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ChargeDrive is the world's most versatile phone accessory. It's a Phone Charger Cable, Flash Drive, and Tripod Mount all in one.
627 backers pledged $27,129 to help bring this project to life.

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9to5mac.com: "A few other multi-purpose tech tools have been featured here, but the ChargeDrive’s industrial design is extremely appealing."

Der Spiegel: "Charge Drive is the little helper...... It's no much bigger than a USB stick, but can do much more."

Works with Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phones.
Works with Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phones.
 
Quality Apple connectors!
Quality Apple connectors!

ChargeDrive is cellular phone charger which serves as a tripod mount, and it also contains a flash memory drive for storing and transferring electronic data. To serve as a cellular phone charger, one has to connect a cellular phone’s power inlet to the outlet connector of the device then subsequently connect the USB outlet of the device to a power source.

Very useful!
Very useful!
Easy to use!
Easy to use!

Most cellular phone chargers are long wires with a USB outlet on one side and a cellular phone charger outlet on the other. They tend to be long, tangle easily, and tedious to carry on one’s person. These are the reasons why I found it imperative to invent the ChargeDrive, to mitigate these issues.

Use your phone hands free safely!
Use your phone hands free safely!
32GB and 16GB USB Flash Drive
32GB and 16GB USB Flash Drive
Chat, take pictures!
Chat, take pictures!

Goal 1:

For a small addition of $2 to your pledge, you get a wrist lanyard to help you carry your ChargeDrive about and also attach to your key chain. ChargeDrive is about 4 inches in length and weighs 1.1 ounce (with the micro-suction back plate attached), so it will not be a hassle to have with you every minute every hour.

Wrist Lanyard
Wrist Lanyard

 Goal 2:

For $5 you get a Male-Female USB extension cord that helps you connect your ChargeDrive to your wall adapter or hard to reach sockets while charging or using your phone. Here is a photo of what you're getting

M-F USB Extension Cord
M-F USB Extension Cord

 Goal 3:

Get EXTRA Micro-Suction back plates for a highly discounted price of $5. The back plates add an extra level of utility to the charge drive, letting you view your cellphone in several different positions. With it's standard 20 by 1/4 screw the back plate can also be used with other devices like cameras.

Micro-suction Back Plate
Micro-suction Back Plate

Although others have invented portable cellular phone charges, various functionalities that set ChargeDrive apart are:

  • it is more versatile
  • it is more compact and portable
  • it does not make use of long wires that can tangle and become very cumbersome
  • the tripod legs can be setup in multiple positions, thereby enabling the user to view the cellular phone’s screen in either landscape or portrait mode
  • it has a flash drive storage device integrated into a charging system, thereby eliminating the need to carry multiple devices for both purposes
  • it has a standard 1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch screw on the back, which enables the user to screw it to other devices and tripods, and
  • it can have a NanoSuction plate attached to the back screw as well.
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Perfect viewing angle!
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Available colors: Black, Red, White, Green
Available colors: Black, Red, White, Green

Our frustration and we presume the frustration of others with run-of-the-mill charger cables prompted us to come up with ChargeDrive. So it started with an idea, an idea of a portable, utilitarian, and well designed phone charger that anyone would be proud to show and tell. It then became imperative to put this idea down on paper. As an engineering student another device that seemed to always be in my possession in addition to my cell phone was a flash drive. It was only natural for me to find a way to integrate both necessary devices into one. This was the birth of Charge Drive.

Suction cups are old news! We used very sticky and easy to clean and use micro suction technology on the screwable back plate. The back plates add an extra level of utility to the charge drive, giving the user a plethora of cellphone positioning options.

Micro Suction Back Plate
Micro Suction Back Plate
Works well with other devices!
Works well with other devices!

With a standard 20 by 1/4 screw the back plate can also be used with other devices like cameras.

For larger phones, the back plate works perfectly
For larger phones, the back plate works perfectly
Multiple viewing angles you can use the back plate for.
Multiple viewing angles you can use the back plate for.
Works with most cigarette lighters!
Works with most cigarette lighters!

 Very Portable!

Works with your Keychain!
Works with your Keychain!
 
What will you learn with ChargeDrive?
What will you learn with ChargeDrive?

 Limited Edition!

ChargeDrive wrapped in Protective Carbon Fiber pattern!
ChargeDrive wrapped in Protective Carbon Fiber pattern!
Hydro graphics Carbon Fiber Film
Hydro graphics Carbon Fiber Film
CAD Files
CAD Files
Lightning Connector
Lightning Connector

We started the prototyping process early last year, and since then we have gone through a series of incremental iterations of ChargeDrive. It was clear to us from the beginning that to create a good final product we had to do the painstaking work to leave no stone unturned in the prototyping stage. We then went about making functional prototypes. The first prototypes we made were 3D printed. We then made ephemeral molds for the second series of prototypes. We are now at the third stage of the process, mass production. This is why we are on kickstarter seeking your help.

First 3D Printed Prototype
First 3D Printed Prototype

We made the first 3D prototypes at our local community college, and we were very excited so see it manifest our envisaged functionality. We were confident to move ahead with the second round of prototypes

Prototype Molds
Prototype Molds

The second step was to make molds for the connectors that would charge the users cellphones. This was the most arduous step in the prototyping process because we had to make different molds for 3 different connector types; android, Iphone 4, and apple lightning connector.

First Connector Prototypes
First Connector Prototypes
Final Connector Prototypes!
Final Connector Prototypes!

Final Working Prototypes!

Crystal Clear
Crystal Clear

Some make their prototypes with dark hues in the attempt to mask their flaws. We broke away from the mold and made our final prototype in crystal clear plastic because we believe the beauty of charge drive lies in it's engineering.

Patent Process!
Patent Process!

 Timeline:

July 2012: Birth of the Idea of charge drive; after being frustrated with my long wired and cumbersome charger and always having to carry flash drive with me. So I started tinkering with flash drives and cell phone connectors. This gave birth to the first prototype.  

August 2012: After I was comfortable with the concept and initial prototype, I spoke to my graphic engineer to set the ball rolling on the computer aided design of my idea.  

January 2013: The CAD files are taking shape and we started making modifications to perceived issues.

February 2013: The CAD files are finalized.  

April 2013: To test our computer files, we made 3D printed prototypes to resolve any functionality issues.  

July 2013: We started talking to our manufacturer in China "Shanghai Miraclever tech Co,.LTD" to put the final touches on our CAD files, and start making low quantity molds for the fully functional prototypes.  

September 2013: We have fully functional prototypes and we get quotes on mass production.

November 2013: We are looking to start our kickstarter campaign to help raise funds and awareness for ChargeDrive. We envisage a 40 day long campaign and we are excited already from the feedback we are getting from the kickstarter community.  

November 2013: While the kicksarter campaign is ongoing, we'll be collecting feedback from our backers on questions and issues they have.  

December 2013: After our kickstarter campaign we'll set the ball rolling on the manufacturing process which we project to take a month to finalize. We also project the finalization of our packaging design and manufacturing.  

January/February 2014: After manufacturing we will be shipping domestically and internationally with USPS. By the end of February we envision all kickstarter inventory to be sent out.  

So we have taken ChargeDrive as far as our might and resources will let us. We have poured the better part of the last two years into the thinking, computer aided designing, and prototyping of ChargeDrive and we can say we are confident in what has materialized from our efforts. At this point our manufacturers and suppliers are ready to set the ball rolling on this project. Here is where the kickstarter community comes in. We will use the money we raise from kickstater to make quality injection molds, buy quality USB flash drives, and pay for assembling ChargeDrive. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The Dream Team

Idris Sunmola
Idris Sunmola

Hi I'm Idris, a Mechanical Engineer from the windy city, Chicago brrrr!. I've always been a tinkerer. As a kid, I developed a fascination with electricity and gadgets. Always taking them apart and re-assembling them, to the chagrin of my parents, more of the first than the latter. I've been an inventor as long as I can remember, making gadgets and toys. ChargeDrive is one of my very first steps into mass production, and I know it will be a fun one.

Plastic Services Group

Product Design & Development using SolidWorks 3D CAD Design Software. Over 30 years experience in the Plastics Industry. Specifically, Injection Molding, Plastic Profile Extrusion & Thermoforming. Experience also to include Aluminum Extrusion, Sheet Metal, Fasteners & Electro-Mechanical Assemblies. Dan was the past President, Society of Plastics Engineers, Chicago Section. He worked on our computer aided designs.

Risks and challenges

This is our second take on this project, we were able to negotiate new terms with a new manufacturer. Therefore we are able to launch with lower rewards and goal. Staying true to the spirit of kickstarter we feel it's only right to provide the best rewards for our backers.
Also When designing ChargeDrive we felt it imperative to use as few parts as possible, consequently reducing the unforeseeable during manufacturing. With that said the second law of thermodynamics tells us that the universe likes heightened chaos, therefore delays in manufacturing may happen but we've set in place parameters to helps us get the product to your doorsteps pronto!
Quality control is another issue we need to grapple with. Depending on how many units we'll need to make for this Kickstarter campaign, it gets to a point whereby it's very tedious to test each unit and still be timely with delivery. We will try our possible best to not cut corners and make sure all units work properly.

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    Pledge $29 or more About $29

    One ChargeDrive (with 16GB of memory) in any color (Black, White, or Red) of your choice +MicroSuction back plate. Free shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    One ChargeDrive (with 32GB of memory) in any color (Black, White, or Red) of your choice +MicroSuction back plate. This will later retail for $60. Also have your name forever added to our website as a backer. Free shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    KickStarter Series: Exclusively for KickStarter! Get one green ChargeDrive (with 32GB of memory) +MicroSuction back plate. Also have your name forever added to our website as a backer. Free shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    Carbon Series: One ChargeDrive (with 32GB of memory) wrapped with Carbon Fiber pattern vinyl +MicroSuction back plate. This gives your ChargeDrive a carbon fiber look. This will later retail for $70. Also have your name forever added to our website as a backer. Free shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    Clear Prototype: Get one of our very very rare crystal clear prototypes (with 32GB of memory) +MicroSuction back plate. Trust me these are very cool. Also have your name forever added to our website as a backer. Free Shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    Black Friday Only Deal: For $55 you get TWO ChargeDrives. This is good ONLY on the three colors BLACK, WHITE, and RED at any combination of your choice (with 32GB of memory) +MicroSuction back plate. This is not valid on the special edition ChargeDrives. Free Shipping for US & Canadian backers.

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    Platinum Backer: Get everything you see above with your name engraved on it, and first dibs on the initial production runs. You will also know firsthand about our future projects and we'll get your feedback. Also have your name set in stone on all our websites as a Platinum Backer. In other words "You Are Family". Free shipping for all!

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