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Boss WattBy Boss Watt
First created
Boss WattBy Boss Watt
First created
$12,693
pledged of $18,750pledged of $18,750 goal
52
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 7 2018 9:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

We took a complete off-grid power system and reduced it to the size (and cost) of a college textbook.   

Boss Watt is a Solar Generator  

  • A solar panel charges up a built-in power pack. 
  • This removable battery provides different power sources: like a wall outlet (120V) and USB. 
  • Boss Watt uses new technology that reduces the size of these components so they fit into your backpack.

Boss Watt has a built-in light.    

It can also power other sources of light when the sun goes down.  

  • 48+ Hours: Built-in LED (1 Watt)  
  • 8 Hours: Small Rope Light (12 Watts)  
  • 6 Hours: Large LED Work Light (15 Watts)  
  • 3 Hours: CFL Softbox Tripod (30 Watts)

Existing solar chargers are either too small or too expensive.   

  • Traditional Solar Chargers: A pocket-sized solar panel won’t keep up with your phone on a cloudy day. 
  • Solar backpacks: These work OK if you stay in the sun, but for the casual traveler, getting a day’s worth of sunlight can be more trouble than it's worth. 
  • DIY Solutions: Small-scale portable solar stuff is expensive for some reason. One popular folding solar panel costs over $300 for 30 Watt panel. A quality MPPT solar charge controller starts at around $80. The cost of existing solutions is high.
  • Most portable solar products are incomplete: Do a search for “solar generators” on your favorite shopping website. Notice anything strange? Very few come with solar panels. They rely on the customers to select a panel and the right connectors. The result is confusion and misunderstanding. 

Boss Watt is Efficient, Powerful, and Fairly Priced  

  • New Solar Tech: We’re bringing you the latest Maxeon III solar technology from SunPower in San Jose, California. 
  • High Performance: Our solar panel’s true conversion efficiency is rated at 23%  
  • MPPT Solar Input: Capture every last drop of energy from the sun. Our power pack uses a max power point tracking. 

Original Prototype    

Boss Watt was designed in San Diego, California over the course of 2017 and 2018. The concept of a solar panel with built-in 120V outlet was originally brought to life by our solar generator called “Robin”. This all-in-one portable solar system featured a 50 Watt SunPower flexible panel, along with a metal case to hold a battery unit. The product was a spectacular failure. We had only a handful of sales over the summer season. People complained that the size and weight was too unmanageable for a portable unit. We took it back to the drawing board.

Take Two:    

Our second version of this product expanded on the original idea, but featured a folding solar panel and a smaller battery. It got attention, but there were still downfalls. We took the easy route and used “off-the-shelf” folding solar panels. They didn't hold up. The panels quickly developed bubbles and creases from sun exposure. They also lacked stands or props to face the sun, and only put out sufficient power when the sun was at high-noon.

Our Final Product  

In 2018, we reached out to manufacturers in China and the USA to help our team build a custom solar panel and battery system from scratch. We now have control over which solar cells go into the product, what materials are used, and how it will look. Here in the US, we established a small assembly site in Los Angeles to sew the solar panels together and perform final assembly on the battery packs. The product will be shipped from California after testing.

Boss Watt is ready to manufacture  

Boss Watt is the first commercial product from Boss Watt LLC, a startup in San Diego, California. We are on a mission to make solar power more accessible. This crowdfunding adventure will be supported by two members of our team:    

Scott: Campaign Manager 

Scott is an electrical engineer from San Diego, California. With a decade of experience in off-grid power systems, he will be running our campaign and working with backers.

Duago: Manufacturing Lead  

Duago is the owner of Pro Com, a manufacturing center in Los Angeles. He has a wealth of experience in product production and business operations.

Air Travel  

Our lithium power pack is TSA approved.  We have had no issue taking Boss Watt on domestic flights around the USA.  If you need to travel with our product on a plane, just remove the power pack from the solar panel and load it on it’s own tray for the scanner. It slides right through security just like a laptop. There are no safety concerns with the solar panel itself.

100 Watt Power Output  

Boss Watt isn't big enough for things like:

  • Inflating tires  
  • Charging electric vehicles  
  • Large Water Pumps 
  • Kitchen Appliances  
  • Freezers & Fridges  
  • CPAP Machines

Solar Panel Electrical Specs:  

  • Max Output Power: 60 Watts  
  • Power Point Voltage: 20.8 Volts  
  • Power Point Current: 2.9 Amps  
  • Open-Circuit Voltage: 25.3 Volts  
  • Short-Circuit Current: 3.2 Amps  
  • Max Series Voltage: 100 Volts

Solar Panel Mechanical Specs:

  • Size (folded): 11” x 16”  
  • Size (unfolded): 16” x 34”  
  • Thickness/Profile (folded, w/ battery): 2”  
  • Weight (solar panel only): 4.20 Lbs. 

Power Pack Electrical Specs:

  • Capacity: 100 Watt-Hours (26,700 mAh at 3.7 Volts)  
  • AC Output: 120 Volts, 60 Hz, 100 Watt Max  
  • USB Type-C Input: 5-20 Volt DC, 45W Max 
  • USB 2.0 Ports: 5 Volts, 2.1 Amps. 
  • DC Barrel Plug Output: 12 Volts, 8 Amps Max 
  • MPPT Solar Charging Input: 6 Amps, 15 to 30 Volt Input. 

Power Pack Mechanical Specs:

  • Length: 8.25”  
  • Width: 5.30”  
  • Thickness: 1.10”  
  • Weight: 2.05 Lbs.

In addition to solar charging, Boss Watt’s power pack can move energy around in interesting ways. Here’s a few examples:  

  • [Get 120 Volts from USB] Trickle charge the pack with USB, then dump the power into something that needs 120 Volts AC, like a tool battery.
  • [UPS Mode] Charge the pack with a wall-adapter and use it at the same time. Keep critical equipment online during brownouts.  
  •  [DC to DC Charging] Move energy back and forth between another external battery (or a phone that supports USB-C). This makes Boss Watt compatible with your existing gear.

Use of Funds:   

Our campaign goal was set based on final production quotes for Boss Watt by our suppliers. We are only asking for the bare minimum amount to justify manufacturing at scale.  Let's start a discussion in the comments if you would like to know more about our funding breakdown. 

All-or-Nothing: 

We are only giving this product one chance to shine. Our team has depleted funding for prototypes, so there won’t be an opportunity to release Boss Watt if our goal isn't met...Let’s do this! 

Final Words: 

Planet Earth is abundant with sources of electrical power that cannot be depleted.  Access to this renewable energy is a modern human right. We believe this project is a step in the right direction.  By simplifying solar, we can make it more accessible to the people that really need it.

Thanks so much for reading!  Please leave a comment and take a look at our rewards below.

Risks and challenges

Boss Watt has completed its prototyping phase. We are now ready to begin the first production run. Three major risks are involved during this stage of the project:

****Risk #1: Manufacturing Delays****
The production plan for Boss Watt’s folding solar panel is well developed, but the power pack is a little different. Manufacturing this component is a new adventure because we are building a relationship with a new supplier to create the product. So far things have gone perfectly, but there is a risk of delays from unplanned material shortages.

Mitigation plan for Risk #1:
The delivery dates for Boss Watt are very conservative. A ship date of Feb/March 2019 gives us some room for production delays. We are also limiting our rewards so we don’t get in over our head. In addition, our team has also selected backup suppliers for the power pack and solar panel components if needed.

****Risk #2: Delays with Sea Freight****
Boss Watt will be assembled, tested, and shipped in California, using parts from around the world. Our solar panel parts are light enough to travel by air, but the batteries in our power packs need to travel across the Pacific Ocean to get here. With our current schedule, we anticipate receiving these parts in 2018, but with our campaign ending so close to the holidays, we could get an unexpected delay in delivery.

Mitigation plan for Risk #2:
Communicate any delays in shipping to our backers ASAP. For significant delays (3+ months), we will explain the situation and provide an opportunity for refunds.

****Risk #3: Issues After Delivery****
What happens if Boss Watt develops a problem after you get it?

Mitigation plan for Risk #3:
We have scheduled a generous amount of time to ensure that each Boss Watt system is ready to ship without any bugs or defects. Specifically, we prepared a detailed test plan for each and every unit that comes off the line. In the rare case that an issue pops up, each Boss Watt system will be protected by our standard 6-month product warranty.

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    Solar Cell Display

    Own a small piece of the Boss Watt project and show off the latest solar tech! With this reward, you’ll get a solar cell from Boss Watt inside a desktop display case. It’s great way to strike up conversion with solar supporters while helping our project!

    Boss Watt uses the latest Maxeon solar cells from SunPower in San Jose. These beautiful monocrystalline cells have electrical contacts on the back of the cell, opening up the entire front face for solar collection. An advanced anti reflective coating makes it appear almost black when photographed.

    The cell is razor thin and has a huge amount of flexibility compared to older designs, all while packing a record breaking 23 percent conversion efficiency. We have a few left over from prototyping, packaged for display inside a beautiful clear case.

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    The T-Shirt

    What is a Watt anyway? We're busting out the silk screen to remind the world! Support our campaign with the limited edition Boss Watt T-shirt.

    A "Watt" is the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second, corresponding to the power in an electric circuit in which the potential difference is one volt and the current one ampere.

    Many of our problems with climate change are related to the way we generate electrical power. When you learn about power and energy, you can begin to see the solutions!

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    Early Watt

    Get our finished product, delivered right to your door before anyone else.

    Boss Watt is a massive solar panel with a built-in power pack. To help us get the ball rolling, we're rewarding a few early backers with the completed Boss Watt product at a very special price.

    This reward is identical to reward #4 and ships a month earlier. Claim it fast!

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    Boss Watt

    Get our finished product, delivered right to your door.

    As described in our campaign, each Boss Watt package includes one 60 Watt solar panel and one 100 Watt-Hour (Wh) power pack. We're also including a charging cable to go between the two components and a complete instructional guide.

    Your Boss Watt will ship from southern California in 2019 with UPS. We will pay the shipping cost. We may be able to ship Boss Watt to other countries upon request.

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