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Small form factor ultra-high capacity battery that can re-charge any device that normally would charge from USB. No Outlet, No Problem!
Small form factor ultra-high capacity battery that can re-charge any device that normally would charge from USB. No Outlet, No Problem!
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I am your typical 200 nights a year business traveler and I often found myself fighting for outlet space at airport terminals to keep a charge in my iPhone and iPad. Or worse, running out of juice while on an important conference call (or at the climax of a movie).   I had tried all the battery case add-ons and even a few of those $100.00 remote batteries, and was always left disappointed.  It seemed that they made their predictions in some kind of perfect world lab.   I set out last year to figure out what would make the perfect remote charging battery back up unit and I think I have landed it with my product.  

First off we did real world load testing on tons of different battery systems and chemistries.  We selected lithium polymer and lithium Ion as our battery chemistry mostly for the quick charge times, length of idle charge holding and lifetime cycling strength. I personally think this is the best battery you can get and I have yet to have one let me down. 

All The Models next to an iPhone 4S for comparison
All The Models next to an iPhone 4S for comparison

Next we had to find a way to package it that was traveler friendly, would not make the TSA think you are a terrorist and would work with all those existing cables I already had.  We discovered that having a USB with 2.1A output to charge tablets really made charging faster, so we had to fit that in.  I will admit the first few designs were a little clunky and failed to meet the aesthetic standards we set out to match. (Think Radio Shack Project Box and Duct Tape) The final three products however I think are really slick. They are all smaller than even the smallest paperback book.  The largest one, Destination  measures in at 3.75 x 5.25 and is only 5/8th of an inch thick and our smallest model, Adventurer, is 2.55 x 3.9 and is 3/4 of an inch thick. 

We included some flashy-blinky LEDs to let you now how full your tank is...and then I realized they wasted power and annoyed some of my friends that I had asked to evaluate the prototypes.  So, we went a head and added a push button to check your batteries charge... it will light up indicating the level of charge (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%) and then turn off, not wasting precious milliamps and annoying your airline seat-mate. (I still like the Rave in a Box idea...but lost out to cooler heads).  The unit will flash status while you are charging it... since you recharge the power banks by plugging them into your computer's USB port anyway I thought the light show was a bonus. (if you don't like it flip if over) The following YouTube video shows you how easy it is to charge your devices and the batteries.  These are pre-produciton units off the production tooling!

Lastly we found a supplier of universal cables that supported a bunch of different mobile phones, gaming devices, tablets and digital cameras.  We negotiated what we think is a great price for these and decided to package our batteries with the whole kit.  Out of the box, with the included cables, you can charge: Iphone 3-4s, Ipad, PSP, Nokia, Micro 5 Pin USB, Mini USB, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG. Of course it will work with your existing cables too, but if you ever save someone who lost or forgot their cable, think of me...

Plugs included with Universal Adaptor
Plugs included with Universal Adaptor

I have three models to offer you: 

Our 6600mAh version, the Adventurer ($30.00 reward), will charge an iPad from 20% to full one time or charge an iPhone, or similar mobile phone, 3-4x from zero to full.  (these are our real world tests, not theoretical numbers) The best results were at room temp, about 70F or 25c.  Charging time from zero to full for the battery from USB is about 6 to 8 hours.  You can expect a lifetime of over 500 charging cycles. 

The Adventurer, Single USB, 6,600mAh
The Adventurer, Single USB, 6,600mAh

Our 10,000mAh version, The Destination ($65.00 reward), has enough juice to recharge an iPad from zero to full about 1.5x.  Or your iPhone, or similar mobile phone, 6-8x from zero to full. (these are our real world tests, not theoretical numbers) The best results were at room temp, about 70F or 25c.  A full charge for this battery, from zero, is between 6 and 7 hours from a USB connection. This unit has a sleek brushed aluminum chasis that looks like a baby computing device from our favorite fruit company. The aluminum case helps with heat dissipation during charging and costs quite a bit more to make than the plastic case, but the heft and quality are impressive. (and it looks really cool sitting next to a MacBook or iPad)

The Destination, Dual USB, 10,000 mAh
The Destination, Dual USB, 10,000 mAh

Our biggest capacity version, The Expedition ($50.00 reward), is a whopping 11,200mAh Lithium Ion battery that will charge your iPad 1.5x and your iPhone 2x on a single charge. Or you could charge your iPhone almost 10x from zero to full! This is our first use of Lithium Ion and we are very impressed.  An additional benefit of LI-Ion is only a 4-6 hour charge from empty to full form our Mac Pro Tower USB connection! This unit is in a high-impact polymer case and comes Black or White.  Best performance bang for the buck, but unfortunately this new battery will not fit in our existing brushed aluminum case. (YET!).

The Expedition, Dual USB, 11,200 mAh
The Expedition, Dual USB, 11,200 mAh
Here are photos of The Expedition and The Adventurer in Black
Here are photos of The Expedition and The Adventurer in Black
Black Destination for Reference
Black Destination for Reference

I have made it through the prototype and pre-production phase with my own savings and the help of my manufacturing partners, and if I want to  keep making $500.00 one-offs I am set, but to get to full production I need to raise the funds to go into mass production, hire a web guy to build a direct sales site, and find a community of people who have had a chance to own and use the product to tell everyone how awesome it is! We have already completed FCC, CE and RoHS testing and certification. Once the project funds we will be  able to deliver production units within 4-6 weeks!  

I am a solid-state lighting guy by trade.  I have spent all of my working life either selling LEDs or designing LED systems for everything from on/off indicators to parking garage luminaires.   This is not my first product, but the first one I am doing all by my onsies.  Whether you chose to support my project or not I would love your feedback and input on how we can make an even better remote battery solution! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk I have is not raising enough to create a full production run with my contract manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. There is a real economy of scale barrier to making these in quantities of 100, I need to be able to order the raw materials and packing in 1000 pcs min. lots. My dream is to be making 10,000 part runs this year as we get the word out and a loyal customer base.

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    Adventurer - 6600mAh Li-polymer portable recharging system. Recharges an iPhone 3-4x. High impact polymer case. Single USB output. Includes 8 adaptors for all mobile devices and digital cameras. Available in Black or White.
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    DIY Expedition - fully un-assembled so you can add your favorite Li-Ion cells or experiment with new ones. You get an assembled and tested PCBA with our charging/discharging circuit and power management/metering IC fully assembled/tested and a three piece plastic case. No batteries. Soldering Required. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK and not for those without battery experience.

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    Expedition - our highest capacity 11,200mAh Lithium Ion portable recharging system. Recharges both an iPad 1x AND your iPhone 2x. High impact polymer case. Two USB outputs. 8 adaptors for all mobile devices and digital cameras. Available in Black or White. Includes domestic shipping via USPS.

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    Destination - Sleek Brushed Aluminum case to match your favorite Apple aesthetic. 10,000 mAh Li-polymer portable recharging system. Charge both your iPad and iPhone1x. TWO USB outputs. Your Choice of
    Brushed Aluminum or Black Anodized finish. 8 adaptors for all mobile devices and digital cameras. Includes domestic shipping via USPS.

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    Travel Companion - here is an approved reward that gives you TWO Expeditions (1 Black and 1 White) for that guy or gal who likes to take a friend along on those Back Country treks or International Adventures. (by popular demand)

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    Destination CEO - We have teamed up with Saddleback Leather Co., the premier name in rugged, yet stylish, luxury goods in the USA. You will receive a Destination of your choice along with a Saddleback Leather Co. custom imprinted medium gadget sleeve. This is a limited run of 50 units and the sleeve comes with a 100-year warranty!

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