About the Omnipack Series
The Omnipack Canonic is the starting model for the Omnipack series. The Omnipack Canonic is run on three AA Alkaline batteries. It contains Flood, Directional, Red, Green, Blue, and Tail lights. It also contains a USB charger that will be able to charge phones and other portable devices that use USB.
The Omnipack is the middle model for the Omnipack series. The Omnipack is run on an internal Lithium ion cell just like the ones in phones, tablets and laptops. The Omnipack has a 2,500 mAh battery usually able to charge Smartphone one or more times. It also contains Flood, Directional, Red, Green, Blue and Tail lights. It also contains a USB charger that will be able to charge phones and other portable devices that use USB. And, the Omnipack is Solar panel compatible, though a solar panel is not included. Also, the Omnipack contains a 3.1 watt speaker system for playing music.
The Omnipack Extent is the high end model for the Omnipack series. The Omnipack Extent is run on an internal Lithium ion cell just like the ones in phones, tablets and laptops. The Omnipack has a 5,000 mAh battery usually able to charge Smartphone two or more times. It also contains Flood, Directional, Red, Green, Blue and Tail lights. It also contains a USB charger that will be able to charge phones and other portable devices that use USB. And, the Omnipack is Solar panel compatible and comes with a 1.8 watt solar panel. Also, the Omnipack contains a 3.1 watt speaker system for playing music.
-First, the Flood lights on the Omnipacks are 56 lumens! The Omnipack is able to do this by using 5mm straw hat LEDs. These LEDs are built into the straps and have 160 degree angle for maximum flood capabilities. Also, since the Flood lights are built into the straps that are 56 lumens of hands free light.
-Second, the Directional light is located in the strap. The LEDs used are Nichia LEDs, which means they are some of the most efficient LEDs on the market. Ten of these 5mm LEDs have the brightness of 255 lumens! Also, the LEDs have a viewing degree of 35, which increases the hotspot of the light.
-Third, the Taillight consists of 4 red 5mm LEDs on the back of the backpack. These LEDs can be seen up to 500’. The taillight is great for anyone walking, running, biking, etc., during early morning or late night. Unlike some red signal lights, like headlights or flashlights, the LEDs are spread out so any drivers or others do not miss the signal light.
-Fourth, the Amplified speakers consist of an amplifier and 2 speakers. To play music, just plug the included 3.5mm audio cable into the audio jack on the strap and plug the other end into your phone, mp3 player, tablet, etc. Then, on the side of the pack there is the dashboard, that controls the amp. The dashboard also has an on/off switch for the amp.
-Fifth, the RGB LEDs are built into the straps. RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue light, these colors are great for different uses.
-Sixth, the USB phone charger, which can charge up most every device that uses USB. The charger can charge up to 1,000mAh at a time, similar to a wall charger.
-Seventh, the Battery gauge consisting of an LED, that turns green, yellow, orange and red. Green is <100%, yellow is <75%, orange is <50% and red is <25%. The Battery gauge is located in the dashboard which is on the side of the pack. The battery gauge can be turned on with the momentary switch next to the LED.
-Lastly are the solar panels that can slowly recharge the internal battery. This means the solar panels are great for emergencies or power outages like Hurricanes or other natural disasters.
-Solar Panel = 2oz
-Omnipack Canonic = 2lbs 8oz
-Omnipack = 2lbs 11oz
-Omnipack Extent = 2lbs 13oz
Also the Omnipack and Omnipack Extent will be including
-A USB wall charger
-A USB charging cable M/M
-And a 3.5mm audio cable
About Mahnke Labs
Mahnke Labs is a small startup company in Kaukauna, WI which offers products that usually incorporates LEDs, motors, and/or batteries. Mahnke Labs first 2 products were Sirius A and Sirius B. These are both keychain flashlights with extraordinary lumen output for their size. First, Mahnke Labs Sirius A is an LED keychain flashlight with exceptional brightness. From its polyurethane construction to its 2 mode switch to its extremely bright LEDs, the Sirius A is small but very effective. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium polymer cell battery, the same as in a phone, the Sirius A is rechargeable via micro USB. The design and engineering of this keychain flashlight with 102 lumens is great. It has low lasting 37 hours and 30 minutes of a decent amount of light and high lasting 1 hour and 58 minutes of extremely bright light. The Sirius A is the best choice for keychain lights, with an unprecedented price of $14.95. Next, the Mahnke Labs Sirius B is an LED keychain flashlight with exceptional brightness. From its polyurethane construction to its 2 mode switch to its extremely bright LEDs, the Sirius B is small but very effective. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium polymer cell battery, the same as in a phone, the Sirius B is rechargeable via micro USB. The design and engineering of this keychain flashlight with 45 lumens is nice. With low lasting 18 hours and 45 minutes of a decent amount of light. And high lasting 1 hour and 34 minutes of extremely bright light, the Sirius B is a great choice for a keychain flashlight. With a great price of $13.95. Both of these Keychain flashlights are in production and have been sold.
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About the customized Backpack with Paramount Bags Company
Over this past year, Mahnke Labs worked with Paramount Bags. After many, many hours of designing and adding features to the backpack, we finally came up with a final design and features to go along with that. The pack is made with ballistic nylon, and is designed just for the needs of the Omnipack series. For example, one of the things that were added were wire tunnels. These wire tunnels are on and around the backpack, with no exposed wires. All the tunnels lead to 3 different meeting areas. The battery box (located on the bottom of the main compartment), the dashboard (located on the side of the pack) and lastly the control panel located on the straps.
-About Paramount Bags,
PARAMOUNT BAGS Company is a professional bags manufacturer and exporter in Guangdong Province China with many years of experience. They skill in different kinds of bags including: shopping bags, backpacks, cooler bags, CD bags, computer bags, pouches, etc.
Omnipack and Natural disasters
The Omnipacks are an excellent choice to be used during and after natural disasters. Between its rugged design and the exceptional features, it is the perfect tool to have during many natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, where the power was corrupt for a long period of time. The Omnipacks would excel. The Omnipacks could easily light up a room with 56 lumens of flood light to save power, or use the directional lights with 255 lumens of bright light to illuminate a room or both with 311 lumens for needed light situations. The night lights could be used with either the taillights or the front red, green or blue LEDs. Also, the pack can easily be recharged in the sun light during these situations. Additionally with the Omnipack Canonic, the AA can be easily replaced if dead. Along with lights, another big problem is charging phones. Phones are a big part any natural disaster, if you want to call for help, or tell other people you are okay. When there isn’t any power to charge your phone, you have a problem. With the Omnipacks that is not a problem anymore! The Omnipacks are able to charge your mobile phone. Along with the Nichia LEDs being one of the most efficient LEDs on the market, that means many hours of use. Also the Omnipack and Omnipack Extent are able to amplify small radios, so many more people can listen to important radio updates or music.
Will the wire get in the way?
No, The wire in the Omnipacks are routed through a unique hardly noticeable tunnel system along the sides of the wall on the backpack. The wires are along the seams, so they do not interfere in any way with the pockets.
The 5.4 watt solar panel
-The 5.4 watt solar panel is an added on accessory that will be able to charge the Omnipack in About an hour and the Extent in about 5 hours witch is the same as a wall charger. The 5.4 watt solar panel is able to fold up for easy carry.
-If you [the buyer] already has a Omnipack Extent then to upgrade the solar panel it costs $18 and shipping is included, and if you do not have an Omnipack Extent the 5.4watt solar panel is $27 + $5 USD shipping and $8 International
Stretch goals are extras added to the Omnipacks without adding an extra price.
*$8,500 = Mahnke Labs Carabiners
*$10,000 = A manufacturer applied water resistant coating put on all Omnipacks, that will further improve the first defense of water proof coating.
*$12,000 = An Added Water Bladder Pocket in the outside front of the Omnipack. With this the user will be able to Store a water bladder for drinking.
*$20,000 = Dual power source, this will let the user to choose between AA or the internal lithium battery. By having a dual power source the battery life will be increased and it gives the user a batter choice. Or add $7 to your existing purchase if we do not hit $20k.
*$25,000 = All Omnipacks will receive an added light, but this time it is inside of the Omnipack
*$40,000 = Omnipack Tarp, when put on the tarp will make the Omnipack meet IPX-5 standards, meaning the Omnipack will be able to last through even the toughest rain and snow storms. The trap is customized only for the Omnipack and is made out of water resistant nylon. Or add $8 to your existing purchase if we do not hit $40k.
*$75,000 = All Omnipack Canonic’s will receive Duracell® Quantum® AA cells. All Omnipacks will receive an upgraded battery with 300mAh of extra storage. And lastly, the Omnipack Extent will receive an upgraded battery with 500mAh of extra battery space.
Things being added to the Production of the Omnipack Series
-Horizontal buckled strap connector; this horizontal strap will connect each strap together. There are many advantages to this including the backpack will stay on more securely, and it brings the straps closer to gather making the lights more focused.
-A cable hole; a cable hole is being added to the post production Omnipack. This is being added so the user can have a smart phone, portable USB device, etc. plugged into either the charger or the music plug and the cable can be routed through the hole into the second pocket where the portable device pocket is.
How to manage and get done on time
If the Omnipack project on Kickstarter reaches more than 35 Backpacks or more backpacks than the goal, Mahnke Labs will be hiring one employee for every 65 bags after the initial 35. Mahnke Labs will do whatever the company can to reach the goal of delivering by January 2014.
-The Omnipack Series and the Solar panels have a 30-Day limited warranty. This warranty covers the Lights: Directional’s, Floods, Tail, Red, Green, and Blue Lights. Also it covers the solar panels, and the backpack: Broken zippers, rips. The warranty does not cover for the user testing water resistant capability or if the backpack is used in environments higher than IPX-1 standards. Also the warranty does not cover for user induced rips, broken zippers, broken solar panels, or anything of that nature. Also the User will be responsible if the straps are bent at a complete 90 degree angle or less than a 90 degree angle, ex:89, 88, etc. The Warranty does not include the user taking apart the Omnipack or dissembling the battery box, dashboard, control panel or any other encased components. The warranty does not cover damaged or broken parts that are not associated with the Omnipack, ex: Phones, MP3 players, etc.
ML Omnipack Prototypes
Over the past year and a half, many lessons were learned through the prototypes of the Omnipack Series. Some of the problems that were faced during the prototypes stages were deciding on what kinds of LEDs to use. During the prototypes, Surface Mount LEDs were ruled out because of their wide angle. A reflector or convex dome would have to be used to focus the beam into a directional or even a useable flood (upwards of 5 feet). So the decision was made to use lamp type light emitting diodes (LEDs). Another major decision was choosing the wattage of the audio amplifier. With 3.1 watts, it is the perfect match between decibel level and the wattage that can be obtained while also charging a phone or having all lights on. In addition to deciding on the amp, we had to decide on 1 or 2 speakers. We ended up going with 2 speakers for better sound area, where there is less of a chance of the speaker being covered up. Then, we had to determine the wattage of the speakers. We picked speakers with higher rated wattage than the amp puts out, meaning better sound with less distortion. We also needed to choose the amperage of the USB output (phone charger). Unlike most other portable USB chargers that put out 300 – 800 mAh which means longer charge times, the Omnipack puts out 1 Amp. This is similar to a wall charger which means fast charge times. The reason the Omnipacks can achieve this is because of the large battery in each backpack. Other decisions consisted of whether or not to add RGB (Red, green, blue) lights to the pack. In the end, we decided to include RGB’s. RGB’s add many more features on the Omnipacks with a different use for each waveform of light. Choosing what type of material to use was a big decision as well. We did not want the Omnipacks to rip after 1 or 2 years of use, yet the electronics still be intact. So we decided to use ballistic nylon. Ballistic nylon is a very rugged material that was once used in bulletproof vests in WW2. Another example of choosing between two different areas of the backpack, was deciding on whether to use 4 LEDs to show the charge of the battery. We chose to use a color-coded Voltage indicator. We did this to give the user better perception. With a 4 LED system you can only tell between 25, 50, 75 and 100%. However, it could be anywhere between the percentages (example: 50% LED could mean anywhere from 26%-74%). With a color coded battery indicator, the colors blend together for much more perception. Instead of having only 4 options there are instead, many colors to tell the voltage.
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges were getting a customized backpack. So Mahnke Labs partnered with Paramount bags to make the Omnipacks. Trying to tell paramount how to make the straps and make the dashboard and control panel was difficult. But after many month it was finally achieved. Also another challenge was coping with voltage sag. In USB charger there were some problems with voltage sag, these have since been fixed with a new ic that can handle 1A output, and the data ports going to the smartphone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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