About this project
Megalo Mini is a functional and straight-forward portable charger designed with the user in mind. Equipped with the capacity to recharge your iPhone 5 up to 75% and your Android phone up to 100%, depending on the model, Megalo Mini is very small, ultra-light and can be easily attached to your keychain. The soft matte surface and sleek design of Megalo Mini allow you to safely place the charger together with your phone in your pocket without the risk of scratching the touchscreen. In addition, Megalo Mini comes with the cables built in, making it even more compact. So there's no extraneous wire, unlike with most other portable chargers. True to its non-gimmicky purpose, Megalo Mini does what a portable charger is supposed to do –- it provides extra power for a phone in the most convenient and effortless way possible.
Megalo Mini charges most phones in about an hour. Megalo Mini itself can be recharged in 45 minutes. In fact, you can simultaneously charge your phone and Megalo Mini from any USB port. Four LED lights on the front cover of Megalo Mini indicate how much charge is left. A high-quality and reliable PCB prevents Megalo Mini from overcharging when the battery is full.
Megalo Mini comes in two versions: one with a Lightning connector and one with a micro-USB connector. You can choose between two colors: black and white.
Megalo Mini with a Lightning connector is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. It will be MFi-certified.
Megalo Mini supports any smartphone with a standard micro-USB connector. This includes Android, Windows and Blackberry phones. It works perfectly with Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Motorola Moto X, LG G Flex, Nokia Lumia 1020, Google Nexus 5, Motorola Droid Maxx, Nokia Lumia 1520 and all the other phones with a micro-USB connector.
My name is Michael Krikheli, and I was born and raised in Forest Hills, New York. The idea for Megalo Mini hit me when I was searching for a portable charger for everyday use and realized that the ones on the market were too big and bulky to be “portable”. I began to disassemble some other chargers and realized they weren't utilizing all of the room available for the battery, and that the PCBs (Printed Circuit Board) were unnecessarily large. In addition, most chargers even require that you carry a separate cable, compromising their usability. To solve this problem, I decided to create the world’s smallest and most convenient portable charger, which I called Megalo Mini.
My sister Liya drew the sketches, and my friend and Megalo Mini co-founder Jeff Macks helped us with the design and logo ideas. The creative director of Megalo Mini is Jacob Tanur, who brings to the team a wealth of experience in producing highly effective and creative content for some of the world's most recognizable brands, including UPS and Fiat. Jacob has played a key role in directing our visual branding and messaging.
We sent these designs and ideas to more than 50 different manufacturers until we finally found one great manufacturer who has the expertise and know-how to realize our ambitious idea. We have been working to perfect Megalo Mini for the last year and half. After many prototypes, we have finally arrived at the perfect Megalo Mini. My team deeply believes that Megalo Mini has the potential to become THE portable charger for everyday life, and we need you to help us make that a reality.
Risks and challenges
We realize there are risks and challenges with everything that requires overseas manufacturing. We are confident in our manufacturer, who has a lot of experience producing portable battery packs. However, we will promptly inform all backers should there be any issues or delays.
Our manufacturer is MFi-certified by Apple, and they've been producing MFi-certified devices for a long time. There are some guidelines we must reach before Megalo Mini is fully certified, and we will do so prior to shipment. We'll notify backers of any issues or delays.
We will receive a sample order prior to shipment and conduct an inspection and quality control test to ensure that the products are delivered with the highest quality. Fulfillment will only take place once we are sure that we have manufactured Megalo Mini to the highest standard. Most orders will be fulfilled by a professional logistics company overseas. Custom orders will be delivered to our office in New York and then shipped out. We will provide bi-weekly updates on our progress via Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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