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The VU Wireless Charger uses free positioning technology to charge your Qi compatible phone in the upright position for viewing

Check out these reviews of VU - Click on logo
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BACKGROUND

Our love for wireless charging here at TYLT goes back several years.  When we initially started to look into wireless charging there were a lot of flat trays with single coil designs that were not a great user experience.  We kicked off some initial designs but shelved the ideas because wireless was still in it's infancy.  Recent launches of several smartphones with built-in wireless charging has resulted in a significant increase in demand for a wireless charger with design and function. We set out to design a great product.

DESIGNING THE INSIDE  

We knew from using wireless chargers in our own homes and office that single coil solutions were frustrating, you had to align the phone perfectly to get it to charge and sometimes depending on the phone, it would take several minutes.  We knew that a multi coil solution was needed to allow easy placement of all phones. We reached out to the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) and got the latest designs for the free positioning A6 Coil. We worked with our Engineering team and IDT the chipset maker to perfect a Free Positioning System that would be efficient and cost effective.  After spinning a few prototype boards and some fine tuning with our contract factory we had a production ready board.  Now we just needed to wrap it.

Free Position Coil System design
Free Position Coil System design
Free Positioning Coil Prototype
Free Positioning Coil Prototype

DESIGNING THE OUTSIDE  

Once we had our Free Positioning System we worked with world famous New Deal Design in San Francisco on designing a stand up form factor that would allow you to view the phone while it charges and place the phone in any position, including landscape. Below is the design process.

Initial Concept Drawings of VU
Initial Concept Drawings of VU
Initial Concept Drawings of VU with phone
Initial Concept Drawings of VU with phone
VU 3D Design file
VU 3D Design file
VU Prototype and Free Positioning Coil
VU Prototype and Free Positioning Coil
VU Final Design and colors
VU Final Design and colors
TYLT Green
TYLT Green
TYLT Blue
TYLT Blue
TYLT Black
TYLT Black
TYLT Red
TYLT Red

The World of Wireless Charging

Once you feel the freedom of just dropping your phone onto the VU to charge and simply picking it up when you need to you are set free. We realize that we are truly tied to charging cables and they take time to plug in. The VU actually improves your battery life because you find yourself dropping your phone on the VU as a place to keep it. We usually only plug in our phone to charge when the battery is low, with the VU you charge the phone every time you put your phone down.  Have a question? Frequently asked question are at the bottom - scroll down for answers

VU fits perfectly in the home
VU fits perfectly in the home
VU fits perfectly in the office
VU fits perfectly in the office

HOW IT WORKS  

You know those cordless toothbrushes that have taken over our bathrooms, well wireless charging on smartphones works the same.  A copper coil is located in the back of the phone and another copper coil (3 actually) are located inside of the VU.  When the two coils get within 5mm of each other a magnetic field is established and energy is allowed to pass thru this field from the charger to the phone.  This is know as "Inductively coupled power transfer" and it was invented by Michael Faraday in 1831.  We now have some great applications besides the electric toothbrush.

The time it takes to charge a phone is almost exactly the same as plugging it into a wall charger.  The phone will stop charging when it is fully charged and the VU wireless charger will go to standby mode when the phone is completely charged. It works even if you have a protective case on your phone.

We have plugs for USA, Europe, UK, and Australia
We have plugs for USA, Europe, UK, and Australia
We will offer these plugs for the VU.  You will choose your plug when we send out the survey on June 27th
We will offer these plugs for the VU. You will choose your plug when we send out the survey on June 27th

Update: INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOW $27 We investigated the shipping and will now ship FedEx International but will NOT pre-pay duties and will declare the value of the VU at $25, which is the true value of the investment into the production of the VU. You should not have to pay any duties or fees in Australia, Germany, France, UK, Canada.

THE PHONES

There are many phones that have built in wireless charging or the ability to add a back door.  Here is a current list.

List of Compatible phones
List of Compatible phones

THE ADAPTERS

If you don't have a wireless charging phone, we are offering adapters for two of the most popular phones, the iPhone 4/S (Color: Black) and the Samsung Galaxy S3 (Colors: White and Pebble Blue).  (We don't have iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 Sorry) You can also check online (Amazon) or at your phone service provider as they may stock a wireless back door for your phone.  Any Qi compatible product will work with VU.

NOTE:  Samsung has just started to sell the Galaxy S4 Back door adapter on their websites and at Verizon Stores.

The GS3 Backdoor adapter adds a bump to your phone, so you won't be able to use some protective cases. TPU and Silicon cases should be fine, but hard shell cases won't fit
The GS3 Backdoor adapter adds a bump to your phone, so you won't be able to use some protective cases. TPU and Silicon cases should be fine, but hard shell cases won't fit
We are now offering the GS3 back door in White and Pebble Blue
We are now offering the GS3 back door in White and Pebble Blue
Optional iPhone 4/S Sleeve and Galaxy S3 Back door adapters (iphone 5 and Galaxy S4 Not Available)
Optional iPhone 4/S Sleeve and Galaxy S3 Back door adapters (iphone 5 and Galaxy S4 Not Available)
VU with iPhone 4/S (slide on sleeve adapter)
VU with iPhone 4/S (slide on sleeve adapter)
VU with Galaxy S3 (back door adapter)
VU with Galaxy S3 (back door adapter)
iPhone 4/S charging sleeves- we now offer white and black
iPhone 4/S charging sleeves- we now offer white and black
They are not much larger then the phone, it adds 5mm to thickness and 10.5mm to length
They are not much larger then the phone, it adds 5mm to thickness and 10.5mm to length
With iPhone 4/S inserted
With iPhone 4/S inserted

How we will manufacture it:

With the Kickstarter Funding we will offset the first production run of the VU.  We have invested to bring the product to production ready state. We are members of the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) so our product will be Qi Certified for compatibility.  We have been working on this project for over 12 months and we have lot's of working prototypes, now we just need help with the initial production run funding and we are ready to go.  If we are funded our  schedule looks like this:

PLEDGES 

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We have been working on this project for 12 months and have produced a dozen prototypes, the board is laid out and the chipsets and coils are ready for mass production. We have opened tooling on the enclosure and our manufacturer is lined up and ready to build. If we meet our goal this will help offset the first production run and get VU into full production. We will go into pre-production on June 24th and Production would start on June 28th. We would ship from our distribution on Aug 5, 2013.

FAQ

  • Currently there are no iPhone 5 Sleeves available on the market. We will NOT be offering them on this project but we believe that they will be available on stores like Amazon in the near future.

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  • Update: INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOW $27 We investigated the shipping and will now ship FedEx International but will NOT pre-pay duties and will declare the value of the VU at $25, which is the true value of the investment into the production of the VU. You should not have to pay any duties or fees in Australia, Germany, France, UK, Canada.

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  • The Galaxy S4 is wireless compatible, but we were unable to get a back door in time for our project, we strongly believe that there will be back door adapters for the GS4 on Amazon in the near future.

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  • The 3 Coil Free Positioning System requires 12 volts, and USB only provides 5 Volts. We even have sensors that detect which coil has the best connection and it shuts down the other coils that are not in use. We would LOVE to use USB, but hopefully the technology will advance and let us in the future.

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  • Yes, it will, it will work with ANY Qi compatible wireless product.

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  • We are offering a back door for Samsung Galaxy S3 (Color White or Pebble) and a slide on sleeve for the iPhone 4/S (Color Black or White). We DO NOT have adapters for the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S4, although Samsung offers a back door for the Galaxy S4. You can find it online

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  • You will pick your Colors and Your Plug (USA, AUS, EU, UK) when we send out the survey asking for your shipping info.

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  • We cannot offer multiple rewards on KS, but you can increase your pledge in the amount of the second VU and notify us when we survey you.

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