With phones becoming ever more powerful, it seems as though nothing will slow down the evolution of our mobile devices. However, battery life persists as a chief barrier to innovation. As phone manufacturers continue to expand on the capabilities of their products, the life of their batteries isn't progressing commensurately. We still spend too much of our time plugged into a computer or wall outlet.
Bluetech Industries is producing a new product called the SONICable that aims to be the solution to some of our charging problems.
The SONICable is a new type of cable that is currently getting funding from its Indiegogo campaign. It's the invention of Bluetech Industries, the same company that brought about the Slimger portable charger. With this new cable, charging time for mobile devices connected to a computer's USB port will be cut in half, according to Bluetech.
The SONICable accomplishes this claim by using the attached "SONIC" switch. When plugged into the USB port of a computer, it syncs data and charges the device as usual, but when switched into SONIC mode, it allocates all of its resources into charging the device. In this supercharge mode, 1000mA is sent through the cable, as opposed to the 500mA provided by USB 2.0.
This cable boasts more than just the SONIC switch. It is equipped with a dual-sided USB plug, so you "never have to worry about which side is up," as well as aluminum connectors. The cable itself is made of braided Nylon, which will leave the cable free of tangles, as well as ensuring it is strong and durable. It's also 20 percent longer than a standard USB cable, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is Apple MFi-certified. The cable will be available in Lightning Cable for iPhone and micro USB for Android.
While the SONICable claims to increase charging time when plugged into a computer, it says nothing about wall chargers. With how the cable is described to work, it's doubtful that wall charging will be any different with the SONICable.
You can currently order a SONICable for $27, which is 25 percent lower than its expected retail price. The SONICable Indiegogo campaign is scheduled to end February 23, and the cable is expected to ship in March.