JUMP Cable: A smart charging cable that doubles as a battery

One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is their battery life. That’s the only obstacle to constant connectivity and while the many heavy battery cases and bulky power banks can you help you keep your smartphone powered, sometimes they give you more headaches (remember, they need to be separately charged too) than reprieve in keeping your smartphone up and running.

If you can relate to this, then Native Union’s JUMP Cable might just be the solution to your smartphone-charging problems. The JUMP Cable is a lightweight USB charging cable with a twist: it also has a small self-charging inline battery that should provide your smartphone with some much needed emergency back up power.

What Is The JUMP Cable?

The JUMP Cable is a USB charging cable with an inline 800mAh battery that weighs less than two AA batteries. It is also small enough to fit in your coin pocket. The makers claim that the 800mAh battery is powerful enough to add a third to the battery life of an iPhone 5/5s and is good for nearly 4 hours of talk time or web browsing.

Jump Cable Charging From Laptop

The cable itself works like a normal USB cable: it will charge and sync your phone, and it supports high speed data transfer. One of the most interesting things about the JUMP Cable’s battery is its patented AutoCharge technology. When you plug it into your phone and a power source for charging, the moment the smartphone battery is full, JUMP Cable automatically charges itself.

Jump Cable AutoCharge Technology

The JUMP Cable will also work with wall sockets and car chargers, so you can use it with just about any source you’d normally use to charge your smartphone.

Jump Cable Charging From Wall

The JUMP Cable comes in both Lightning and Micro USB versions. It’s currently being funded on Kickstarter, and a $40 pledge will get you either version if you’re in the United States.

If you’re outside of the United States, you’ll have to add $10 for shipping. The JUMP Cable has already hit its funding goal, so barring any manufacturing issues, you should be receiving your JUMP Cable in May 2014.