Veiled: The world's first wooden solar charger
Veiled: The world's first wooden solar charger
Featuring USB C and fast charging 3.0! Combining minimalist design with a sustainable and renewable source of energy.
Featuring USB C and fast charging 3.0! Combining minimalist design with a sustainable and renewable source of energy. Read more
Always have access to your devices with the world’s first wooden solar charger.
You have experienced it many times, working on the fly, away for the day, travelling abroad, hiking. Your battery is running low, but there’s nowhere near to charge it. Veiled Solar Charger allows you to use a renewable source of energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Instantly tap into solar energy and be free from the wall socket both indoors and outdoors in style!
Become a backer of this project and pick a reward. You will essentially be pre-ordering Veiled Solar Charger at a discount, and you'll be the first one to have it.
A quick overview of Veiled Solar Charger's important features:
Its 10 000 mAh battery can be charged fully from the sun in 16-24 hours and in turn a full battery can fully charge a smartphone such as an iphone 6 or 7, 5 times! We suggest that Veiled Solar Charger rests on a sunny spot, so that the battery is topped up after usage!
Veiled Solar Charger is a new innovative design, of portable solar technology combining product performance with a high-end minimalist design aesthetic. The project that came to life is the result of a 28-month study and research. “Veiled Solar Charger has been in the R & D area for too long but it’s worth the wait”.
Veiled Solar Charger seamlessly retains all quality functions of traditional solar chargers but introduces improved specifications in terms of battery performance during solar charging, maximum sun exposure, reduced carbon footprint and unique materials adding style and sophistication to the genre.
With Veiled Solar Charger we have combined a unique range of characteristics that will make your charging experience one of a kind.
Taking advantage of its dual charging feature Veiled Solar Charger can be used during all seasons of the year. It is equipped with an internal battery that enables it to act as a battery pack charged by either direct electricity or solar energy and accommodates two USB ports for charging two devices at the same time and one USB C port for charging from the wall socket. Full charging through electricity is maximum 6 hours and officially full charging through direct sunlight is 25 hours.
However, we believe that due to the low coefficient of thermal conductivity of wood, the device does not overheat and therefore the battery retains a moderate temperature allowing it to charge efficiently at approx. 16 hours of direct sunlight.
Veiled Solar Charger starts charging automatically when placed in sunlight and automatically stops charging your devices when full, thereby avoiding damage to your devices' battery by overcharging it.
Upon connecting Veiled Solar Charger with your device you press the ON button to start charging your device. Upon completion of your charging needs or by simply disconnecting your device the charger turns off automatically.
Veiled Solar Charger allows you to interact conveniently with the world around you; no more carrying your wall charger with you, or being plugged next to the wall at the airport. The 1-meter-long cable gives you the freedom you need to use Veiled Solar Charger from within your backpack and does not pose an additional weight, at 387 grams.
It’s built in adjustable stand allows you to benefit from maximum sun exposure, while wooden texture allows your device to stay exposed to the sun for a long period of time while at the same time you can easily grab it and move it around. This is again due to the low coefficient of thermal conductivity of wood which you can see on the graph below!
* Thermal conductivity is the rate at which heat passes through a material, measured in watts per square meter.
(wanna know more about it? click here and redirect to an article by R.Bergam US Forest Service, K.E. Skog US Forest Service, A.Taylor University of Tennessee, M.E.Puettmann, Woodlife Environmental Consultants LL, "The Carbon Impacts on Wood Products")
Also we’ve ensured that you will be able to charge your devices while charging Veiled Solar Charger as long as there is 25% battery (one LED light).
So you can carry your Veiled Solar Charger with you, during your everyday activities, while having coffee at the beach, downtown, on university campus or basically anywhere you can find a sunny spot.
But who would buy a solar charger that can charge only when it’s sunny? Noone! That’s why in the package you will find a wall charger and a cable to match the new feature we gave Veiled Solar Charger, USB C charging!! We didn’t forget those of you who occasionally lose their cables.. so in the package you will also find a USB to USB C adaptor just in case!
Last but not least traditional solar chargers focus mainly on the function and usually have a rugged and sporty aesthetic for usage in outdoors activities. They are just not very aesthetically pleasing. Again Veiled Solar Charger can easily take pride in its high-end minimalistic design aesthetic.
You will be able to choose the colour you like in the survey we will send to you after the campaign is completed.
Do you love presents?
We do too! So we'll help you give one!
Along with your "present" pledges and upon successful funding you can opt for a Christmas or Birthday card for your loved one and we will make sure to make it a very special card by including a polaroid photo to go with it for FREE!
P.S We will send out the cards on the moment we reach our goal, even before our campaign ends!! So don't forget to get social with us to let us know which kind of card you wish to receive.
We are a team of dedicated individuals seeking to promote style conscious products to accommodate the needs of today’s men and women. We find happiness in beautiful things thus it was not really a choice for us to design one of the most elegant and quality chargers you could ever possess. We just had to.
A special thank you to everyone who was there from the very beginning with their support and feedback. Eftychia, Maya, Maria, Georgia, Niklas, Kyriakos, Aggelos
Thank you Michael Rush Studio for the great video.
We are proud to have our fulfillment plan certified by Floship, a leading crowdfunding fulfillment provider. We have calculated the optimal means of shipping Marlin to all markets in a fast and cost effective manner. For proof of certification into the fulfillment plan please click here.
Risks and challenges
For the past two and a half years we have failed over and over again. We didn’t give up. One of the most difficult tasks was choosing the correct manufacturer and of course we were not lucky from the outset. But this is how we got to appreciate a good cooperation. We are currently producing our forth sample just because we want to achieve the perfect outcome. Our manufacturer works with well-established retailers around the world and that is how we know that our manufacturing process will go smooth. Until now, all deadlines were met with minor delays and communication and updates have been uninterrupted.
The second hardest obstacle we faced was the material. Wood. The very nature of wood is what makes it unique but also difficult to work with. We have tested different types of wood and ended up with red hardwood Sapele. In order for the wood to work the design had to work as well. We have changed the design 2 times in order to get it right. And this is of course because of Jan and his German touch! It was a constant struggle to ensure the design would remain stunning and at the same time ensure product reliability and performance.
Then there was testing, and testing and some more testing. And then observing and then testing again. In this process we have worked with Marios, a photovoltaics expert who has his own company and works in the solar industry for years as well as Angelos, our wood expert who shared his knowledge and experience with wood! We are now ready to go to the next stage, which is production. This is also the stage where we need your help and support to bring this project to life.
If successful we will proceed with our first production pieces and CE Certification. Even though we currently cannot foresee any delays arising from this stage it is possible that a first time production of a new product will carry with it a small risk of delay. We will strive to ensure that this risks remains at its reasonable minimum. We are also eager to finalize production! Thereafter final quality controls will be made and we move on to our logistics partner, a long time crowd funding oriented logistics company which has also given us its certification in order to built more trust with you guys.
As soon as the funding goal is reached don't forget to get social with us in order to arrange all of your christmas or birthday cards (with your unique polaroid photo) to arrive safely and on time!!
After this Kickstarter campaign has been funded, we will work extremely hard to make sure every backer receives his or her Veiled Solar Charger in April, just in time for some good weather. Meanwhile, we will gather backer information and requests in order to tune a smooth process for an on-time receipt of your charger. And don’t forget, Veiled Solar Charger is only available on Kickstarter!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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