Nomad Introduces Revamped 'ChargeKey' With Lightning and USB-C Options

Popular accessory maker Nomad today announced the reintroduction of the ChargeKey, a classic Nomad product that has been updated with a new look and with 2023 performance standards.

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The ChargeKey is a pocketable charger that attaches to a keychain. It features magnetic tips that connect to one another when the ChargeKey is not in use, and then when needed, the two halves fold out into a small charging cable with a durable, braided design. When folded, the ChargeKey is 7.6cm long, and when unfolded, it is 12cm.

There's a USB-C version of the ChargeKey with two USB-C connectors for charging an iPad, Mac, or future USB-C iPhone with a USB-C power adapter, and there's also a Lightning version with a Lightning connector for the iPhone and a USB-C end that connects to a computer or power adapter. It can fast charge an ‌iPhone‌ up to 20W with an appropriate power adapter.

Back when Nomad launched in 2013, the ChargeKey was one of its first products. The old version was available with Lightning and microUSB, compared to the new version with USB-C connectivity. We were able to test out the ChargeKey ahead of launch, and it is an ideal portable charger for use when you need a cable on the go. It should stand up well to abuse with its braided cable.

Nomad's Lightning ChargeKey is priced at $35, and the USB-C ChargeKey is priced at $25.

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Top Rated Comments

mgmacius Avatar
10 months ago
CHARGER?! It’s a cable! Not a charger. And crazy expensive one.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
burnout8488 Avatar
10 months ago
Even though it's called a ChargeKey, the MR article should call it a cable. Nomad does not call it a charger on their website. The word "charger" does not exist on the ChargeKey product page. Why are we calling it a charger here?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Station Grey Avatar
10 months ago
Hang on, what is this exactly?

I genuinely thought it was a charger, what with the article describing it as a charger, and thought it looked quite cool. Like a little emergency backup to make a call or two.

But, er, it's just a cable, right? The Nomad naming is dubious, the MR article is appalling!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hoodafoo Avatar
10 months ago
Free shipping if you spend $150
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
longofest Avatar
10 months ago
so... its a cable on a keychain.

Phil Schiller enters: "can't innovate my ass"
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeerDrinkerDan Avatar
10 months ago
So wait....the picture makes it seem like there's a battery or something, and the name suggests it too, but really this is just a cable that is compact (just the bit pointing to 4 o'clock in the image above). BFD.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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