Apple’s upcoming AirPower charger is expected to cost a small fortune when it finally makes its debut (who knows when that will be). But there are more affordable options — like Plux, which also charges your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously.
It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have a retro game console that’s small enough to carry on your keychain, an affordable “smart pen” for iPad, and more.
PocketSprite — the Game Boy that fits on your keychain
Powerful consoles with life-like graphics are all the rage, but some of us have a soft spot for the 8-bit era. If you miss your Game Boy classics, you need the PocketSprite. It’s a retro console emulator that fits on your keychain.
PocketSprite can play all Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear games. It’s plenty powerful enough, it boasts a full color display, and it has a rechargeable battery that can last months in between charges.
You can transfer games to PocketSprite wirelessly from any Mac, Windows, or Linux PC, or from an Android phone. And thanks to its 16MB of storage, you can carry a bunch of games all at once.
PocketSprite is the perfect portable console for retro gamers. Get yours through Crowd Supply with a pledge of $55.
SonarPen — the affordable ‘smart pen’ for iPad
If you need the accuracy of Apple Pencil without its $99 price tag, check out SonarPen, an affordable “smart pen” alternative. It’s ideal for those who use their iPad for writing, drawing, digital painting and more.
SonarPen plugs into your iPad’s headphone jack so you never need to charge it. It offers pressure sensing and palm rejection — just like Apple Pencil — plus a shortcut button that can be configured to do different things.
SonarPen comes with pretty-colored cables, and a magnetic pen holder. You can secure yours through Kickstarter with a pledge of just $25.
Plux — charge your Apple devices simultaneously
Plus is the Apple AirPower alternative that won’t break the bank. It wirelessly charges your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously, taking full advantage of the fastest 10W speeds. Plux uses a standard USB-C cable, and unlike AirPower, it has a kickstand so you can charge your devices upright.
That means you can still see your iPhone’s display while it’s topping up, and use it to make FaceTime calls without worrying about your battery dying before your conversation is finished.
Plus is available to pre-order now through Indiegogo. You can claim yours with a pledge of $44.
Idmix — world’s fastest wireless charging bank
If you need wireless charging on the move, you need Idmix. It’s available in 8,000 and 18,000 mAh variants, and it supports the fastest possible charging option on both iPhone and Android devices.
Idmix can charge up to four devices simultaneously and has a built-in USB-C port to support other gadgets — such as your camera, Nintendo Switch, and more — that don’t have Qi wireless charging capabilities.
Prices start at $59 for the 8,000 mAh option and $99 for the 18,000 mAh option. You can pre-order yours now through Indiegogo.
N-Tech — the world’s first all-in-one portable 4K projector
Get crystal-clear 4K video anywhere with the N-Tech all-in-one portable projector. This baby packs serious power into a compact form factor that you can take with you almost anywhere you go.
N-Tech has a battery and speakers built into its wireless, stackable design, and it rotates 360 degrees. Its mount even lets you project your video onto the ceiling so you can lie down and watch a movie in bed. You can control the N-Tech with your smartphone and send content over the air.
N-Tech also has built-in storage for storing movies and TV shows, and an HDMI connection for connecting game consoles, a set-top box, and Blu-ray player, and more.
Prices start at $499 and shipping is scheduled to begin this August. Pre-order your N-Tech projector today through Indiegogo.