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JuiceTank iPhone cover integrates collapsible wall charger
The JuiceTank iPhone case's integrated, collapsible electrical plug eliminates the need for a charging cable
When you think of wireless charging, the JuiceTank iPhone case probably isn't what springs to mind. The new smartphone case from phone accessory maker, Dedicated, features a collapsible electrical plug on the back that fits into any North American wall socket. Connecting the JuiceTank case to a phone not only gives it solid protection without much bulk, but also ensures you'll always have a "cordless" charger with you.
The JuiceTank iPhone cover is a concept so straightforward that it's a wonder there isn't a similar product on the market right now. Pressing a spring-loaded button on the back of the case deploys two prongs, which come together to form a plug that will fit most electrical outlets in North America, as well as any other region that uses the same type of socket. With the plug out, all you need to do is plug it directly into the wall to start charging.
The electronics that make up the charging components are so slim that the JuiceTank isn't any bulkier than most other protective cases once the plug is collapsed. The cover itself is made from durable polycarbonate on the outside, with a soft rubber finish on the inside, and is designed to fit both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The designers also included an external micro USB port so the phone can still be synced and charged through a cable if needed.
The only question is just how useful the JuiceTank would be at home. The collapsible plug is certainly a handy feature for on the go, but isn't so convenient if you actually need to use your phone while it charges (unless you want to get down on the floor or hold a power strip to your ear, that is). Also, it seems unlikely that a similar design could be applied to the different types of electrical outlets in other parts of world.
Detached is raising funding for the JuiceTank through Kickstarter and at the time of writing, with almost two months left to run, the project still had about US$100,000 left to reach its $125,000 goal. The cases are expected to retail for $70 each, but backers can get them for $55 each or less depending on how much they contribute. If the creators manage to secure funding though, the JuiceTank could ship as soon as this summer.
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Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.
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Looks like a good idea, but I don't think they will sell many at that price point.
When I first saw the title, I thought it might have some built in storage to supplement the battery in the iPhone(Juice/power, Tank/storage). Then it might be more worthy of that much money.
Love the concept. Dislike the price point. Drop it and I'll grab one right away :)
Kudos to the design team, but agreed - It needs to have some added storage. They can make it a little larger around the edges and incorporate another small battery. Even 50% of the standard battery would be a great add-on.
The price is crazy. There is no reason it needs to be so high. Not everyone can make the 300% markup that Apple does.
Nice case, but I prefer the Pong Research iPhone case. I read that the cell phones emit a dangerous non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation; radiation which can be absorbed by the tissues and cells which come into close contact with the phone. That's why I decided to do something that reduce cell phone radiation levels for protect to my family. In the end though, I found a couple of reviews of Pong Research's cases, that convinced me to give it a try. This case is built with an antenna in between layers of the back cover, which reduces exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception.
Claudia Sainz de Zenteno
It was a good idea, but not really practical. Even if I have to buy many lightning cables just to charge my phone I would than buying this one.Too expensive, sorry.
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