Usage & Final Thoughts
The JUMP Cable can be used just like a normal charging cable. So when you connect the Lightning side to your device and the USB side to your PC or charger your device will start charging, just like a normal charging cable. For those wondering the cable is a data cable too so you will have no problem syncing with the JUMP Cable. What is great is that once your device reaches 100% charge the battery inside JUMP will start charging. This means that JUMP will always be charged and ready to go.
If you are using a JUMP as just a battery pack just plug in your device and press the small power button on JUMP to start charging your device. Native Union says that JUMP provides an estimated 30–33% charge to iPhone 5. For the iPhone 5s, which has a larger battery, this number is closer to 24–27%, and for the iPhone 6 the charge would be estimated around 15–18%, considering the size of its battery. (These % are calculated based on the phone being tested in idle mode). That is more than enough to get you through until you can find an outlet or USB port.
I have been using the JUMP Cable for the past couple of weeks and now I don’t go anywhere without it. I think that is the beauty of the JUMP cable is that it is so simple and so small that it is hard not to leave home without it. Being a guy we don’t want to be carrying around a large battery pack in our jeans all night, it is just not comfortable. At the same time if I am taking a battery pack with me I have to remember to bring a lightning cable too, something I always tend to forget. So with JUMP I always have a cable with me and a battery pack that is much easier to carry with me. Check out the photo below to see the size of the JUMP Cable next to two of the battery packs I typically use.
Right now you can pick up the JUMP cable at my favorite online retailer for $49.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Native Union JUMP Cable a perfect 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
– Small and compact
– Cable and battery in one
– Will intelligently charge battery after your phone is done charging
– Quality design
– Available in both Lightning and microUSB versions
– None that I found