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Terry GilbertBy Terry Gilbert
First created
Terry GilbertBy Terry Gilbert
First created
$1,555
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 17 2018 2:15 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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About

Kitchen Counter
Kitchen Counter
Bedroom Night Stand
Bedroom Night Stand

Places to use your Charger Cuff:

  • Bedroom
  • College Dorm
  • Kitchen
  • Vacation home
  • VRBO
  • AirBNB
  • Hotel Room
  • Bar
  • Office 

 My wife Kara and I came up with this idea after experiencing the frustration of not finding our charger and cable where we left it. We quickly determined, that not only could we use a secure way to prevent this frustration, but WOW look at all the other possible places to “Lock Down” your iPhone style charger and cable. 

 Can you think of another location?

 With 100’s of millions of cell phones, the iPhone style charging block and cable was the logical first style to create our product for. In all product design it is a critical first step to determine any constraints. Having decided on the iPhone style charging block and cable the next step was to choose the electrical outlet type. 

 Our product is designed to be used with the standard Type A or Type B duplex electrical outlet. 

Type A
Type A
Type B
Type B

We decided to launch our product on Kickstarter before developing new models to work with other electrical outlets. We are in the final stages of purchasing our first order of Charger Cuffs from our manufacturer and will be ready to ship in July 2018!

Charger Cuff Detail
Charger Cuff Detail
Functional prototype in use.
Functional prototype in use.

Reward Levels:

$1 - Become a Kickstarter Backer and share your thoughts with us!

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$12 - You'll receive one Charger Cuff with the following:

  • 20% savings off future retail price
  • retail packaging
  • T-10 security tool
  • T-10 security screw
  • Phillips head screw (optional)
  • Self-stick phone pad

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$23 - You'll receive one Charger Cuff bonus pack with the following:

  • 20% savings off future retail price 
  • retail packaging 
  • T-10 security tool
  •  T-10 security screw 
  • Phillips head screw (optional) 
  • Self-stick phone pad
  • iPhone size and style charging block
  • 1 meter USB cable

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$24 - You'll receive two of the $12 reward package above.

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$45 - You'll receive two of the $23 reward package above.

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Manufacturing

We have completed the first tool and we have received the first samples for testing. 

Tooling
Tooling
Samples
Samples

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Will the Charger Cuff work with my own charger and USB cable? As long as your charger is the same physical size as the iPhone OEM charger it will work. In addition, the Charger Cuff has been tested with both an OEM style cable and an aftermarket cable. If you are concerned that your charger and cable will not work, please select the Bonus Pack reward level. This includes an iPhone size charging block and a USB cable.  

2. What if I don’t have a type A or B duplex electrical outlet? These outlets are readily available, and based on research the most widely used. If you’re not comfortable working on your home wiring, then please have a qualified licensed electrician install the correct electrical outlet in your desired location. 

Standard Duplex Outlet
Standard Duplex Outlet

 3. Will you be developing a Charger Cuff for the type B rectangular outlet? Absolutely, we have had many friends already ask for this model and we will produce this in the future. Please choose reward level of $1 so you can leave a comment as a backer. This will help us determine the demand for this style Charger Cuff.

Standard Rectangular Outlet
Standard Rectangular Outlet

4. Why are there two different screws included? For maximum security please use the T-10 tamper proof screw using the small T-10 screwdriver included. The standard “Phillips” head screw will still require someone to find the correct screwdriver in order to remove but use this screw if you don’t need the added security. We will always have extra hardware available on our future website for purchase. 

T-10 Tamper Proof Screw
T-10 Tamper Proof Screw

5. Why does the Charger Cuff only come in the color white? The Charger Cuff is made from a tough ABS plastic. It can be easily spray painted, prior to installation, to match your décor. Currently, the manufacturing cost would be too high to offer multiple color choices. 

6. Can you ship international? Not at this time. We are really interested in using our first Kickstarter to understand product demand and shipping costs. Shipping costs are added to your pledge and they are included in the total that we raise on Kickstarter. 

 7. Can I become a distributor? Please send us a private message and we will get back to you. 

8. Do you have a patent? Yes we do have Patents Pending. We will monitor domestic and international trade shows as well as multiple USA/International internet and brick-and-mortar retailers and re-sellers. We will protect our Patents / Trademarks / brands / images / retailers / re-sellers to the fullest extent of the law.

Risks and challenges

This is my 1st product on Kickstarter, but not the first product I’ve designed and produced. Check out the Jackson Kayak Flex Drive System used on the Coosa FD, Cruise FD, and recent Kickstarter Blue Sky Boat at jacksonkayak.com.

You can also check out the soon to be available Scuba Tools Pocket Shucker at scubatools.com.

After a successful career in engineering education I have a passion for designing and developing new and innovative products. Having developed a strong relationship with my manufacturer I am confident that we will be producing the first model of the Charger Cuff by the completion of my Kickstarter and you will receive your reward in mid-July.

For those of you that made it all the way to this point, I want to say thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to view my entire project all the way down to the end. It's always so much work but I love when we get to this point of having you support an idea that essentially came from nothing! Without each and every backer, it just wouldn't be the same.

I need your support so we can pull the trigger on a large initial purchase order to help us with pricing and launching the product into the world!

There is really no risk with this reward. Once we hit the $20,000 mark we will pull the trigger on manufacturing and bump up production as we gain more backers along the way.

The only true risk you are taking is whether or not you like the product. I can tell you after experiencing the frustration of not finding my charger and cable where I left them plugged in, this simple device will allow you to always keep a phone charger and cable in your desired location.

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    1X Charger Cuff save 20%

    This will include one Charger Cuff. Use this to keep your charger and cable exactly where you want it. Increase the security by using the special T-10 security screwdriver and screw. Must use your own iphone style charging block and USB cable.

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    2X Charger Cuff save 20%

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    3X Charger Cuff save 20%

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    RETAIL CHARGER CUFF PACK

    This is for inquiries if you want a large amount of the Charger Cuffs you can inquire how many you need from the Kickstarter campaign

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