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Nomad has already built a reputation for its mini versions of charging cables for gadgets, including micro USB cables that fit on your keyring, and a version for Apple’s Lightning connector. Now, the company is introducing one specifically for the Pebble smartwatch.

Costing $19.95, the NomadKey for Pebble is built specifically for the original version of the watch that came to fruition thanks to more than $10 million in Kickstarter funding three years ago.

The problem facing Pebble — and many other smartwatches — is the battery life, though Pebble does last up to a week under normal use. The issue of battery life is compounded by the fact that the Pebble uses a proprietary charging cable, meaning users are less likely to have access to it should the timepiece run out of juice unexpectedly. This is where Nomad wants to help, with its mini keyring version of the cable.

Pebble Watch & Nomad

Above: Pebble Nomad

Though this version only works with the original Pebble, a Nomad spokesperson tells us that plans are afoot to introduce one for the soon-to-launch Pebble Time and any other future iterations.

There is little question Nomad’s portable products bring much convenience to the mix, but $19.95 does feel a little on the expensive side for what is essentially a small charging cable with a hole on the end to attach to your keys. Indeed, the full-size Pebble charging cable can be bought for less than $15, so part of me thinks Nomad’s cables could be better priced. But maybe that’s just the price of convenience.

It’s also worth noting here that Nomad itself came to life thanks to funding garnered through Kickstarter, so this development helps to illustrate the ecosystem of products that are sprouting up through crowdfunding.


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