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The Best Charging Cable Is the One You Always Have With You

Native Union Key Cable | inCharge | Skiva Cord2Go
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You probably own a USB battery pack. In fact, you probably own several. But not many of them have built-in charging cables, and without one, your battery is little more than an expensive paperweight.

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The cable that came with your phone wasn’t really designed to slip into your pocket, but if you carry keys with you, there are a bunch of great options that you can clip onto your keychain for any on-the-go charging emergencies.

The braided cable knot of the Native Union Key Cable isn’t really pocket friendly, but if you keep your keys in a purse, it should make this cable easy to find and grab.
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Native Union Key Cable

Native Union’s iconic yarn ball-style charging cable also comes in keychain form. The braided cable comes wrapped up in a decorative knot that will look right at home on larger key rings, and it also includes a lifetime warranty, which is particularly useful on a cable that will take a lot of abuse going in and out of your pocket every day. (Lightning | MicroUSB | USB-C)

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The inCharge wraps around your keychain, and stays in place solely through the power of magnets. The result is incredibly small and minimal, but with a chance of falling off without you noticing.
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inCharge

This 1.5" cable is one of the smallest on the market, and folds over an included keyring, securing to itself with built-in magnets. Since it’s so small and has no true locking mechanism, this one could be a bit easier to lose without realizing, but that’s a small price to pay for something so sleek. (Lightning | MicroUSB | USB-C)

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Skiva’s Cord2Go isn’t what we’d call attractive, but it hides all the delicate parts of the cord when you aren’t using it and will never fall off your keychain accidentally.
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Skiva Cord2Go

Skiva’s Cord2Go is what you might call “over-designed.” But hiding the connectors and cables inside a plastic housing means the delicate parts are less vulnerable, and less likely to get caught when you pull your keys out of a tight pocket. It’s also roughly the size and thickness of a key, and is designed in such a way that it should be essentially impossible to lose. (Lightning | MicroUSB)

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