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Patented, beautifully designed crank flashlight and power source, capable of driving low power wearables, lights, phones, etc.
Patented, beautifully designed crank flashlight and power source, capable of driving low power wearables, lights, phones, etc.
38 backers pledged $5,166 to help bring this project to life.

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Crank Lite
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Hardware Art has been working for several years to make a well designed human-driven power source and flashlight. Apart from light, the design is meant to add modular components to drive an array of low powered electronics.

We patented the design in 2013 and now have created three fully functioning prototypes for fund raising. We are looking to further our goals as stated below: 

  • make another batch of the high-end Ipe wood and alumninum material units with minor updates based on demand
  • work on finding sources to build lower priced versions in the USA
  • develop an extendable clip-on light for reading/walking/biking while you crank (currently in early design stage)
  • develop an ultra-low power cell phone (currently in working electronic prototype stage)

With your help, we can work to build products that last a lifetime. No batteries required.

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Risks and challenges

Our primary challenge will be trying to lower costs while maintaining a high quality product. We are actively researching different production methods and materials as well as streamlining our current build process.

Additionally, we are working on extensions to our main Crank Lite product. Extensions will be based on campaign feedback.

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    Hardware Art logo sticker and a hearty thanks! Sticker is 4.25"x4.25", perfect for your toolbox or skateboard.

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    Hardware Art black T-shirt with white logo. Impress your friends with our cool logo on your chest.

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    Own one of two existing, fully functioning Version2 Crank Lite prototypes. Machined from reclaimed Ipe wood and 6061-T6 aluminum. High-end Super-capacitor and durable construction means it will last longer than the average door knob.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Own one of three to-be-built V3 prototype Crank Lites currently going through design refinement. These Crank Lites will also be machined from reclaimed Ipe wood and 6061-T6 aluminum.

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    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    Own one of up to 10 small batch production-ready Crank Lites with custom engraving on Crank Lite handle, perfect for gifting or sometimes regifting.
    These Crank Lites will also be machined from reclaimed Ipe wood and 6061-T6 aluminum.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    For the big time backer, feel proud to directly support our clip LED extension light prototyping development. Provide feedback to the design as well as receive the first prototype of this extension LED.
    You will also receive a production ready Crank Lite with engraving of your choice.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    For the even bigger time backer, you can provide design input and receive the first of our "weekender" cell phones now in early prototype stage. Powered by Crank Lite via the DIY port, this "No OS" cell phone is stripped down for ultra low power and runs just like an old AT&T phone. No screen, no text, just a keypad, speaker and mic. You'll be chatting with people like it is pre-1997, except you provide human power anytime and call anywhere there is cell phone reception. SIM card included! No batteries or wall outlet necessary, ever.

    Production-ready Crank Lite included with engraving of your choice.

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Funding period

- (30 days)