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MetAir: Portable USB Power & LED Light That Runs on Air

Off The Grid and Still Connected: Personal Portable Power When and Where You Need It.

MetAir: Portable USB Power & LED Light That Runs on Air

Off The Grid and Still Connected: Personal Portable Power When and Where You Need It.

$16,778
pledged of $63,000pledged of $63,000 goal
107
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 23 2015 4:09 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 23, 2015

About

Because sometimes rechargeable batteries alone just don't cut it when you need reliable off-grid power: 

The MetAir Solstice contains the world's most powerful disposable battery (by size and weight). It's like a huge button cell hearing aid battery, activated by air, but with a lot more energy! What could be more safe and simple?

The MetAir Solstice and 2.2 lb. Replaceable Battery Cartridge
The MetAir Solstice and 2.2 lb. Replaceable Battery Cartridge

The MetAir Solstice has two integrated USB charging ports, an ultra-bright array of white and red LEDs for ambient lighting, emergency hazard flashers, and strobe. 

Ready for Any Scenario

Nearly everyone, everywhere at some point will be affected by a power outage. When a disaster strikes and the power is out for days or weeks at a time, other forms of power are unpredictable and often unavailable. First responders and outdoor enthusiasts know that power redundancy and preparation are both key for survival. MetAir is reliable and always ready when you need it. 

Most traditional back-up battery and power solutions for emergency response, disaster preparedness, power outages, and other outdoor activities must be constantly recharged using electricity, sunlight, or liquid fuels to ensure operational readiness. Relying on combustible fuels, or solar- or wind-generated energy in a power outage, disaster, or off-grid situation can be dangerous, slow, unpredictable, and inefficient. 

Power Anytime, Anywhere: Benefits of MetAir Battery Technology

1) This is the best, most reliable, portable backup power system. 

MetAir relies on NO other external sources of power to keep you charged and connected. During critical times, fuel may not be available for gas generators, and the sun and wind may not be available to charge traditional rechargeable lead acid or lithium ion batteries with solar panels or wind turbines. The MetAir Solstice will deliver power anywhere, anytime, no matter what. Now that's safety, security, and peace of mind.

2) How long it lasts and huge amount of stored energy. 

A family of four can stay connected for an entire week off the grid with the MetAir Solstice. One 2.2 lb replaceable battery will provide 28 cell phone charges, for about $1 per charge! That's incredibly reasonable when your devices are dead and you really need the power. 

3)  The replaceable MetAir Solstice battery is only $29. 

Typical lead acid batteries, solar panels, and gas generators can cost hundreds of dollars and have to be properly maintained and recharged. What if you are voluntarily or suddenly involuntarily stuck off the grid? What if power lines are down, the sun isn't shinning and fuel isn't readily available? No problem, we have you covered with MetAir portable power systems.  

Our custom designed zinc-air battery cartridge, turbo charged with advanced nano catalysts, supplies 60,000 mAh at 5.0 volts and more than 190 watt-hours of stored energy in a compact 2.2 lb. form factor.

The MetAir Solstice replaceable battery cartridge is maintenance-free, has no moving parts, has up to a 3-year shelf life.*

Now With Hybrid Power

You asked. We answered.  We're proud to include an integrated rechargeable battery as part of the MetAir Solstice thanks to feedback from Kickstarter backers. 

Now, use the rechargeable battery for your everyday needs and only pull the tab on the ultra-powerful disposable battery cartridge when you need extended run time. The rechargeable battery will provide a couple of smartphone charges and hours of light. And, you'll always have safety, security, and peace of mind knowing that the energy-packed disposable power cartridge is there when you need it. 

MetAir Solstice Features:

The MetAir Solstice offers a convenient source of on-demand power capable of charging a myriad of portable, rechargeable consumer electronic devices including: cell phones, smartphones, satellite phones, radios, tablets, games, digital cameras, and other USB devices and rechargeable battery packs. 

How Does the MetAir Solstice Compare?

Tell Me More About the MetAir Solstice Disposable Zinc-Air Battery Technology

High Energy

The MetAir Solstice battery cartridge provides 60,000 mAh (or 190 Wh) of energy to keep you and your family powered for extended periods of time. That’s up to 28 charges on a typical smartphone, or enough energy to support a family of four for a week off the grid (four smartphone charges per day * seven days = 28 charges).

Safe & Eco-Friendly

The non-toxic battery cartridge contains NO added mercury, cadmium, lead, or lithium and is generally considered safe for disposal with normal household waste. It’s also completely safe to operate as it is nonflammable, noncombustible and requires no fuels to operate.

Non-rechargeable

ZERO external charging is required – assuring hassle-free on-demand USB charging power is available when and where you need it most.

DOT Approved

Zinc-air batteries are approved for transport by air, land, and sea – making the MetAir Solstice easily deployable anywhere in the world; make it an essential component in your GO BAG today!

Rewards

Backing the MetAir Solstice project will allow us to scale production and bring the MetAir Solstice to market, ensuring you will never be stuck alone at home in the dark or on the roadside with a dead cell phone again.  

Are You a Social Influencer? Share Your Support Now!

Let the world know that you're prepared. Share your pledge with your social network - on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn - using #MetAirPower and we'll include a free parachute cord survival bracelet or pocket multi-tool with any pledge.  

Review of MetAir Solstice Features

USB Charging Ports (2) – Keep your devices charged.

Ultra-Bright LED Lights – Light the way for days.

LED Hazard Flashers / Strobe – Be seen in an emergency.

Red LED Map Light – Read at night without straining your eyes.

High Energy – Charge multiple USB devices for weeks off the grid. 

Lightweight – At just 4.5 lbs., the MetAir Solstice will provide power wherever you go. The replaceable battery cartridge weighs just 2.2 lbs.

Low Cost – Stay powered for just about $1 per smartphone charge.

Long Shelf Life – Breathe easy knowing there's up to a 3-year shelf life.*

Safe – Don't worry, it's nonflammable, non-hazardous and requires no fuels.

Non-Rechargeable – Ready when you need it, never worry about plugging it in or topping it off.

Eco-Friendly – Be kind to the environment – no harmful ingredients.

DOT Approved – Zinc air batteries are approved for safe travel by air, land, and sea.

The Secret Sauce

Our nano-enhanced gas diffusion air electrode or air breathing cathode is the secret sauce – the “engine inside” our battery. It’s also the reason that MetAir battery systems have a higher specific energy than any other primary disposable battery out there and the main component from our in-house, highly specialized proprietary manufacturing process. 

We build our award-winning, high performance cathode on a high volume machine specifically designed for this (which has been in production for several years and refined with top battery manufacturers!).

MetAir Solstice and Zinc Air Battery Cartridge Designs
MetAir Solstice and Zinc Air Battery Cartridge Designs

For more on how zinc-air batteries work, check out: www.MetAirPower.com/technology

Timeline

Once we receive funding from you, our valued backers, we are ready to quickly move into production. We know that you want your MetAir Solstice and we won't keep you waiting. Our estimated manufacturing and delivery schedule is outlined below:

Note: The MetAir Solstice is not a lifesaving, safety, or medical device; it is simply a personal portable battery system that can be used to charge batteries, power USB mobile devices, and run LED lights off-the-grid when traditional sources of light and electricity are unavailable. Final MetAir Solstice designs are subject to change. For example, final shape, size, color, and weight may vary from the working prototype shown. However, final MetAir Solstice product will include standard features and functionality highlighted above, including two USB charging ports, LED lights, and one 60,000 mAh hour disposable zinc-air battery cartridge.

* Estimated 3-year zinc-air battery shelf life based on extrapolation of 1-year lab data. Sealed in original packaging. 

Risks and challenges

Product designs are complete, working products have been built in our pilot manufacturing lab for validation and feedback (see photos and video) and everything works even better than we had hoped. For full-scale manufacturing, all key suppliers have been identified – from the plastic injection molders to the high quality electronics assembler. Costs are well understood with quotes from most vendors in hand. We just need your support to move forward and purchase tooling, scale initial volume, and deliver the MetAir Solstice product in time for next hurricane season. Very Exciting!

That being said, as with any technology or product launch there are inherent risks and challenges associated with the project. While our team of experts has worked hard to anticipate and mitigate these risks, we don't pretend to have completely eliminated the challenges that go along with bringing a new product to production. The biggest areas we will be watching include the following:

Product Design
While we've completed the overall design of the MetAir Solstice, we are still finalizing component selection for the ultra-bright LED lights and a few electronic components. There are lots of good options for LEDs and standard electronics components (and we have found in our development work some not-so-good options). We don’t expect problems here, but we will be extra careful to make sure everything works and fits well.

Additionally, we're still tweaking a few of the plastic parts and components to optimize the fit, overall functionality, and manufacturability. Our expert design team uses computer analysis as well as feedback from prototype builds to make sure that we get every detail just right.

Manufacturing
We have taken great care to make sure that the components in the MetAir Solstice have been designed to be manufactured from common, well-understood manufacturing processes. We've identified our suppliers for contract manufacturing and are working closely with them to make sure all of the parts are optimized for problem-free (and inexpensive) manufacturing and assembly.

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    SUPPORT THE CAUSE: Your pledge will help those who help others.

    Each pledge is a contribution towards our donation of a MetAir Ranger (the MetAir Solstice’s professional counterpart, already in commercial production) to a volunteer Search & Rescue agency. For every $350 contributed at this reward level, we will donate one MetAir Ranger. The MetAir Ranger is an essential tool in domestic and international disaster relief efforts.
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    METAIR SOLSTICE EARLY BIRD: Never get stuck in the dark.

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    PREPPER'S DELIGHT: Take preparedness to the next level.

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    Spend a day with our engineering team in the MetAir battery manufacturing lab and build your own MetAir Solstice battery. Great for students interested in a career in technology / engineering.

    This reward is good for four people. Required minimum age of 12 years. Subject to non-disclosure agreement, and thorough review and understanding of MetAir laboratory safety procedures.

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