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The Inka Mobile Pen + Stylus is a small mobile accessory designed to go where you do, providing both a stylus for your touch-enabled mobile devices and a traditional ink pen for those moments when, well, you just need to physically write something down. It’s not a revolutionary product by any means, but I love mine simply because of how useful I find it. I mean, why didn’t I think of buying something similar to this a lot sooner?

The Inka Mobile Pen + Stylus is available in three colors: lime green, blue, and black. It’s made with durable and lightweight carbon fiber and nylon components, and also features a carabiner clip to secure it easily to your keychain and release it quite easily. Unscrewing it from the base will let you use the capacative stylus, and unscrewing just the tip reveals a normal ink pen.

The manufacturer, Nite Ize, says that the blue pressurized ink cartridge is easily replaceable, although I haven’t tried looking for such tiny replacements yet. Nite Ize sells single replacement cartridges for $4.19, but I’m sure they’re also available somewhere else for a bit less. Additionally, while it seems like a normal, everyday Bic pen, Nite Ize also says that it is engineered to write in all conditions, including underwater, at any altitude, in temperature extremes, and at any angle. (I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how to write on a sheet of paper underwater.)

The capacative stylus seems incredibly responsive on the three touchscreen devices I have tested this on: the Google Nexus 5 by LG, the Google Nexus 7 by ASUS, and the Google Chromebook Pixel. It’s much nicer than a cheap, older stylus from Amazon that I’ve been using for the past year, and it’s even better than my own fingers. In other words, I really like it.

Like I said before, it’s not that this is a revolutionary product, but it’s just so handy. There are plenty of times that I have wanted a stylus to use on my phone or tablet, in order to keep greasy fingerprints away (for example, after eating out or after not being able to wash my hands for a while). I am pretty anal retentive, and I hate fingerprints – but until now, I have never carried a stylus around with me, simply because it’s too easy for me to lose it.

Now, I keep this on my keychain and the problem is solved. It’s a small little accessory, so it doesn’t take up too much room on my keys (it’s only 4.28 x 0.69 x 0.44 inches, and weighs only 0.35oz), and I am keeping my devices fingerprint-free for a lot longer.

For an even closer look, check out the video below.

The Inka Mobile Pen + Stylus is available for $11.99 from Nite Ize, and even less on Amazon.