This Phone Charger Connects at a 90-Degree Angle—And It Makes All the Difference

They fray. They crack. They snap. Usually at a rate of once every four months. We’re talking about phone chargers here, and we deserve better.

To put an end to the madness once and for all, electronics and mobile tech brand Aukey created an alternative: a highly bendable charger that stays out of your way. As The Strategist notes, the charger’s USB plug and connector both extend at a 90-degree angle. This prevents you from pressing down on the cable (a common cause of breakage) every time you use your phone while charging it.

Even though the cord will be shifted away from your hands, Aukey has wrapped the cable in durable braided nylon, just for good measure. The company says the charger can withstand 10,000 bends (although who’s counting?). As The Strategist puts it: “That would allow you to bend your cable 10 times a day (though I can’t imagine why you would need to) every day for nearly three years.” Looks like you won’t need to make an emergency trip to the nearest department store for a new charger anytime soon.

The Aukey lightning cable is compatible with iPhones and Apple devices, and it’s available for purchase on Amazon for $14.99.

[h/t The Strategist]

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Connect Your Nintendo Switch Audio to Wireless Headphones With This Bluetooth Adapter


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One of the top gifts this holiday season is the Nintendo Switch ($300), and playing it with others is one of the safest ways to connect this year. You can make game time even more social with this Bluetooth adapter that can connect your Switch, smartphone, and wireless headphones simultaneously. That means you can listen to music, Switch audio, and even chat while you play. And through December 5, you can get it for just $36.54 with the code DEC15 at checkout.

The adapter works with a simple two-button design that houses the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and an advanced DSP algorithm to combine audio from your Switch and smartphone to stream wirelessly to your headphones or speakers.

The product earned itself a 4.7-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers saying, “The HomeSpot Bluetooth Adapter Pro is a must-have accessory for the Nintendo Switch” and, “I just ordered air pods for traveling and now I can listen to my Switch and/or whatever music or podcast I want all at the same time!”

The HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Adapter Pro has five intuitive indicators that show operation at a glance. All of that functionality is housed in a pretty low-profile design that fits seamlessly with the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Lite. The set comes with one adapter, one USB-C to USB-A converter, and a pouch for storage.

For a limited time, the HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Adapter Pro is 14 percent off at a final price of $43. It's the perfect gift to keep your pals connected after a year of Zoom fatigue.

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