iPhone 8 bumper cases, must-have charging accessories, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Dynamic Defender
A protective bumper that's actually protective.
Photo: Telephant Labs

Crowdfund Roundup bugBuying a bumper case is a great way to protect your iPhone while showcasing its good looks. But did you know that most bumper cases on the market have poor impact protection? The Dynamic Defender changes that with its unique shock-absorbing mechanism.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have a MacBook charging accessory that should come bundled with every Apple notebook, and more!

Dynamic Defender — proactive protection for iPhone

Telephant Lab believes most of the bumpers you can buy for iPhone are useless at shock-protection. So they created the Dynamic Defender using a “revolutionary shock-absorbing mechanism” that evenly distributes force around the phone.

This prevents the impact from being absorbed by just one area of your shiny new iPhone — usually its corners — and reduces the risk of it breaking. And at just $17 with front and rear protectors included, the Dynamic Defender is an absolute steal.

It’s available for iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and the upcoming iPhone X. You can pre-order yours through Kickstarter now before they begin shipping in November.

The Side Winder — a MacBook charger that won’t tangle

How many times have you pulled your MacBook out of your bag and had to spend ten minutes untangling its charger? If you don’t put it away properly, it’s probably a regular routine. But you never have to worry about it with the Side Winder.

The Side Winder is an innovative wheel for your MacBook charger that makes it truly hassle-free. Simply pop your charger inside it, then wind it to pull the cables in and keep them organized. It makes packing away and setting up fast and simple.

The Side Winder supports MagSafe and MagSafe 2 chargers in 60W and 85W variants, and USB-C chargers in 61W and 87W variants. That means you’re good to go if you have a MacBook Pro. You can pre-orders yours through Kickstarter with a pledge of $23 or more.

Kurrent — the total charging solution

If your charging woes extend beyond a MacBook, you need Kurrent, the total charging solution. It’s perfect on your nightstand, with a built-in Qi charging pad for iPhone 8 and iPhone X, an AC power port, an extendable Lightning cable, two USB ports, and an alarm clock.

It’s everything you could want in a bedside gadget, and you can claim yours on Indiegogo now for $115. Shipping is scheduled to begin in January.

LunaR — the first solar-powered smartwatch

The biggest complaint about smartwatches is that you have to charge them almost every night. But not if you sacrifice fancy displays and smarts you don’t need for solar power. LunaR is the world’s first solar-powered smartwatch you never have to charge.

It looks like a traditional wristwatch, but it’s capable of tracking sleep and activity, notifying you of incoming alerts to your smartphone, waking you up each morning, and displays time in two time zones. It’s also waterproof up to 5 meters.

LunaR is also much more affordable than other smartwatches. If you pre-order yours through Kickstarter now at early bird pricing, you’ll pay just $138. Shipping is scheduled to begin this December.