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CA$ 5,023
pledged of CA$ 75,000pledged of CA$ 75,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 26 2013 12:43 AM UTC +00:00

About

The PowerSound is a unique application of sound technologies combined with patented charging circuitry.

The PowerSound is the latest member of the PowerStick.com family of portable chargers.

It joins four other illustrious products that have won CES awards for their innovation and engineering.

PowerStick.com has its own teams of industrial designers, design engineers and packaging specialists, who have been working for several months to lay out the groundwork for this new product and take us from prototype to production.

For the past six months we have finalised our designs, made the moulds and started the manufacturing process.

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Putting the PowerSound together 

Internal engineering of the PowerSound
Internal engineering of the PowerSound

The money we are asking for will allow us to undertake manufacturing in production quantities beyond our initial 10,000 units, launch marketing and advertising campaigns and initiate worldwide distribution channels.

As the following chart demonstrates, the heavy lifting has been done. We have proven the charger and sound technologies work in concert with each other. 

Thanks to our internal resources and capabilities, we know we have the ability to complete this project in time for the Holiday Season, but we need some financial assistance to take us to the next levels.

All of our components and sub-assemblies for 10,000 PowerSounds have been delivered.  

The assembly of our first 10,000 units with components already in-house, will be started November 11th and continue through December.  

Changes to the Final Design

We have built our first units with the final plastics and electronics.  In testing we found that we were getting some minor air leaking out of the input/output ports on the side of the PowerSound.  We have since designed and prototyped a Bass Boost plug that will ship with the final product.   When installed, the Bass Boost plug increases the bass range of the PowerSound and protects the ports for dust and dirt.  The plug will need to be removed for charging.

Bass boost plugs
Bass boost plugs

Design Philosophy:

At Powerstick.com we strive to design, develop and manufacture products that exceed expectations.  Here are some of the design goals we set for PowerSound.

Our design goal for the internal plastic structure and design was to make the plastics as rigid as possible, maximizing the strength and sound.

Achieving the best possible sound required us to evaluate a wide range of audio drivers and packaging designs.

PowerSound PCBs
PowerSound PCBs

Industrial Design is a key part of making our products look fantastic.  Using 3D printing, we evaluated over 6 different designs and construction options to ensure we had the best possible sounding design.

A view of the PowerSound internals
A view of the PowerSound internals

POWERSOUND Features:

AUDIO MAGIC!

We often get asked if the POWERSOUND is bluetooth.  

The answer is no.  We use a Near Field patented technology.

NFT works by receiving the small electro-magnetic field produced when your phone or device's speakers are playing music or speech.  Once received, a custom amplification circuit  pushes sound to our two high fidelity drivers, producing a crisp sound.

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 Listen to the PowerSound in action!

Wireless Sound
Wireless Sound
Use the PowerSound for conference calling
Use the PowerSound for conference calling

 Whether in the office, at the campsite or on the beach, the PowerSound is that perfect convenor.

You can also connect your favorite MP3 player to enjoy the crisp quality of the PowerSound.

CHARGING MAGIC!

PowerSound incorporates four PowerStick.com patents covering circuit design, power management, shut-off censoring and triple layer protection.

This same circuitry can be found in all models within the PowerStick.com family, 10,000 of which are shipped monthly.

The 3,200 mAh battery provides two full smart phone charges from empty and accepts any USB connection.

The PowerSound battery is re-charged by connection to any USB power, such as computer, automobile or airplane.

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 Charging your device and playing music at the same time!

Production:

PowerStick.com has a full production team of nine.They work with the many components and raw materials that come to us from suppliers around the world. Their responsibilities include micro-controller programming, pcb population, soldering, quality control and packaging.

Our Branding:

PowerStick.com Inc has its own branding department featuring three Mimaki 4CP digital printers as well as pad printers and de-bossing equipment.

This in-house capability allows PowerStick.com to commercially brand or personalise all of its products, including the PowerSound.

Current users of the PowerStick family of chargers will be branding the PowerSound with corporate logos as can be seen in the examples following:

OUR STORY: PowerStick.com started out as a designer of solar solutions for portable energy problems.

Since then it has grown to become a recognised leader in North American designed and manufactured chargers and charging solutions.

A staff of 25 at its Ottawa, Canada main office, designs and engineers award-winning products that have won four CES Innovations and Engineering awards in the past four years.

Powerstick.com is a company that has built a niche by designing products with innovation and design that exceed all expectations of the user.

The PowerSound is our eighth charging product and the one with the greatest "WOW" factor.

CES has honored us four times so far. We are hoping that they will honor us yet again with the PowerSound for 2014.

REWARDS:

SUMMARY:  

The PowerSound is our latest project and the favorite of every one of us here at PowerStick.com. We have spent the past six months doing what we do best; designing and engineering very cool products. We are 90% there. All of the heavy lifting has been done. Your pledge will get us over the top and in time for the Holiday Season. Once you pledge, we will keep you regularly appraised of our progress. Thank you.

Will my phone work?

Any phone with a built-in speaker will be compatible with the PowerSound.

How long will it hold a charge?

The lithium-polymer battery is non-volatile and will hold a charge for minimum of nine months.

Will it charge from a computer?

Yes, any 5 volt, micro-USB cable.

Can I get it branded? 

The $139 pledge will get your PowerSound branded with your choice of image.

Do I need a phone to Play Music?

No!  You can use the supplied cable and plug in an MP3 Player or computer. 

Technical Specifications:

Battery Type       -  Lithium Polymer
Output Voltage   -  DC 5V max 
Output Current   -  1,000 mA max
Operating Temp  -  0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F
Storage & Transportation Temp  -  -20 to 50°C/-4 to 122°F
Dimensions         -  10.3” x 2.3” x 1.7”
Weight                 -   30 oz.
Cycle Life            -   1,000+
Charge Input Voltage  -  4.5 - 5.5V
Input Voltage Charge  -  1,000 mA max
Battery Capacity   -  3,200 mAh 

Risks and challenges

When it comes to sound and power, the red flags are typically to be found in sound quality and technical compatibility.

The PowerSound must work with the major smart phones, both in sound and in charging ability.

Since we are a charger business and sell over 10,000 of these a month, we have no reservations when it comes to our abilities in that area.

Our Chief Designer has won several CES design awards for his speakers, and every component we have specified has been checked, verified, and checked again.

The prototypes have confirmed that our design is complete and that the sound and charging qualities are as we designed them.

When it comes to the actual manufacturing processes, we must make sure that our mould maker has the experience and capabilities of being able to execute.
We have considerable experience in the design and building of moulds. In fact we have had eight successfully done so far this year. The mould maker is known to us, and we have a full time employee based in China who can supervise the progress on a daily basis.

We are very experienced in the design and population of PCB's so we have no concerns with the mechanical and electrical requirements of this project. As mentioned earlier, we have been very pleased with the prototypes we have already developed.

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