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pledged of 33.000 $ goal
91
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 11 2015 4:41 AM UTC +00:00

About

If you have the new MacBook, you want the BeeKeeper!

Why?

Because Apple’s recently released MacBook does not have any standard USB ports! You will need a special adapter to use your current flash drive, external hard drive, phones, cameras, and other USB devices you will need a special adapter.

Beekeeper is the most convenient and affordable solution. Simple, versatile and effective.

The Beekeeper system is one cable that combines with a USB-C to USB Adapter and a USB-C Charge Cable

The USB-C to USB Adapter lets you connect iOS devices and your standard USB accessories to MacBook with USB-C port. 

Simply plug the USB-C end of the adapter into the USB-C port on your MacBook, and then connect your standard USB device to the other end. 

The 2-meter USB-C Charge Cable is a power cable with a standard USB male connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other end. Use it with the BeeKeeper USB Adapter (in the package) and the Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter (originally comes with your Macbook) to conveniently charge your MacBook with USB-C port from a wall outlet. 

(Limited Edition: Tangle-Free Flat Charge Cable)

Beekeeper is the only cable you will need for charging and data transferring, as the charge cable also supports syncing and data transfer between other USB devices. 

In daily usage, the adapter stays on the MacBook and keeps a standard USB port available at all time

For travelling, the adapter goes with the charge cable and leaves the MacBook clean and sleek.

All interfaces of BeeKeeper are covered by one of the 3 color aluminum housing : silver, gold and space grey, that matches your MacBook. 

The quality of the components are extremely important to us. We have created an environmentally friendly cable that made from the highest quality materials.Its copper core and non-toxic PVC insulation provide a reliable supply of power, while the aluminum housing provides the strongest support to the interface. Beekeeper withstands the stresses of everyday use.

The Standard BeeKeeper system comes with a USB-C to USB adapter and a 2-meter USB-C Charge Cable. Yet, we also make 3-meter and 5-meter charge cable available, since carrying a long cable is much easier than an extension cord. Besides, we also have limited edition with Tangle-Free flat charge cable. 

The full retail price for BeeKeeper will be $49, so you're getting a deal by supporting us on Kickstarter. We will not be selling in retail until all Kickstarter rewards have been shipped. 

Price: 

One can already find USB-C adapters and cables on eBay for $10 bucks, why BeeKeeper is sold for $49 retail?

First of all, There is no USB-C adapter in the current market that handles power delivery over 10W. The power requirement of the new MacBook is 29W(14.5V 2A) which falls in different profile than the 10W default one (5V 2A) and makes it completely incompatible. As a result, we reengineered BeeKeeper to enable its capability to deliever large power.

                    BeeKeeper prototype vs normal USB-C adapter cable

An additional consideration: In order to make the BeeKeeper compact and sleek, we made a new mold, which added a large start-up cost.

Performance

The original Apple cable and BeeKeeper charge the MacBook at comparable speeds. Other adapters and cables with no PD circuit are not functional at all.

Progress

 Design Story 

The new MacBook brings lots of convenience to people, but the lack of standard USB port would also cause potential problem and hassle. The existing options in the marketing are unsatisfactory: replacing current USB devices with USB-C devices is unrealistic, and carrying around an extra adapter is inconvenient and clashes Apple's idea of Purity and Simplicity. As a result, we have been thinking about how to solve this problem since the first day Apple released the New MacBook

 and here we are

Team: 

Jamie O'Rourke

Graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Business Administration and was an all SEC running back, Jamie founded and owned consumer products manufacturing companies (Kidpower,Inc) for 30 years. He has a wide range of experience and expertise in developing, designing, manufacturing, marketing and sales of consumer products. His credits include starting the revolution of inflateable home bounces and water slides and intoducing the Funnoodle to mass market (WalMart, Kmart, Target, etc).

Wayne graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013, with honor of David Steine Economics and Business award and winner of “Will it float” business startup competition. Wayne worked at Big Time Toys, LLC as Project Manager, responsible for securing reliable, economic and efficient production for International distribution.He currently position in Account Manager at Huaxia Bank.

Wayne is a big fan of Apple and has retrofitted many vintage Apple products with updated systems including iMac Displays (turned G4,G5 iMac and 27 inch 5K retina iMac into external monitor) , Apple TV mini (put a Mac mini into an Apple TV) ,mac mini router (turned an Apple mini into a wireless router) etc. He has a track record of creating, designing and producing inovative products.

Risks and challenges

The challenges to develop, produce and ship BeeKeeper are minimal. The design is straight forward. We have been manufacturing much more complicated products in China for over 20 years. Team member, Wayne Liu, is in China and will personally supervise the development and production.

We will ship the finished product to our contract fulfillment house on the west coast and they will pick and ship the orders.

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    Adapter ONLY: Your choice of one BeeKeeper USB-C to standard USB adapter in any of the three colors. Regular retail price will be $39.

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    Early Bird: You want the BeeKeeper right away once you get your new Macbook, so we plan to ship the first order of 1000 units in Early May,right after the funding closes.
    Your choice of one BeeKeeper System in any of the three colors. Regular retail price will be $49.

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    For International backers. Price includes international shipping and handling fees. Your choice of one BeeKeeper System in any of the three colors

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    Your choice of one BeeKeeper System with 3m (approx. 10 ft) charge cable, in any of the three colors. Carrying a long cable is much easier than an extension cord. Regular retail price will be $59.

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    Your choice of one BeeKeeper System with 5m (approx. 16 ft) charge cable, in any of the three colors. Carrying a long cable is much easier than an extension cord. Regular retail price will be $69.

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    LIMITED EDITION: Your choice of one BeeKeeper System with 2m Tangle-Free flat charge cable, in any of the three colors.

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    TWO(2) BeeKeeper Systems - any combination of the three colors. Regular retail price will be $98.

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    Reseller Package. Pre-order a box of 100 BeeKeeper system packaged for resale. Choose from any combination of colors. Great for online shops, budding entrepreneurs, and retailers that want to start selling BeeKeeper right away.

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Funding period

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