About this project
iPhone Lightning Plan V - now available in our rewards section
Plan V, not just another battery back-up for you to leave at home or forget to charge, it is a failsafe charging device which is ALWAYS on you. So small you won't know it's there, until you need it.
You've all experienced it at least once, you're on the go, your phone is flat and you need to; urgently call your friend, navigate to a meeting or even worse, get out of a dangerous situation.
Plan V is a failsafe device you don't need to charge and is so small you can take it everywhere (on your keyring). It works much like a car jumper cable. You simply connect a 9 volt battery to the Plan V device and then hook it up to your phone. And since these are the square batteries you find in smoke alarms, they’re about as widely available as chocolate bars.
Plan V in action
How it's different
Too often your battery bank is flat or sitting at home when you need it most. Battery jackets are clunky and even they can run out of juice when you're on the go.
These issues drove us to start working on a true emergency charger, one which has you covered when everything else fails.
We started to think about your car, you don't carry around a spare battery in the trunk, you carry a jumper cable. The same principal can apply to your phone. We all know batteries are everywhere (convenience stores, supermarkets, gas stations) so, all you need is a jumper cable. Smaller than the average car key, you won't know Plan V is on you, until you need it!
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An idea is born
18 months ago Plan V co-creators Evan and Luke found themselves in a tricky situation that could have gone terribly wrong. Stranded in Bogota, Colombia they were without a lifeline, their mobile phones dead, battery back-ups flat and hopes of finding their hostel were growing slim. After hours of wandering through dark and dangerous lane ways and a few close calls they finally found their accommodation. It was that night Evan and Luke decided to create an ultra portable, failsafe charging device, one that will never let you down no matter where you are in the world.
It's (really, really) small
Weighing in at only 7 grams - Plan V is designed small enough to sit on your keyring. No cables and no bigger than a typical house key. It stays out of the way when you don’t need it, and can spring into action when you do - topping up a Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5 with a massive 4 hours talk time.
The production timeline
The idea was born 18 months ago. We've come a long way since then and we still have a way to go. If Plan V is funded, our goal is to have it in your pocket by Feb 2015. Making it an ideal gift for yourself, your kids or that friend you can never get a hold of.
It's been a long road
We are asking you for a leg-up so that later down the line we can help you out of a tight spot.
Most of the funds raised here will go towards the hefty costs of production, some will go towards optimizing our product through field trials and performance tweaks, and a little will go into marketing our product for wider availability.
To give you an idea of what our projected costs are, we are predicting an initial total cost of $30,000 to make Plan V a reality.
Risks and challenges
Like any consumer electronics product, the journey from a working prototype to mass production can be a long one with many unexpected delays.
Using our experience in the consumer electronics industry we've designed a product with manufacturing in mind to avoid cost and schedule blowouts.
We've invested a lot time and energy to ensure we've done absolutely everything we can before launch to make sure we can get Plan V shipped on schedule. This means you, the backer, will see the product you believe in sooner.
There are just a few obstacles remaining:
- Safety and environmental certifications
- Apple MFI certification for use with iPhones
- International shipping and customs requirements
These are typical issues for any phone accessory and with your help we will overcome these quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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