Warpfive Generator - Heat Powered Phone Charger (any heat)
Adventure freely and never run out of charge! Use any heat source to charge and power all USB devices.
What is the Warpfive Generator?
The Warpfive Generator is an innovative piece of kit for hikers, campers and anybody who enjoys spending time outdoors. This unique device enables you to convert heat from any heat source into electricity. So if you are using a mobile device for navigation, weather updates and communication, you will never have to worry about flat batteries again.
The light-weight (weighs 490g), portable Generator will convert any heat into usable power allowing you to charge all of your USB devices when you are out adventuring. The Generator works using heat from a camping gas stove, a benzine burner, the sun, an open fire, alcohol burner, wood burner or even a gas hob.
The highly versatile device also comes with an optional battery charger for AA rechargeable batteries, which is useful for all non USB devices such as Sat Navs or portable radios.
The compact unit comprises two neat fitting components - one for charging (weighs 300g) and the other for power supply (weighs 190g). When separated the power supply component becomes a useful, stand-alone power bank.
How does it work?
The Warpfive Generator converts heat into electricity, and has been designed to use multiple heat sources to be truly flexible.
The thermoelectric Generator charges the on-board battery and supplies charge to the USB port, allowing you to charge your phone, iPad, camera or other devices that are charged via a USB port.
The USB port can also be used to power LED lighting or any other USB device.
The Generator is designed to be truly universal and caters for almost all off-grid power requirements. Many devices use AA batteries and the Generator has an optional battery charger for rechargeable AA batteries. This allows you to charge the batteries for your Sat Nav, 2-way radio, portable radio, torches, lanterns and even a portable television.
The Warpfive Generator brings a complete light-weight and compact energy solution to individuals who love off-grid adventuring.
The Warpfive Generator produces 10W of usable electricity which can be harnessed via a USB port. The high power output allows you to reliably charge any USB device such as your smartphone, tablet (iPad), camera or portable radio. An optional AA battery charger for rechargeable AA batteries means you can also recharge batteries for battery operated equipment. The power bank has two clear LED displays, the red LED's show the level of charge from the Generator (including an overheat alarm), while the green LED's show the available battery reserves.
A convenient on board power bank is included which when separated from the Generator, makes a handy stand-alone, high quality power bank which provides 5000mAh of usable power. Reliability and functionality are important so high performance lithium iron cells are used, allowing you to easily charge your smartphone battery up to three times. The power bank can be recharged via conventional USB plug points such as your computer or via the Generator.
This means that you will never run out of battery charge either when you're in the outdoors or on the move in the city.
While working on the design and development, we have concentrated on the following key design elements –
1. Small, lightweight and portable - weighs only 490g
2. High power output - charges all USB devices including smartphones and tablets, as well as AA rechargeable batteries.
3. Versatility- use any heat source including renewable resources such as the sun, thus providing a complete off-grid energy solution
- Production of injection mould commences
- Production jig manufacture
- Circuit board finalised
- Circuit board testing and certification commences
- Heat sink production commences
- Injection mould tooling complete
- Circuit board production commences
- First production checks
- Final quality checks
- Sub component assembly
- Final production begins
- Shipping to backers begins
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Warpfive is a growing company that develops, manufactures and markets a variety of Stirling engine Stove Fans. A Stirling engine is an eco-friendly device that produces energy and does not require any form of electricity.
Because we love design and creating, we are always looking at ways of improving or adding new products to our product range. We are particularly motivated to develop eco-friendly products that can realistically make a difference in our world. This motivation stems from personal experience of growing up in a developing country and seeing the challenges of living without reliable, eco-friendly energy sources.
Why we need your help
This is our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first campaign was unsuccessful and in fact we cancelled it prior to completion. Feedback from our target market quickly alerted us to problems with the original design pertaining to lack of portability, weight and size.
So we went back to the drawing board and after many long hours, and lots of head scratching, we redesigned and developed the Warpfive Generator using most of our original research.
Overall it has taken us more than two years to develop and refine this technology, but we are small company and we need additional financial support. Specifically we need help funding the injection moulds and that is why we are asking you for help.
Risks and challenges
Over the past two years we have worked hard developing and refining this technology. We have established relationships with suppliers and we are ready to proceed with our injection moulds.
Due to extensive testing we do not expect to run into production issues during our first production run however past experience has taught us to always allow for minor issues that inevitably crop up.
All Warpfive products are of exceptional quality and the Generator will also meet our high quality standards.
As we have extensive manufacturing experience, we realise the importance of supplier relationships. When we appoint a supplier we consider this, as well as quality, timing and price.
We believe in providing clients with excellent service and open communication. If ever an item is delayed (for any reason) this will be communicated in advance.
This is an exciting and unique project and we hope Kickstarter will help us to ‘get the word out’. Because we are only a small team, this is probably our biggest challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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