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Wireless charging for Android and Windows phones with Qi capablity (see FAQ) + now for iPhone 5/5s with the fastest Qi enabling case!

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See the complete demo of Pond on TWiT.tv
See the complete demo of Pond on TWiT.tv

 *If you don't have an iPhone or Qi compatible device, you can still charge on the Pond tray with the Pond Pebble.

                                  

Beautifully Designed Wireless AND Cordless Phone Charger Like You've Never Seen That You Don't Have to Hide!

Show it off on your entry table or desk.  Set down your keys, wallet, and phone and your phone will be charged and ready to go when you are. The Pond “Duo” will simultaneously charge a Qi-enabled tablet and phone, or two phones. 

*Pond and Pond Duo can be completely unplugged for days and still charge your devices.

Pond - wireless charging valet tray
Pond - wireless charging valet tray

The original Pond will charge one phone, (or one device such as a tablet or smart watch) at a time.

Pond Duo -  wireless charging valet tray for charging two devices
Pond Duo - wireless charging valet tray for charging two devices

  The Pond Duo has a slightly larger surface, twice the power, and will charge two phones (or a phone and another device) at a time. It's great if you have an iPad mini* and an iPhone or for couples or roommates and it makes a great wedding, housewarming or back-to-school gift.  If you have a pebble, a guest can charge along with you!

Pond & Pond Duo wireless charging valet trays are available in figured maple, black enamel, and rich walnut
Pond & Pond Duo wireless charging valet trays are available in figured maple, black enamel, and rich walnut

Pond Features

  • Hand finished Birch, Maple, and Walnut construction. 
  • Easiest freedom of placement with multi-coil Qi 1.1 design
  • Pond features an integrated 10,000 mAh battery for long-lasting cordless functioning.  Pond Duo features 2 multi-coil Qi charging stations and 20,000 mAh battery.  Both feature sleek cordless design.
  • Common 5V micro USB plug, for battery recharge

The FIRST GLOBALLY AVAILABLE Apple MFi-Approved Qi Wireless Charging Case iPhone Owners Have Been Waiting For!

iPhone 5 and 5s owners can now enjoy wireless charging in style with a sleek and sophisticated design that reaches the peak charging rates of the wireless Qi standard. 

Stream - iPhone 5 and 5s Apple MFi approved Qi wireless charging case
Stream - iPhone 5 and 5s Apple MFi approved Qi wireless charging case
iPhone 5/5s Stream cases are available in premium figured maple and rich walnut in addition to the elegant black and white versions
iPhone 5/5s Stream cases are available in premium figured maple and rich walnut in addition to the elegant black and white versions

 Stream Features

  • Slim and sophisticated  - Under 11mm with the perfect amount of protection
  • Peak Performance Features - Qi Wireless charging up to full 1 amp
  • Key Features - Universal micro USB for Data + Power (when you really need a cord, you can now use standard USB cord)  
  • Best Components - Official Apple Lightning connector - Texas Instruments Qi Version 1.1 compatible chip - Highest efficiency and low-heat inductive coils
  • Premium Material - Performance Grade ABS - UV cured high durability paint - US sourced and fabicated hardwood version: Figured Maple - Figured Walnut  
  • Apple MFi Approve

Pond Pebbles are slim, soft-touch fobs that enable any device with a micro USB or lightning connector to charge wirelessly on the Pond.

Pond Pebble - charge any micro-USB charging device with the Pond tray, even Google Glass
Pond Pebble - charge any micro-USB charging device with the Pond tray, even Google Glass
Set down your phone along with keys, wallets, jewelry and more and your phone will be charged and ready to go when you are with our iPhone 5/5s Stream case and Pond wireless valet tray
Set down your phone along with keys, wallets, jewelry and more and your phone will be charged and ready to go when you are with our iPhone 5/5s Stream case and Pond wireless valet tray
Pond valet tray redefines what a phone charger looks like and can do for you
Pond valet tray redefines what a phone charger looks like and can do for you
Pond and Pond Pebble allow you to charge your phone, tablet, smartwatch, or any micro-USB charging device
Pond and Pond Pebble allow you to charge your phone, tablet, smartwatch, or any micro-USB charging device
Being untethered can be a beautiful thing with truly cordless and wireless charging solutions
Being untethered can be a beautiful thing with truly cordless and wireless charging solutions

Your support on Kickstarter will allow us to make final polish on the designs, qualify them for production, and fund the manufacturing of the units that our supporters will get as a reward for supporting our campaign. We thank you in advance for your support!

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The Devant Team

Our team and partners have one thing strongly in common, passion for excellence in our work. We are fortunate to have design and industry subject matter experts from all parts of the world dedicated to delivering great products for Devant. 

A large part of our experience comes from developing smartphones for world-class OEMs, in addition to some of best talent and resourcefulness from the maker community. On top of all of this, our passion for design has deep roots, including in Soren's own Danish craftsmanship heritage.  Our partners have been selected for their strengths in bringing leading technology to the wireless charging space, and for their ability to deliver to the quality and volume requirements of tier-one mobile OEMs and carriers.

What this means for you is that we will not rest until every product we develop and deliver meets our own high standards and, when in your hands and homes, will be something you treasure and are proud to own. This is our aim, our promise, and our commitment as a team.

The industry standard for wireless technology, known as Qi (pronounced “Chee”), is making strides in the mobile industry.

In addition to Stream being one of the first Apple-approved Qi covers that meets the performance required for the MFi program, by providing up to full 1 amp charging just like Apple’s 5W wall charger, the Stream cover is also in compliance with the Wireless Power Consortium Qi standard, which means it will work with any Qi compliant charger.

 *In the near future, the Pond and Pond Duo could even charge your Qi capable smart-watch in addition to your phone and tablet.

Devant Technologies also plans to contribute to the emergence of Qi wireless charging hotspots and stations that are making their way into public spaces
Devant Technologies also plans to contribute to the emergence of Qi wireless charging hotspots and stations that are making their way into public spaces
           

Click here to read how AppleInsider claims Stream the "Star of the Pond lineup"!

Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) states:

"The only problem is that a lot of the {Qi) chargers are quite ugly! Not so with Pond..."

"Pair that up with a Stream charging case for your iPhone... and you have quite the charging duo."

Click here to read full article!

Team Members and Contributors Include:

Soren Nielsen
Tyler M.
Ken S.
Richard B.
Nina N.
Pip T.
Julie B.
Dave K.
Antti M.
Corey S.
Julie K.
Chris K.
Dario M.
Katie R.
Allen M.
Forrest L.
Richelle F.

Special Thanks To:

Fab Lab San Diego
MakerPlace San Diego
Ansir Innovation Center
San Diego Startup Community
Jason Calacanis and the Inside.com/TWinstartups/Launch crew
Leo Laporte and the entire TWIT.TV network
Bob Marley – for keeping it positive
Jari S.
Satoru Y.
Victor B.
Troy H.
Vincent D.
Jesse K.
Samir A.
Josh S.
E. Young 
Foryou
Augustin C.
Joe H.
Nick W.
RIONLIONZION
Locbit Team
NuCurrent
Wireless Power Consortium

And to all of our friends and family!

Risks and challenges

Risk is inherent in all product development and manufacturing initiatives. Our team knows about this from experience, and that same experience is being applied to minimize, proactively and quickly address issues as they arise. We are also fortunate that Stream, Pond, and the Pond Pebbles are quite advanced in their respective stages of development. Still, this does not mean we are free of risk.

Tooling and the majority of fabrication and assembly processes are at pre-production maturity level. We have also made first passes at tuning the paint and finishing processes. This is all pretty good, but, the processes involved in manufacturing these products can have variability and unexpected process or tooling related failures. That means that we will need to keep a close eye on each aspect of the manufacturing process. We will also need to be prepared to adjust processes and outputs that for some reason are not consistent with our requirements for quality, or replace any tooling that may either fail or otherwise be delivering materials below our standards. These potential issues could cause delay in our deliveries. They could also cause us to make changes to certain aspects of the product designs.

Issues with delivery of key components could also be a cause for delayed finished product deliveries to our backers. We have worked with our suppliers to prepare and stock certain quantities of these key parts, but future deliveries are not guaranteed until we confirm the order forecasts we have in place. Product quality of these components could also factor into final product on-time delivery. We expect limited issues as a result of the above risks, particularly since the suppliers we have as partners are well-known and world-class chip and assembly makers, such as those delivering the official iPhone Lightning connector assemblies for our products.

In summary, no product development or manufacturing run is without risk. We have expertise in our team and among our carefully selected partners to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to issues that may come up.

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FAQ

  • - Yes, Pond will work with all Qi enabled phones, tablets, and devices.
    - Pond will also work with any phone when you have a Pond Pebble for microUSB or Lightning.

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  • - Qi capable phones are coming to the market continually. You can find a list of Qi compatible phones here: http://www.pondcharging.com/qi-capable-phones/

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  • - Pond will work with any phone when you have a Pond Pebble for microUSB or Lightning. The Pond Pebble attached to your phone will charge when the pebble is placed on the Pond unit.

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  • - With Pond Pebble: Most accessories with a micro USB charging port can be charged. Tablets too, though depending on your tablet's battery size, and your normal charger mA rating, it may take a bit longer. With Pond Pebble Lightning connector version, you can charge an iPad Mini, iPod Touch, and even a full-size iPad (though this will take longer than with full-sized iPad charger). *Pond will also charge other Qi compatible devices. More are coming out all of the time.

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  • - Yes, absolutely. Many phones have wireless charging capability built in, so if your friend has a Qi enabled phone, they can right away. If you have a Pond Pebble for microUSB or Lightning to enable just about any phone or accessory. Pond will work with any phone.

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  • - Yes, as long as you are using a Qi certified charger, it will charge great.

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  • - This is a feature of Stream that people really love. The Stream case has a micro USB connector which can be used for charging and data. So, instead of using the USB to lightning cord, any USB cable with microUSB can be used (like the ones that come with all Android phones).

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  • - Normal charging time for iPhone 5s with the Stream case is around 2 hours and 15 minutes. This is the same as charging with Apple's 5W USB charger.
    - Just like Apple's USB wall charger, the charging happens more quickly in the early and middle stages, then slows as the battery gets more full. See Apple's charging rate information here. http://www.apple.com/batteries/
    - This link is to a time-lapse video showing the stages of iPhone 5 with USB charge. https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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  • - Currently, Pond's battery is not removable. It is a great suggestion, so we are looking into it. We will keep you posted if anything changes.

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  • Okay, this is serious and important. There is not another iPhone 5s Qi case like Stream!
    Each of these elements sets Stream apart in terms of Performance, Design & Quality, and Premium US made options.
    1) Performance -
    Stream - Meets Apple's very challenging requirement of full 1A charging, so wireless charging speed is just like plugging it to the USB charger.
    Others - Most do not come close, typically falling in the 500mA to 700mA rate at best for both cases and the Qi cards that plug your Lightning connector.
    Why this matters - With full charging speed, you can enjoy the benefits of wireless charging without sacrificing getting a speedy charge when you need it.
    2) Design and Quality:
    Stream - With Stream there has been no cutting corners. We made a very slim case, that feels great in the hand and provides just the right amount of protection. People have said it feels like something Apple would make, perfectly fitting the phone without adding bulk. We are also watching the quality very closely for fit and finish. We care about giving you a high quality product. Apple's official lightning connector adds to the reliability and quality.
    Others - We have tried other products. There are several models, often being resold by many companies. Shortcomings we have seen: a) average to below average build quality and durability - most broke within a short time. b) minimal design effort, bulky, or ergonomically marginal. c) missing features - many plug the Lightning connector and don't have a micro USB port to provide both data and wired charging.
    Why this matters - Qi wireless charging is a great technology, as you can hear from many Samsung, LG, Google Nexus, HTC, Nokia Lumia owners, etc... Some of the second-rate products that have been made available for iPhone, many also not Qi approved, are really not good for anyone. These disappointments have been projected onto the technology. Pond and Stream provide a first-rate option, at last!
    3) Premium materials - Step up to the luxurious feel of our premium hardwood options. This have covers are carefully crafted in the US, from US sourced maple and walnut.
    Stream is a product that is worth your money. If you want a great wireless charging solution that performs and will last, Stream is the only option. The difference is substantial!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    44 backers Limited (6 left of 50)

    Stream Early Bird *

    Apple MFi approved iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 Qi wireless charging case *

    Choice of Jet Black or Cloud White *

    $24 below future retail price

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    6 backers

    Stream Kickstarter *

    Apple MFi approved iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 Qi wireless charging case *

    Choice of Jet Black or Cloud White *

    $14 below future retail price

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $70 or more

    9 backers Limited (41 left of 50)

    Stream Premium Early Bird *

    Apple MFi approved iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 Qi wireless charging case *

    $29 below future retail price *

    Your choice of Figured Maple or Rich Walnut with Black or White frame

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    1 backer

    Stream Premium case (Kickstarter) *

    Apple MFi approved iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 Qi wireless charging case *

    $19 below future retail price *

    Your choice of Figured Maple or Rich Walnut with Black or White frame

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    15 backers All gone!

    Pond Early Bird *

    Home wireless charging in style *

    Embedded easy-position wireless charger *

    10,000 mAh Battery *

    Up to $54 below future retail price. *

    Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $135 or more

    1 backer

    Pond Campaign Finale Price (Jet Black Only) * Home wireless charging in style * Embedded easy-position wireless charger * 10,000 mAh Battery * Up to $34 below future retail price. * Jet Black Only

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $140 or more

    15 backers All gone!

    Pond Duo Early Bird *

    Home wireless charging in style *

    Two-device embedded easy-position wireless charger with

    20,000 mAh Battery *

    Up to $59 below future retail price *

    Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    3 backers

    Pond Valet tray - Kickstarter *
    Embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 10,000 mAh Battery *

    Up to $34 below future retail price *

    Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $160 or more

    4 backers

    Pond Duo Kickstarter *

    Home wireless charging in style *

    Two-device embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 20,000 mAh Battery *

    Up to $39 below future retail price *

    Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $160 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    Pond Duo & Pebble Combination Early Bird * Two-device embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 20,000 mAh Battery * One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $69 below future retail * Your choice of - Pond Duo in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $170 or more

    13 backers Limited (12 left of 25)

    Pond and Stream Combination Early Bird *

    One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case *

    One Pond Home Wireless Charger with 10,000 mAh battery *

    Up to $108 below future retail *

    Your choice of
    - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $170 or more

    0 backers

    Pond & Pebble Combination Kickstarter * One-device embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 10,000 mAh Battery * One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $45 below future retail * Your choice of - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $185 or more

    12 backers Limited (138 left of 150)

    Pond Duo & Pebble Combination Kickstarter * Two-device embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 20,000 mAh Battery * One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $145 below future retail * Your choice of - Pond Duo in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $190 or more

    7 backers All gone!

    Pond, Stream & Pebble Combination Early Bird *

    One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case *

    One Pond Home Wireless Charger with 10,000 mAh battery *

    One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightening Version *
    Up to $125 below future retail *

    Your choice of
    - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightening version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    0 backers

    Pond and Stream Premium Combination Kickstarter *

    One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case *

    One Pond Home Wireless Charging Tray with 10,000mAh Battery *

    Up to $88 below future retail *

    Your choice of
    - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $210 or more

    6 backers

    Pond, Stream & Pebble Combination Kickstarter *

    One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case *

    One Pond Home Wireless Charger with 10,000 mAh battery *

    One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightening Version *

    Up to $125 below future retail *

    Your choice of
    - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut
    - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightening version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $225 or more

    0 backers

    Pond, Stream Premium & Pebble Combination Kickstarter * One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case * One Pond Home Wireless Charger with 10,000 mAh battery * One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $90 below future retail * Your choice of - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    17 backers Limited (33 left of 50)

    Pond Duo, Stream Premium & Pebble Combination Early Bird * Pond Duo two device Wireless Charger with 20,000 mAh battery * One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case * One One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $100 below future retail * Your choice of - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pond idn Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $265 or more

    2 backers

    Pond Duo, Stream Premium & Pebble Combination Kickstarter * One Stream Apple MFi approved Qi Wireless Charging Case * One Pond Duo Two device Wireless Charger with 20,000 mAh battery * One Pond Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning Version * Up to $85 below future retail * Your choice of - Stream in Jet Black, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pond in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut - Pebble in USB or 9 Pin Lightning version

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $275 or more

    14 backers

    Pond Duo iPhone couples package! 2 premium stream cases and the Pond Duo: Two-device embedded easy-position wireless charging tray with 20,000 mAh Battery * Up to $112 below future retail * Your choice of - Pond Duo in Black Enamel, Figured Maple, or Rich Walnut and stream cases in jet black, figured maple or rich walnut. If only one spouse has an iPhone, try the pond duo, stream and pebble package

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    Ships anywhere in the world

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