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Review: Nomad Universal Cable

Posted in Products with tags on October 13, 2017 by itnerd

I am in the midst of updating the kit that I travel with which (I hope) covers any problems that I face on the road. The idea of this kit is to have every cable and piece of software that I might need if I am on a business trip so that I can address minor or moderate issues on my own. One of the areas that I am looking at is cables because I don’t want to carry around a rats nest of cables as they’re just going to tangle. Which is why the Nomad Universal Cable caught my attention:

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This is a cable that has three heads:

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  • Lightning for Apple iDevices (and it’s MFI certified by the way)
  • Mini USB
  • USB-C

The logic is that this cable will work with any smartphone type that you might have. That way if your Android friends need a cable to charge their phone and you’re an iPhone user, you can help them out. In my case, the end of the cable that connects into the computer is USB-A. But those who need USB-C should know that Nomad has a USB-C version of this cable as well wihch also includes a USB-A connection.

The cable is overbuilt to allow it to survive anything. Specifically:

  • It is wrapped in a 500D Nylon woven in a ballistic weave pattern. This material was originally developed to protect military forces from shrapnel and bullets.
  • It has been lab tested to withstand over 10,000 flex cycles.
  • It has RF shielding to ensure that data transfers work 100% of the time.
  • It has a durable silicon rubber cable tie to allow you to wrap the cable up with no concerns about the cable tie breaking.

On top of all of that, I noted that the ends of the cable have no flex. That means that breaks at the ends of the cable, which is common for a lot of cables out there is a non issue. That explains why the company offers a 5 year warranty on their cables.

In my testing, the cable worked perfectly. Though I note that when you have to use the USB-C or Lightning head, you have to be careful to make sure that you’re popping it on correctly as those heads connect to the Micro USB connector on the cable, and it only fits one way. Other than that, it survived in my car which has a history of killing cables. If this cable can survive that environment, then it’s a winner. So much so that I bought two of them. One is the .3M version which will go into the kit that I spoke of earlier. That one goes for $30 USD. The other is the 1.5M version which will go into my car so that if a passenger needs a charge, I have them covered. That one goes for $35 USD. It’s a no-brainer to recommend if you want to ensure that you have a cable that you can use with any device.

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Nomad Introduces Pod Pro And Strap

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2015 by itnerd

Nomad has announced two products for your digital life.

First up is the Pod Pro.

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Pod Pro packs a compact high density 6000mAh lithium ion battery which is enough to charge your iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, twice each. Toss Pod in your pack, and you will have enough power to get through a long weekend.

Next up is the Strap.

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This is not a standard, unmemorable watch band. It’s proudly not. Strap is a substantial, striking band that elevates your Apple Watch to rival your Swiss classics. They made this watch band because they still want a classic watch look with the impressive technology of the Apple Watch.

Both are available to reserve now, but will ship on October 30th.

Nomad Just Made The Car Charger 112x Better

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 1, 2015 by itnerd

Nomad is always looking for new ways to keep your electronics charged on the go and Roadtrip is one of our most effective tools yet. If you spend a lot of time on the road, you likely rely on those little 12 volt car chargers to keep your devices on the go. But, if you arrive at my destination before fully charged, you’re out of luck.

Roadtrip is a 3000 mAh high density Lithium Ion battery (similar to those used by Tesla) that keeps you charging once you leave your car behind. Not only does Roadtrip make your life easier on a day to day basis, but, it’s also the first car charger with enough battery to actually give your phone a full charge on the go. And, it’s one of the first smartphone accessories to incorporate USB type C for tomorrow’s electronics.

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Key Specs:

  • 3000 mAh battery
  • USB-A and USB-C Out
  • Pass-through Charging: Charges your device first, then Roadtrip’s internal battery
  • Charges in 2 hours
  • Thick walled BAYER plastic
  • Aluminum face
  • 4.6in x 1.2in (118mm x 32mm)
  • 7 oz (200g)

It’s shipping on October 30th and you can pre order it for $39.99. The price will return to $59.99 on October 15th.

The IT Nerd Award For The Best Accessory Goes To: NomadKey

Posted in Products with tags , on December 10, 2014 by itnerd

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What made the NomadKey (AKA: The Nomad ChargeKey) the winner of the accessories category is the fact that this is a cable that you can carry anywhere because it is on your key chain. That makes it indispensable in my mind and you have no reason not to be able to keep your smartphone’s battery topped up. Clearly others thought the same as you could not get your hands on the NomadKey for a very long time when it first became available. Thus it made this decision a no brainer. As an aside, I also reviewed a product called the ChargeCard which is a credit card formatted version of the NomadKey. However it is no longer available which is a shame because it was just as useful. Regardless, whether you have an iPhone (in which case you can use the Lightning version), Android phone or Blackberry (in which case the Micro USB version is for you), consider adding this award winner for best accessory onto your keychain.

 

 

Review: Nomad ChargeCard & ChargeKey [UPDATED]

Posted in Products with tags on June 14, 2014 by itnerd

Have you ever had your phone run out of power and you don’t have a charging cable with you? Or you want to carry one, but only if you have a bag with you as cables typically aren’t easy to stow in a pocket. That’s about to change as Nomad has two options for you. The ChargeCard and the ChargeKey which are available in Lightning and MicroUSB flavours. Seeing as my wife and I have iPhones, we tested the Lightning version.

The ChargeCard (DISCONTINUED)

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This is a Lightning cable that is credit card sized. Thus it fits in your wallet. It feels solid with the only exception being the middle portion which is the USB connector which is flexible. So it’s going to be very durable I believe.

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I tried it with my wife’s iPhone 5 and it worked perfectly meaning that it would charge and sync my phone. The fact that my wife uses a thick case didn’t make a difference. Nice!

 

The ChargeKey

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This is a Lightning cable that is sized to fit on a keychain. It’s made of a rubber material that’s very flexible. No matter how I bent it or twisted it, it worked perfectly. Thus I believe that it will take whatever abuse your keys and pocket can dish out.

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I tried it with my wife’s iPhone 5 and it worked perfectly as well. Again, the case that my wife uses was not a factor. Downsides? It could be a touch longer, but that would defeat the purpose which is to have a Lightning cable always at hand in an easy to carry format.

In both cases, the ChargeKey and ChargeCard only plug into the USB ports in one way. Thus you check to make sure that the phone is charging when you plug it in. It also means that you might be subject to putting the phone in weird positions like the ones I pictured above. The upshot is that it’s always close at hand. The only downside to this is that if the only USB ports that you can use are above a flat surface of a table, such as front mounted USB ports on a tower PC, you might be out of luck. That’s where a standard 3′ cable would come in handy. But you’re not buying either one of these products for daily use, so that’s likely not going to matter to the target audience.

I personally preferred the ChargeKey as it plugged into any USB port while the ChargeCard might have issues with recessed or hard to access ports. However my wife preferred the ChargeCard because if someone needed to charge their phone, she wouldn’t have to hand over her keys to let them do it as would be the case with the ChargeKey. Regardless of which one you choose, the ChargeKey and ChargeCard go for $29 each. Recommending these products is an easy call. If you have a smartphone, you have to get one of these to make sure you are always able to keep your phone charged.

UPDATE: The ChargeKey is now called the NomadKey and the ChargeCard has been discontinued by Nomad Goods.