NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)

8.7/10 AVG.
RATING

  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)
  • NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad)

Specs / Features


World's smallest, most portable Lightning cable | Shaped like a key and fits onto your keychain | Works with the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad Air and iPad mini | Allows for charging from any USB port (works just like your standard iPhone 5 cable) | Full data transfer when connected to a computer

World's smallest, most portable Lightning cable | Shaped like a key and fits onto your keychain | Works with the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad Air and iPad mini | Allows for charging from any USB port (works just like your standard iPhone 5 cable) | Full data transfer when connected to a computer

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Specification

Brand Nomad
Model 856504004095
Warranty 12 months
Size 6 cm (2.4 in)

Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

What's good  

  • Compact and very portable design
  • Flexible body can bend and twist without damaging the device
  • Works perfectly with Apple products

What's bad  

  • Plugs more susceptible to damage
  • Too short to use safely with wall charger
  • Might not work in the future if Apple changes their third party policy

Nomad is no stranger to the world of convenient accessories as evidenced by their previous Lightning USB cable solution – the ChargeCard. Still, many critics failed to pack the ChargeCard away due to the amount of space it took in their wallet. Enter the Nomad ChargeKey. This device offers the same feature – a Lightning USB cable – but in a more compact form. As the name suggest, the ChargeKey is slightly larger than a standard house key, fits onto a keychain and, as iPhone in Canada states, "[is] incredibly light."

The ChargeKey has a flexible, rubber midsection that reviewers note is capable of bending and twisting without causing damage. On one end of the device is a USB connector that can be plugged into any USB charging device and on the other end is a Lightning or micro-USB connector.

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Expert tests show that the 3.1-amp charging provides ample power to recharge the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and iPad Air. While convenient, Apple Insider points out that it should not be used as a substitute for a cable that can be used with a wall charger. They add, "We can't recommend attempting a balancing act with a ChargeKey, a wall adapter and a[n]…iPhone." Perhaps the only design flaw that experts point out is the lack of protective caps for the plugs. While Nomad states that the contacts don't need plugs as they are made of scratch-resistant metal, critics still worry that they are still more susceptible to damage without the caps.

In actual use, there does not appear to be any reports of charging error messages despite not being certified as Made for iPhone. Still, experts warn that while it works now it might not in the future should Apple decide to change things for third party cables.

Despite some flaws, reviewers highly recommend the ChargeKey as the go to portable lightning cable. Tech Reviewer says, "I would recommend this product to any prospective buyers as long as you are aware of its minor drawbacks." CNET adds, "…if you frequently find yourself in need of a charge cable and don't want the hassle of packing an actual cord…the ChargeKey makes an excellent travel companion."

Reviews (8.7/10 Avg. rating)


iPhone in Canada

Must-have lightning cable for iPhone

from iPhone in Canada

The ChargeKey is moderately priced at $25, which is a few dollars more than what you’d pay for a Lightning USB cable from Apple, but more expensive than other third party options. The website offers a $2 off coupon if you perform social network ‘action’ (i.e. ‘Liking’ them on Facebook, etc). Shipping is free if you order two or more and right now there is a backlog on orders still.

At the end of the day, the ChargeKey has become one of our favourite iPhone accessories to date. Knowing that you have a Lightning cable with you at all times is a powerfu... Full review

TheTechReviewer

Well-built and ultra-portable

from TheTechReviewer
I found the ChargeKey to be clever product that offers a convenient way to carry a lightning cable while on the go. The design keeps it ultra-portable, but it does have a few slight drawbacks in a real-world situation. If you're someone who constantly deals with a dead battery and is looking for an aftermarket charging solution for your iOS device then the ChargeKey may be the right product for you. I would recommend this product to any prospective buyers as long as you are aware of its minor drawbacks... Full review
Apple Insider

Small, durable, lightweight, and fits on a keychain

from Apple Insider
The ChargeKey is small and it works. Those simple accomplishments alone make this a success.Priced at $25, the ChargeKey is a decent value, coming in $5 cheaper than Apple's own official Lightning cables. It's also a unique product, the likes of which we haven't seen elsewhere on the market.Based on its price, portability and functionality, we can easily recommend the ChargeKey to any keychain-carrying users invested in Apple's "iDevice" ecosystem.  .. Full review
Android Guys

Small, flexible, and portable

from Android Guys

The material of ChargeKey makes it so it’s bendable and can withstand the normal abuse metal keys are subjected to on your keyring. With ChargeKey able to bend and move, it also means your iOS device will sit flat on the table or desk as you have your device connected. On top of that, it’s nearly impossible to always find a USB port or charging station that has a surface directly underneath it. As such, the ChargeKey creates a secure enough connection to hold an iPhone, while bending, without requiring you to hold your device the entire time it’s connected.

I ha... Full review

Mobile Syrup

My most-used accessory is a $25 charging cable

from Mobile Syrup

ChargeKey’s beauty is in its versatility: it’s thin, light and extremely durable, made of a flexible rubber that bends without tearing. Though the USB portion only enters its port in one direction, Apple’s Lightning adapter is dual-sided, so it’s always possible to orient your device, whether an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, in a way that faces up.

Sadly, this won’t be the case with the microUSB version (at least until the next generation product is released), but the product can bend, largely negating that limitation.

Another advantage of A... Full review

GigaOM

An iPhone charger you won’t leave home without

from GigaOM
For $25, the complaints I have against the ChargeKey are sure to be forgotten the first time I’m really in a bind and need a quick charge for my phone. It’s just a few dollars more than a three-feet Lightning cable from Apple, and much more likely to be there for you when your battery’s at less than 10 percent.So for a quick emergency charge, Nomad’s ChargeKey is just about guaranteed to be there for you in an emergency. Unless you forgot your keys, that is, in which case you have bigger problems to take care of. .. Full review
iLounge

One of the smallest Lightning cables available on the market

from iLounge

We can appreciate the appeal of a small, portable cable, and ChargeKey’s price is much more agreeable than Kii at $40. There are a few drawbacks though, including the lack of any caps or other ways to protect the plugs. The unofficial Lightning connector doesn’t seem to be a problem yet, but we feel obliged to provide the requisite warning that it may become an issue in the future, depending on Apple’s whims. All in all, ChargeKey earns a general recommendation. It offers the same functionality as Kii, and the price delta helps alleviate some of the missing features. Altho... Full review

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

33 from Amazon.ca

33 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad). Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.2 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8.4/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

114 from Amazon.co.uk

114 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the NomadKey (for iPhone, iPad). Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

7.6/10

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