Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader ($30) isn’t an entirely new concept. Scosche was the first company to make a big splash in compact charging cables with 2010’s flipSync and the subsequent year’s flipSync II; the first edition was one of our CES Best of Show Finalists, and the second earned a limited recommendation. Mojo Treble offers similar features without directly cloning either model, and brings its own unique features to the table, in either black or white plastic.

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Both generations of flipSync forced users to choose between a Dock Connector plug, or Mini- and Micro-USB, with separate models for each. Mojo Treble—which measures in at 1.25” wide and 1.75” long when folded up—eliminates that issue by giving you both Apple’s proprietary connector and a Micro-USB plug together on the pop-out end cap; the company states on its website that the two connectors are not to be used at the same time. Also interesting: iBattz also built in a slot for a microSD card. You simply slide a switch on the top of the unit and it’ll change modes, allowing you to read and write to the card from your computer.

 

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

That cap is connected to Mojo Treble’s main body by a short length of cord that supports 2.1A charging, a big difference compared to the 1A charging Scosche’s cables guarantee. Inside the housing, you’ll find the main components: a very compact flip-out, full-sized USB plug, a loop for connecting the included keychain, and a collapsible SIM card ejector. That last piece is likely only going to appeal to frequent travelers who need to swap carriers or cards on a regular basis.

 

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Review: iBattz Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

flipSync II’s main issue was that it cost as much as Apple’s name-brand cable yet lacked its length and wasn’t fully iPad ready. On the surface, iBattz’ charger could get knocked for carrying a further $10 premium while offering similar functionality, but despite their similar form factors, it’s a different device: the Dock Connector and USB plug are capable of charging the tablet at full speed, while the extras are considerable—the microSD card reader, Micro-USB plug, and Mini-USB plug may well appeal to users who have a mix of Apple- and non-Apple devices, and need a Swiss Army-style tool to connect them. Not everyone will appreciate or need the added features here, but those who do will find this to be a handy little accessory; Mojo Treble is good enough for the price to be worthy of our general recommendation.

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Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: iBattz

Website: www.ibattz.com

Models: Mojo Treble Keychain Cable with Card Reader

Price: $30

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones + Dock Connecting iPods

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