About this project
“Juiceboxx is a really smart idea...” - Steven Sande, TUAW
“Ever get a frayed cord on your MacBook charger? That annoying problem could soon be a thing of the past...” - J.R. Bookwalter, Mac Life
“I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one…” - Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer
“A MacBook cable saver” - Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
“Their simply designed (and affordable) solution...” - Susan Post, The Metropreneur
After falling victim to four broken MacBook chargers in one year, I was left tired and frustrated. I had no choice but to purchase the same $80, failure-prone charger. That was the final straw, I'd had enough.
That fourth charger actually belonged to Scott, an industrial design classmate at The Ohio State University. We looked around and noticed we weren't the only ones plagued by the fraying charger issue. While grabbing a bite to eat we started throwing around ideas.
We pitched the concept at the Ohio State Business Builders Club student start-up competition. After taking home first place and $1500, we moved into concept development and prototyping.
It wasn't long until we expanded the team, enlisting the help of Andrew Lien, a manufacturing engineer.
With all of our energy focused on product design and development, we added a professional graphic designer, Samuel Silverman, to begin building the brand around the product.
We took our prototyping to the next level by contracting a local Columbus company, Laser Reproductions to produce our high-end production quality prototypes.
Through a combination of 3-D printing, hand-poured molds and professional prototyping we were able to refine our concept to a final design. Now, the next step is production.
This is where you come in!
With your help, we can make this project a reality. Check out our awesome rewards, back our project and share it with everyone!
On April 8th, 2014, Juiceboxx Inc. took home First Place at The Ohio State University's Annual Business Plan Competition. Now, in order to take this project to the next step, we need to raise the funds to purchase the metal injection molds and our first production run.
Scott Scherpenberg - Product Designer - Scott is head of product design and development. Through the co-founding of Pongmats, Scott has experience with production and manufacturing as well as importing and distributing products. He is majoring in industrial design and entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University.
Lucas Williamson - Product Designer - Lucas is responsible for business development. Over the last four years, Lucas has gained experience in manufacturing, sales and distribution through running his previous company. No Mercy Customs LLC. He designed custom wrestling gear for clients in over forty-one states. He studied industrial design and entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University.
Andrew Lien - Manufacturing Engineer - Andrew is responsible for manufacturing and technology. He has professional experience as a manufacturing engineer for Procter and Gamble. Andrew has founded several companies ranging from consumer products to a media website. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Samuel Silverman - Graphic Designer - Sam is in charge of branding and identity development for Juiceboxx Inc. He is a professional graphic designer at Ohio State Athletics, where he acquired a strong sense of brand development and progressed the identity for Ohio State Football. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from The Ohio State University.
Risks and challenges
Every project has its own challenges and risks. Our experienced team has taken every effort to keep all risks to a minimum.
As we've already sourced our manufacturers for tooling and injection molding we know the exact cost and time frame to deliver the rewards.
If a delay were to occur, it would most likely be the result of tooling adjustments. We have to make sure the design is just right so we can ensure the delivery of a great, high-quality product to our backers.
Our goal is to be totally transparent with all backers and communicate with them every step of the way. Since every backer will be joining our journey, we find it imperative to keep them thoroughly informed of the remaining process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, the Juiceboxx will be offered for the 85w, 60w and 45w MagSafe Power Adapters.
Since we want to ensure all of our backers get the most awesome, high-quality product we can produce, we plan to manufacture the part in the USA just 15 minutes from our shop in Columbus, Ohio.
Us being close to the manufacturer = Better quality control = Happy backers
My charger gets hot sometimes. What affects will juiceboxx have on the heat dissipation of the charger?
The shell on your charger, along with almost all high-quality hard shell laptop cases, is made of polycarbonate. We plan to make juiceboxx out of that same, great material.
One of the great properties of polycarbonate is it's ability to withstand very hot and very cold temperatures without any decrease in performance.
The team has been testing prototypes over the last 6 months with great results in terms of heat dissipation. No worries!
I also have issues with the other end of the cord (near the plug that connects to my laptop) do you have anything to help that?
We've had that issue too! ...And so have many others from what we've heard from the Kickstarter crowd.
We already have plans to create a product to address this specific problem, make sure to back Juiceboxx to get early details on this new product.
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