I’m the kind of guy that is so focused on adding the next tech toy to my collection, that I rarely consider the problem of introducing yet another set of cables into my already over-cabled life. I’ve got so many cables floating around in drawers and closets, I am fairly certain that some of them are beginning to form groups, date, and birth new cables, which explains why I have no idea where half of them belong.
This month I was introduced to a new product, Kero, and after putting them to the test with a combination of Apple and micro-usb devices—I think I can dump over half of my cables into the recycle bin and de-tangle a good portion of my life. Here was the secret to my success:
The Nomad Cable by Kero is a simple idea with excellent execution. They have taken the standard USB to Micro USB cable (portable lighning to USB cable also available), shortened it to a compact and functional three inches, armored it with a flat, flexible, and sturdy connection cable–and added a loop on its interlocking cap to hang on your keychain.
This one cable can function with over half my favorite devices, and considering that it can fit just about anywhere, I no longer have to worry about tucking a spare set of cables in my device cozies. Yeah, a cozy—that is what I call all the separate neoprene cases I own to cradle, love, and protect my tech babies.
Most of us guys know that three inches will only get you so far in life. And for those occasions, I no longer settle for average. They say that the average guy packs around six-inches of cable to hookup the majority of his tech devices, but these days I won’t settle for anything less than 10.
The Lasso Cable by Kero works with your iPod, iPhone, and iPad, offering a certified lightning connection that can extend your tech’s reach by a very generous 10-feet. It also comes with an attached Velcro cable tie, for when 10 is more than you can handle. I found plenty of uses for it while traveling this summer.
Cable Weight Management Dock
I will admit that I own a few docking stations that offer gimmicky pleasures, such as a retro-tech designs and a boom-box sound system. However, when it comes down to it, all I really need is a slick anchor that is compact, functional, affordable, and makes me and my iPhone look good.
The Kero Cable Weight is a nice little docking solution. I particularly enjoyed it during my aforementioned road trips this summer. It has a nice weight to it, considering it is made of a generous chunk of solid, machined aluminum. It is small enough to fit into the pocket of my Timbuk2 Messenger bag, and sets up in about three-seconds.
This dock enables me to view my clock app easily when in bed, watch videos hands free on the plane, and it also works as a compact paperweight when working outside on a breezy day.
To sum up: There is no one solution that will make your life easier. However, these are three solutions that can get you pretty far along towards that goal.
Get yours here.
Update: Kero is currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a rechargeable battery that will ‘stick’ to your gadgets via micro-suction technology. This will merge your devices to this external battery backup, so that you won’t have to fumble two devices at once when you’re on the go. Thanks Kero.