About this project
We are very excited to get funded so quickly within 27 hours. And we've gathered 1,000 qualMeter lovers all around the world within 13 days! We know we can do better. With your continuously help, we can reach the $50,000 CAD stretch goal, so we can start to work on upgrading the qualMeter to qualMeter X ASAP. Please help sharing qualMeter to your friends, family and community! Thank you very much!
QooPow™ qualMeter in the News:
The $50,000 CAD Stretch Goal for qualMeter X has fulfilled! Please scroll down to find out the details.
Introducing the QooPow™ qualMeter
QooPow™ qualMeter is a revolutionary, smart and cost-efficient DIY device, which can simply help you to diagnostic and get to know the quality of your USB cables and chargers in a glance without any technical background.
With qualMeter around, you will never need to worry about on getting wrong cables and chargers for your precious smartphone or tablet.
qualMeter handles wide range of mainstream USB charging cables. It also tests loading capability of the 5v chargers to roughly define their quality.
Our motivation for creating the QooPow™ qualMeter was from the observation that there are too many low quality and compromised charging products in the market, especially 3rd-party charging cables and chargers. There is lacking of an easy and simple way to measure the quality of charging cables and chargers for people.
In our daily life, USB cables and chargers are playing big role of mobile device charging, therefore their quality is critical for the charging. Low quality charging cables and chargers could cause serious damage on your mobile devices or might even burn down your house. You can easily find tons of images, videos and stories by simply search Google and YouTube with keywords like charging cable burning, charger on fire etc.
Well, a burning or something on fire is very obvious to us to catch. The question is how can we find it out before it burns? or even before we buy it?
Furthermore, there are also other important but hidden impacts that most of people wouldn’t know in a easy way such as slow charging, strange behaviors on smart phone when charging, dropping data transfer and so on. The following Tip would give you some ideas about how a low quality charging cable will cause slow charging.
Wondering why is your charging so slow? A non-qualified charging cable could have a dramatic voltage drop. For example, if your charging cable's impedance is 500mΩ, which many low quality cables do. It will have 0.5v drop @1A charging current, that means you will only get 4.5v at the phone end when your charger provides 5v for charging. Most of smart phones won't even charge in this case. That explains a lot of charging issues we have.
In addition, the charging current is now getting higher and higher due to massive application of smart devices. Many devices are charged at 2A or above such as pads and tablets etc. The quality of charging cable has become critical nowadays. Take the given example above, it will have 1v dropping if you are charging at 2A current which leads to only 4v to the device end. Beside the safety issue you may have, there will be certainly no charging at this low voltage for smart devices.
FYI, Check out this USB charging cable review video from YouTube: （in case if you are not able to watch here, here is the link: https://youtu.be/doMHmGatyYc）
Unfortunately, like the above video, to evaluate the performance of the charging cable and charger is not really an easy task for most of non-tech people or even sometimes for tech people. It requires not only some electronic knowledge but also needs expensive testing equipment. People find it's very hard to deal with all different kind of massive charging products.
Now, with qualMeter, we’ll be able to make differences. It is a revolutionary product that allows everyone to have the easiest and smarter way to rule the charging.
QooPow™ qualMeter was initially made for our own lab demanding as we are developing smart and fast charging products for mobile devices. The purpose of making such tool was based on the situation that we needed to roughly measure the different qualities of the cables/chargers and their impact on our products’ performance.
With qualMeter, we are able to easily category the pile of cables and chargers without complicated reading and analyzing. When some of our friends were showing their great interests in this little device, we started to realize that it could benefit others. So we decided to take qualMeter to Kickstarter and to share with you.
One of our friends, Rebecca, was suspecting on one of her new bought charging cables, which always felt hot when charging. We gave Rebecca one of our qualMeter prototypes for testing. By using the qualMeter, she was able to find out this cable was in a bad condition before the wire burns on fire. She then checked rest of her cables and chargers, and was able to eliminate 2 other bad cables and 1 bad charger. The next day, Rebecca went shopping. With a little help from qualMeter she bought 3 good cables in a decent price. The businessman was shocked to see her using qualMeter and even asked her where to get one. Lol~ Rebecca was extremely happy with qualMeter, because she's smarter.
What makes the qualMeter so unique is it comes along with a simple idea that everyone can measure the quality of random cable/charger in a simple way, an affordable way. It intends to provide an easy and simple solution in a fairly low cost.
qualMeter is designed for non-tech people but can certainly be used by tech-savvies for roughly testing as well.
Who needs QooPow™ qualMeter?
- Are unsure about the quality of your USB cable & charger;
- Are looking for safe and faster charging;
- Don’t want to be cheated by those unscrupulous businessmen;
- Are tired with poor quality of charging cables and chargers;
- Have ever been in dilemma of choosing right USB cable/charger;
- Are dealing with USB cables/chargers as a business;
- Wanted to have easier and simpler solution to rank the pile of cables/chargers;
The Features of QooPow™ qualMeter?
qualMeter is basically made for testing USB charging cables and chargers. It has two major functions:
Cable Test Mode - Simply connect both ends of your USB charging cable with qualMeter and plug it into any 5v USB charging port. You can read the LED indicators to have an idea about the quality of your charging cable.
Charger Test Mode - Simply plug qualMeter into any 5v USB charging port. You can read the LED indicators to have an idea about the quality of your USB Charger.
qualMeter has embedded an ultra low power Micro-Processor, a brain, to provide the ability of being smart. Beside its main Cable Test and Charger Test features, it also comes with the following highlighted features:
Cable Shielded Test – A shielded cable usually has better quality. It’s not only good for charging but also a benefit for data transferring.
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Cable Short Circuit Test - When you plug qualMeter at Cable Test Mode, the red LED indicator will start flashing If your cable is shorted. You should stop using this cable immediately!
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Reversible USB plug – With the reversible USB plug design, you don’t have to worried about the direction of plugging into a USB charging port.
Plug n Play – qualMeter comes with no switch or any control button. There is no manual operation needed to be done. It works automatically according to the status it detects.
How does QooPow™ qualMeter work?
qualMeter is designed to provide a simple and straightforward way to test cable and charger without any technical background. That means with qualMeter in hand, everyone is able to distinguish the quality of a cable or a charger.
Simply connect the cable you are willing to test into corresponding ports as following diagram.
QooPow™ qualMeter has two main testing modes, cable test and charger test. It automatically switches between two modes.
Charger Test Mode: Without cable plugged in, Charger test mode is enabled right away when qualMeter has been plugged into an USB power source. The orange charger test indicator lights up and it also confirms the testing current is 1A. You can find out the quality of this charger at 1A output by reading the Quality Indicators on the left.
Cable Test Mode: Cable test mode will be enabled when both ends of a cable have been connected with qualMeter. Then plug qualMeter into an USB power source. The blue cable test indicator (the left one) will be turned on. You can find out the quality of this cable by reading the Quality Indicators on the left.
Shielded Indication: At the Cable Test mode, if the blue Shielded Indicator (the right one) lights up, it means this cable is shielded.
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Cable Short Circuit Test - is as simple as other functions. Just plug both ends of the cable into qualMeter as usual, then plug qualMeter into any 5v USB port. The red LED indicator will start flashing If your cable is shorted. Otherwise, if the cable is not shorted, the qualMeter will automatically start the Cable Test mode to tell you how good is this cable. That’s it ! :)
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How to read the testing results?
Unlike regular testing devices, there are no numbers bother to read, no buttons, no extra operations, no calculations and no technical background are needed. All you need to know is just colors, the Green, Yellow and Red, which correspond to Good, Fair(OK) and Bad. That’s it!
You see colors; you see the quality of your cable and charger.
QooPow™ qualMeter is suitable for wide range of mainstream cables and is compatible with most of major 5v USB chargers.
- Main Material：Raw PCB (CCL FR-4) Pb free
- Dimension: 47.8mm x 23.8mm x 11mm (the length of the USB plug is not included)
- Power Input: USB Type A reversible Male Connector
- Input Voltage: 4.5~5.5v
- Cable Test Connectors: USB Type A Female Connector, 4 types of mainstream charging connectors such as Micro-USB, Mini-USB and others.
- Charger Test Current: @1A
- LED Indicators: Green x2, Yellow x2, Red x2, Blue x2 and Orange x1
The Rewards for qualMeter
If you are interested in getting extra USB charging cables proved by qualMeter, please visit our online shop at www.qoopow.com. Thank You!
The Stretch Goals
The CAD$50,000 stretch goal (Fulfilled!)
We have also come up an idea to develop a more advanced version qualMeter X. It provides more advanced Charger Test function by allowing 1A/1.5A/2A/2.5A/3A output testing and an Output Compensation indicator, which can cover almost all major USB chargers. If you think you’d like to support us to continue on developing the qualMeter X please help us to reach the CAD$50,000 stretch goal.
The pledge option for qualMeter X will be available when the CAD$50,000 stretch goal has been reached.
WE'VE MADE IT! REMARKABLE!
$50K CAD stretch goal is behind us!
Get ready to upgrade your qualMeter to qualMeter X?
Here are the list of the upgrades which will be brought to you with NEW qualMeter X :
- All functions from qualMeter;
- 2x USB Type-C ports are now added (which you are all asking for :));
- Advanced Cable Test Mode, @1A/2A;
- Advanced Charger Test Mode, Full range 1~3.1A (100mA step) Current testing;
- Adjustable Electronic Load;
- Output Compensation Indication;
- 32-bit 48MHz MCU;
- Flash memory for saving the last testing result;
- Control Switch
- Future Function Extension.
We have brought much more than it was expected!
The qualMeter X is about 1/3 bigger compare to qualMeter.
And here is the way how we can upgrade your qualMeter to qualMeter X.
Here is a simple chart to tell you how to upgrade by saving you some time.
Please be aware, The upgrade price doesn't apply to the extra qualMeter. If you have pledged extra qualMeter and wanted to upgrade to X version at the same time, you could either drop it to get the Extra qualMeter X reward or jump to the X Angel's Dual Pack.
How to use qualMeter X?
Same as qualMeter, the X version is also simple to use.
When will the qualMeter X be shipped?
To be honest, we only have a rough idea for now since qualMeter X wasn't part of our development and production plan at the beginning. The development has just started. We are currently working on the first PCBA layout. The embedded programing, tooling, material and other related sourcing are very different with qualMeter.
General speaking it will be at least 2 months later after qualMeter has been shipped. However, we are going to try our best to make it happen as fast as we can without compromising the quality. We should have a clear idea on the delivery time for qualMeter X by May.
The CAD$80,000 stretch goal
As you know qualMeter came from lab usage, it might not look pretty for now. We decided not to put a plastic shell for it to lower down the total cost since the industrial design and plastic molding are expensive. However, we have made efforts to make sure it's durable and safe to use. We do think the style of current looking is raw and tech-ish, kind of nice. :)
If you think you'd like to have a plastic shelled version of QooPow™ qualMeter please help us to reach the CAD$80,000 stretch goal. Then we will be able to hire an industrial design team and to make moldings.
If you have other ideas, we'd really love to hearing from you!
Where are we at in development?
At the current point, we have the latest PCB version on hand. Intensive testing is coming to the end, and we are ready to turn it into mass production version. The outline is pretty much firmed though there might be a few slight adjustments to be done on PCB. We are approaching the moment when the capable manufacturer should be involved. We are working with our partners in manufacturing and supply chain and will continue push forward while Kickstarter campaign is going on.
Who are we?
Intelliplus is a creative tech start-up formed in 2013, who is focusing on Smart-Ware development. Our vision is to Make Life Easier & Simpler. Currently our main development team is based in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is one of the biggest cities in western china. With her over 2,500 years of historical and humanistic culture, Chengdu is also well known as the cradle of China IT industry. And our manufacturing partners are mainly located in Shenzhen, China, where is the world's IT manufacturing center.
We have been contracting and working with one of the top Internet Companies in China and helping them to build fast charging products under their own brand since 2014. By going deeper and gaining more knowledge on the fast charging technologies, we think it’s time to launch our own smart charging products and brand - The QooPow™ series.
On our mind, charging is one of the things that should be peaceful and joyful like art. It should be a part of our quality life. Despite there are plenty of charging related products in the market, few of them can stand out. In fact, there are too many low quality and compromised products.People deserve better charging products!
We believe we can do better! And here we go.
By launching the QooPow™ qualMeter with the excitement, we are proud that we have made it and will continue to do so. Other QooPow™ series smart charging products are in the line of development, more to come.
The Core Team
What you can help us?
Our efforts over the past two years on smart and fast charging technologies have helped to bring qualMeter onto Kickstarter stage where you are connected to participate. A journey we have started to Make Life Easier and Simpler, and to free our mind to make our world a better place!
qualMeter is our ice breaker to the world. And now, we are heading to mass production and turn our idea into real products!
Thank you! Kickstarters, Backers and Viewers, with your help and support we can:
- Purchase all materials for production;
- Apply for Apple MFi certification and other necessary certifications;
- Get into production (Sourcing, Tooling, Testing, Assembling, Packaging etc.);
- Build up global Distribution;
- Setup customer service team;
- Continue to develop, to optimize and to upgrade products;
Big thank you & Stay in touch!
Big thank you to everyone who stops by here. Our team is fully committed to support not only our backers but all our community.
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Risks and challenges
Production is jumping on the stage at the moment as we are rolling the schedule down towards fruition. We have fully understanding that production plays big role in the project and also we are also aware that there might always be some unforeseen troubles in the way to mass production. We will further leverage our resources and try all the angles to ensure our expectations are met. Our manufacturing partners we’ve been working with are the tops in the industry with decades of experiences. We have locked down high quality and schedule with agreement to ensure the orders are fulfilled as promised.
As all our community know that all the pictures showing above are not final version. The product details may be slightly different over the manufacturing process. Optimization is what it takes and more to lock off highest quality possible. The updates will be regularly sent out to our community.
Since all the manufacturing will be done in China, the rewards will be sent from China as well. We are aware that there may be issues that are unexpected when it comes to international shipping. Our solution is to set up second backup in logistics to avoid delivery failure. This way the shipping risk will be truly minimized. The issues such as on route delay and other unexpected things may happen that we are willing to do our best to avoid and to help solving them if it happened. However, we are not able to take the responsibility on the import duties you may be charged by the custom.
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