Smartphones may be mobile devices, but their short battery lives mean that users need to constantly tether themselves to wall outlets. With this in mind, Velvetwire set out to design a more stylish, eco-friendly way to recharge. The Powerslayer uses a special software to ensure devices don't overdraw power, which conserves energy and protects batteries. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store and Kickstarter recently announced the Velvetwire Powerslayer would be one of the products launched by their collaboration.
Until smartphones get longer-lasting batteries, a wall-plug USB charger and a charge cable remain a vital, though usually boring accessory. The Velvetwire Powerslayer distinguishes itself from the charger included with most devices by using special software to be efficient and environmentally friendly. The exterior design alone was stunning enough to earn it a spot in the short list of products launched by the Museum of Modern Art Design Store’s collaboration with Kickstarter.
Since a replacement USB wall charger plug for your iPad or iPhone will cost you only $19 to replace, it’s hard to justify a $40 wall charger. The Powerslayer’s selling point, however, is its power regulation. The embedded software in the charger monitors the charge status on the device, and cuts the power when it's fully charged, so it’s not unnecessarily drawing energy.
Though using the device will cut down on power use, it would take a lot of use to offset the carbon footprint from its production. A better selling point is that by cutting out when the device is charged fully, the Powerslayer also saves the device’s battery from premature wear.
The charger is about 3 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and an inch thick, which makes it larger than almost any wall outlet-to-USB plug you'll see, but the design is meant to distinguish it from other wall chargers.The triangle pattern on the device has an outstanding single LED that is orange while charging, green when the device is charged, and off when it's drawing no power.
If you spring for the full kit ($85), you get a wool carrying case, and a rope-inspired Lightning cable for new iPads and iPhones. If using less energy in your daily life appeals to you, the Powerslayer is the most design-minded and functional option you can find.