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These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

The "Aroo mini bar" is the small, lightweight yet strong, rechargeable vacuum compressor that allows you to pack more.  It is a system with included adapters for any retail vacuum storage bag.  The second generation adapter replaces the bag's cap (if you choose) - the adapter has it's own leak proof seal.

SIZE

  The "Aroo mini bar" was designed with travel in mind.  It's shape fits conveniently and easily into any suitcase, bag, backpack or purse.  It's contours tucks perfectly along the inside edge of any suitcase - into space that is typically goes unused.  There's never a problem including the Aroo mini bar on any travel destination.  The Aroo is about the length of the average hand, 16cm, and fits comfortably in the palm.

 

WEIGHT

Again, travel is the Aroo mini bar's specialty and the light weight is a top priority.  Coming in at 116g or 4 oz - it's so easy to take with you!

 

STRENGTH

  Along the developmental line of the Aroo product - the company has been able to work with a mechanical engineer from a fortune 500 electrical supply company and obtain the perfect size, weight and performance motor.  When searching for a powerful vacuum, a traveler has two options: 1) toss this little Aroo into your bag or 2) use your vacuum at home and try to find a hotel vacuum to borrow to get home.  Said another way, Aroo can crush a metal paint can....see below :)

Enough talking...let's get to it! :)

Place a vacuum bag adapter, charge the Aroo...

Place the adapter, charge the Aroo...easy!
Place the adapter, charge the Aroo...easy!

 Load your stuff and remove the fluff!

Tight space?  RV?  Cruise?  Train?  Camping?  ...or simply travel?  Everyone can use more space!
Tight space? RV? Cruise? Train? Camping? ...or simply travel? Everyone can use more space!
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   The first generation adapter relied on a passive type seal - good but not as perfect as we want it to be.  Then, designed exclusively for the Aroo mini bar, the low profile ACTIVE seal adapter was developed.  This type of seal means the adapter will outperform any vacuum bag seal.  It is a true replacement for any screw cap on a vacuum storage bag.  As a demonstration, we purposefully cut a hole into a vacuum bag and placed the adapter over the new hole.  Hours and days later, no vacuum pressure has been lost.  NICE! :) 

We cut a hole and placed the second generation active adapter.  Hours and days later, no vacuum pressure was lost.
We cut a hole and placed the second generation active adapter. Hours and days later, no vacuum pressure was lost.
The Aroo development is a product evolution that started with the idea from a traveler, through the concept exploration and branding from Industrial Design and with your support, ready for final production.
The Aroo development is a product evolution that started with the idea from a traveler, through the concept exploration and branding from Industrial Design and with your support, ready for final production.

   Aroo is small and light - but is there a way to see how much power it offers?  We challenged Aroo with a steel metal paint can - in short the can never had a chance!  We've never observed a paint can implode before and we were quite surprised that it doesn't crush slowly and evenly but with sudden "pops" and "bangs"....  Enjoy! :)

Aroo v steel paint can...  To see more, check out the prototype gallery!
Aroo v steel paint can... To see more, check out the prototype gallery!
  
                         

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A very special thank you to:

Markeo - Photography.  Amazing talent!

Mike McConaghy - Eravox Studios  Best music, love the beat! :)

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Click to check out Eravox

Risks and challenges

Since this product has never been mass produced, we face the challenge of being the first to market with a new technology. We may run into into manufacturing hurdles along the way - finding the right partners, as well as meeting production, assembly and shipping deadlines. The good news is that we gave ourselves plenty of time to do these things and do them right. Any hiccups that do arise will swiftly be dealt with and overcome in a timely manner. Backers are responsible for possible custom/vat charges.

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