Sometimes, the most useful of tools, of accessories, are those that are clean and simple.
A distinctive looking item, the ChargeGuardZ charge cord protector, is one such tool.
Have you experienced the faithful but well-worn device cable? You travel with it, use it in your car, on trips and the bit just around the plug breaks open and frays.
What do you do?
Some times you resort to specialized cables, like this right-angle Lightning cable for iOS devices:
Sometimes you try to use specialized stands:
All well and good, but what if you have devices that all have different connectors, like micro-USB?
The ChargeGuardZ cord protector works with various devices and, therefore, with all sorts of connector types.
Here are additional photos of the black ChargeGuardZ unit that shared with me at the ChargeGuardZ booth at CES 2018:
Some videos about the cord protector:
I can confirm that everything that had been demonstrated and shown by George Zaytoun at CES 2018 and in his company’s videos can be replicated by me and more.
Since CES in January of 2018, the ChargeGuardZ website has presented the cord protector for direct online sales as well as through Amazon and select retailers in the New Bern (North Carolina) area. The suggested retail list price is $9.99 US.
At press time, additional colors available included blue, green, purple and red.
To use the ChargeGuardZ to protect your cable, you first insert your plug into one of the openings on either leg from outside of the unit. Next you bring your plug up through the top opening. It may take some effort, as it is a secure, snug fit.
When you have pulled the desired amount of your cable plug through the opening, plug the cable into the port in question. Slide the Chargeguardz cord protector flush against your device.
Finally, gently pull the extra cord outside of the side opening to remove the slack.
To ensure a secure fit with larger phone cases, consider this from George that he shared online:
Larger phone cases require pulling the charging cord out of the top of the Chareguardz then when the cord is plugged into the phone, slide the ChargeGuardZ up tight against the case.
When not in use, the Chargeguardz can be used to wrap/organize your cable.
I agree that theChargeGuardZ with my Amazon Fire Tablet made it easier to read and browse for longer periods of time by allowing the resting of the tablet on my chest (this was demonstrated in the first of the shared videos). May not necessarily be useful on other anatomy configurations, but it certainly was with mine.
My primary concern is that, while Lightning plugs are more often than not consistent in thickness, this is not necessarily the case with microUSB plugs/cables.
Some were modest or trim in size, similar to Lightning plugs/cables:
Others were, well, huge:
The ChargeGuardZ worked in these cases, but, boy, a really tight fit. My recommendation: get a dedicated ChargeGuardZ for these particular plugs.
I found using the ChargeGuardZ cord protector in my car’s beverage holder to be a default application. As we are barely into the middle of winter, it has held up well to plugging and unplugging multiple times per day for four weeks. The harsh summers in Las Vegas will surely be a significant test for the durability of this item but, so far, I’m pleased that it is so easy to use.
The ChargeGuardZ charge cord protector travels well, fitting easily in my messenger bags and my computer bags with the cords with which I tested the unit. It is flexible; its rubber form-factor meant I never worried about it breaking if I dropped it.
The cases I have did not present any attachment problems for the ChargeGuardZ cord protector. Happily, all of my application attempts worked: iOS, smartphone, tablet and e-readers.
I give theChargeGuardZ cord protector a 10 out of 10. It does what it does well, easily and simply.