About this project
Why SmartQuad is the Best Travel Charger in the World?
- Compact, lightweight & easy to carry.
- Charges up to 4 devices at fastest possible speed. (4 x2.4 Amps Ports)
- Can charge virtually any smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth headset, GPS or any other USB based device irrespective of manufacturer.
- Safe and quiet. (fan-less)
- Built on solid experience of a highly successful Kickstarter project.(OctoFire)
Why we designed it?
With increasing personal & professional needs, now everyone needs multiple gadgets like smartphones, tablets or PC etc. We do purchase those gadgets to satisfy our needs but keeping all of them charged is a chore, especially during travel. Carrying multiple chargers is no fun and limited AC sockets can be annoying when multiple devices need to be charged.
There are many other chargers present in the market but they are not as smart. SmartQuad is unique because it can detect connected devices and output the optimal amount of current.
Earlier on Kickstarter we delivered a very successful 8-port charger product (OctoFire). OctoFire is a perfect solution for the desk, office, conference room, restaurants, charging stations etc., but in mobility it may not be the best.
We listened to our OctoFire Kickstarter backers and designed SmartQuad based on their feedback. Below are the key differences from OctoFire:
- AC/DC adapter & charger unit are merged into a single unit to make it travel friendly.
- Ports have been reduced from 8 to 4 to make it more affordable, lightweight and compact.
- Per port current has been increased from 2.1 Amps to 2.4 Amps.
We started out by experimenting with intelligent detection of devices to optimized charge current. We also designed AC to DC unit as efficient as possible taking advantage of latest power IC technology. This enabled us to make a design that does not need a fan to cool it even at peak loads.
We have an early prototype ready which is being tested over past couple of months. Now we are ready to create tooling for plastic and electronics.
Below shows the evolution of SmartQuad PCB design:
Concept drawings of SmartQuad:
Fully functional prototype:
Engineer debugging prototype:
With your support and our past experience of delivering OctoFire successfully, we are confident to mass produce SmartQuad by August 2014. We have already confirmed with our supplier for the availability of components. Below is our timeline of production:
Short demonstration of SmartQuad product:
Mandeep Kumar: "Product Architect ", Well versed in multiple engineering areas. Mandeep is the key architect of this product's design.
Vishaldeep Garg: "Feature Master" Vishaldeep’s ability to understand people's usage requirements and communicate it to rest of the team has brought SmartQuad to the feature set that it currently has.
Amala Priya: "PCB Designer" Amala is an expert electronics engineer who worked on PCB design of this product.
Saurabh Sharma: "Form Factor Designer" Saurabh's artistic work has created this amazingly easy and refreshing form factor design of SmartQuad.
Soumya Pratim: "Vendor Specialist" Soumya helped us find the right set of vendors to make this product highly competitive.
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We have not found a single USB chargeable device as of yet that does not charge with our charger. So you can be confident that even though your device is not mentioned in the list below, it will be supported for sure.
Acer: Liquid E (S100), S300
Amazon: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6"), Kindle fire 7-inch
Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPHONE 4S, iPHONE 4, New iPad (MD328TA) WiFi 16G, Ipad (MC349LL/A), IPAD2 (A1396) 16G WIFI 3G, iPad 5, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPod Touch
ASUS: Padfone Station (A66), Nexus 7, Eeepad Memo ME171, EEEPAD TF201-1B013A 32G, Padphone(Phone), Padfone 2(Phone),
Blackberry: 9300 Dell: Streak 10 Pro (Mini 5),
Fujistsu: LTE F-01D, Go Pro Hero 3,
HP: TouchPad Wi-fi 16GB 9.7inch Tablet,
HTC: 7 Mozart T8698, DESIRE (A8181), Desire S (S510e), Desire VC T328d, Droid Incredible, HD7 T9292, Sensation XE with Beats Audio Z715e, Incredible HD (HTC ThunderBolt 4G)(ADR6400L), Incredible S (S710e), ONE X (S720e), Salsa (C510e), Sensation (Z710e), Wildfire (A3333), Flyer P510e,
Huawei: U8860, Lenovo: A780, LePad A1-07(LepadA107LWFTI36222G512), THINKPAD TABLET 1838CTO,
LG: GT540, KT878, LG-P500, LG-P970 (Optimus Black), Optimus 4X HD P880, P930, P990, VS740 ALLY ANDROID,
Motorola: Defy (MB525), Milestone 2 (A953), MILESTONE 3 (ME863), RAZR MAXX (XT910), XT720,
Nokia: E5, N8, N900,
Samsung: Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Epic 4G (SPH-D700), GALAXY Beam (GT-I8530), Galaxy mini2 (GT-S6500D), GALAXY NEXUS (GT-I9250), GALAXY NOTE (GT-N7000), GALAXY R (GT-I9103), Galaxy SIII S3 (GT-I9300), Galaxy S2, GOOGLE NEXUS S (GT-I9023), GT-S3350 (Ch@t 335), P7300, Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi), Sharp: SH-12C,
Sony Ericsson: W100i SPIRO, XPERIA ARC (LT15i), Xperia Neo (MT15i), xperia play R800i, XPERIA PRO (MK16i),
Sony: XPERIA S (LT26i), Xperia neo L (MT25i), PRS-900BC, ViewSonic: ViewPad7, ZTE: ZTE-T U880
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Risks and challenges
Lessons from our previous OctoFire Kickstarter project has helped us a lot to make right choices for this project. These choices will help us to simplify and expedite the production and fulfillment process for this project.
Today, we have a working final design prototype in our hands. We have been testing them for a while and everything is working as expected. We will now need to transition from our ready to market working prototypes to actual shipping products. We have talked to our component vendors and secured component supply for production. We have an international partnership with a reputed manufacturer. So, the risk factor has been reduced to logistics and any unforeseen issues on production line. These unforeseen issues may take time to resolve, and can cause delay in delivery. However, we are confident that we will deliver on time. A serious design problem in the product is very unlikely because of the amount of testing that we have already performed on our final samples.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No, SmartQuad is not a battery. It's an internationally compatible 4-port USB travel charger which is suitable for almost all branded gadgets.
There are some cheaper options available but risk of getting the package lost (in customs etc) is too high there. This is the reason we are not using those options.
However, we have decided that we will allow International backers to use their own shipping label. If you want to use this method then you can change your pledge to "within US" and don't include any shipping fee in the pledge. Before shipment of unit starts we will contact you via survey where you can mention that you will send your own shipping label by email to us. If you use this method you will be sole responsible for any lost package or delay by the shipping carrier.
Also note that each unit with all packaging will approximately be weighing approximately 1 lb (not final yet). Dimension of the units will be approx 6"x 5"x 2" (inches) (not final yet). Actual final weight and dimensions will be announced at the end of Kickstarter campaign.
Yes, SmartQuad is fully compatible with US, UK, EU or Australia Style. Although we are only providing US style AC plug (as other plugs are readily available in market), but we will be providing International Adapter to all the backers if we reach our stretch goal. Secondly, international adapter will be available on our preorder website at the end of Kickstarter campaign.
Yes, SmartQuad comes with a 1 year replacement warranty.
Yes, we are absolutely willing to accept a return for replacement or refund in case of any issues. SmartQuad comes with a 1 year replacement warranty.
We will offer extra cables at the end of Kickstarter campaign through our pre-order site. We will post more detailed update regarding this later.
Stacked ports are not flexible with short cables. Our main focus was to make SmartQuad travel friendly and have a support for both short and long cables. Although stacked ports are always the easiest solution (design wise) to go ahead with, but we preferred to go with the star based design as per the positive feedback we received from our OctoFire backers.
Even if you stacked the cables once, it will have to be diverged into a star later on for the separation of connected gadgets to avoid mess. Here as a solution, we are providing the star configuration within the product itself.
We believe that vampire proofing is not a very good idea. Almost all Smartphone and Tablet's will stop drawing currents after they are fully charged. So it is not needed. Secondly cutting off power at that time will have undesirable side effect that device will drain battery even when it is plugged in.
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