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ChargeCard: A smartphone sync cable for your wallet

Earlier this week I told you about the ChargeDr, a great little accessory for anyone who routinely travels with a tablet.

It's not the only handy item I uncovered at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. I was also instantly enamored with the ChargeCard, which syncs and charges your mobile device, yet fits in your wallet.

If the name sounds familiar, it's because the ChargeCard debuted last summer as a Kickstarter project. On the CES show floor, near-final production samples were on display, and I was lucky enough to get a sample for review.

The ChargeCard is no larger than a credit card, and barely any thicker. I put mine in my wallet and promptly forgot it was there (until I needed it—see below).

At one end there's a 30-pin connector that can plug into any previous-generation iPhone, though you can also get one with a microUSB connector for Android and similar devices.

In the center lies a USB 2.0 plug on a flexible rubber arm that folds out to connect to your PC.

Just the other day I was working at a coffee shop when I noticed my iPhone battery was running low. I didn't have a sync cable with me, but I did have the ChargeCard. In two seconds it was out of my wallet and plugged into both my laptop and my iPhone.

You can preorder a ChargeCard now for $25 (or $23 if you're willing to tweet about it), a price that includes shipping. They're expected to ship in mid/late February.

As travel gadgets go, this is one of my new favorites. It solves a common problem and takes precious little space doing so.

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