Startup Spotlight: TravelCard Wants to Help Travelers Keep Their Phones Juiced On the Go
A California company called Go-Design thinks it has a solution for the age-old problem of having a battery die on one of the modern world’s most seemingly essential tools: your smartphone. The company has developed the TravelCard (patent pending), which exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal in only two days. In fact, as of this writing, the TravelCard is the #2 Most Popular project on Kickstarter in the Product Design category.
The TravelCard is the exact size of a credit card, carries a 3/16 inch thickness, and provides enough juice to your beloved smartphone to keep it going through up to five hours of talk and 4.5 hours of web usage with 1300 mAh.
Keep chatting for up to five additional hours with TravelCard
The outer shell is anodized aluminum in a variety of colors such as those shown in the above photo provided to us courtesy of Go-Design. An integrated Lightning or Micro-USB cable provides the charging connection for iPhone devices as well as Windows Phone and Android devices, which certainly makes it even more “compatible” than many chargers available on the market.
Apple has approved the initial design, and if a production sample is approved the TravelCard will be made in an Apple certified factory with a MFI designation.
“The TravelCard gives you the peace of mind knowing that you always have five hours of back up power in your wallet,” said Chris Hansen, marketing manager for Go-Design. “We felt from the start that Kickstarter, with its history of breakthrough products would be the perfect place to introduce it.”
Go-Design is offering a pre-order Kickstarter price of $30.00-$40.00. The regular retail price will be $45.00. You can get yours here.
TravelCard isn’t the first charger we’ve looked at to help global roamers and app addicts stay connected while on the go. We’ve also looked at solar chargers as well. It will be interesting to see how the TravelCard holds up, and we’ll be posting a review of the product ourselves once we’ve received our own device. In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to pick one up for yourself at the link above.