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Cable-free emergency smartphone battery with built-in USB tip to charge it & micro-USB or iPhone tip to charge your phone on the go. Read more

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Cable-free emergency smartphone battery with built-in USB tip to charge it & micro-USB or iPhone tip to charge your phone on the go.

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Stretch-goal:

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

bKey in rubberized matte black and white gloss
bKey in rubberized matte black and white gloss

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.

open bKey to reveal the USB charging & smartphone tips
open bKey to reveal the USB charging & smartphone tips

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.

bKey charging a Samsung Galaxy S3
bKey charging a Samsung Galaxy S3

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.

bKey looking book smart
bKey looking book smart

How it works

charge it 

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. 

bKey charging through a computer's USB port
bKey charging through a computer's USB port
bKey charging through an A/C wall adapter
bKey charging through an A/C wall adapter

use it

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.

bKey charging an iPhone
bKey charging an iPhone

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. 

battery specs
battery specs

Dimensions  

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.

Open bKey showing battery and PCB board
Open bKey showing battery and PCB board
Open bKey showing reverse of PCB board
Open bKey showing reverse of PCB board

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.

original bKey prototype CAD drawing
original bKey prototype CAD drawing

After our dimensions were settled, we manufactured the first hand-made prototypes of bKey and begun testing the product.

The first bKey prototype compared to a key
The first bKey prototype compared to a key

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. 

original bKey prototype - both caps removable
original bKey prototype - both caps 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.

picture of the final version of bKey
picture of the final version of bKey

Add Ons

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. 

Warranty

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.

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    626 backers

    bKey for SAMSUNG, HTC, LG, BLACKBERRY (Micro-USB version) OR iPHONE 3GS/4/4S (30-pin version). Be the first to own a bKey Emergency Smartphone Battery in white-gloss or rubberized matte-black. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!

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    852 backers

    bKey for iPHONE 5/5C/5S (8-pin Lightning version). Be the first to own a bKey Emergency Smartphone Batteryin white-gloss or rubberized matte-black. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!

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    226 backers Limited (274 left of 500)

    LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER bKey + FRONT OF THE LINE TO SHIP - You get a very special bKey Emergency Smartphone Battery Key in limited edition RUBBERIZED KICKSTARTER GREEN (only 3000 pieces will ever be made) in any model of choice + as an extra thank you, we will put your name (or desired handle) on our "bTeam: Founding Supporters" page that will appear on our website. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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    All Eyes on bKey (2 Pack) + FRONT OF THE LINE TO SHIP - You get 2 Exclusive Limited Edition Kickstarter bKey Emergency Smartphone Battery Keys in RUBBERIZED KICKSTARTER GREEN (only 3000 pieces will ever be made) in any model of choice + as an extra thank you, we will put your name (or desired handle) on our "bTeam: Founding Supporters" page that will appear on our website. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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    43 backers Limited (7 left of 50)

    FAMILY PACK (4 + 1 FREE) + FRONT OF THE LINE TO SHIP - You get 5 Exclusive Limited Edition Kickstarter bKey Emergency Smartphone Battery Keys in RUBBERIZED KICKSTARTER GREEN (only 3000 pieces will ever be made) in any model of choice + as an extra thank you, we will put your name (or desired handle) on our "bTeam: Founding Supporters" page that will appear on our website. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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    23 backers Limited (2 left of 25)

    EXECUTIVE PACK (10 Pack) + FRONT OF THE LINE TO SHIP - You get 10 bKey Emergency Smartphone Battery Keys in any model of choice (you may mix and match the models in the order) in white-gloss or rubberized matte-black + as an extra thank you, we will put your name (or desired handle) on our "bTeam: Founding Supporters" page that will appear on our website. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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Funding period

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