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A breakthrough credit card-sized charger for iPhone™ and Android™ users. Read more

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A breakthrough credit card-sized charger for iPhone™ and Android™ users.

About this project

"Easy to carry. Gorgeous, minimalistic, design" ~ GadgetSin

"Battery cases and external batteries are bulky. Enter the TravelCard"~ App Advice

"The TravelCard keeps traveler's phones juiced on the go"~TruTower

"Handy and essential"~Trendhunter

"Solves the common problem of running out of power on smartphones"~RunAroundTech                                                            

"The TravelCard has already achieved initial MFi (made for iPhone) approval."~TUAW                                   

"Now you won't have to deal with cables or adapters on the go."~MikeShouts

"The ultimate charger for those on the road."~The Expeditioner

"Fits perfectly in your wallet, Compact enough to be carried anywhere"~CrazyEngineers

"The TravelCard's extra hours of battery are a godsend."~PhoneArena

THE PROBLEM:

People love their Smartphones - until they run out of power.  Usually at the worst possible time:  Traveling. Outdoors. During a blackout. Or having car trouble.

THE SOLUTION:

With the TravelCard™ you always have reserve power available, in your wallet. The TravelCard™ gives you:

THE TRAVELCARD™ IS SMALL AND SLIM

It's the exact size of a credit card, only 3/16" (4.77mm) thick and weighs just 2 oz. (56.7g). You can say goodbye to annoying cables and bulky portable chargers.

THE TRAVELCARD™ WILL BE MANUFACTURED IN LIGHTWEIGHT AIRCRAFT GRADE ALUMINUM IN FOUR COLORS — White, Black, Silver, and Sapphire Blue

 CHARGING IS EASY

Simply slide out the integrated iPhone™ Lightning™ or the Micro USB charging cable, insert into your phone's port, push the power button and you're good to go.  LED lights indicate the power level.

AVAILABLE IN TWO VERSIONS :

 Travelcard In Use

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Size: 3.38 x 2.13 x 3/16 inch (85.9 x 54.1 x 4.77 mm)

Weight: 2 oz. (56.7g)

Shell: Anodized aluminum 

Battery: Lithium Polymer

Battery Capacity: 1300 mAh

PERFORMANCE:

Talk Time: 5 hours

Internet Usage: 4 1/2 hours

Stand By Time: 98 hours

Time to charge the TravelCard: 75 minutes

Time to charge SmartPhones: 32 minutes

THE TRAVELCARD™ IS PATENT PENDING

Patent Drawings

APPLE HAS APPROVED THE INITIAL TRAVELCARD™ DESIGN. 

The TravelCard™ prototype has been approved by Apple, and has been assigned a product development number:

PRODUCTION OF THE TRAVELCARD™ WILL BE IN AN APPLE CERTIFIED FACTORY

Upon approval by Apple, the retail packaging will state that the product is MFI certified.

iPhone™ and Lightning™ are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.  No endorsement is implied.  Android™ is a registered trademark of Google Inc.  No endorsement is implied.

Initial Sketches

 Initial CAD File And Prototype Drawing From Our Electrical Engineer

 Initial Prototype: Electronics/Circuit Board/Battery

WORKING PROTOTYPE

Numerous factory tests have been trouble free in providing instant charging to both iPhone and Android phones.

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Why we chose Kickstarter?

Kickstarter has a history of being the ideal platform to launch breakthrough new products.  We felt from the start that Kickstarter would be the ideal place to launch The TravelCard™.  Support and feedback from the Kickstarter community on The TravelCard™ and future products will be invaluable.

GO DESIGN was founded with the aim of producing products that provide problem-solving solutions for busy people.  The TravelCard™ and other products we have on the drawing board accomplish this goal by taking a simple-is-better approach to functionality, without sacrificing design elements.

Brian Neufang's background is in sales and marketing of consumer products. He was also a producer on the Kickstarter-funded indie hit movie, "Ingenious." Our other partners/employees have extensive experience creating and sourcing successful products for national retailers, including unique houseware items, animated watches and computer accessories. 

We hope to build the business by becoming known as the small company with big time saving ideas.

Risks and challenges

Once The TravelCard™ concept was found to be feasible, we located an ultra-thin Lithium battery source. Then we methodically sought out an experienced Apple certified factory to produce The Travel Card. The Chinese factory we selected has been in business over eight years, has 450 employees and has gone through an extensive certification process to become Apple MFI (Made for iPhone) 6.0 licensed. Apple approved our factory's initial design prototype in November 2013. The final step in the approval process will be Apple signing off on a production sample and issuing a MFI license. There is always the possibility that Apple could want modifications made before approval. But according to the head engineer at our factory, this is unlikely since Apple has already approved the design. Our factory has had a close working relationship with Apple, having produced over forty MFI products.

We feel we've allowed ample time for pre-production, and once production is under way, we are confident that our factory has the capacity to keep up with demand.

Manufacturing delays could occur, but our sources tell us our factory is very reliable. We believe this to be the case or they wouldn't be Apple certified.

Shipping to our backers around the world in a timely manner presents a challenge because of the increased restrictions on products with batteries. However, our fulfillment center has extensive experience in dealing with worldwide carriers to minimize any delays.

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    Early Early Bird Special. Receive an iPhone™ or Micro USB version of The TravelCard™ in your color choice. You will be sent a survey when funding is completed to indicate your color choice and which version, Lightning or Micro USB. This price represents 34% off the future retail price of $45.00.

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    Receive an iPhone™ or Micro USB version of The TravelCard™ in your color choice. This price represents 10% off of the future retail price of $45.00.

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