Home

Share this Story

thingCHARGER Obliterates IndieGogo Funding Goal, Looks to Change How Your Outlet Works When Charging Devices

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 12.34.33 PM

Crowd funding has given us a lot of very cool gadgets over the past few years and the latest one looks to change how we charge our electronic devices. thingCHARGER has been making the media rounds for a while now, consequently passing their original $25,000 IndieGogo goal. With 11 days left to go, thingCHARGER has raised a whopping $500,000 for their new product. 

thingCHARGER looks to do wireless charging in a different way. Their product is a plug-in device that sits over-top of your wall outlet and features interchangeable tops that allow for different gadgets to be charged on top of it without the need of a cable. iPhones, Androids and other devices can be plugged into the top of the thingCHARGER while still giving you access to your outlet plugs. You can stack multiple thingCHARGERS on top of each as well to create a multi-pronged charging dock. It’s a pretty interesting take on changing how electronic charging works and they have created plenty of enthusiasm for their product.

You can get your hands on a thingCHARGER for just $29 if you get on their IndieGogo campaign before it finishes. If you think you’ll need more than one, they also have bundle packages, like a 2-for-1 at $58 and a 5-for-3 at  $87.

If you are safe with balancing your tablet or phone on top of your outlet charger, hit the link below to check out thingCHARGER.

Via: thingCHARGER
Cheers Monroe!
  • The_Xander_Crews

    At first, I thought…heh…kind of neat. But then once I thought about it a bit more… it makes little sense to get one of these…and it makes less sense to get a number of them and stack them on top of each other.

    - As others have mentioned, it’s dangerous to charge your device this way. The device can’t be strongly supported with the little micro usb metal plug and could easily be damaged if knocked. Seems likely break quite easily.

    - A tablet is much larger, and can’t be very stable plugged into that tiny micro usb plug.

    - Your device is close to the ground for most outlets, making it too accessible to kids, pets, getting bumped if someone walks by, etc.

    - You can’t really use it while it’s plugged in…you can use your device when plugged in with a cord. How often do you get a text or something when your phone is plugged in and you pick up your phone to see the text, and maybe reply to it. You can’t do that with this device.

    - It’s just too expensive for what it is. You can get a 6 outlet cover that covers up the existing outlet for like $6 if you need more outlets.

    - If you stack three of these on top of each other, it’s sticking out of the wall…what…maybe 5-6 inches…with your devices plugged into the top of each one? That’s not safe or practical.

    On the surface, it seems like a neat idea…but if you think about real world use, it’s not practical at all…and far too expensive.

    I fail to see the big problem with a cord. Using a cord is a better setup than this…sorry.

    - You can plug it in with a cord and let the phone sit on an end table, counter, nightstand, etc…which is much better/safer setup.

    - If you don’t want it taking up an outlet, you can get a power strip for half the cost of this thing or a a 3 plug AC & 2 port USB outlet cover that plugs in over the top of the existing outlet for less than half the price: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10907&cs_id=1090701&p_id=9195&seq=1&format=2&utm_expid=58369800-11.R-enhtUGRrSdHz5vzpVS2g.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.monoprice.com%2FCategory%3Fc_id%3D109%26cp_id%3D10907 .

    - You can use your device while it’s on a cord.

  • Ken Price

    All the outlets in my house (built in 2002) are horizontal, not vertical, so it wont work for my house. I gotta figure there are lots of other houses built this way.

    • The_Xander_Crews

      All of your outlets are horizontal? Why in the hell…
      I’ve seen some outlets that way, only because space deemed it necessary…such as there not being enough space vertically for the outlet. But every outlet??
      Never seen a setup like that. I think you are in the vast minority.
      I’ve seen outlets upside down because of that areas code regulations…but never 100% of them sideways.

  • Justin W

    I think I’ll just get one of these and save a few bucks, as well as have the outlet flush with the wall.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Wiring-Devices-TR7745W-BOX-Combination/dp/B00B1GHC58/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

  • Kevin Mcclain

    A solution should be longer battery life, not ease of charging.

  • David Wanless

    wireless charging > this

  • Intellectua1

    Cool idea but after reading the comments I’d have to agree with the concerns..

  • LionStone

    I just can’t see three of these stacked on top (against) each other, especially when the existing receptacle is older and wonky. Kinda sketchy.

    • sirmeili

      Replace the receptacle or hire an electrician to do it. I wouldn’t trust an older and “wonky” outlet for anything anyways (then again, I have no issue replacing it myself either, so minimal costs to me).

      • LionStone

        Sure… We’re ok with securing the receptacle, but I’m not sure regular folk are, or even would think that it may be an issue. You know how people are…house burns down and next they are trying to sue thingCharge!

        • sirmeili

          true, which is why I suggested the electrician. I would suggest anyone (regardless of using a thingCharge), should have old receptacles replaced if they at all are “wonky”. This includes burn marks on the outlet from shorts :)

          I also don’t think I would do 3 of these. maybe 2. I am starting to get a bit worried after reading some the comments on the stability. I would only use it in the kitchen and maybe the bathroom (not on any low lying outlets). I also don’t think I would use a tablet, mainly just phones (which are light enough to probably have an issue). For instance, besides the fact that my MotoX dock has a back for the phone to rest against, it is still just held in by the jack. knocking it forward could have the same issue.

  • Jeryd Leuck

    People still plug in their phones? And if so, will this work with an otterbox?

  • gpzbc

    My 19 month old son would love this! He would wreck every thing attached to the thingCharger in 2 seconds flat.

  • billy

    Lots of people bashing this, but I think it looks pretty cool. I could use a couple for my kitchen and/or bathrooms. I do share concerns about using the port to support the weight of the device, but I like the concept a lot.

    • jbegs

      I agree. Take the idea of putting your phone/tablet on the top to charge and just look at is adding the ability to have USB ports added to your outlet without having to wire anything. It can be moved from room to room whenever you need it. I’m not sure if I missed it somewhere, but does it act as a surge protector as well?

  • bogy25

    thingCHARGER?? Really? You couldn’t come up with a better name like…um… yes yes Charger or something? Cool idea for phone but put a cradle on that thing for stability.

  • Bryan

    I think this is geared more towards “urban” type living environments. Think small studio apts. or houses that aren’t that big.

    I know a lot of people that have all of their electronics in the kitchen area, even if they have a large house and other places to put them. It’s just a central gathering spot so their counters are filled with their phones, tablets, and laptop computers. In that case, the outlets are usually up high so this would make sense for them. It would at least get the dangling wire clutter off of the counter when the devices are being used and not charged.

    That would drive me crazy, so for me, my electronics have their places where they are used. Laptops/computers in the den, phones on my nightstand for charging at night, tablets on my desk, etc.

    This charger would be pointless for me. My Moto X is only charged at night when I go to bed. It’s rare that I need to charge it during the day. Like others have said, I can’t imagine putting a large tablet on this thing without eventually damaging the charging part. There will be a lot of wear and tear if you don’t put the tablet on and take it off at the right angle every time.

  • JMonkeYJ

    I see lots of things like this that seem predicated on the fact that I have a mess of chargers, tangled cables, etc. But all my devices charge over microUSB. I have a microUSB charger in basically every room, my office, and my car. So I already have a charger for all my things! And I can actually use my devices while they’re charging! Anyway, not to knock this guy, it does seem like a nice design, but I’m happy with my cords, dag nabbit.

    • billy

      I dunno. I hate cords, so I really like the idea of eliminating them as much as possible. I also have micro USB chargers all over my house as well, and it’s kind of a mess. USB cables are draped all over surfaces, which looks awful, or they get lost behind furniture and I have to perform acrobatics to retrieve them. Even my “wireless” QI charger has a power cord plugged into the wall. This gadget offers a way to charge all your stuff with less cable clutter, which sounds great to me! I’m honestly baffled why so many commenters (not you, JMonkeYJ, specifically) are completely dismissing the idea.

      • JMonkeYJ

        Really we need truly wireless power…lasers that automatically track our phone and beam power to it xD

  • pookietookie

    Agree with others on here about the precarious position this puts your larger devices in. Overall, this seems like an interesting concept but wireless charging is so much cooler IMO and it would be better if all devices had these chips built-in. Wireless charging = no connecting to the USB port — EVER. So no wear and tear. My Nexus 5 charges fairly quickly (even though the case) and I can just pick up, plop down, etc. Love it!

  • jessem1323

    Ill just leave this here… goo.gl/CsZ8nE
    $15.91 at Monoprice.

    • JMonkeYJ

      Ha! Nice…

    • Bryan

      That’s much more practical and useful.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Ah monoprice. I like them.

  • Mr E

    I think all of my outlets at home are side-ways….

  • Paul

    What’s the point? Pass.

    • Ian

      Did you watch the video, click any links, or read at all?

  • addicuss

    evertyime i see a charger stand type device the plug is always at eye level in the most convenient place … these things arent practical because most outlets are in the most impractical places imaginable. I dont know about you but I dont want to put my phone behind my nightstand or behind the couch.

  • Jeff Broders

    Just make better qi chargers already. The Palm Touchstone is still better than all the qi chargers on the market.

  • Cory_S

    So, not only would I be charging things near the floor which is strange and unnatural…but it would be vulnerable to people and pets brushing into them and ripping them off by their charging ports. I suppose some kitchen and bathroom outlets may work to get it up to counter level, but that’s an odd place to charge your device.

    • Hothfox

      I wouldn’t mind this in the bathroom so I don’t have to set my phone on the sink, but other than that, I agree.

  • ooja3k

    I’m disappointed about the 2.1amp max output combined between the USB tip on top, and the 2 USB ports on the bottom. Connect 2 devices and you are charging at half ( of most new devices) of their supplied chargers rate. Connect 3 and it will really take some time.

  • jwildman16

    “2-for-1 at $58″ should be 3-for-2 at $58 (buy two, get one free).

  • Jared Denman

    Don’t like! I like having my phone by me on my night stand, not behind my bed right above the outlet!

    • Ian

      Obviously they are targeting other situations where the outlets are more intelligently located….

  • Shane Redman

    But many chargers for places like the bedroom and living room are near the floor….nice, but naaaaaaaah

  • Eric

    I don’t see the application for this. I would not buy it. I would either want true wireless charging or when charging with a wire you can still use the device, with this it’s useless plus many outlets are out of the way. I don’t see anything special about it.

  • Dave Maillet

    Yea, not liking this at all. Having your phone/tablet held only by the charging port is pretty stupid. Especially when this was posted on Droid Life a few days ago.
    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/12/30/all-dock-wants-to-charge-all-your-devices-and-do-it-incredibly-fast/

    • epps720

      yeah I’m real intrigued by the all-dock, just hate how you have to wait until June for it to ship.

  • bitbank

    Looks like an accident waiting to happen. One accidental bump and your device’s charging port is toast. I like Anker’s solution better (5-in-1 high current USB ports). I’ll take the “ugliness” of cables over the risk of breaking my device (which I’ve already done without a risky gadget like the thingCharger).

  • Liderc

    Wonder if they paid for the song that was used in The Social Network that they’re using heh.

  • Greg Abbate

    $29 + $9 + $5

    Not such a great value in my opinion once you pay for the lightning cable adapter and shipping.

  • litobirdy

    Hope the micro usb adapter is reversible or else some devices are going to be facing the wall lol

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

      “Time to put my tablet in timeout!”

      • ken147

        BAD MOTO X!!!!! BAD PHONE!!!

        *flips adapter*

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I was thinking my One would be doing this haha, but I’d probably never buy it anyway

      • zurginator

        The One would be hanging off the side… which is just a terrible idea all around.

  • Ryan Phelos

    I fail to see the appeal, am I missing something?

    • FrankBoston

      ditto

  • litobirdy

    I don’t get it,u wrote that this thing looks to do wireless charging differently.I don’t see wireless charging as a choice in this product at all.

    • JRUIV

      Putting the phone on top is “wireless”

      • litobirdy

        No it’s not.it’s still using the charging port. So it’s still plugged in

        • Adrynalyne

          There is no wire. You are missing the point ;)

          “Their product is a plug-in device that sits over-top of your wall outlet and features interchangeable tops that allow for different gadgets to be charged on top of it without the need of a cable. ”

          • litobirdy

            Eh I guess he can get a pass for that but to me wireless charging is not even using the port

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            No wires needed. :P

            And if you think of typical wireless charging, it still requires a wire…to be plugged into the base.

        • JRUIV

          Notice my quotation marks… Not my words

  • tharealoc

    the charge ports should be recessed a bit, having a device sit and be supported only by the charge tip is dangerous….

    • JRUIV

      Right… I would only use the USB on the bottom

      • Ian

        Probably same here, still a good option to free up outlet space if needed.

    • DroidzFX

      Also with most folks having cases this becomes quite useless.

  • P3droid

    This is all bad, I see a lot of broken phones and damaged ports.