ChargerLeash – An Alarming Idea


chargerleash3They say that one of the first things that starts to go when you age is your short term memory.  It just gets easier to forget where you’ve put things.  If it happens at home it’s just time consuming.  But when it happens on the road it can be a serious inconvenience.  One of the things that’s easy to misplace is the charger for your smartphone or other USB connected device.  There are plenty of hotels I’ve stayed in where the only convenient place to plug in my smartphone charger is behind the nightstand, and it’s one of the easiest places to forget after you’ve taken the phone.  Enter ChargerLeash.  This is a really simple USB cable that comes in several flavors, but each one has a small alarm to remind you to take the charger once it’s been disconnected.  The alarm will also go off if someone else disconnects your device while its charging in a public place like an airport or Starbucks.chargerleash

Chargerleash comes in several different models:

Apple iphone 30pin for 4/4s/3/3G and iPad 1/2/3 $26.99

Apple iPhone lightning for 5/5s, iPad4, iPad mini and iPad Air $34.99

Micro for Blackberry, Samsung, most androids $22.99

Micro cable with multi-tips $34.99

Now, let’s be blunt.  This isn’t like finding the cure for cancer.  It’s just a simple gadget.  But if you’ve ever unpacked in a hotel room and then remembered that you left your charger in last night’s hotel room,  you’ll be very happy that you made the small investment in ChargerLeash.

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Gary is an award-winning journalist who has been covering technology since IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. Beginning at NBC News, then at ABC News, Ziff Davis, CNN, and Fox Business Network. Kaye has a history of “firsts”. He was the first to bring a network television crew to the Comdex Computer Show, the first technology producer on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the first to produce live coverage of the Solar Power International Conference, and the creator of the Fox Business Network signature series, “Three Days In The Valley”. Along the way he created the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. He has been a contributor to both AARP’s website and to AARP radio, as well as to a handful of other print and web-based publications where he specializes in issues involving boomers/seniors and technology. He has been a featured speaker and moderator at industry events such as the Silvers Summit and Lifelong Tech Conferences at CES, the M-Enabling Health Summit, and the What’s Next Baby Boomer Business Summit. His column, “Technology Through Our Eyes” appears in half a dozen newspapers and websites across the country.