About this project
Though we have been victorious, Bosavi is far from having spare cash. Please help us continue our success on Kickstarter to cover more of the start-up costs. Read on...
What is the money for?
Through Kickstarter you have already helped us to raise enough money to pay for the expensive tooling for injection molding. But we still have a minimum of 1000 units that we need to purchase as well as some fixtures and continuing development costs. These costs will add up to 10s of thousands of dollars and we need your help!
Gear Junkie: "stop wasteful battery usage"
Carabiner Development: "It is smaller and lighter than the Tikka XP2 with a Core battery"
Inhabitat: "a tribute to what is achievable in the realm of DIY manufacturing"
Touchstone: "saving you tons of money on batteries"
Solio: " All of us at Solio were blown away by the overall awesomeness"
GearHungry: "built more like a cell phone than a flashlight"
Gizmag: "...multifunctional gear is such a godsend to campers"
SlingFin: "Every geeky thing I ever wanted is pumped into this tiny package of love and desgin."
Hike It. Like It. : "you’ll be proud to say that you were a backer"
What is Bosavi?
Bosavi® is a blindingly bright, lightweight, ultra-compact headlamp designed by Dan Freschl. Dan has years of experience developing batteries for pacemakers, defibrillators and electric vehicles, and he drew on this to make a pretty awesome headlamp.
What makes Bosavi different from other lights on the market?
- Its custom Lithium polymer battery can be charged from almost any power supply (solar, kinetic, USB)
- Its machined aluminum heat-sink doubles as a reflector to keep the 110 lumen LED super-bright, cool and focused.
- It can be mounted to a bike to be used as a bike light
- It is modular and can be attached to many accessories that are under development including AAA battery backup, hip-belt, pull-cord generator...
- Its packaging converts into an amazing origami lantern
- It is crazy bright!!!
Is it true that there are other rechargeable headlamps on the market now?
When the Bosavi project was first conceived there were no lithium-ion rechargeable headlamps on the market. It is true that since then some of the big names in the industry have developed rechargeable headlamps. This isn't upsetting to us at all because it only proves that it is a good idea. And when you hold Bosavi in your hands you will find the differences to be blatantly obvious. Bosavi is truly a labor of love and it shows.
How does the packaging work?
Bosavi is based on the idea that making a product more environmentally friendly can also make it better. To this end, Bosavi’s patent-pending packaging easily transforms into a beautiful origami lantern that connects to the headlamp, reducing waste.
Where can I get a solar charger that works with Bosavi?
Bosavi has found that the Solio Bolt is the best battery pack + solar charger to use with our headlamp. Solio is a Bay Area company that designs incredible hand-held solar chargers and lighting systems. Their products are reliable, portable, rugged, and work perfectly with the Bosavi headlamp as well as other electronic devices recharged via USB. We offer Solio chargers as part of the rewards for some pledges.
The Solio Bolt has its own on-board battery, so you can leave the charger in the sun during the day and charge your Bosavi headlamp whenever you think of it. A full day of solar charging provides roughly three full charges to the Bosavi headlamp.
Visit http://www.solio.com/chargers/ to learn more about the Solio Bolt and this great company.
What's with give one get one?
If you pledge at the give one get one reward level you will get a Bosavi rechargeable headlamp and we will donate one to a Northwest Outward Bound scholarship student or instructor. Bosavi will almost certainly not make any money on these units, but we couldn't be happier about this exciting new reward.
Why are we doing it if we aren't going to be making money on them? First of all, I took an Outward Bound course and it was truly one of the most formative experiences of my life. Secondly, our first run will consist of 1000 units, and I would much rather see them be put to use by deserving people than sitting in a warehouse somewhere while we try to develop our sales channels.
If I pledge at a level that includes T-Shirts what will I get?
If your pledge level includes a t-shirt we will contact you via e-mail to ask what size, color, and style power animal t-shirt you would like. Our t-shirts are printed on super soft, form-fitting, American Apparel shirts using premium inks that actually dye the fibers of the garments as opposed to sitting on top. The result is a super soft, breathable print.
Is it geeky and techy?
Oh is it ever! If you just like the outdoors and want a headlamp that works Bosavi is for you and you can stop reading. If you are a geek, read on!
PWM: Bosavi's LED is regulated with pulse width modulation (PWM). What that means is that instead of having a resistor slow down the current that runs through the LED, Bosavi turns the high-brigthness LED "on" and "off" 400 times per second. The brightness is controlled by modulating the percentage of time that the LED is left on. Regulating the LED using PWM is significantly more efficient than other methods. This is all done far too fast for the human eye to perceive.
Voltage Monitor: Bosavi's integrated circuit constantly monitors the battery voltage using an analog to digital conversion (A2D). The chip uses the battery voltage to change the "duty cycle" of the PWM to maintain a constant brightness. It can also be used to give you feedback on how much battery life is left.
Battery Charging: The battery is charged using a constant current/constant voltage (CC/CV) scheme that is very fast, efficient, and preserves battery health. This means that the battery is charged at a constant current until it reaches its optimal voltage, the battery is then held at that voltage until no more current can be passed.
Memory: The chip has on board memory (EEPROM) that is stored even when power is removed. Bosavi made use of this feature to make it possible for you to tell Bosavi what lighting modes you don't use and program them out. Bosavi will also turn on to the last mode you were using so you don't have to constantly scroll through modes you don't use.
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