LED-packing USB cable minimizes after-dark phone-charging fumbles
By Paul Ridden
January 31, 2013
For many of us, the last thing we do before going to bed is to plug in and charge the smartphone. There are occasions, though, when fatigue gets the better of you and this important task gets forgotten until all the lights are out. That's where the USB Micro Light charging cable comes into the picture.
The USB Micro Light charging cable is being offered in two different lengths – 3 feet (0.91 meters) and 6 feet (1.82 meters). At one end is a full-size Type A USB connector that plugs into the charger and at the other, a micro-USB Type B connector with a forward-facing white built-in LED. The light is powered on by pressing a button on the top of the connector's outer shell.
This simple but useful concept is not yet available, however. Its creator, Dustin Orndorff from Winchester (VA), has hit the pages of Kickstarter to bring his idea to market. The early bird specials have all been snapped up by eager after-dark gadget users, so anyone wanting to secure a 3 ft USB Micro Light charging cable will have to stump up at least US$14, while the 6 ft version will require a pledge of $16.
A 6 ft curly cable is also available for $18, and a set of all three will require removing $35 from your wallet. Upon successful completion of the crowdfunding campaign, units will begin shipping in March/April.
Orndorff introduces his patent-pending design in the Kickstarter pitch video below.