Our favorite tech and tech accessories are the ones that take up the least amount of space while being as functional as possible. If you need an example just check out the ever-thinning flagship iPhone lineup. And there’s actually a good reason for that type of thinking, at least for me: when I’m headed to the coffee shop to get some work done or when I’m traveling I want to keep things as light as possible and that’s why I’m pretty excited about the LifeCard and LifeLink from PlusUs.
Let’s start with the LifeCard which claims to be the world’s thinnest and most compact portable phone battery. I can’t actually verify that claim but I can tell you it IS really freakin thin. It’s about the thickness of 3 credit cards and it’s designed to fit in your wallet.
The LifeCard is available for both iOS and Android phones and has a 1,500 milliamp capacity. For some perspective, that’s about 45% of a fully charged iPhone 6s battery. So it’s not going to give you a full extra day’s worth of a charge, but it can definitely extend the life of your phone on a busy day or come in handy in a pinch.
I really like the built-in cable that stores within itself. This means you’ve got everything you need in one sleek package and don’t have to worry about packing anything extra — well, kinda. You will need the USB charging cord to charge the battery pack itself…
But like any good portable battery pack, the LifeCard features some useful lights that let you know how much juice is left, and that’s definitely useful.
One thing that isn’t quite as good as I might like it to be is the 1 Amp charging speed. It’s useable, but it’s not as fast as I’d like. Again, in a pinch, who cares?
I definitely like the overall design of this thing. The stainless steel looks nice but it definitely is a fingerprint magnet. Also, I’ve noticed several small scratches on the surface after just a few days worth of use. Other than scratching easy I’d say this thing is pretty tough and should last quite a while.
If you’re looking for a super-portable power pack to help you get through a long day of heavy phone use, this is definitely something to consider. There are definitely much larger power banks out there, but this one’s going to be great for you travelers. Personally, I’d stick this in my backpack and simply appreciate that it takes up less room. I probably won’t end up carrying this around in my wallet thought because I use a super minimal wallet from Bellroy that is already pretty full. Still, it would fit if I wanted to.
Next up lets check out the LifeLink which is a fairly odd looking backup charging cable encased in bendable Teflon. The idea here is to carry this on your keychain or wallet so you’ll never be stranded without the ability to charge your phone.
It’s a really simple accessory: there are two sides held together by a metal spring in the middle. On one side is a USB port and on the other side is a Lightning or Micro USB port and the two sides lock together sort of like a puzzle for storage.
The LifeLink is actually even thinner than the LifeCard at about the thickness of just 2 credit cards. I’d actually probably be more likely to carry this guy around in my wallet instead of the LifeCard.
While this is geared more toward avoiding emergency situations I’d actually love to take this with me on my next trip and leave my normal charging cable at home. That way I’d have a lot less clutter.
While this isn’t the most glamorous tech accessory I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely going to be super useful in certain situations. Plus, it’ll charge your phone more than twice as fast as the LifeCard thanks to it’s 2.5 Amp charging ability.