About this project
We are proud to announce that once the campaign reaches $75,000 in pledges, all iPhone 5/5C/5S (8-Pin version) bKeys as well as all Micro-USB bKeys (Samsung, HTC, Blackberry, Windows, etc.) will be equipped with a larger capacity battery! This translates to a 17% increase in battery capacity for a total capacity of 270mAh, which will allow you all to talk, text and surf just a little while longer. In keeping with our mission to provide a highly portable and compact user experience, our engineers were able to accomplish this increase by adding a mere two (2) millimetres (approximately 0.079 inches) in thickness, while leaving the other dimensions unchanged.
So please share, like, link, text and email bKey’s Kickstarter campaign with everyone in your network, so we can make this stretch-goal a reality.
Battery life is key
What makes bKey different? No cables, no cry
Smartphone battery cases are bulky and can block the earphone jack. Small stand alone batteries are often too big for your pocket and require a cable to make them work. bKey easily fits in your pocket and everything is built right in to charge it and use it. You never have to remember to bring a cable or annoying adapter tips with you again.
Why Kickstarter? Because of you, of course
We're using Kickstarter to launch the company and ship our first products to you, our backers! With your support, the funds raised will be used to reach minimum order quantities with our parts suppliers, pay for new molds, manufacture and assemble the first production run, package and ship it to you. That's why we need your help to get the company moving, so we can put bKeys on your keychains.
Size matters most
bKey took over 2 years to develop because we wanted to get it just right. After doing extensive market research and working closely with focus groups, our R&D team found that the overwhelming majority of people preferred a cable-free battery that was small and convenient over a larger, bigger-charge alternative that requires the use of a cable. We found that people only really needed a boost or "bridge charge" from one fixed location to another (like end-of-day commutes on public transit) or as an emergency backup to make a few phone calls or send a few messages. bKey's ingenuity and innovation lies in its simple, sleek design. Convenience, portability & ease-of-use were paramount and we believe we hit the mark.
How it works
bKey charges through a USB port on your computer or A/C wall adapter. A red light shows when bKey is charging, switching to blue once bKey is fully charged.
To use bKey just plug the smartphone tip into your smartphone and bKey will release it's full charge into your phone. You can use your phone while it's charging.
Need a boost?
bKey's custom made 230 milliAmp hour lithium-ion battery is good for an additional 30 minutes of talk, text or surf time whenever you need it. bKey holds its full charge for over a month, so it's ready to go when you are.
bKey is small, lightweight and roughly the size of a typical car key. 75mm in length, 15mm in width at the USB male end, 30mm in width at the round end and just 6.5mm thick, it easily fits in your pocket or bag.
Are you board yet?
We designed our PCB board to be as small and compact as possible to allow for the largest size battery inside the bKey housing.
You Say You Want An Evolution
bKey started as a crude drawing on a napkin and after two years of development and testing prototypes in Canada, we are ready to unleash bKey to the world.
Here's a little bit of history on the evolution of the product design. From the crude napkin drawings, our designers created the first CAD drawings.
After our dimensions were settled, we manufactured the first hand-made prototypes of bKey and begun testing the product.
After months of beta testing bKey was ready for the first sample stage of production. Our original design had both the top (rounded) cap and USB cap completely removable.
After several tests of the new production samples, we decided that making a hinge on the top cap with a snap and groove closing mechanism allowed for a sturdier build and ensured that bKey would stay securely on the key-chain. We also made a more pronounced groove around the key-ring hole making it easier to take bKey on and off a key-chain. The changes were made and the final version of bKey was born.
If you want additional products besides what is included in your reward, all you need to do is adjust your pledge accordingly.
Here's how it works:
1) Pledge for a bKey reward tier.
2) Increase your pledge in the "pledge amount box" by the total number of add-ons you'd like to add. For example, add $20 to your initial reward level for an additional bKey iPhone 4 or Micro USB. Add $25 to your initial reward level for an additional bKey iPhone 5.
If you've already made your initial pledge you can always add items to it by coming back to this Kickstarter page and clicking the button that says "Manage My Pledge."
After You Have Pledged
Don't worry about anything else until this project ends. After the project ends (September 6th) we will send you a survey asking you for shipping address, which colour of bKey you like, and which type of smartphone you use. We will also ask you which items (if any) you are ordering from the add-ons section. Until then, you do not need to specify any details to us.
We have taken all the necessary steps to make sure bKey will perform to the high standard we set for it. We have tested bKey numerous times and we have quality control personnel on hand to test bKey to make sure that they ALL work up to specifications. On the off chance that you should receive a bKey that doesn't perform up to specifications, we will gladly replace it within 60 days of delivery.
Production and fulfillment plan
stage 1 - projected September 2014
After the successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign, our first step will be to place our purchase orders with our parts suppliers to ensure we have the materials necessary for our first production run. The parts will be delivered to our main factory to assemble and package bKeys.
stage 2 - projected October 2014
Main production run begins to manufacture the bKeys ordered through our Kickstarter campaign.
stage 3 - projected November 2014
Post-testing begins. Each bKey will be tested as well from an independent quality control consultant hired by us to ensure that we have a perfectly functional product working to our specs before getting packaged.
stage 4 - projected early December 2014
bKey are ready to be packaged and shipped to you!
Thank you for your time and for your support
Risks and challenges
As with any new product manufactured by a start-up, the main challenge we face is securing ample financing to pay our suppliers to produce our first run of product. Another challenge we face, as with all consumer electronics is quality control. We truly believe this is paramount to the success and reputation of bKey and so we will be post-testing each and every unit before it leaves our warehouse. As a secondary quality control measure, we have hired an independent company to do random post-testing to ensure that each bKey works perfectly to specifications.
As the saying goes, "you only have one chance to make a first impression" and so we wanted to make it a good one. We hope you love your bKey as much as we do and we thank you again for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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