It’s the battle of the Nomads! The two contenders step out into the area and flex their bodies. The Nomad Key has the right angles but the Kero Nomad is sleek and slender. Who will take the the honour of charging Princess iPhone tonight? Read on..
The need for these
I tend to play around with my phone. A lot. I check for app updates, new apps, download music, watch videos, check emails, delete emails, shoot videos, upload videos, etc. Sometimes I find myself running out of juice and I pull out my power bank only to be greeted by a 1m lightning cable that looks plain ungainly on a neatly arranged desk. I wanted something more easy to carry that would fit in my pockets and would do the job of supplying nutrients to my power hungry phone. After some research, I found the Nomad Key and the Kero Nomad. They are not cousins or half brothers. They simply happen to share some common alphabets. What they do is provide an attractive solution to anyone that needs to connect their phone to a power bank or an USB outlet.
First up, the Nomad Key
Nomad is a company that prides itself on innovation and quality. These qualities project brightly from the beautifully designed and built Nomad Key.
As the name suggests, it’s roughly the size of an average key and is meant to be part of your keyring. One end has a standard USB and the other a lightning port, which is at an angle to the rest of the device. It’s made of a rubbery material that feels really solid to the touch and doesn’t seem like it will fray, bend or break anytime soon. The Nomad Key can be bent to suit the angles required between your phone and USB outlet, but will spring back into the original form once disconnected. It can be used to charge and sync any Apple device and is MFi certified. So that gives me additional peace of mind. It works like it’s advertised – charges your phone. I personally haven’t noticed any boost or lag in charging speeds.
It’s a very convenient option to carry when you don’t want a tangled mess in your bag or pocket.
Come on up, Kero Nomad
To satiate my charging needs, I also got one from Kero. This one is called the Nomad. It has no weird angles and houses an USB port at one end and a micro USB port at the other. The reason I got micro USB is I have some devices that need this monstrosity of a design to charge up. I hate the micro USB. It’s ugly and a pain to slot in correctly when can’t see where the port is.
The Kero comes with two caps for either end and also feels very sturdy and well built. The use of high quality rubber lends itself to the cause and doesn’t seem frail by any means. Again, no discernible advantage or lag in charging speeds, but offers the same convenience as the Nomad Key for hassle free charging. I plan to use this for my iPhone by adding on the lightning adapter from Apple.
I’d recommend both. The pair of them are available for iPhones and in micro USB configurations, so it’s up to you to pick which ones you want. They are both well built and seem to be able to last a long time. The Nomad Key looks and feels more premium than the Kero and hence charges a premium. I picked up the Nomad Key from Amazon for USD 25 and the Kero Nomad for USD 10 and had them shipped on VPost.
An alternate would be the Belkin Mixit cable, which is also a very short lightning cable. It is available at most Apple branded stores – Infinite, iStudio, NuBox, etc and retails for about SGD 22. I’ll do a separate super quick review on that soon.