Gear

The key to a quick charge

07.22.13
Quick charge

There are those gadgets that catch your eye and inspire Ooohs, Aaahs, and shortness of breath (4K TVs, I’m talking to you).  And then there are those gadgets that, without fanfare, become absolutely invaluable, and you wonder how you ever got along without them.

The Kii from BlueLounge is both: When I saw it at CES in January, it stole my heart: Key-shaped, with a USB port at one end and an iDevice charger at the other (it comes in 30-pin and lightning varieties, so there’s one for any iPad, iPod or iPhone you’ve got).  I put it on my keychain last month, and I can’t tell you how many times it’s rescued me since— anytime I need to charge or sync my phone, I can do it without having to remember to bring along a cable or charger brick.  Inspires a little Oooh and Aaah every time.

Get a Kii, ($19-39.95)

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Author: Carley Knobloch

Carley Knobloch is a digital lifestyle expert and a regular contributor on the Today Show and CNN. She’s also a home automation expert and host for HGTV, where makes home technology easy, approachable and fun. Carley has been featured in Real Simple, Allure, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, springer spaniel, and myriad smartphones.

4 comments on “The key to a quick charge”

  1. I wanted to make sure I understood this correctly. You still need a device (such as a laptop) to power your iDevice? So all that you are saving is to remember a power cord? Seems silly. By the way , lose the script font in the comments. Makes it more difficult to read and people aren’t accustomed to it so not expecting it. Thank you

    1. Paul— Yeah, you’ll need a device, or anywhere that you’d plug in a USB cable. Some outlets have a spot, or in your car you might have one of those car chargers. Seems like a silly thing but I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself without a cable since I put it on my keychain.

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