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A Chinese outfit called Hevo Labs is pitching a new iPhone battery case called "Cabin" on Kickstarter, and they're quickly racing towards their goal of $50,000. What's the big deal? The proposed case allows you to put a tiny adapter into the Lightning port of your iPhone 5 or 5s, thereby letting you charge the device with the magnetic goodness of a MagSafe-styled connector.
The case itself is a slim little thing, although Hevo claims that it outperforms normal battery cases (and more than doubles the hours you'll get out of a standard iPhone charge). Crafted from polished aluminum, the device respects Apple's design philosophy and complements it in a way that third-party peripherals seldom do.
As of the time of writing, they've already amassed $34,731 and there's still 42 days to go. The idea's so popular that, should you wish, you can simply sit on the page and watch the numbers race up.
Keep in mind that it's only an adapter, so you won't be able to take your MacBook MagSafe power cable and charge your iPhone with it. There's a good chance, too, that simply using the MagSafe name could get Hevo in trouble. In the past, Apple has shut down third-party projects that have used the MagSafe name, such as when battery maker Hyper had to stop selling MagSafe connectors following a lawsuit.
But if you want to take the gamble anyway, now's your chance. (Plenty of people are — the funding pile has already gone up by $1,500 just during the time it took to write this article.) Putting down $25 will get you the full adapter kit, and you'll supposedly receive it sometime in November.
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