazing product for the price!
    I agree…it must have been a challenge to film with the iPhone, but job well done.