Ideally, cables would be out of the picture completely but until that glorious day, this Kickstarter project wants to make owning micro-USB and Lightning devices a little more convenient by creating a charger that fits both of them. It’s called the LMCableand, like most innovative ideas, it’s actually fairly simple. It’s one cable and one connector, but one side of the connector fits Apple devices, and the other fits micro-USB.
This one cable charges both iPhones and Androids
LMCable is seeking $5000 on Kickstarter, but it’s completely smashed that goal and is sitting at $46,618 at time of writing with 29 days of the campaign left to go. If you’d like to pledge some money yourself, $21 (around £11) will secure you a cable in your choice of colour with an estimated delivery date of April 2016. This shipping date is ludicrously soon and the creators are already anticipating delays to delivery times due to the sheer number of orders.
The main thing to bear in mind about this cable is that there’s a very slim chance it’ll be approved by Apple for meeting its “Made for iPhone” standards so if that certification is important to you, don’t expect to see it on this device. There are plenty of chargers out there from existing companies that are able to charge all your devices, like this one that has a Lightning connector as an adaptor. If, however, you’re determined to charge all your tech by using one neat cable and you’re happy to take the Kickstarter risk, LMCable could be just what you’ve been looking for.