By now you’ve probably seen the headline of the following article, and if not, you should: a USB 3.0 battery pack, a USB power cable, or a USB plug to charge your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
The article, written by TechCrunch reporter Justin Gennaro, claims to offer a $10.30 upgrade, though the article is unclear if the money will be for the battery pack itself or the USB charging cable.
We have reached out to the company for clarification, and will update this post if we hear back.
A USB 3 charger that charges your device, or can be used as a power adapter?
A charging cable to use with an existing charger?
Or a USB adapter?
We will be updating this article as more information becomes available.
The article claims to have a “USB charger” that “charges your device,” but it’s unclear if that’s what the article refers to.
In fact, if you look through the TechCrunch article, it’s clear that it’s an accessory that charges devices, not a battery.
There are a couple of interesting points to be made about the article, though: 1) it’s vague on the USB cable it’s referring to, and 2) the article mentions that the USB charger it’s referencing has to be plugged into the “standard” USB port on your smartphone or tablet.
It also notes that the “charger” has to have the “USB cable” attached to it, which means it’s possible it’s actually a USB cable, but it could be anything from a USB to a Lightning cable, which would be even more confusing.
So while it’s likely that the $10 upgrade is to upgrade the battery, we’re not sure how it will work on your device.
We reached out TechCrunch for more information, and we’ll update this story when we hear from the company.
It’s also worth noting that the article also mentions that you can use the charging cable with other USB cables, like an adapter.
This is a bit of a stretch, as there’s no USB to Lightning cable included in the article.
It could be a USB USB to USB cable that’s plugged into your device instead, though, so it’s not clear how it would work.
TechCrunch says it will be releasing a new article in the coming weeks, and the company also said that the upgrade will be available at no extra charge.
We’ll update you if we learn more about the upgrade.
We also reached out for comment from TechCrunch about whether the upgrade was a promotional offer or a legitimate offer, and received this response from a TechCrunch representative: “We will have more information about the upcoming article on its release in the future.”