Juucing-up your portable devices from one zen-like power source via USB and Qi Wireless Charging
Juucer can charge almost any mobile device including Apple, Blackberry, Android, eReaders, Tablets, Bluetooth Headsets, and any other device that can normally be charged through a USB cable or via Qi Wireless Charging!
With a single power socket, Juucer will allow you to charge up to 6 devices at once via standard USB cables (a selection of common USB cables will be provided with the main unit)
Thanks to its intelligent design, the Juucer will deliver the correct charging current as required by the device. It is also designed to work with UK, US and European mains supply voltages.
Juucer came about through our frustration of tangled cables, missing chargers and never being able to find the right charger at the right time. Like you, we have busy lives. The vision was to create a product that not only worked well, but did so whilst embodying beauty, form and function in convenient and efficient design.
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Juucer's birth came about some two years ago from Paul's personal frustration with the number of phones heaped in a corner of his kitchen. This resulted in the creation of his first prototype that you can see demonstrated in the video. Knowing that Ian had a long history of product design, development and global manufacturing, Paul approached Ian with the concept of taking the product to market.
At this time Ian was heavily involved in product and packaging design for a large multinational supermarket chain, and was in daily discussions with consumer product manufacturers in the Far East.
Using his wealth of knowledge in this marketplace, and excellent network of suppliers, Ian quickly sourced trusted partners to assist in the Computer Aided Design of the product, and its first prototype models.
It was important to make Juucer future-proof so that it could stand the test of time through wear-and-tear, and cope with technological changes, whilst adopting the European directives ensure that all products can be powered/charged via USB and at the same reduce obsolescence and land-fill waste.
There were a number of competing Wireless technologies out there, but we have now committed to the Qi (pronounced 'chi') Wireless Charging Technology which will be incorporated into the charging panel in order to seamlessly support Samsung Galaxy S4's, and the 'hinted at' iPhone 6 wireless chargeable devices.
NOTE: Previous backers will be upgraded to Wireless if they selected the £79 or higher option.
Can't we already buy something like this?
There is nothing completely like this in the market, and all the available products either support Apple only or are supplied with fixed leads, many of which are redundant or useless to most consumers.
The tactile non-slip, durable rubberised surface and brushed aluminium end-caps will give the product a substantive and quality finish.
There will be other colours available to blend tastefully into your home or office environment in the future. White will definitely be an option and we'll consider more fashionable designs in due course.
The Juucer has a similar size footprint to an iPad measuring 245mm x 230mm x 40mm (front) and 80mm (back).
As already explained in the video, and in the summary above, this product has gone from a clumsy wooden box, to a sleek, tactile consumer product.
After extensive research, we have decided to use a split-development process which is as follows;
- Chassis Design - UK (Completed)
- Chassis manufacture - Far East (Prototype completed)
- Charging Circuit Design (Prototype completed)
- Charging Circuit - UK (Supplier sourced)
- Assembly - UK (Supplier sourced)
- Quality Assurance/Testing - UK (Supplier sourced)
- Packaging - UK (Supplier sourced)
- Fulfilment - UK (In-house)
Throughout the development process, we will be keeping all of our backers fully informed using the critical path spreadsheet shown below, and providing full updates through the Kickstarter platform and on our own website at www.juucer.co.uk
Whilst we hope to avoid any delays, we will be ensuring that should an unforeseeable event change our delivery schedule, the backers will be promptly informed, and given the opportunity to receive a refund should they so desire.
The critical path flow shown below details the current state of each of the stages required to fulfil the deliver of the Juucer product to our Kickstarter backers. The completed stages are highlighted in green.
Ian Bates has a successful 25 year history of board-level product development resulting in several 'Award Winning' patented products that are visible on many high-streets. He has recently sold one of his blossoming businesses, and after a brief consultancy role in the packaging sector, has now formed his own design consultancy business.
Ian's role within this project is to control the design, product development and supply-chain management. He will also play a key role in reaching out to potential routes to market through his extensive contacts within high street and online retail outlets.
Paul McGuinness sits as the CTO for a UK based Telecommunications Software house, and has a long history of modifying and re-purposing technology to suit both his and the businesses needs. Paul has sat on the main board of several companies within his group for a number of years and has 25 years experience providing end-user solutions to large multi-national and central Government organisations.
Paul's role in this project to create the design concepts, analyse and enhance the electronic circuitry in order to meet with the diverse end-user product range. Control compliance and legislative requirements and create and maintain online presence.
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We have many years of experience solving design, manufacturing and supply-chain challenges of all shapes and sizes from local to global.
Due to our design process, we have ensured that we can viably source components from both local and far-east sources.
Product design will remain a local function, with a hands-on approach to development and packaging.
The attention to detail, use of quality materials and consistency of product manufacturing and testing will be paramount.
Juucer will be packed in such a way that it will be optimised for multiple routes to market to avoid over-packaging whist ensuring sufficient product protection for home delivery.
Juucer will initially will be produced using both UK and Far East manufacturing, but we have plans to scale-up manufacturing in the Far East through a company we know well and have over 10 years working with on technology products.
Should any unforeseen delays occur, our processes will ensure that all backers are given regular and prompt updates, with the option to be fully refunded if we cannot meet our own obligations or the backer is not entirely satisfied with the service provided. We're demanding on ourselves so we expect the same from others in our efforts to reach the highest possible standards of care and attention to detail.
All smart phones (e.g. Android, Apple, HTC, Sony etc.) that support USB charging. In addition, it will charge any mobile, bluetooth headset, camera, MID, tablet or portable device that will charge over a USB connection.
Yes - we will be supplying a selection of USB cables (Micro, Mini etc.), and you can plug in your existing cables into the USB ports within the Juucer itself.
Yes! We have developed the product to be compatible with all variants of the iPhone, and the prototype works with both the traditional and lightning USB cables.
We are planning for the device to output 500mA on 4 of the ports, and 750-1000mA on two of them (for high-drain devices). Dependant on the costs of manufacturing and heat dissipation, we may extend all 6 ports to be 1000mA.
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