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Travel Tech Next: PowerMe Brings Harmony to Apple and Android Devices

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | December 01, 2015

Travel Tech Next: PowerMe Brings Harmony to Apple and Android Devices

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Imagine a beautiful world wherein Apple and Android devices not only co-exist, but power one another, creating a symbiotic relationship that may just make travelers weep from joy.

PowerMe is that budding innovation that aims to bring technology together with harmony that fits so wonderfully in your pocket.

As of this writing, its Indiegogo campaign has raised nearly $20,000 dollars, double what it set out to do with a whopping 38 days left.

The following video illustrates why there might be so much hype over the miniscule product.

Essentially, it rids your luggage of so many back-up battery solutions by allowing you to tether devices to one another for the easy transfer of power and information.

The Indiegogo page explains: “PowerMe can charge any microUSB or lightning device by taking power from most devices; it can also move files between devices, like photos, videos etc. Plus, thanks to the USB adapter, when you're home you can use PowerMe as a classic microUSB or lightning charging cable.”

The easiest way to get your own PowerMe cable is to throw $24 at the campaign, which gets you two cables with two lightning adapters for your Apple devices. Shipping is estimated by January 2016, so the wait shouldn’t be too arduous. The campaign does, however, boast an entry-level package with one cable for $11.

For that price you are getting a ton of room in your hypothetical suitcase.

Now you can use your tablet or phone as a power source for another device. There is also the added benefit of a cable that allows for data transfer or simple USB charging.

As for the most obvious question, the campaign explains: “PowerMe has a + side and a - side. Plus and minus symbols are printed on the inside of the cable. Just plug the + side on the device you want to charge, and the - side on the device you want to take energy from.”

The biggest caveat is that you can’t, as of yet, draw power from an Apple device.

We increasingly take with us a number of devices other than our smartphone. Most of us will agree that taking an extra battery source is a crucial part of the packing process.

However, PowerMe offers a simple alternative for those who are used to having a wealth of power on one of their respective devices.

This will hardly negate the need for back-up power, but it’s an intriguing possibility for those who travel with various tech solutions.  


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