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Grinder Gadget - For Poker Players, by Poker Players

The Grinder Gadget is the only stand/charging station designed specifically for the poker table.

Grinder Gadget - For Poker Players, by Poker Players

The Grinder Gadget is the only stand/charging station designed specifically for the poker table.

$5,652
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 12 2015 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 12, 2015

About

The Grinder Gadget is the only stand/charging station designed specifically for the poker table. The gadget is capable of charging two devices at a time (tablets and phones) while mounting easily to the poker rail. 

This is a 3D printed prototype of the Grinder Gadget.  The actual GG will be aluminum, all shiny and sexy and stuff.
This is a 3D printed prototype of the Grinder Gadget. The actual GG will be aluminum, all shiny and sexy and stuff.

If you play poker for hours upon hours on end, like a true grinder, you spend a lot of time playing with your phone, or on your tablet. That creates two problems - one, propping the thing up, and two, keeping it charged. We've all been there, at the end of a tournament day, running around looking for a spare outlet. (Like you really wanna worry about that when you are just trying to bag up chips for day 2!) 

 Yeah, some casinos are offering power at the cash tables (if you REALLY wanna plug your phone into a non-secure outlet!), but in a tournament? No way - those tables are portable, they don't have power, and they never will. Yeah, you can buy a portable battery anywhere, but where are you gonna put it? In your lap? On a drink table? Why not keep everything nice and neat, right where you want it? 

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The Grinder Gadget aims to solve all those problems - and does so nicely. We poker players demand quality - and so the challenge was, how do we come up with a product that solves all these problems, AND will live up to the exacting standards of the poker community? So we starting designing the Grinder Gadget with one idea in mind - it must not suck, at all, even a little. 

After dozens of hours of cocktail-napkin design, we realized pretty quickly that we needed to hire people who were REALLY good at designing products, and so we interviewed many, and selected TXS Industrial Design. They have made some amazing electronics and medical device products, for lots of well known companies (those cool tray setups in First Class on American Airlines? Yep, that's them. All those unique hotel electronics products to plug all your stuff in? Yep, that's them.) After meeting with Tim, Staci, Robert, and Alex at TXS and seeing the quality of work they do, we knew we had our design team. 

First we had to select a battery, and that was a grueling process. I dunno about you, but I don't want to plug my tablet into some cheap thing. I wanted a POWERHOUSE of a battery, something that would last all day, even when I am watching movies on my tablet. And I also wanted two outputs - a 2.1 amp output for my tablet, and 1 amp for my phone. And I wanted a battery life indicator. And USB outlets that weren't crappy. So as you can imagine, we worked our way through DOZENS of products before we selected the Grinder Gadget battery. 

We went through about 50 different designs before we chose the final Grinder Gadget. Some key ingredients: 

Durable - we wanted to offer a Lifetime Warranty on the chassis. 

Flexible - It had to work on ANY rail, and also on airplane trays, desks, wherever you might want to use it. 

Recyclable materials - We shot down a bazillion plastic designs, and finally chose aluminum, both for its ability to be recycled AND its durability 

Made using as many USA vendors as possible - Aside from the battery itself, the product is made and assembled 100% in the good ol' US of A. 

Conform with poker room rules - The WSOP told us they didn't want something that connects to the rail, or hooks on it, so we had to find a non-slip material that would sit ON the rail, not clip to it. 

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 • 20,000 mAh Battery - To give you an idea of how powerful that is, a Google Nexus 7 has a 3,950 mAh battery. The iPad Air 2 has a 7,340 mAh battery. 

• Two USB Outlets – the Grinder Gadget has two USB ports (2.1 and 1 amp) which allow charging two separate devices at the same time LCD 

• Lighted Display – an LCD display indicating the battery life remaining, as well as displaying what rate it's charging your device at. 

• Flexibility – The Grinder Gadget can be set up at a variety of different viewing angles, so it will work nicely for people of varying height. 

• Flashlight – Because why not? 

• Lifetime Warranty - Never worry about having to pay to replace your gadget. If it breaks - for ANY reason, including tilt-induced abuse, send it back and we'll replace it free. The battery itself also includes a 1 year warranty. 

• Includes convenient carrying case, with a 2.4 amp fast wall charger and USB cable. 

That's it. Super easy, super compact, and takes up less room on the rail than your tablet itself does. 

Risks and challenges

Not a lot of risk with this project! We've already done all the design work, and have vendors lined up for the various pieces of the manufacturing puzzle. Manufacturing delays happen, but we're very confident in the vendors we've selected for this product.

Thank you VERY VERY much for supporting our Kickstarter, and special thanks to all of our friends at Big Slick Poker Academy who helped us get through the design and prototype phase. You guys rock, seriously.

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    All that and a bag of chips.

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    LET THERE BE GRIND!

    ***Note, the previous version of this reward incorrectly had a delivery date of 2016. It's August 2015, sorry for the typo!****

    The 100 backers at this level will get one of the first Grinder Gadgets hot off the presses (at $10 off retail), including the carrying case, wall charger, and USB cable. We tweet ya, make ya immortal, AND you get a signed, autographed "Thank You" letter from Sean and Jacob that you can frame. Or make into a paper airplane. Or tear into a million little pieces when you go on monkey tilt after getting hit in the face by a two-outer. You'll also receive a surprise special gift from Big Slick Poker Academy. Plus the "bag of chips".

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    Grind LONGER!

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    GRIND TOGETHER!

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    Our premier package includes a Lifetime Membership to Big Slick Poker Academy (value $10k!). Forever good for 100% free classes and camps, both nationwide and in their Dallas location. It also includes (1) Grinder Gadget, the tweets, autographs & chips! Over a $10,000 value...for only $2,500.

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    LET THERE BE GRIND!

    The 100 backers at this level will get one of the first Grinder Gadgets hot off the presses (at $10 off retail), including the carrying case, wall charger, and USB cable. We tweet ya, make ya immortal, AND you get a signed, autographed "Thank You" letter from Sean and Jacob that you can frame. Or make into a paper airplane. Or tear into a million little pieces when you go on monkey tilt after getting hit in the face by a two-outer. You'll also receive a surprise special gift from Big Slick Poker Academy. Plus the "bag of chips".

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