Charging on the move, the ongoing smartphone problem

If you’ve got a smartphone that does all manner of exciting things, you’ll know that sometimes you run out of battery before the day is out. When I switched to the iPhone, I was pleasantly surprised by the battery power in the device – it would get me comfortably through the day, and just need a charge up at night. If I was to use it as a camera, though, on a day out, or as a map to find my way to that day out, then the power supply is severely depleted. The lighter socket in my car is intermittently functional, so that charging on the go can be a problem.

That’s why I’m very intrigued by this Kickstarter project that was fully funded (and way over, in fact), in which a purse, insert or bag has wireless charging functionality inside. You charge your phone, and when it gets low, utilise the pouch in your bag as a top up. When you get home, you can charge the phone and the purse and be ready to go again the next day.

I also really like this super-cool video, which sums up the product in less than ten seconds. I think more marketing should be this quick and simple.

3 thoughts on “Charging on the move, the ongoing smartphone problem

  1. When my battery runs out in my Samsung I change it as I carry a spare. I know you can’t do this with an iPhone but is it an Apple only problem or do other phones not let you into the battery compartment?

  2. With the advent of standardised charging ports, this should be an easy fix. Indeed, there’s already at least two portable chargers for microUSB (which is the standard charging port format). It doesn’t help people like me with old PDAs and smartphones*, but then again my PDA doesn’t run out of juice unless I do something really silly like leave the music player part on all day. (I could swap batteries if it ran out, and it would be pretty easy, but I prefer not to take the case off if I don’t have to).

    The Everpurse is still a good idea because what the current chargers have in common is a complete lack of style. This is a charger you could have on a night out and not feel self-conscious about it being seen.

    * – My PDA, in case you’re wondering, has a proprietary socket only used by other models in its fairly obscure range. The only charging options I’ve seen for it lead to a mains device or a desktop/notebook computer with special software installed. Neither is much use if I run out of power at college, let alone the middle of a typical day out…

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