Feb 28, 2017 12:46 PM EST
Kado Wallet, Kado Sleeve Wow As 'World's Thinnest’ Chargers, But High Price Has Users Wincing
Bulky gadgets are now unacceptable for always on-the-go consumers. This is why tech companies have been shrinking their products' sizes while maintaining efficiency. The Kado Wallet and Kado Sleeve are some of those "groundbreaking" gadgets that are far from "bulky, cumbersome power blocks with dangling cables" that users are accustomed to.
The Kado Wallet is touted as the world's slimmest charger, with its thickness (or thinness) akin to three credit cards piled atop one another. With that size, the charger fits perfectly in a bi-fold wallet or in a jean pocket.
The Kado Wallet measures 1.88-inch x 1.57-inch (48 x 40mm), with its thickness less than 0.2 inches. It comes with a uniquely designed cable to ensure a tangle-free experience, though it has a 2-foot long retractable cord for micro USB, Lightning or USB-C ports. The charger has foldable interchangeable prongs on the top side.
The charger is compatible with iPhone and Android devices. It doesn't require much time to store energy thanks to its 2.1A Fast Charge feature.
The Kado Sleeve is for laptops and like its sister product, the 70-watt charger is slim as a pencil and as big as a smartphone. It has two USB ports that allow two devices to be charged at the same time.
The Kado Sleeve comes in two colors (black and white) and measures at 1.88-inch x 3.54-inch (48 x 90mm), with a weight of 3.4 oz. (97 gr.). The charger folds into two so it can fit easily into a laptop sleeve or your pocket.
Aside from those features, the laptop charger is equipped with a 6.5-foot long cable and numerous charging tips for different laptops. The Kado Wallet and Kado Sleeve are a huge help for people who's always on their smartphones or laptops, but the chargers' price can be heavy for some users.
According to Mashable, the Kado Wallet will be launched on Kickstarter for around $50, while the Kado Sleeve will cost approximately $99. Those prices, however, are worth it for the devices' practical and efficient design. Expect the products to roll out in spring 2017.
Itay Hasid, Kado co-CEO, told Digital Trends that they are "always looking to increase our mobility" and they do this by boosting the charger speed without compromising its size. They want to deliver "truly portable solutions" for users' laptops, tablets and phones.
Would you buy the Kado Wallet and Kado Sleeve? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and check out the chargers in action below.
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