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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Popcord to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Popcord Lightning cable, which is a portable cable that's designed to fit right on your keyring so it's always with you for charging emergencies.

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The Popcord, which started out as a Kickstarter project, features a Lightning connector attached to a thick silicone body that loops over to fit into an aluminum cover that also doubles as a USB-A port. The resulting Lightning cable loop is compact and fits onto a keyring, belt loop, bag hook, or any similar accessory.

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When you need to charge an iOS device, you can pull the Lightning connector out of the cover, plug it into an iOS device, and plug the other end into any USB-A port on a MacBook or charging adapter. It's a simple solution for when you need a Lightning cable in a pinch. Folded up, Popcord is about two and a half inches long, and extended, it measures in at almost five inches.

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Priced at £29.00 or $40 (shipping included), Popcord is a bit expensive in a market crowded with similar keychain cable solutions, but it is MFi (Made for iPhone) certified, longer than most keychain solutions, and made from a thick, durable rubber that's also flexible. The Popcord comes in several colors, including red, green, white, and black.

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We have 15 Popcords to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (February 16) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 23. The winners will be chosen randomly on February 23 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Keyring Lightning Cable From Popcord
 

DeepIn2U

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$40 for this travel/emergency cable seems rather high when a standard Apple lightning cable is $19.

Won't matter, Apple consumers will still buy it. Price doesn't matter much for this demographic.

That along with the given the convenience of it being on your keys ... you'll not likely forget the cable. Many people place the spare in a particular bag, jacket, etc yet don't always use that particular item for every outing. I purchased one that is much more durable, and if I loose it I'm not going anywhere until I find it since it IS on my keys.
 
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That along with the given the convenience of it being on your keys ... you'll not likely forget the cable. Many people place the spare in a particular bag, jacket, etc yet don't always use that particular item for every outing. I purchased one that is much more durable, and if I loose it I'm not going anywhere until I find it since it IS on my keys.

I'm currently looking to buy a USB key I can hang onto my carabiner keychain. Problem is; most are plastic garbage. If they're not plastic, then I'm limited to a few other metal ones that are great (Kingston Datatraveler SE9) but transfer speeds are horrifically slow. The ONLY good USB key is the Samsung BAR, which is metal and has a keyhole for it (GREAT!) and has great transfer speeds (relative for a USB key).... the only problem?

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Who's the idiot at Samsung that designed it?
 

oneMadRssn

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I'm currently looking to buy a USB key I can hang onto my carabiner keychain. Problem is; most are plastic garbage. If they're not plastic, then I'm limited to a few other metal ones that are great (Kingston Datatraveler SE9) but transfer speeds are horrifically slow. The ONLY good USB key is the Samsung BAR, which is metal and has a keyhole for it (GREAT!) and has great transfer speeds (relative for a USB key).... the only problem?

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Who's the idiot at Samsung that designed it?

https://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Black...TF8&qid=1518816935&sr=8-4&keywords=key+string

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I use this type of string attachment all the time for USB flash drives or other similar things I want around my keychain. For me, the strings usually last about 2 or 3 years before they wear away, so I replace them every year or so.

Makes it easy to remove from the keyring too, if needed.
 

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I use this type of string attachment all the time for USB flash drives or other similar things I want around my keychain. For me, the strings usually last about 2 or 3 years before they wear away, so I replace them every year or so.

Makes it easy to remove from the keyring too, if needed.

I prefer to have all on my carabiner, no extra strings, rings, etc. I have all my house/etc. keys one one loop that I can remove real quick and my car keys on another loop (easily removably). This is my setup:

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Of course, i've got that old Kingston USB stick... I hate the transfer speeds on it, they're terrible.

Oh... and #firstworldproblems
 
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stiligFox

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I prefer to have all on my carabiner, no extra strings, rings, etc. I have all my house/etc. keys one one loop that I can remove real quick and my car keys on another loop (easily removably). This is my setup:

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Of course, i've got that old Kingston USB stick... I hate the transfer speeds on it, they're terrible.

Oh... and #firstworldproblems

I have like 15 of those Kingston drives - I have one for every version of OS X and macOS past 10.6, and many flavors of Windows. They’re slow but hardy :D and cheap now, too.

What carabiner is that? Looks awesome.
 
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oneMadRssn

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I prefer to have all on my carabiner, no extra strings, rings, etc. I have all my house/etc. keys one one loop that I can remove real quick and my car keys on another loop (easily removably). This is my setup:

ebtAzbw.jpg


Of course, i've got that old Kingston USB stick... I hate the transfer speeds on it, they're terrible.

Oh... and #firstworldproblems

I hear ya man, I also use the two-loop system - doors and cars, connectable and separable.

For some stuff, I find the short strings with the tiny 1/4" rings to be nice. Flash drives it the most obvious one. Not only does it let the flash drive on the keys easily, it also lets me plug the flash drive into a laptop without keys and whatnot getting in the way or causing it to lift off the table. Another think the string works well for is bottle openers because it doesn't cause the keys and ring to get in the way of the bottle.
 

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I have like 15 of those Kingston drives - I have one for every version of OS X and macOS past 10.6, and many flavors of Windows. They’re slow but hardy :D and cheap now, too.

What carabiner is that? Looks awesome.

I've had a few of them myself, lost most and now trying to commit to having ONE on me at all times and making sure it's almost impossible to lose.

I got the carabiner on eBay, this is the one:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/TC4-Titani...g-Camping-Key-Chain-Clip-Hook-AF/292217978499

One with a can opener:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Titanium-C...nlocking-Keychain-Multi-tool-EDC/112170971482

And the rings I got separately:
https://www.ebay.com/p/Titanium-All...le-Key-Ring-Keychain-Quickdraw-Tool/502370207

If you do a search on eBay for 'Titanium Carabiner' you're gonna get a ton of results. Only thing I don't like about it is that the rings often end up going inside the carabiner's opposite loop. I like them in the small loop but whatever, this is much better than most other options I've seen. It's small too so it keeps things practical. AND IT'S CHEAP!
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I hear ya man, I also use the two-loop system - doors and cars, connectable and separable.

For some stuff, I find the short strings with the tiny 1/4" rings to be nice. Flash drives it the most obvious one. Not only does it let the flash drive on the keys easily, it also lets me plug the flash drive into a laptop without keys and whatnot getting in the way or causing it to lift off the table. Another think the string works well for is bottle openers because it doesn't cause the keys and ring to get in the way of the bottle.

It's interesting to see how particular others are about such a relatively insignificant issue in life... how to store keys on the go? But yeah, since my keys are on me 24/7 I did so much searching on the net to get the 'simplest' solution.

Just wish my Subaru's key fob and ignition key weren't so damn big.
 

oneMadRssn

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It's interesting to see how particular others are about such a relatively insignificant issue in life... how to store keys on the go? But yeah, since my keys are on me 24/7 I did so much searching on the net to get the 'simplest' solution.

Just wish my Subaru's key fob and ignition key weren't so damn big.

Yea, I definitely wish car key fobs were slimmer.

I keep everything in my pockets, so I always try to find the slimmest waller and the slimmest key storage.
 
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Yea, I definitely wish car key fobs were slimmer.

I keep everything in my pockets, so I always try to find the slimmest waller and the slimmest key storage.

Ha, same! And a wallet with a coin pocket too! I think I spent a few MONTHS searching all over the internet 5 years ago for a new wallet. I got one from Nixon, a slim black leather perforated wallet. It came with one of those removable pocket insert things... I tossed it. I got this:

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I hate loose change in pockets. Not that I ever have much, but.. when I do, it needs to go somewhere.
 

GrumpyMom

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Ha, same! And a wallet with a coin pocket too! I think I spent a few MONTHS searching all over the internet 5 years ago for a new wallet. I got one from Nixon, a slim black leather perforated wallet. It came with one of those removable pocket insert things... I tossed it. I got this:

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I hate loose change in pockets. Not that I ever have much, but.. when I do, it needs to go somewhere.
I need a wallet like that. Wallets made for women are ridiculously large, so I often use men’s wallets or even children’s wallets. I do often carry a purse or backpack, but there are times I have to carry just a wallet in a pants pocket. But the problem is, I have never seen a slim classy leather wallet designed for men that has a zipper pouch for coins. The closest I’ve seen are fabric ones with Velcro closures and those are noisy and bulky. Anyway, that’s a nice wallet.
 
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I need a wallet like that. Wallets made for women are ridiculously large, so I often use men’s wallets or even children’s wallets. I do often carry a purse or backpack, but there are times I have to carry just a wallet in a pants pocket. But the problem is, I have never seen a slim classy leather wallet designed for men that has a zipper pouch for coins. The closest I’ve seen are fabric ones with Velcro closures and those are noisy and bulky. Anyway, that’s a nice wallet.

Give Nixon a look, they make some pretty nice looking wallets WITH coin pockets in leather in a slim form factor:

https://www.nixon.com/ca/en/wallets
 

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I'm currently looking to buy a USB key I can hang onto my carabiner keychain. Problem is; most are plastic garbage. If they're not plastic, then I'm limited to a few other metal ones that are great (Kingston Datatraveler SE9) but transfer speeds are horrifically slow. The ONLY good USB key is the Samsung BAR, which is metal and has a keyhole for it (GREAT!) and has great transfer speeds (relative for a USB key).... the only problem?

dNKGnmQ.png


Who's the idiot at Samsung that designed it?

the idiot didn't have an apple version of the product to copy from.
 
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