$333
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16
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 10 2019 9:20 PM UTC +00:00.

Dongle Buddy: Never Lose your Dongle Again.

An adhesive phone case accessory meant for the explorer in you.

Dongle Buddy: Never Lose your Dongle Again.

An adhesive phone case accessory meant for the explorer in you.

$333
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
16
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 10 2019 9:20 PM UTC +00:00.

About

People use their dongles everywhere. In the house, car or when walking to work or school. They are small and easily lost. Dongle Buddy solves this frustrating problem. It conveniently attaches to the back of your phone making it so you always have your dongle on you. Never lose that pesky dongle again. Invest in a Dongle Buddy. 

The Simple Solution

Dongle Buddy is a simple fix for a complex issue, one that everybody struggles with. Where did I put my dongle? Never ask that question again. Dongle Buddy holds the Lightning or USB-C dongle in the same design. Our simple 3 step process makes Dongle Buddy user friendly. Peel off the adhesive covering, stick it to the desired dongle holding surface, use your new Dongle Buddy. Peel, stick, use. It's a simple solution for both iPhone and Android users.

Not only is Dongle Buddy a simple solution, it is cost effective as well. For the duration of our campaign, Dongle Buddy is sold at the low price of $6—less than the price of a new dongle. It is also meant to last. Using a durable but flexible plastic, Dongle Buddy is built to withstand repeated removal of a dongle. This material can also be produced in a variety of colors (see Future Plans and Stretch Goals for more information on different colors). Our choice of plastic is also lightweight. Dongle Buddy weighs only 17.1 grams and is 8.5 millimeters thick. This design keeps Dongle Buddy slim and prevents it from making your phone bulky. Save your dongle. Save your money. Get a Dongle Buddy.

Future Plans and Stretch Goals

Currently, Dongle Buddy is selling for $6. This is 33% cheaper than our future retail price of $8.99. Dongle Buddy is only available in black but other colors will be unlocked throughout the campaign. This will be achieved through stretch goals. Stretch goals are goals that allow the project to expand once the funding goal has been met. New colors will then be added to the rewards tab as the project progresses. People that purchased the product before new colors were added will be able to choose from the new colors. This will be accomplished through Kickstarter's Backer Report tool. As for future plans, after the project is funded we hope to bring it to retailers so it can be bought in many different locations. We also hope to create a website where customers can buy Dongle Buddy directly from us.

The Project

Where to begin? Obviously we needed a design and a crudely drawn picture on a piece of printer paper wasn't going to cut it. This is where our Creative Director, Brianna Pinter, comes in. She had the experience in 3D design that allowed this project to get off the ground. Brianna turned the design into a 3D model and we printed it using a 3D printer. After a few prints and some tweaking to the design, we had a working prototype. More research was conducted in order to find the best way to produce our product. We needed to make it cost effective for the consumer while still making a quality product. It also had to be cheaper than the dongle itself so it would be worth it to buy a case instead of a new dongle. During the campaign, Dongle Buddy is selling for $6. Once our project is funded, it will retail for $8.99. 

Dongle Buddy has just finished prototyping. This is as far as it will get without you. We need funding to reach our goal and make our idea come to life. However, once we do meet our goal a world of opportunity and expansion will open.

Our Story

We call ourselves On The Grid. We are a small company trying to get on our feet with the help of you wonderful backers. Jake Ward is our Founder and Brianna Pinter is our Creative Director. We are new to the business world and very passionate about what we have created. Special thanks go out to Joe Bair, Amanda Buehrle and Barbara A Saunders-Jones. Joe graciously allowed us to use his 3D printer to make our prototypes. Amanda loaned us her time and camera to photograph our product for this campaign. Barbara has an extensive technical writing background and used her expertise to edit our campaign.

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Slim. Sleek. Light. Dongle Buddy won't interfere with your phone use.
Dongle Buddy can also be stored in pockets through our non-stick version.
No need to fear! Dongle Buddy can fit in to notoriously small pockets.

Note: Dongle Buddy does not include a dongle.

Intellectual Property Claims:

Dongle Buddy is patent pending. Dongle Buddy (TM). On The Grid (TM).

Risks and challenges

One challenge we are dealing with is quantity. For this to be price efficient a certain quantity must be met. This is also the same reason Dongle Buddy is only available in one color at the moment.

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    Buy 2 Dongle Buddies and share one with your best dongle owning buddy. At 33% off future retail price, this deal is a can't miss.

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    The Party Pack

    This pack includes 20 Dongle Buddies all at 45% off retail price. This is perfect for your next party or fun event. Put these in your goody bags or hand them out as party favors. Your choice!

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    The Business Bundle

    Have an upcoming event where you want to spread your brand? The Business Bundle includes 500 Dongle Buddies that we can put your logo on. If you would like to place a larger order, please contact us through our Kickstarter page.

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