About this project
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juiceBee is a new startup that focuses on designing innovative, portable power solutions for today’s mobile lifestyles. juiceBee is a partnership founded by a group of longstanding friends that have unique and experienced disciplines, ranging from engineering, industrial design, graphics, international sales and marketing.
Our initial area of focus starts with backup power, since we all owned iPhone's and other consumer electronics that always seemed to be running low on battery power at some point in the day.
We soon found that the market was filled with many different kinds of battery backup products, but most of them were too big, complex, impractical, cumbersome, and many were simply underpowered.
It was then that we put our heads together and devised a product idea that would solve many of these frustrations.
The group had our Aha! moment when we realized that by combining a USB wall charger with a battery backup, and making them dockable via USB would simplify the process and create a more compact, convenient, effective 2-in-1 product.
After many discussions, iterations and renderings – juiceBee was born. We developed a working prototype and remain very excited about juiceBee.
We believe we've solved some real world issues in battery backup solutions and believe we've developed an innovative, portable power solution with very strong differentiation. We are looking to the Kickstarter community to help us bring juiceBee to market.
Why We Need Support
We require your support to complete all developmental steps, from tooling, molds, circuitry development, final engineering, parts procurement, certification, packaging etc., all leading to final production. We require $50k to complete the development and to produce our first line run.
THE UNIVERSAL 2-IN-1 USB WALL CHARGER+BATTERY BACKUP SOLUTION
juiceBee is the first portable charging and backup solution that combines a wall charger and a battery backup system – allowing them to dock and charge together or separately.
It’s beautifully designed, packs a lot under the hood, ultra-compact and you can hold it in the palm of your hand.
In addition, we thought, why stop there? We’ve added an emergency LED flashlight, multiple ways to recharge the battery backup, a universal USB to recharge your battery backup, a zero power drain feature that only draws power when a device is connected, best-in-class power management and dual surge protection circuitry to protect your device–and ultimately your home.
The juiceBee 5 Volt USB Wall Charger Module.
Recharge anywhere with juiceBee. Its 5 volt USB wall adapter lets you plug-in anywhere in the world* with automatic voltage adjustment between 110 volts and 240 volts – plus built-in power conservation technology eliminates standby (vampire) power drain when left plugged in. Plus, it doubles as an integrated way to charge juiceBee's battery backup without the need for cables.
(*requires wall socket adapters in some regions)
The juiceBee Battery Backup Module.
juiceBee gives you more power on the go with 3000 mAh capacity. That's enough to charge an iPhone 5 fully with enough left to charge it again – more than competing battery backups at similar size or more.
Recharge via your computer or any powered USB source.
With its two built-in USB ports (in/out), you can recharge juiceBee’s backup battery from any powered USB source, such as your computer, while giving you continued access to your USB port for data or use of peripheral devices.
You can recharge juiceBee battery backup in your car via a USB port or USB lighter adapter.
juiceBee’s unique built-in USB port lets you recharge on the road via a built-in USB port or using a USB car lighter adapter. This feature is perfect when you're on the way to the cottage or simply forgot to charge at home.
Charge everything together.
juiceBee’s unique design charges both its own battery backup and your mobile device together without the need for extra cables or power adapters.
Less cables, less fuss.
With many backup solution, you have to remember to walk with multiple cables and chargers with your mobile device. With juiceBee all you need is your device’s charging cable.
FEATURES + TECHNICAL SPECS
Battery Backup Features:
• High Capacity Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery Technology
• 3000 mAh Hermetically Sealed Internal Battery
• Elegant Design and Quality Craftsmanship
• Over 500 Full Charge Cycles
• Male / Female USB For Greater Charging Flexibility
• LED Level Indicator + User Interface
• Built-in Ultra Bright LED Emergency Flashlight
• DC 5V/1A Input (fluctuating)
• DC 5V/1A Output (fluctuating)
• Smart Recover Functionality (Auto Battery Conditioning)
• Stable Circuit Design, Current Protection, Over-charge/Discharge
• Certified RoHS, FCC, CE and UL
• Simultaneous Charge and Discharge Function
• Single Button Control
• Equilibrium PCBA and Protection Circuits For Long Life and Safety
• High Efficiency
• iTunes compatibility ( iTunes detects iOS device while connected to
juiceBee via computer)
• Eco Friendly Battery Technology
• Undocks from Wall Charger for Independent Use
Wall Charger Features:
• Zero Drain Circuitry (No Vampire Power Drain)
• 5V / 1A Output
• Universal 110V - 240V Input
• Built-in Surge Protection
• LED Charge Status
• Undocks from Battery Backup for Independent Use
• Charges Battery Backup Unit
See our juiceBee prototype in action.
BENEFITS OF JUICEBEE
• No Additional Cumbersome Charging Cables
• Compact Size (90mm x 36mm x 33mm)
• Lightweight (70grams)
• 2 In 1 - With juiceBee You Get A Low Profile Compact Wall Plug,
Battery Repository and Emergency Flash Light
• High Battery Cycle Rate With Intelligent Best In Class Battery
Management System For Efficient Power Transfer
• Over 500 Full Charge Cycles (0% to 100% charge)
• Dual Charging Mode, Can Plug Into Either The Wall Outlet Or A
Computer (Anything With A Powered Female USB)
• Full Voltage Range, Go Ahead and Plug Into Any Socket
• Universal USB 5 Volt 1 Amp - Wall Charger 110-240V Input Quick Charge Feature
• Pass Through Charging and Data Capability
WHERE WE ARE
juiceBee is patent pending and is in its final stages of development and ready for mass production.
We have completed a fully functioning prototype, designed the circuitry required for designated working functions, and have begun the process of preparing juiceBee’s final task lists for mass production. The juiceBee team requires $50K to cover all of the developmental steps to make this product a reality.
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO
Here’s what’s left to do and where your contributions will be going to help to make juiceBee a reality. Tooling, testing, production, certification and packaging.
Final Engineering + Testing Complete Circuits–
We must complete the circuits used in both the wall charger and battery portion of juiceBee. Presently, we have used a number of off-the-shelf components to create a working prototype that has approximately 90% of the final functionality.
In order to ensure juiceBee performs at the highest standards, with pass-grade systems, we require custom-manufactured board development that includes IC switches and customized software for voltage detection. This must be completed by our overseas engineering partners to ensure all circuits in juiceBee pass FCC, CE, CCC and UL.
Procurement + Production-
juiceBee will require USBs, circuit boards, IC components, LEDs, tooled plastic parts, custom batteries, and loading of software onto regulator chips. These items need to be purchased at certain minimums for both production preparation and initial runs to deliver the final product.
juiceBee requires steel molds to be made for the manufacture of housing/structural components. These are the parts that house our electronics and give the product a polished look and feel.
In order to ship and sell electronic products, especially items that plug into outlets, we must prepare final units for testing for various countries with differing criteria. We will consider three major jurisdictions for the first production run for the United States (FCC + UL), Europe (CE+UL).
We must purchase a minimum amount of material, create and print instruction manuals and ship to our factory for final steps in the completion of our juiceBee project.
It is extremely important to deliver final products to backers quickly after production. Members of our team versed in this area have preemptively taken into account the seasonality of shipping in the fall. Costs/Duties have been allocated to ensure on-time delivery without additional burden to customers. Estimated shipping date for product will be late October 2013.
Testing output of our 5 Volt circuit, the overall capped output of 1A is a theoretical number that would be regulated towards charging multiple batteries. The LED’s were used in this instance because of their constant draw unlike a cellphone which might have varying current requirements depending on the overall draw needed to perform necessary functions such as diverting power to one battery or another. Testing the wall circuit is crucial for reliability and future enhancements to both the juiceBee user interface and advanced functions.
Testing pass through charging circuits and battery using our development board and standard Apple lightning cable.
Assembly of a QDM prototype using actual working parts (1) Wall Plug with regulator circuitry. (2) Prototype Battery with printed circuit board regulated to output 1 amp based on the cross section of mobile devices targeted. (3) USB Wall Plug Cap (4) Battery housing with male USB throughput.
juiceBee uses Lithium Ion Battery technology, coupled with advanced custom circuit design and enhanced safety features, that easily make it the champion of external batteries.
Why Choose Lithium Ion?
More stored energy can be held in a Lithium Ion battery per gram than other battery technologies per cost, thus making Lithium Ion a better choice. Lithium Ion batteries tend to hold a charge much longer than other battery technologies, making it a better emergency backup solution.
For example, it may lose only 2% of its charge per month. juiceBee has no memory. What this means is that you do not have to fully cycle your battery, or discharge it fully before recharging as with some other batteries. juiceBee can be charged hundreds of times more than other battery technologies.
WHO WE ARE
juiceBee is a new startup that focuses on designing innovative, portable power solutions for today’s mobile lifestyles. juiceBee is a partnership founded by a group of longstanding friends that have unique and experienced disciplines, ranging from engineering, industrial design, graphics and international sales and marketing.
Adam and Moez are entrepreneurs at heart, and have been designing products for a variety of tech companies for a number of years. Adam has a degree in material sciences, and Moez is an electrical engineer with extensive background in system design, user interface development and acoustic design.
Adam and Moez always knew that they would eventually develop their own projects using their shared worldview and their passion for making beautifully designed, simple, smart and relevant accessory products for mobile lifestyles.
Adam and Moez are the lead project developers for juiceBee and believe that they have designed a superior portable power solution for most products in the battery backup space.
juiceBee is about delivering best-in-class, most innovative, coolest power solutions for the mobile road warrior.
Adam and Moez are the lead project developers for juiceBee and believe that they have designed a portable power solution that simply is a superior power solution to most products in the battery backup space.
juiceBee is about delivering best in class, most innovative, coolest power solutions for the mobile road warrior.
Risks and challenges
Technology products by nature carry some risk factors that could adversely affect completion, from production to shipping. We have done our best to mitigate and minimize these risks by thoroughly working through such factors well ahead of posting our project:
Our suppliers and manufacturers have been given schematics, working drawings, three dimensional information and full instructions regarding required components to complete a scalable production run. This ensures that we have enough leeway in the process for on time delivery. We have been working on the prototype with the manufacturer since the beginning of 2012 and have inspected the overall process to ensure quality and safety. We don’t foresee any issues in production at this time. If any issues arise due to manufacturing delays, we will communicate it with our backers promptly.
We have partners at juiceBee that come with over 10 years of shipping and logistics experience, with an array of company backgrounds that include apparel, software and hardware products. juiceBee will utilize this experience to ship your product(s) as efficiently as possible from our manufacturing partners in the east, ensure prompt delivery and excellent customer service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Any 5V device with a power requirement need of 1A. This includes popular mobile devices like iPhones, Blackberries, iPods, most point and shoot cameras, Bluetooth headsets, Go Pro Cameras, PSPs etc.
Absolutely. The juiceBee was designed specifically to help users charge their mobile devices while simultaneously topping up the battery back up.
Yes, you can charge an iPhone 5 to full capacity just about twice.
Our products are fully certified and safe. We’re the first to combine a wall charger and battery back up in such a compact package.
Purchasing an unknown or unproven battery could lead to many issues:
(1) Battery leaks or fire.
(2) Low charge cycles; batteries would not last long enough through daily recharging and discharging, reducing efficiency over time.
(3) Could be harmful to your device due to improper charge cycle regulation and battery conditioning.
No, simply use the cable supplied with your device or use the juiceBee default micro USB cable.
juiceBee can be positioned in various orientations and should not block standard outlets.
Yes, juiceBee has both a wall plug and power bank battery backup with a 3000mAh capacity.
juiceBee will last for approximately 500-700 Cycles, at that point you can expect a decrease in capacity of approximately 15-25%, this is typical of Lithium Ion battery chemistry.
Each time you charge and discharge your battery counts as one charge cycle.
Standard one year manufacturing warranty applies for defects.
We will not be offering additional versions during this campaign but it's something we'd like to explore in the future. juiceBee does support 110-240v so it will still be usable with a simple plug adapter or travel charger.
Unfortunately the rechargeable battery is not replaceable, but it is a high quality battery that's good for over 500-700 cycles.
The output we are using is 5V /1A in order to make the device as small as possible.
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