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Thaws frozen food faster + safer than traditional methods, predicting thawing time + alerting when done!
Save time. Save water.
Thaws frozen food faster + safer than traditional methods, predicting thawing time + alerting when done! Save time. Save water.
227 backers pledged $26,420 to help bring this project to life.

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Thaw Smarter

With an elegant and smart design, the Vortex™ is a must-have for any home cook or grillmaster.

Faster + Safer

Culinary schools teach the fastest and safest method for thawing food – particularly frozen meat – is in a bowl of running cold water.  Other techniques are either too slow or unsafe:

However, running cold water for a half hour wastes a LOT of water and monopolizes the kitchen faucet, preventing other food preparation.

Save Time, Save Water

The Vortex™ clips to side of a bowl or container to circulate water for faster thawing without water waste, and it frees up your sink for other food preparation.

Robot Thawing Genius

The Vortex™ is so smart, it can tell you how long your food will take to thaw.

Now you can know exactly when the thawing ends and when to fire up the grill or preheat the oven.

Thaw Multiple

Yes, you can thaw more than one frozen item at a time, just enter the corresponding number of the thickest frozen food item.

Thaw Anywhere

The Vortex™ can run for up to 14 hours at a time on just two AA batteries.  Lightweight and portable, you can thaw frozen foods outside by the grill or even at the stadium tailgate.

Nerdy Science Stuff (that we love)

Thermodynamics at work:

(Thermal) Conduction: absorption of a lot of energy without changing temperature.  Water is more conductive than air, which makes it a better vehicle for heat transfer.  The Vortex™ capitalizes on water’s superior conductive capability at a steady, maintained temperature for a faster, safer thaw.

Convection: heat transfer in a gas or liquid by the circulation of currents.  Convection ovens cook foods quicker than conventional ovens.  The Vortex™ circulates water, creating currents throughout the container, to quickly thaw frozen foods.

Logarithmic thawing relationship:

We ran over 100 individual thawing tests of various frozen foods to generate a proprietary algorithm to accurately predict thawing time:

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Your Support

The Vortex™ team has been working tirelessly since the beginning of 2014. We have tested and modified the design through several iterations to ensure thawing time accuracy and the proper balance of motor speed and efficiency.

This will be the fourth product that this team has invented and developed, so we know what it takes to bring an idea to market.  If funded, the final steps for this project will be to move from prototype to production sample and order the custom injection molds and components for the Vortex’s unique design.  If we can achieve our goal, the first Vortex™ devices will ship to backers in May 2015.

Thank You for Sharing!

Your support brings a faster, safer and smarter way to thaw frozen foods and easier meal prep. Please consider backing this project and helping to spread the word by sharing our campaign with family and friends.

Risks and challenges

The Vortex™ team has years of development, sourcing and manufacturing experience. Specifically, we have a history of inventing, designing and manufacturing quality products with sourcing and production both domestic and overseas.

Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to the project. We have identified and outlined the following key risks to our project below:

1. Risk due to problems with the injection mold:

Injection molding is a process that can often delay the launch of hardware products; however, our design has been reviewed and simplified to minimize any risk of delay.

2. Risk due to excess demand:

Should we receive support in excess of our anticipated demand, there could be delays in backers receiving their products. However, our production model has significant capacity.

3. Risk due to sourcing of the custom controller:

Our team has experience building and developing custom controllers. Despite the proficiency of the team, it is possible that the development schedule could slip due to the custom nature of the design.

4. Risk due to suppliers:

We have relationships with our suppliers and are confident in our timeline. However, it is possible that our project gets delayed due to issues with suppliers.

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    Gift the Vortex™:

    Give the gift of smart thawing. You will receive a Vortex™ holiday card stocking stuffer and the unit will ship to you wrapped in a lilywrap reusable stretchy fabric gift wrap with built-in bow ($55 combined retail value). U.S. shipping included

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    Vortex™ Fan Club:

    Get one Vortex™ ($45 retail value) and a limited edition t-shirt (see rewards photos for more details). U.S. shipping included

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    Vortex™ Grilling Gift Set:

    One Vortex™ plus two grilling planks and special grilling rubs from our friends at Fire & Flavor, gift-wrapped together ($75 combined retail value). Limited quantities available. U.S. shipping included

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    One for Me + Another as a Gift:

    Two Vortex™ units, a holiday card stocking stuffer and one of the units will ship to you wrapped in a lilywrap reusable stretchy fabric gift wrap with built-in bow ($100 combined retail value). U.S. shipping included.

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    One for Me + Gifts for My Whole Family:

    Four Vortex™ units, holiday card stocking stuffers, three of the units gift-wrapped ($210 combined retail value). U.S. shipping included.

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    Become a BBQ Guru:

    One Vortex™ plus a t-shirt plus a two-hour BBQ class taught by executive chef Jordan Wakefield at his Smoke Ring BBQ restaurant in Atlanta, GA (local Atlanta only). U.S. shipping included.

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    Vortex™ Insider:

    Vortex™ Grilling Gift Set plus a t-shirt plus a half hour Skype Q&A with inventors Ashley and Ryan about how to bring an idea to market. U.S. shipping included.

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Funding period

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