I first came across Lever Gear on the popular crowd funding site, kickstarter. Now I know those of you that know me are probably very aware that i love a good kickstarter project, having backed somewhere in the region of 150. I like the platform and like the fact that it is usually helping out smaller innovative companies or individuals bringing their ideas to life.
Now, Mike from Lever Gear is no stranger to designing things but he always had the mind set that he would like to develop his own ideas for functional products that were designed by himself and his own company, Lever Gear was born, launching their first product on Kickstarter in 2016, the ‘Toolcard Pro’. The Toolcard pro is a simple product that is packed full of features that actually are really handy to have in your pocket, what is remarkable about this is the fact that it is such good quality and so well built, you may look at it, see a photo and think that it looks familiar, you may be forgiven…. but I one hindered percent will say that those Chinese knock off type tool card things do not compare to the Toolcard pro in any way shape or form.
But, we’re not here to discuss that…
Fast forwards to sometime in 2019, June time if I recall correctly, and I came across yet another Kickstarter campaign that caught my eye. I like things that may actually benefit me in my everyday life and that may influence my Everyday Carry routine in a positive way. This item ticked them boxes and a few more that I’d actually been pondering… of course, I’m talking about the ‘CableKit’. I carry a phone charger in my pocket for work, one for an iPhone (lightening) and another for a Samsung S9 (USB-C), I also have a pack of cables for my travel set up that you may have seen in previous blogs that is all kept nice and tidy in a SideBySide gear PowerPacker. The CableKit caught my eye with the notion that it may be able to slim down my pockets at work, possibly make my travel kit lighter and also, maybe even go in my pocket on a night out or similar so that I can charge my phone in an emergency. One of the other plus points is that the CableKit has a loop at one end that you cans put a split ring on it and attach it to your keys or on a key hook inside your bag or pouch and just forget about it as it takes up no space at all. The CableKit is not just for charging your devices, it is also capable of partaking in as little transferring of your files.
The CableKit is available with a number of different options with regards to connections that will make it appeal to everyone. I obviously went for the lightening and USB-C options, but there is a micro USB option as well. The size of the cable and adapter alone are enough to rave about… but it doesn’t end there, built in to the CableKit is a little drawer that will hold a couple of micro SIM cards or micro SD cards. This, for me, is a great feature, having a SIM card for a foreign country and having somewhere to put my UK one when i am abroad is definitely handy but also having somewhere to store a spare micro SD for one of my many camera gadgets is also a bonus.
Have I mentioned that there is also a small slot in the CableKit where there is a sim removing tool conveniently hidden, again, an innovative idea that will always come in handy to have.
As the CableKit cable is so small and flexible, with the less resistance that will be produced from the cable itself, it arguably charges your phone that little bit quicker. Because of its small size, it is perfect for plugging into your laptop or mobile charger without having the cable interfere with your workspace, perfect for those minimalist types amongst us… or those that are just practically minded.
My pledge on Kickstarter was $11 or £9 with an additional $9 for international shipping, it is currently listed on www.LeverGear.com for $14.95 plus shipping, if you are a member of the EDCCooperative closed facebook group, there may be a cheeky little discount code available to you there. And lets face it, there will probably be a few other items on their website that may take your fancy. I found LeverGear selling their items on Amazon, but couldn’t see the CableKit, this may be because it is so close to the campaign ending and the shipping of the pledges to the backers.
After I had backed the CableKit on Kickstarter, months after in fact, I found LeverGear on the old Instagram thingy and eventually plucked up the courage to reach out to them and ask if they would like to be a part of out 10K giveaway that we were looking at getting going, we were really happy that they actually agreed to take part in it and that they then sent us the ToolCard Pro and one of their BitVaults. Having held both o the Toolcard Pro and the BitVault in my hand before sending them off to their new owner, as well as now having the CableKit, it is clear to see that LeverGear consistently produce well made, well thought out, well designed, quality products and I eagerly await to see what their next innovation will be…
We have done a quick and dirty video showing the CanbleKit on our YouTube channel and there are a number of photos showing it on our Instagram feed and Facebook page.