Nokia announces DC-18 external USB charger; looks like a physical Live Tile [Update]

Everybody agrees that Nokia is an industrial design powerhouse and they have a ton of talented people working on very beautiful designs. Coupled with the award-winning design of Windows Phone there are few products that look as beautiful as Nokia's Lumia line of phones. But it seems to company doesn't want to stop there.

After exporting the Lumia design sensibilities to their Asha line of phones, Nokia is now going a step further and creating accessories with the same style as the phones themselves. Feast your eyes upon the Nokia DC-18 portable USB charger. This enchanting little gadget is designed to look like a physical Microsoft Live Tile and it comes in Nokia's range of vibrant colors.

The DC-18 is a very simple and very portable external charger for your phone. It's very small and very light coming in at only 65 grams. Unfortunately this also limits the size of the battery inside, so you only get 1720 mAh which equals one full charge on your phone.

There's no word on pricing and availability yet but the device is expected to retail for under $40.

Update: Maija Taimi of Nokia Media relations let us know about the pricing in a Tweet: 

Source: Nokia Via: Slashgear | Images via Nokia

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I remember back in the day when you could change batteries and didn't need external battery chargers *walks away with cane*

neufuse said,
I remember back in the day when you could change batteries and didn't need external battery chargers *walks away with cane*

So, do I. With this you don't have to shut down your phone.

Leopard Seal said,

So, do I. With this you don't have to shut down your phone.

Takes a whole 30 seconds to boot. With a replaceable battery you don't have to look like an idiot with a cord tethered to your phone.

I like the design. Will it work with other brand phones as well? I'm guessing it will, but just checking to make sure.

PS WIth Nokia's design skills they should venture out beyond phones and start designing laptops, desktops, tablets, etc. and create their own ecosystem, similar to Apple only with Windows as their OS. I'm sure it will do wonders for the platform.

Edited by .Neo, May 9 2013, 12:42pm :

.Neo said,
I like the design. Will it work with other brand phones as well? I'm guessing it will, but just checking to make sure.

I'm assuming they would as well, since they all use the same plug, but confirmation would always be nice.

I'm also curious how long it will hold a charge. For instance, if I charge this and don't need it for a month or so, will it still be able to recharge the phone?

lunamonkey said,
If I know that I will be away for only "one extra charge" then I'll take my $5 spare battery with me.

I thought you couldn't swap batteries in Lumia's... Has that changed for some models?

M_Lyons10 said,

I thought you couldn't swap batteries in Lumia's... Has that changed for some models?

The 720 and 920 are built in. The 520, 620, and 820 are removable.

Pricing hasnt been announced yet so not sure on some of the comments here. If it is $40, then that is to much..but the OP says under 40 so it could be 10, 20, 30....who knows.

Neobond said,
€15 is quite good imo.

Yes. I was commenting on the original story of under $40 But $8 US is much better.

By the way, I heard your name mentioned last week on TWIG. Didn't know you were friends with those guys.

Owned one of those, it took a slight bump falling from the center console of my car 3" into a cup holder and i heard a "POP" of capacitor blow. They refused to replace. I trashed it. $8 got me less then 1 full charge, i was not pleased. At least Nokia has awesome CS.

Spencer R said,
Owned one of those, it took a slight bump falling from the center console of my car 3" into a cup holder and i heard a "POP" of capacitor blow. They refused to replace. I trashed it. $8 got me less then 1 full charge, i was not pleased. At least Nokia has awesome CS.

5 of my friends have this (which is why I posted it in the first place). They use it to play Ingress. They have dropped it several times on a NYC street that I have witnessed. It still works. Perhaps you had a bad one.

I happen to own this own: http://www.amazon.com/EasyAcc-...=8-5&keywords=Powerbank

The design is awesome but there is $40 30000 mAh chargers out on the market with the design of a old usRobotics design, functionality favours design. Not really bother showing I'm charging my phone.

frostnose said,
The design is awesome but there is $40 30000 mAh chargers out on the market with the design of a old usRobotics design, functionality favours design. Not really bother showing I'm charging my phone.

Indeed. I always carry a car battery and an AC inverter with me in case my phone needs a quick charge, for longer trips I prefer a gasoline powered AC generator though.

francescob said,

Indeed. I always carry a car battery and an AC inverter with me in case my phone needs a quick charge, for longer trips I prefer a gasoline powered AC generator though.
You haven't seen the ads for the new jet engine power bank phone chargers?

"the device is expected to retail for under $40."
39.99$? I hate how all the branded external chargers are so damn overpriced, they also don't last anywhere near a decent number of charges. I'd rather buy something that uses AA batteries instead but those chargers are usually even worse.

francescob said,
I'd rather buy something that uses AA batteries instead but those chargers are usually even worse.

You do realise you're back right where you started?

The Dark Knight said,
You do realise you're back right where you started?

I don't see how, my point was that all external chargers are in general all pretty bad: they're either some chinese AA-battery crap that works horribly or some branded expensive POS whose battery usually lasts just a few charges. Now that they announced just a 15€ price though it's certainly far, far more reasonable than most of the other third-party trash, I'll certainly buy one.

Dushmany said,
Where's the start button?

When You See It You'll **** Bricks

hint..

right between the search and back button on the screen - can you see it?

-adrian- said,

right between the search and back button on the screen - can you see it?

Lies! That's just an isosceles trapezoid with a cross in it.

This is just what's awesome about Windows Phone phones: the design isn't only for the OS UI, but also for everything arround it.

Very nice!