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TOFU | Traveller & Charger
Why is it called TOFU
The shape of the product is pure white, and can be divided into smaller pieces. It reminds me of when I was little, watching my mom cut tofu (とうふ/豆腐) for dinner in the kitchen, and me trying and failing to help out.
The design concept of TOFU is parallel to the philosophy of Japanese aesthetics. Subtle at one glance, as if it does not exist. But if you look closely, you will find the hidden exquisiteness underneath.
When I moved to Singapore a few years ago, Whenever I’m charging my mac, I am reminded of how bulky and inflexible the UK type plug is compared with my old US type plug used in Japan.
The same problem lies in the EU and AU type plugs as well. As a minimalist and designer, this is space inefficiency and an eye sore. And the thing that bothers me the most, was that my precious MacBook was scratched by the protruding metallic UK pins.
So to solve this problem, I started studying plug mechanism, on how to redesign the most efficient and elegant plugs for all types. After a year of relentless prototyping and extensive testing with the engineers, overcoming extreme technical challenges while keeping the final product simply elegant and user intuitive.
When we have finally conquered the structural issues and successfully created foldable UK, AU, and EU plugs, we knew that this is a product that is light years ahead of Apple's travel kit.
| TOFU Traveller |
World's most Elegant
UK, EU, AU, US adapters all in one tiny piece of tofu. There is nothing like it out there.
The TOFU Charger is perfectly compatible with every model of MacBook (e.g. MacBook 15", MacBook 13", MacBook Air, MacBook Pro...) with its smooth ivory finish and its supporting power.
The mechanical structure makes sure that the pins are locked in place when opened up and folded back. Sturdy yet it is light enough that you can easily call out each type of plug with just your fingers.
The unique foldable structure allows the plug space is reduced by more than 60 percent. At the same time, it solves the everlasting problem of plug storage.
Compared to Apple
Apple's Travel Set consists of separate individual plugs which are bulky and large, not to mention messy and easy to lose when you are travelling.
| TOFU Charger |
To tailor to a better charging experience for everyone, and not just mac users, we have designed a TOFU charger, a modular design charger that accepts different plug types from the tofu traveller. which acts as a universal travel adapter with USB fast charge for your phone and tablets, simultaneously also for your laptop or other AC charging devices.
The tiny size of TOFU minimizes leverage from the wall to prevent inconsistent contact with the socket. TOFU charger is more than a just USB charger, it’s powerful and adaptable.
And the Special fuseless design guarantees charging safety.
Travel Adapter + Universal AC Charger + USB Charger
Interoperable with TOFU Traveller
When you use the TOFU Charger with TOFU Traveller, it becomes a powerful travel adapter that adapts and charges both your AC device (e.g. laptop and camera) and your USB device (e.g. phone and tablet) at the same time.
Dual Charge, Fast Charge
TOFU Charger powers up both devices simultaneously with USB 2.4A Fast Charge and supports AC devices across 100V - 240V.
Conventional universal adapters need to switch between multiple pins which cause the structure to be frail and the pins loose. TOFU Charger's swappable plug design guarantees the integrity of the plug structure, no more flimsy pins and loose plugs.
Additionally, the low profile of TOFU Charger minimizes the leverage when plugged into wall sockets, keeping your charging connection stable and worry-free.
It happens. In the case of electricity overload or power surge, TOFU Charger will protect your devices by stopping power transfer. But when you are travelling, there is no time to replace the fuse manually; any charging inconvenience will delay your schedule.
That's why we incorporated the Fuseless Design in TOFU Charger. No need to find a fuse to replace in case of emergencies, because TOFU Charger will automatically recover and reset itself after a few minutes. Additionally, TOFU Charger also includes power surge protection.
| TOFU Combo |
TOFU Traveller works seamlessly with TOFU Charger. The modular design allows you to transform TOFU Charger with pieces of Traveller, assembling according to your situation and location.
The red interior of TOFU reminds you that a piece of TOFU Traveller or Charger has not been put back properly yet.
Durable Carry Pouch
How it Works
Complimentary TOFU Mini Torch
This is TOFU.
A little peace of mind, a little piece of TOFU.
It's hard to capture the elegance and motion of this product with my camera because I'm no professional videographer. You'll be surprised at how wonderful TOFU feels in your hand.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we faced was redesigning the entire plug mechanism. In order to minimise the size while maintaining the structural integrity and sturdiness, we spent more than one year studying and prototyping different collapsable structures.
This product is designed for travel purposes, for portable devices such as your laptop, and not high power appliances such as refrigerators or washing machine. Hence, it might not be able to apply for some local certifications.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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