Call it the Dracula of iPhone chargers: the ChargeBite doesn’t charge your iPhone by juicing it up from an inclosed battery pack, but by sucking precious electricity from a friend’s iPhone and siphoning it into your own.
Although at first blush it looks like the electrical equivalent of siphoning someone’s gas, the ChargeBite kind of ingenious. The guys behind the ChargeBite call it a “social charger” but it’s really more of a vampire charger.
The idea is really simple. The ChargeBite attaches to your keychain and connects up to three devices. Let’s say you’re out and about, and your iPhone is running low on electricity, but your girlfriend’s has a nearly full charge. You just use the ChargeBite to connect the two iPhones, and your girlfriend’s device will give your iPhone an electricity infusion.
Here’s another scenario. Imagine you’re traveling with an iPad and your iPhone. Your iPhone runs out of electricity, but your iPad has a massive 11,666 mAh battery inside of it, capable of recharging your iPhone eight times! Why not siphon a little bit of electricity from that battery off the top to get your iPhone working again?
I have to admit, although I scratched my head at first, I actually love the idea of the ChargeBite. I don’t want to carry around any more batteries with me, or remember to charge another gadget, but I’m never without an iPad and iPhone. The ChargeBite allows me to charge any iOS device from any other iOS device, leveraging the big batteries I’m already carrying around with me. Genius!
The only problem right now is that the ChargeBite isn’t compatible with Lightning. That’s a big problem, and it’s pretty much the only thing that’s preventing me from forking over $20 to the ChargeBite’s IndieGoGo campaign right now. Surely, guys, you can get a Lightning version going, right?