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Feb
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Smartphones are convenient, but keeping them charged is not. Charging cables get tangled easily and, despite being lightweight and portable, aren't all that useful on the go. External battery packs can provide a ton of juice when away from a power outlet, but if you forget to keep them charged, you might as well leave them at home. The JUMP Kickstarter project alleviates this issue by combining the two. Now your smartphone cable can double as your external backup battery.

The idea is pretty straightforward. JUMP plugs into your phone and a computer just as a regular cable would, transferring current from one device to the other. Once the phone is fully charged, JUMP then starts to charge itself instead.

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All of the photos show the JUMP working with the iPhone, but there's also a micro USB version available for the same price. Anyone interested just has to toss in $40 to call dibs on either version.

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Before you throw your money at the project, here's the downside. JUMP's batteries only have a 800mAh capacity. That's roughly enough juice to recharge 1/3rd of a typical high-end phone. It could get you by in a pinch, but you might want to bring along another external battery to keep it charged once its kicks the bucket.

JUMP - The Smartphone Charger That Charges Itself

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • philnolan3d

    That's pretty cool. I recently bought an external battery and it works great but it's bigger than this and kind of cumbersome.

  • Michael Romano

    Why not incorporate an AC plug into the battery pack? Eliminate the USB plug altogether.

    • Jeff718

      Then how will they charge it from a laptop?

    • PhillipCun

      that defeats the whole purpose of the concept. LOL

      • Michael Romano

        I mainly charge via an AC outlet, having to carry around a cable and a USB charger. My ideal solution would be to bundle the cable, AC charger, and rechargeable battery pack into one.

    • No thank you.

      That'd defeat the purpose but BOTH options would be cool. AC when it's around to charge the battery itself would be cool. Like a powered USB hub...works for most things without the power adapter but supports all the plugs when plugged in.

  • Jeff718

    Is there any regulation coming up that makes Apple use Micro USB?

    • Mado

      That's in the EU. However, Apple got around this by stocking an adapter in the box.

  • nvllsvm

    800mAh? No thank you. I'll stick with my Anker Astro Slim3.

    • Laura Wilson

      With the Note 3, I carry the spare in my bag, but have not ever needed in the first 3 month of owning this phone.

  • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

    The $ per mAh on this just make it a no go in my book. I get that it's small and convenient (the built-in cables would be great, really). But no way I'd pay $40 for a measly 800 mAh when my 12k mAh backup was a few $$ less.

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  • vgergo

    I cannot drain my Note 3 in a day. I stopped even plugging it in the the car! I have every feature enabled including always listening wake-up, smart glance, step counter, location history, all... It's not unusual to have around 70% remaining at the end of the day, but even if I constantly read and play on it, the gauge hardly dips below 30%. I had a Note 1 before, it lasted a day if I was careful, turning off most advanced features. I carried a spare battery and sometimes I even needed to swap it in. With the Note 3, I carry the spare in my bag, but have not ever needed in the first 3 month of owning this phone.

    • No thank you.

      Note 3 FEW! ! Just upgraded to 4.4 using Knoxraid room 2.6 and I get a day and a half EASILY with this room. Full brightness and wifi on too although not on wifi all day just sporadically.

  • xanok

    Seriously, who funds this garbage? WTF.

  • No thank you.

    "but you might want to bring along another external battery to keep it charged once its kicks the bucket" THUS defeating the sole purpose of it to begin with. I'm not carrying two batteries. Just one.

    • Markoff

      actually you are forgetting about the one inside your phone... so it's 2 vs 3 batteries

  • CerealFTW

    800mah for $50 with shipping? I'll pass, but cool concept

  • HugePotato

    I love it. They got 400k $ for piece of crap and they charge 40$(?!) for that? Give me a break. Not to mention that they reached kickstarter goal so now we can have POUCH. God that is so awesome. Who gives cash to these people goddamn?

  • xdapao3

    Idiots buy useless integrated-battery toys and have to deal with tethered external batteries, crippling "power-saving" settings and battery anxiety, powerusers buy and use Note IIs and Note IIIs...

    I have NEVER chained down to a wall charger my smartphones in the last 13 years and I have never had to deal with tethered external batteries, crippling "power-saving" settings and battery anxiety... I leave all of this crap to clueless idiots.

  • RaptorOO7

    The concept is nice, and have a quick charge for on the go isn't bad but I already have several battery packs 12000mAh and a spare stick 2200mAh as well.