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$1,369
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30
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 25 2013 10:38 PM UTC +00:00
Peter SzucsBy Peter Szucs
First created
Peter SzucsBy Peter Szucs
First created
$1,369
pledged of 24 000 $pledged of 24 000 $ goal
30
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 25 2013 10:38 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Leverage is a case for the iPhone 4 and 4S that consists of a frame with quick release latch and interchangeable backplates.  It was designed to compliment the iPhone's aesthetics and be easy to take on and off.  This Kickstarter project is to create the card holder backplate,which will add a new level of utility to our cases.

Sophistication meets functional design

The Leverage case for the iPhone 4/4S

  • Quick-release latching system for effortless installation and removal
  • Unique styling with streamlined design and minimal bulk
  • Integrated sleep/wake button
  • Hard polycarbonate case with soft touch matte finish for the black version and smooth high gloss for the white
  • Comes with flat removable back plate gives you the option of having minimalist style or full protection
Detail image of black Leverage case without backplate
Detail image of black Leverage case without backplate
High gloss white with Chrome latch
High gloss white with Chrome latch

The card holder backplate

  • Easily swappable with other backplates, uses no adhesives
  • Slim design holds up to 3 credit cards
  • Available in black and white, mix or match with your Leverage
Prototype credit card holder
Prototype credit card holder

Deviating from Convention

Bringing refined details unseen in any other protective cases, the Leverage features a unique metal latching mechanism that locks a protective frame securely onto the phone. This ensures a tight fit while maintaining sophisticated styling. Instead of requiring brute force to install the case, you simply engage the lever to secure the case onto the iPhone. With the lever in place, the case stays firmly attached, but can easily be removed with a simple, satisfying flip.

Leverage frame and with open latch and lever
Leverage frame and with open latch and lever
Integrated sleep/wake button, cutouts for volume and ports
Integrated sleep/wake button, cutouts for volume and ports

Versatility and Utility

Our first utility backplate is a card holder designed to hold up to three credit cards. It’s been specially designed to work as well with three credit cards as it does with just one.  Since it does not rely on an adhesive, swapping out the backplate is quick and easy as the backplate itself is held in place by the Leverage frame. For days where you only need the bare necessities, or for an everyday clutter free routine, the Leverage will adapt to your needs.

Leverage with empty credit card backplate
Leverage with empty credit card backplate
Card holder backplate with limited Kickstarter edition rose gold finish
Card holder backplate with limited Kickstarter edition rose gold finish

Special Edition Rose Gold Finish

For Kickstarter backers who pledge $100 or more, we will create a special rose gold finished latch.  Only 500 will be produced for the Leverage case for the iPhone 4/4S.  

Front View
Front View

Why Kickstarter?

Our customers have asked for card holder backplates for their iPhone 4/4S, but being a small company, our resources are pretty limited.  We would love to accommodate everybody, but we've been currently focused on newer iPhone 5 accessories. 

With Kickstarter, we are hoping to be able to gauge demand on iPhone 4 products.  Our funding goal will cover the cost of tooling and  minimum order quantities from the factory.

Production Timeline

As soon as the Kickstarter funding is reached, we will begin tooling so we can injection mold the backplates with the factory in China that we currently use for our Leverage cases.  Tooling usually runs about 45 days.  It may be finished sooner, but 45 days our general estimate.  The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we will start tooling.

Once the tool has been made, the first units will be tested for fit.  Small modifications to the tool will have to be made in order to ensure that the backplate integrates perfectly with the Leverage frame.  This refinement usually takes one to two weeks.

Assembly, shipping and fulfillment will take an additional 2 weeks. 

Rewards

Card holder backplate only:  If you already have a Leverage case for the iPhone 4/4S, this option is for you. 

Leverage Case and Card Holder Backplate: You'll be getting both the Leverage case and card holder backplate so that you can combine your wallet and phone.

Limited Edition Rose Gold:  We will produce only 500 units, with rose gold latches. Makes for a great gift and it helps us get to our goal faster.

For more information about Peter Szucs and Graft Concepts, see the bio in the sidebar.

Music used in the video was Something Elated by Broke for Free from the album Something EP (http://brokeforfree.com/)

Risks and challenges

As with the manufacture of any physical product, there can be unforeseen delays. Things like the delivery of raw materials may be delayed or the tool adjustments might take longer than anticipated. Luckily we've already produced an iPhone case with very tight tolerances and in comparison, the process for card holder backplate is a lot more straightforward. We don't anticipate any serious complications. If issues should arise, we work with a team of Swiss engineers who are on the ground and will resolve any production problems.

Between the finishing of production and delivery of the product to the end user, there may be delays caused by customs or delivery truck driver strikes. The likelihood of these issues are fairly low, but as a project backer one should be aware of the possibilites.

We are confident that the possibility of these setbacks are minor, but the possibility does exist and as a backer one should be aware of them. Once this project's funding is successful, product will be delivered, but as stated, there maybe delays.

If our project ends up with more than 5,000 backers, we can ship at minimum 5,000 units of product every two weeks. Deliveries will be sent in order of when the pledges were received.

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    Pledge US$ 12 or more About US$ 12

    One card holder backplate for the Graft Concepts Leverage case for the iPhone 4/4S. This backplate will hold up to 3 credit cards or combination of cards and cash. This pledge is for the backplate only, does not include the Leverage case itself. Available in black or white.

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    Pledge US$ 37 or more About US$ 37

    One card holder backplate and one Leverage case. The Leverage case usually retails for $49.95 and comes with a flat backplate. You'll be getting the Leverage for 50% off of retail and a card holder backplate in white or black with a chrome finished latch.

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    One Leverage case and two credit card backplates of your choice

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Limited edition rose gold latches. Help us get to our goal a little faster. These Leverage cases for the iPhone 4/4s with a rose gold latch will be made for Kickstarter backers only. A flat backplate and card holder backplate will be included. Choice of black or white.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    A set of two Leverage cases and two credit card backplates so you can mix and match.

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Funding period

- (30 days)