About this project
in 2012 the TYLT team started to dream about a wall charger that could house a battery with enough power to charge the typical smartphone, and more important cost the same as a standard wall charger. We designed, tinkered, and laid down the foundation and applied for a US Patent and waited.
How we did it...
Like most technology products we had to wait for technology to catch up to our dreams. But battery sizes got smaller and capacities went up. Costs of components came down and production streamlined. The right UL approved cell became available and we started to build around it. Our goal of low cost was in sight, we just needed to make it as small as possible. Having built many batteries we knew we could not cut corners and UL approval and CTIA approved batteries were a must for safety. Too many unsafe batteries are being used and causing heat and safety issues and we wanted to make only the safest product available.
We built several prototypes and tested them for daily use and fit into bags, pockets, and purses. We made 4 colored working mock ups with the help of our model shop and displayed them at CES 2014 to rave reviews. We continued to refine the design and built more test boards and pre-tested the mocks to meet UL and CTIA standards.
How it Works
The TYLT Energi Travel Charger 2K was designed to replace your standard wall charger and keep you charged all day and night no matter where you are. Simply Plug the 2K into your wall and it acts like a normal USB wall charger. You can charge any device that charges via standard USB...Smartphones, Tablets, etc. The Intelligent Charging Technology prioritizes the charge to your device until your device is fully charged. It then charges the 2200mAh battery onboard. When you need it just unplug the 2K from the wall, fold down the collapsible plug and take it with you...to school, to work, on a train, on a plane, to a game, anywhere, even your couch. Now you can charge your phone anywhere while using it.
Can I use it Internationally?
Yes the Energi 2K can handle input of 110-240 Volts. We will not supply international plug adapters but those can be purchased in your region. This can be used in the UK with a plug adapter.
What the funds will be used for...
The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used for UL testing fees as well as initial production run. We have researched costs and are sure we can deliver if we reach our funding. We have done it before and we will succeed again.
Some Common Questions
Q: What countries can this be used in
A: The circuit is designed to work in any country supporting a 100-240 AC input although you will need adapters if it's being used outside the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan
Q: Do you make one for the UK or any other country besides the USA?
A: We do not have any UK or any other country specific versions available accept the USA at this time.
Q: Can you charge the 2K and phone at the same time?
A: Yes! Intelligent power routing will determine the power needs of the 2K and the phone. Wake up with 2 full batteries!
Q: How does it work?
A: When the Energi 2K is plugged in the wall, it will passively charge its internal battery. You can connect a phone and charge it at the same time! Wake up with two full batteries
Q:How much charge will I get to my iPhone
A: You will get one full charge to an iPhone
Q: How long does it take to charge the 2k's battery
A: It will take 3-4 hours to fully charge the 2K
Q: What do the LEDs mean
A: The LEDs indicate the level of remaining battery capacity. Green for full, amber for medium and red for low
Q: Can you make custom colors or prints
A: Unfortunately, we can't offer custom colors at this time due to MOQ requirements.
Q: Can you increase the battery size?
A: At this time due to sizing and costs, particularly costs, we will only have the 2200mAh battery available.
Q: What phones will it work with.
A: It's compatible with any phone supporting a standard USB output.
Q: How will the Energi 2K connect to my device?
A: You can use any standard USB cable to connect the Energi 2K to your device
Q: Can I use the Energi 2K anywhere?
A: Absolutely! On a boat, on an airplane, in the car, anywhere! Except under water…
Q: Is it compatible with tablets.
A: Yes! It even works with tablets Q: How long will it take to charge my phone A: it would typically charge your phone for 1 - 1.5 hours.
Q: How long will my Energi 2K last?
A: The battery products are rechargeable for over 500 full cycles. A full cycle means that the battery is completely discharged, then completely charged back up. For example, if the battery product has 75% charge and you top it off, you would have only charged it 25%. You would have to do this 4 times to complete one full cycle. So, don't be afraid to top it off. There is no “memory” or negative effect of constantly charging it.
Q: What is the power output of the Energi 2K
A: The Energi 2K will provide 5W of power which is equivalent to 5 Volts and 1Amp
Risks and challenges
We have been in development on this project for more than two years and we think we have found the right balance of cost, capacity and size. We have also identified a manufacturer in China with the appropriate experience in both AC chargers and rechargeable batteries. Now we need to raise funding to complete tooling and get the required certifications. With your help and our experience in portable power we believe we can deliver a product that people will love. And with our previous successes on Kickstarter we know that we can deliver on time and continue to build a loyal following for TYLT.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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