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About

 

Sohtech LiPo Vault with Brett Wilson at the Pitch Party 2016
Sohtech LiPo Vault with Brett Wilson at the Pitch Party 2016

What RC experts are saying about the Sohtech LiPo Vault:

"I'm very impressed with your project and like that you had the foresight to invent something like this. I've been looking for something like this for a very long time. I have a couple of fireproof safe's and ammunition boxes I use. LiPo's are very dangerous and many people take them for granted.

I really like the pass through feature, I would definitely use that feature."     

Dino Zuzic, President of Calgary RC Heli Club (Calgary, AB)

"We have been fortunate with only a couple of minor LiPo incidents but as electrics are becoming a major part of our hobby, perhaps it is time for our membership to consider such safe guards."

Dave Downs, President of Airdrie Modellers Aircraft Society (Airdrie, AB)

"Keep up the good work, I'm impressed."

Mark Sanders, President of Renegade Flyers RC Club (Surrey, BC)


Ultimate LiPo Storage System

Are you, a friend or a relative using lithium polymer batteries (LiPo) and are concerned about how to safely store your LiPos?

The Sohtech LiPo Vault is the perfect solution to all your LiPo storage needs, whether you are just starting in your RC hobby or are a seasoned hobbyist. You can store all your LiPos in it and carry it anywhere you want, while charging up to 4 channels of LiPos.

MAX model.
MAX model.

Multiple Fire Proof Compartments

Having one LiPo catch fire is bad enough, imagine having it spread to multiple LiPos. The Sohtech LiPo Vault stops this domino effect right in its tracks. With multiple fire proof compartments lined with fire resistant tiles, one can rest assured that if one of your LiPos catches on fire, your other LiPos will not contribute to a larger fire.

Our MAX model features eight fire proof compartments, each can hold a 6S 6000mAh LiPo or any LiPo with size up to 6.3 cm L x 7.7 cm W x 20.0 cm H or 2.5″ L x 3.0″ W x 7.9″ H.

Our XL model with six fire proof compartments are for users with larger compartment requirement or are flying drones. The XL holds six LiPos with size up to 8.4 cm L x 7.7 cm W x 20.0 cm H or 3.6″ L x 3.3″ W x 7.9″  or six Phantom 4 LiPos.

You can store your tools and accessories in any unused compartment.

Our filter has internal surface area of over 100 football fields!
Our filter has internal surface area of over 100 football fields!

 

Active Filtration System

LiPo fire is dangerous but so is its smoke. We all know burning plastics (ie. polymer) emits toxic fumes, but what makes it worse is the combustion of fluorine bearing electrolyte, which yields corrosive hydrofluoric acid.

The Sohtech LiPo Vault surpasses all other products by reducing the amount of toxic smoke released into the environment. In the event of a LiPo fire, the Active Filtration System filters toxic fumes and reduces the amount released into the environment. The interior of our oversized precision CNC machined light weight aluminum filter is loaded with acid neutralizing premium grade active charcoal, which has a total surface area of over 100 football fields.

Now, that’s smart.

Fits all your charging wires!
Fits all your charging wires!

Universal Feedthrough System

LiPo fire tends to occur during the charging process. Sohtech LiPo Vault features a Universal Electrical Feedthrough System to accommodate all types of charging and balancing cables on the market today, allowing the top lid to be closed and thereby the filter is not bypassed when the LiPos are charging.

With our unique Universal Electrical Feedthrough System, you can charge up to four channels of 14S LiPos inside the Sohtech LiPo Vault

Why is Sohtech LiPo Vault the best?

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Sohtech LiPo Vault is the clear winner!
Sohtech LiPo Vault is the clear winner!

 

Awards Winning Technology and Business Plan

The technology and business plan of Sohtech LiPo Vault have been reviewed by two independent groups of highly qualified judges, in the i3 Idea Challenge 2016 at W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and the Tech Venture Challenge (TVC) 2016 at the Industrial Liaison Office, both of the University of Saskatchewan.

Sohtech LiPo Vault has been selected as the Best Overall Startup Winner in the i3 Idea Challenge 2016, as well as, the Graduate Students' Association  (GSA) Award Winner in the TVC2016.

 

Sohtech LiPo Vault is the GSA Award Winner in the TVC2016 at University of Saskatchewan
Sohtech LiPo Vault is the GSA Award Winner in the TVC2016 at University of Saskatchewan

 

Sohtech LiPo Vault won the Graduate Students' Association Award in TVC2016.
Sohtech LiPo Vault won the Graduate Students' Association Award in TVC2016.

 

Sohtech LiPo Vault is the Best Overall Startup Winner in the i3 Idea Challenge 2016 at University of Saskatchewan
Sohtech LiPo Vault is the Best Overall Startup Winner in the i3 Idea Challenge 2016 at University of Saskatchewan

 

Sohtech LiPo Vault booth and awards at the Finale of the i3 Idea Challenge 2016 and TVC 2016.
Sohtech LiPo Vault booth and awards at the Finale of the i3 Idea Challenge 2016 and TVC 2016.

Management Team

The Sohtech LiPo Vault team has a comprehensive background in engineering, RC, commerce, finance, accounting, logistics, safety and asset management.

Tedric is the inventor of the Sohtech LiPo Vault, with his 3DHS AJ Slick here.
Tedric is the inventor of the Sohtech LiPo Vault, with his 3DHS AJ Slick here.

Chief Executive Officer - Tedric Soh, M. Eng.- Tedric is currently a Ph. D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) working on the direct conversion of fission energy into electricity using advance nuclear battery technologies. Tedric received his B. Eng. in the Metallurgical Engineering and M. Eng. in Material Engineering from McGill University. Tedric has over 10 years of research experience with various thermal insulative materials and has worked with the late Maurice Ward, the British inventor of Starlite, a unique polymer that is nuclear blast resistant and is featured in the Guinness Book of Records. Tedric is a member of the Model Aeronautics of Canada and the Renegade Flyers RC Club in Surrey, British Columbia. His favorite hobbies are flying giant scale radio controlled 3D aerobatic airplanes, astrophotography and sport boomerang. It is his dream to fly a nuclear powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in his lifetime. Tedric also served as the Representative of the Graduate Student’s Association to the U of S Radiation Safety Committee. He was a Team Lead (Electrical) of the U of S Space Design Team and was, responsible for designing a solar powered lithium polymer battery system for a nanosatellite.

 

Stewart will ensure you get your rewards on time.
Stewart will ensure you get your rewards on time.

Chief Operating Officer - Stewart Soh, B. Commerce - Stewart is Tedric's younger brother and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) at HEC Montreal. He received his Bachelor in Finance from Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Stewart has always been extremely passionate about supply chain and operations management, and feels that his solid finance training provides him with the necessary fundamentals to truly appreciate the essence of cross functional knowledge from GSCM. Stewart is a team player and always gives his best. His participation of two recent supply chain competitions, the APICS Canadian District Lloyd Clive Memorial Student Case Competition 2015, and the APICS SCC TFC Global Student Case Competition Final 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, contributes to his teams' top placement among 400 competing teams.

 

Ronald will oversee the financial operation
Ronald will oversee the financial operation

 

Chief Financial Officer - Ronald Soh, CPA, CMA - Ronald is Tedric's youngest brother. He grew up in Montreal and began his career working for Environment Canada as an intern in the Finances section. Upon obtaining his B. Comm. in Accounting at McGill University in Year 2010, Ronald moved to Ottawa to join Global Affairs Canada as a Financial Officer. During this time, Ronald obtained accreditation as a professional accountant with CMA Ontario. Ronald is currently working as a Consular Case Management Officer for Global Affairs Canada where he provides essential assistance and support to Canadians abroad and to their families in Canada. Ronald dedicates his time off to serving on the Board of two local condominium corporations. In addition, he provides pro-bono tax preparation services to low-income residents of his community.

The Sohtech LiPo Vault team is passionate about bring the Sohtech LiPo Vault to the market.

Operational Timeline

 

International Backers

We will ship the Sohtech LiPo Vault to almost any country in the world. Our shipping cost is fair and is intended to be income neutral. Please note that you may be responsible for customs, duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.


In Closing...

Sohtech LiPo Vault is the awards winning ultimate storage system for lithium polymer batteries (LiPos) used by radio control hobbyists and professionals alike.

Sohtech have studied what is missing in current commercial and experimental methods to address a LiPo fire. Using feedback from RC users and RC industry professionals, we have built and improved on several prototypes and have created the Sohtech LiPo Vault that represents a truly innovative solution to the LiPo fire and smoke problem.

The Sohtech LiPo Vault has a solid durable design made using state of the art 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, precisely crafted with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining. Our features include:

  • Multiple Fire Proof Compartments

  • Active Filtration System

  • Universal Feedthrough System

Our mission is to deliver Sohtech LiPo Vault - The Ultimate LiPo Storage System to all RC enthusiasts and professionals ensuring you and your families are safe while enjoying their remote control activities.

Our vision is for Sohtech LiPo Vault to be a brand that people recognize worldwide and recommend as their LiPo storage solution.

Please talk to your friends about the Sohtech LiPo Vault, talk to us about it, share us on your social network. With the Sohtech LiPo Vault, you can enjoy your RC worry free.

Risks and challenges

The Sohtech LiPo Vault team (principle members and advisory teams) has a comprehensive background in engineering, RC, commerce, finance, accounting, logistics, safety and asset management.

We have worked on the Sohtech LiPo Vault since Jan 2015 (Yes, 2015), and finalized our design in Nov 2015. As a finalist of the Tech Venture Challenge 2016 (From Jan - May 2016), in Feb 2016, the risks and challenges of this project have been evaluated by two groups of MBA students at University of Saskatchewan and we have incorporated their findings and recommendations to this project.

Our primary exposure to risk, like any business that depends on their suppliers, will be unforeseen events occurring in our supply chain. For example, the FAT50 PA108 ammo boxes need to be ordered from overseas and may be delayed during shipment. We have verified with our components suppliers that they have sufficient inventory on hand to meet and exceed the requirement to fulfill this campaign.

Based on the above consideration, we are confident that if we reach our $25000 funding goal on Kickstarter, we will be able to deliver the reward to our backers in a timely and professional manner. Our production capacity allows us to fulfill 300 units of reward per month and we will do so on first come, first serve basis in case of exceptional demand for our products.

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    Super Early Bird Special

    For less than the cost of a good brand name 6S 5000mAh LiPo, you get 1 Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vault (MAX or XL, your choice), with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System.

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    For less than the cost of a good brand name 6S 5000mAh LiPo, you get 1 Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vault (MAX or XL, your choice), with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System.

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    1 Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vault (MAX or XL, your choice), with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System.

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    Good things come in two!

    Perfect for your home or office, with the other one for carrying to the field or track. Or one for yourself and another one for a friend.

    You get 2 new Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vaults (MAX or XL, your choice), each with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System..

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    Better things come in three!

    Perfect for those that have many LiPos. Take advantage of the lower unit cost by doing a group buy.

    You get 3 new Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vaults (MAX or XL, your choice), each with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System.

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    RC Fanatics/Clubs/Hobby Shop SPECIAL

    Perfect for those that have many LiPos, or manage a RC Clubs, companies or shops. Take advantage of this lowest unit cost by doing a group buy.

    You get 4 new Awards Winning Sohtech LiPo Vaults (MAX or XL, your choice), each with Multiple Fire Proof Compartments, Active Filtration System, Universal Electrical Feedthrough System.

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Funding period

- (30 days)