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When I first entered the solar charger industry over four years ago, one of the first things I learned was that all the solar chargers on the market had a huge problem: they’d stop charging if you took them out of direct sunlight. It didn't matter if you were driving through a tunnel or passing under a cloud: every solar charger I tested would disconnect from the device if it was brought into the shade and not resume charging. The manufacturers all gave me the same solution: disconnect the charging cable, then reconnect to restart the charging process. Although inconvenient, it worked – up until the next time you passed under a cloud. So….
I looked for solutions, but as it turned out, the technology to fix the problem didn't exist – so I decided to develop it. From using solar chargers of all kinds, I've come to recognize some of their other shortcomings, like the fact that they don’t work well with Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad. I've done my best to solve the problems that have kept solar chargers from being as reliable and convenient as they should be, and now, I need your help to realize all mine and my teams hard work.
After four years of research and development, I’m proud to introduce the StrongVolt SmartCharger. Using our advanced patent-pending SunTrack technology, the solar charger automatically reconnects after passing under clouds or shade and is specifically designed for iDevice compatibility.
Other solar chargers require you to manually unplug and re-plug your device after passing under shade – frustrating, inconvenient, and impractical. The StrongVolt SmartCharger with SunTrack Technology is smart enough to power off when you’re in the shade and automatically reconnect to your device once you’re back in the sun.
2) Device Selection
The StrongVolt SmartCharger will automatically output the right amount of power to your device. All you have to do is choose the type of device you want to charge using the integrated switch.
3) LED Power Indicator
The StrongVolt SmartCharger provides instant visual feedback via two LED lights. Red means there’s not enough sun to efficiently charge your device; green means you’re good to go. No other charger on the market has a feature like this.
4) Apple Compatibility
Apple iDevices such as iPods, iPhones and iPads are notorious for not working with existing solar chargers because they require a constant and stable power source. The StrongVolt SmartCharger’s SunTrack technology was specifically developed to eliminate the “charger not supported” issue plaguing iDevices.
The StrongVolt SmartCharger also works flawlessly with other USB devices, including:
All of our hard work and effort came together on an overcast day in China this past November when we tested the latest version of our chip. You can see the results of that test in the video below.
All our StrongVolt SmartChargers feature high-quality construction, including 600D canvas, high-efficiency monocrystalline solar cells, lightweight, foldable design, and carabiners for easy hanging.
The 3W StrongVolt SmartCharger is perfect for emergency kits and people who want to charge smaller handheld devices. It’s small enough to fit in nearly any bag or backpack, and it’s lightweight enough that you’ll hardly even notice that it’s there. (7oz.) (Folded Dimensions- 7.2"x3.5"x0.6" Unfolded Dimensions- 11.8"x7.3"x0.2")
The 5W StrongVolt SmartCharger is for people who want to charge smaller handheld devices. The 5W model provides a faster charge than the 3W model. (9oz) (Folded Dimensions- 7"x3.9"x1.1" Unfolded Dimensions- 15.4"x7"x0.2" )
The 7W StrongVolt SmartCharger is for people who want to charge smaller handheld devices faster than the 3W or 5W models. It has more charging power than the smaller models and most of their convenience. (11.5oz) (Folded Dimensions- 7.3"x4.7"x0.6" Unfolded Dimensions- 19.1"x7.3"x0.2")
The 10W StrongVolt SmartCharger is for people who want to charge larger handheld devices, such as tablets and e-readers. (13oz.) (Folded Dimensions- 9.7"x6.3"x0.6" Unfolded Dimensions- 17.3"x9.7"x0.2")
The 12W StrongVolt SmartCharger is for people who meed a lot of power. It’s perfect for charging larger handheld devices and provides a faster charge than the 10W model. (16oz.) (Folded Dimensions- 9.7"x6.3"x0.9" Unfolded Dimensions- 24.5"x9.7"x0.2")
The 18W StrongVolt SmartCharger is for people who need maximum power. It’s perfect for charging larger devices and provides a faster charge than the 12W model. (24oz.) (Folded Dimensions- 7.2"x7.5"x2.6" Unfolded Dimensions- 28.5"x12.5"x0.2")
Ian Sells Founder, StrongVolt. Ian is in charge of day-to-day operations at StrongVolt and runs the logistics and sales side of the operation. Ian started StrongVolt over 4 years ago during a sourcing trip to China. One of the biggest problems he faced overseas was cell phone batteries dying due to all the emails, calls, and pictures he was taking. Walking the massive trade show floors, sifting through tons of gadgets and products, he stumbled upon a company that was offering big, bulky laptop solar chargers for personal power. These products were the first Ian had ever seen of this type. After doing some research at the hotel later, he realized that he’d stumbled upon an untapped market that was ready to explode.
The next few months he started to sell these solar chargers and quickly realized all the problems affecting solar chargers on the marketplace. Seeing the potential of this portable power market, he started investing more time and money to find ways to create better chargers, that would overcome the limitations of today’s units. After teaming up with Frank Wang, they were able to create the most advanced charging chip on the market today.
Frank Wang, Engineer and Lead Advisor. Frank is one of StrongVolt’s key advisors and it’s main electrical engineering consultant. Frank has over 15 years experience in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He also has years of experience dealing with Chinese manufacturers and has been instrumental in helping to create the circuitry and software that enables the SunTrack Technology.
Now that we've accomplished my goal of creating the ultimate solar charger, I need to raise the capital to make my vision a reality. I need $10,000 to finish the molds and produce the first run of SmartChargers with SunTrack Technology. This is why I need your support!
Here is an overview of what we’ve already done and what we intend to do:
Before Kickstarter Launch (January 2009 – November 2013)
Legal (patents, trademarks)
During Kickstarter Campaign (December 2013 – February 2014)
Source best cost of materials
Finish working with manufacturers to improve product
Source reward materials
After Kickstarter Campaign (January 2013 – February 2014)
Finish design on SmartCharger mold
Mass production of SmartChargers
Ship product to US-basedthird-party fulfillment centers
Backers receive product
Risks and challenges
Risks And Challenges
With any technology product there are risks and challenges that could delay the process. Even with StrongVolt’s experience in the portable solar charger industry there are obstacles to overcome. Two of the biggest challenges are production and funding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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