Have you ever found yourself out and about with a dying iPhone and no charger? With the introduction of Apple’s new Lightning port, that scenario isn’t nearly as unlikely as it used to be.

That’s why Kickstarters Kegan & Roberto developed the Nomad, a 3-inch USB-to-Lightning cable that fits on your key ring. That way, you’ll never find yourself without an iPhone charger again…

There’s not much to the Nomad, really. It’s a 3-inch cable that has a Lightning plug on one end, and a USB connector on the other. The USB side plugs into a cap that has a key ring hole.

The cable is very durable, and flexible enough that it should work with almost any USB port. And the developers say they are committed to using a MFi (made for iPhone)-certified manufacturer.

At the time of this writing, the Nomad project has raised about $13,000 of its $29,000 goal. They have about 20 days left in the funding round, so if you’re interested, you may want to pledge. All of the lower-cost pledge spots — $5, $10, $15 — are sold out. But you can still score one for as little as $20.

I’m not out and about enough to worry about my iPhone dying, but I think a lot of folks will find the Nomad useful. It’s just a shame they couldn’t get it to market sooner; it would have made a great Christmas gift.

What do you think of the Nomad?

  • TK


  • For $5 I would buy it, for $10 I might have bought it. For $20 not a chance in hell.

    • MagicDrumSticks

      What on earth are you talking about? It’s an Apple accessory! Of course its going to cost at least $20

      • Doesn’t make it right though

      • MikePhoneJunkie

        Yes, $20 is overpriced, and it is not an Apple product. The lighting USB charger is only $18 at Sams Club and it is an Apple product.

  • for such a short cable, $5/$10 is the only price point I will ever consider getting it.

    For $20 I rather buy a Apple Lighting to USB cable

  • ExRoot

    Too short for $20. Not feeling it.

    • iAmsosmart

      That’s what she said

  • tVo

    theres no way you can use this with a wall adapter. notice in the video how a ottoman? is right against the wall with the wall charger. anyone has this type of layout at your house?

  • ic0dex

    Why $29,000 and not $30,000? Some times I feel like these kickstarters are just full of crap and are pointless and want to make a quick buck. This is just my opinion and it’s how I feel about these things.

  • Rilshad

    Apple accessories expensive man

  • How many kickstarter projects are there?

  • pinkfloydkiller
  • 20k to make the cable shorter.