As I write this, I’m somewhere in Asia, with a bag full of assorted cables and devices. I’ve gotten good at packing light, but I’ve still got a ways to go. Certainly there’s something to be said for those products that can pull double duty — take the brand-new Huawei phone or most recent iPad Pro update, all of which double as appliance chargers.
The Changer looks to be a clever take on the idea for the perpetually low on battery. The $89 yolked Bluetooth earbuds double as a charging cable. Snap the headphone bits off and you’ll find USB-C, microUSB and Lightning connectors.
The headphones sport a 12-hour battery, according to the company, and can be plugged directly into the wall. The cable can also be used to plug a mobile appliance into a battery pack or plugged into two dissimilar devices to share a charge.
I’ll admit I’m a bit skeptical about the efficacy of all this at this point, and the fact that its manufacturer, 49101, is opening up pre-orders through Indiegogo. The headphones are set to begin shipping early next year.