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About this project

The Smart Power Pak

The Smart Power Pak is an external battery pack for smart phone users.

The Pak’s unique magnetic attachment system allows your power to easily be there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t. The short cable system is both compact and convenient, leaving less hassle for you. The design is sleek and refined, containing enough power to get you through your day with confidence.


Magnetic Attachment

Our idea for a unique attachment system has come a long way. After trying everything from rubber bands, to micro-suction cup material, to bubble gum (ok, not really bubble gum, that would just be gross), we came up with the what we believe is the most clean and effective solution. Magnets!

Some early materials and methods to attach the Pak to your smart phone.
Some early materials and methods to attach the Pak to your smart phone.
Some of the many different magnet configurations we tested.
Some of the many different magnet configurations we tested.

This simple and sleek attachment makes sure your Pak stays in place when in use, but is easily removed once charging is done. To us, not having to fuss with something complicated makes it that much more useful and practical.

OK, I know what you're thinking, stupid right? I'm never putting my smart phone next to a bunch of magnets.

Actually magnets have no affect on modern electronics. While we don't recommend rubbing your magnetic Smart Power Pak against your floppy disks, credit cards and old tube televisions, the Pak shouldn't harm your smartphone. And if you want to use your compass app while your phone is attached to the Smart Power Pak, just wave your phone in a "figure 8" motion and it will recalibrate within seconds. You don't have to take our word for it.  Many tech magazines also deem magnets harmless to modern electronics.

With each magnetic version of the Smart Power Pak, you'll receive an attachment kit with instructions to install on the inside of your phone case. The Smart Power Pak is designed to be universal but since there are so many cases and phones out there, we cannot guarantee that the magnetic attachment kit will be perfectly compatible with yours.  We've spent a lot of time figuring out a size and shape that has maximum compatibility so we're confident you'll be covered.

Cable System

The Smart Power Pak's power is truly universal - it can be used on most USB powered phones or other devices. To make sure your Smart Power Pak keeps you untethered and not encumbered, we've been developing custom cables that work with you instead of against you. Imagine that!

Custom cables and adapters will be made to our specifications in order to ensure they are the ideal length and quality to be paired with the Smart Power Pak. 

With each Pak will come a short connector cable that can be used to charge both the Smart Power Pak and your phone. Just flip the cable around depending on what you're doing. We'll give you a longer one for charging too; use whatever cord suits your needs best.

Android users will also get a right angle connector since their charging port is on the side of their phone and Apple users will also be able to choose an adapter. For other devices, just use the cable that came with the device you want to charge.

The best thing about the universal nature of the cable system is you can share power with your friends regardless of their platform.  Be the hero the next time your friend's phone dies and needs a boost.  Sharing, compatibility, and upgrade ready is what our system is all about.

Design

The Smart Power Pak's elegant end-user focused design is the ultimate balance of size and power to get you through your day, everyday. Our design isn't just another thing to lug around- its been developed with real people in mind to work the way you would want it to work. 

While other battery packs may be able to last through the zombie apocalypse, they are usually extremely bulky and not something convenient to carry around (especially with something chasing you). Others could fit on your keyring, but may only give you an extra hour or two of power. The Smart Power Pak fills this gap by getting you through the day with confidence without weighing down your zombie preparedness kit.

The Smart Power Pak will integrate seamlessly into your lifestyle, even matching your personality with 4 different color plates to choose from. A non-slip bottom surface, level charge indicator, and built in LED flashlight also allow the Smart Power Pak to become a part of your phone while you're using it, supplying you with reliable power when you need it.

Early experimentation with a wide color palette.
Early experimentation with a wide color palette.

The Story

The product is a result of the frustrations we experienced with not having enough power to connect at the end of a busy day.  We weren't satisfied with solutions that existed in the marketplace so we felt we had an opportunity to solve this problem in a unique way.  We talked with others that were heavy phone users and they helped us optimize the size, capacity, and details that would create the right balance of performance. 

The largest design aspect of the project was how to conveniently partner the Smart Power Pak with the phone.  In early use, the phone and the Pak were linked together solely by the cable but that became cumbersome and wasn't as connected as we'd like.  We spent hours of development and experimentation until the magnet solution emerged and started to make the most sense. 

We spent a lot of time thinking, observing, testing, and refining our solution and in the mean time, many others have tried out their concepts.  We still feel strongly that our solution has a uniquely balanced set of attributes that fills a need in the market.  The next chapter of our story will be written here by the Kickstarter community.

Manufacturing Plan

Each Smart Power Pak will be custom built per order according to the preference of our backers.  We'll do final assembly at MTS offices to ensure quality of the final product.  We've done initial production runs for other products in house before, so our friends and colleagues are already on speed dial and ready for the call to come to our assembly and fulfillment event.

Many of the components will come from our supplier base around the globe.  We have sheet metal stampers, injection molders, PCBA facilities, die cutters, and cable manufacturers all lined up.  Once funded, we'll kick off tooling PO's for the molds and stamping dies as well as the production parts.  First articles will be reviewed, tested, and verified once the tooling is completed.  Depending on the success of the campaign, we have a few options on who to work with depending on the scale. 

For the prototypes, we used as many of the real materials and from production suppliers when possible to make the manufacturing transition that much easier. Our testing and verification process should be pretty quick since we already have been using materials and parts the so closely approximate the final product from production tooling.  There are a couple of sourcing details to be decided as we transition to production and at this stage, is good to have options.

Our anticipated timeline is as follows:

  • Sept - Kickstarter campaign
  • Oct - place purchase orders for tooling/parts
  • Nov - receive first articles, run production
  • Dec - final assembly, ship to backers

Rewards

Non-Magnetic Basic Pak in choice of color. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and right angle connector.
Non-Magnetic Basic Pak in choice of color. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and right angle connector.
Non-Magnetic Basic Pak in choice of color for Apple users. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and choice of adapter.
Non-Magnetic Basic Pak in choice of color for Apple users. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and choice of adapter.
Magnetic Smart Power Pak in choice of color. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and right angle connector. Will also include attachment kit.
Magnetic Smart Power Pak in choice of color. Will come with short cable, long charging cable and right angle connector. Will also include attachment kit.
Magnetic Smart Power Pak in choice of color for Apple users. Will include short cable, long charging cable, and choice of adapter. Will also include attachment kit.
Magnetic Smart Power Pak in choice of color for Apple users. Will include short cable, long charging cable, and choice of adapter. Will also include attachment kit.

Detailed Features

  • Designer front plate of your choice - we'll ask your preference in the survey
  • Non-slip grip back panel
  • Soft outer band with rubber feel
  • LED flashlight
  • Dimensions: 4 1/4" (L) x 2 1/4" (W) x 1/2" (D)
  • Weight: 4oz / 97g
  • Capacity: 2900mAh (Lithium Ion Polymer)
  • Input: USB 5V/1A
  • Output: PC 5V/1A
  • Life Cycle: 500 times
  • LED Indicator: 4 Charge Level Indicators
  • Auto ON/OFF Charging
  • Power Pak Charging Time: 4-5 hours (with USB)
  • Protective Functions: Over Current, Over Discharge, Over Charge, Short Circuit Protection
  • 1 year Manufacturer's warranty

Why Kickstarter?

MTS is a full service product design, development, and manufacturing firm located in Allentown, PA. While our company normally strives to make other people's dreams become actual products, we're eager to tackle a project all our own.

Earlier this year, MTS launched its first successful Kickstarter campaign with the Smart Power Base - an external battery to power Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone projects.  Be sure to read all the great things our backers had to say!

So when we were ready to launch the Smart Power Pak, we knew Kickstarter was the right platform and audience to get this project off the ground.  Cool new things are happening on Kickstarter everyday - we need the confidence of our backers to make this project a success.  The funds from our backers will be used to make tooling to make the new and custom parts, achieve enough capital to make minimal material buys, and get an initial run made to send as thanks to our backers.

The first prototypes of the Smart Power Pak have already been seamlessly integrated into our lives here at MTS, and now we want to put that power into your hands. We would love for you to be a part of the process as our project comes to life!

Risks and challenges

After successful funding, the first order of business is to order the raw material and make some injection molds and stamping die for the specialized parts. The components and materials are presently available and in stock at our suppliers and we don't anticipate any problems and have alternate suppliers for some items if necessary. We've worked with the mold makers and component suppliers in the past so have an established working history of delivering a quality product on time. We have successfully machined a handful of the parts for the prototypes and put them to test over the past year so we are very confident in the results. The new tooling and larger production run are needed to achieve scale to produce the product at a practical price and we are confident that we'll get the results we anticipate.

We've managed product launches for many new products on behalf of our clients in the past and have become adept at course corrections and finding alternative solutions should a problem present itself. We want to deliver quickly after the funding is completed and will make it a priority to get the Smart Power Pak into the hands of our supporters as soon as we can. The risks of investing in this project are minimal and we are confident you'll be satisfied with the product and overall experience.

The final assembly will happen right here at MTS in order to ensure the high level of quality we expect for the production of the Smart Power Pak. We will be handling everything ourselves from the machining of the color plates, to assembly and quality control, until a shipping label has been put on every last box.

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    SMART SUPPORTER: Thanks for believing in us! In addition to our thanks, we'll keep you up to date on backer only updates so you can be part of the story as the Smart Power Pak comes to the world.

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    BASIC PAK: This pak is the basic NON-MAGNETIC version of the Smart Power Pak. Will include cables for use with any smart phone that charges via micro-USB port, plus a micro-USB side connector. US shipping included. Add $20 for international shipping.

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    SMART POWER PAK CUSTOM: For the Kickstarter backers that show us some extra love, we'll laser engrave a brushed aluminum back just for you. Just send us your line art file or message and we'll get you a one of a kind Smart Power Pak your friends will be envious of. We'll include all adapters and accessories so we're sure you're covered.

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