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The Savior, the world's first complete waterproof solar charger for action athletes who depend on their tech while out of bounds.
The Savior, the world's first complete waterproof solar charger for action athletes who depend on their tech while out of bounds.
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The Savior: Durable Waterproof Solar Charging System

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The Savior is an Incredibly Rugged Solar Charging System for a Fair price 

The world of portable solar charging is filled with inferior solar panels and have had little innovation. Most of the products you see on the largest retailers are comprised of "b" and "c" grade panels which can provide subpar charging and worst case, fry your tech. 

The Savior Solar Charging System designed for rugged use and is built with the latest innovation grade "A" panels from SunCore. Guaranteed to keep your tech charged, and safe from the elements.

Quality Matters!
Quality Matters!

 

Go Anywhere - Savior attaches to anything in a snap
Go Anywhere - Savior attaches to anything in a snap

Introducing Savior Deluxe - Kickstarter Only Reward!

We wanted to let you in on a special Kickstarter only promotion we are offering. The Savior Deluxe package now comes with the following Kickstarter only bonus items for only $299 (that's 40% off retail).

  • Savior Solar Charging System 
  • Groundswell Backpack (Made in USA) 
  • Arc Effect T-Shirt illustrated by Jonas Claesson 
  • New Era / Arc Effect collaboration hat featuring the famous artwork of Jonas Claesson (author of the Surfing Animals Alphabet) 

For those of you who have already ordered the Savior Deluxe package you will also be receiving a free Arc Effect t-shirt & hat.

Kickstarter Only - Get yours while they last!
Kickstarter Only - Get yours while they last!

 

 

If you think weekends really aren’t long enough, tell that to your battery-powered equipment...

When you don’t have a way to recharge, you’re truly in the wild - but not out of luck with a Savior. Continue to take pictures, jam on your portable speaker, film with your GoPro, post to Instagram.

The Savior solar charging system from Arc Effect will keep your devices charged and ready. Stay out all weekend without worrying about finding a power outlet. This waterproof system is one of a kind. It uses solar power to quickly charge multiple devices simultaneously. 

Charge multiple devices simultaneously.
Charge multiple devices simultaneously.

 

Technical Features
Technical Features

 

Detachable IP68 Rated Pocket
Detachable IP68 Rated Pocket

 

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IP68 Rated Detachable Waterproof Pocket!

STRECH GOALS

Stretch Goal 1 Unlocked!
Stretch Goal 1 Unlocked!

  

Upgraded USB 2.4 fast charging output - Designed to charge devices faster than a wall outlet.
Upgraded USB 2.4 fast charging output - Designed to charge devices faster than a wall outlet.

 

R&D Honolua, Hawaii
R&D Honolua, Hawaii

  

Connect your smartphone - and it’s charged in less than 2 hours.
Connect your smartphone - and it’s charged in less than 2 hours.

 

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GET IT WET - Protect your gear from spray and the elements while charging. 

Protect your tech from the elements
Protect your tech from the elements

GO ANYWHERE - Savior attaches to just about anything in a snap! 

Go Anywhere - Savior attaches to anything in a snap
Go Anywhere - Savior attaches to anything in a snap

 

I’m always pushing the limits in surfing, finding hidden gems and unmarked tracks in search of the world’s best waves. The Savior is the perfect companion for me and my whole team – we’re trekking off-road, but have the ability to stay connected - and everything stays dry. The most innovative product I’ve used in years.

- Timmy Reyes, professional surfer (@timmyreyes)

Timmy Reyes - Photo by @chachfiles
Timmy Reyes - Photo by @chachfiles

 

OUR CREW - photo by Masho
OUR CREW - photo by Masho

 

Nothing stops you. Nothing is holding you back. The biggest waves. Steepest hills. Back Country mountains. Conquering the impossible. Fearless. Determined. All of a sudden, your technology is about to let you down. Flashing Red Light! Curses!

No need to fear, you have the Savior. Take a break. Plug it in to your devices and watch them recharge! Refresh yourself and your equipment.

Designed in California. Tested around the world. Our team works with some of the best outdoor active athletes, photographers, and explorers to make sure your devices are charged and you never miss the chance to capture that magical moment. Wild, ready, free. 

The Savior system is engineered for high performance from the ground up. 

Arc Effect has leveraged the latest, lightest, most efficient solar panels to give you the most juice per square inch, at a reasonable price. We are proud to announce that the Savior solar system will NOW be powered by SunCore. All Savior solar charging systems have been upgraded to the best and most efficient solar panel technology on the market, designed to power consumer electronics in addition, your new Savior solar system will be 21 Watts (that’s a 6 Watt upgrade) without increasing the product size. Due to the new power upgrades the daisy function is no longer needed.

Using the system is simple – just plug your device’s charging cable into the dual smart charging USB ports and watch it juice up. 

The Savior is a self-contained, waterproof protection, collapsible 15 watt solar power panel system.

SOLAR TECH SPECS

True A Grade SunCore Solar Panels

- 24% Raw Efficiency

- 22% Fully Encapsulated Efficiency

- 7 Watts Panels

- 21 Watts Total

CHARGING SPEED 

- Charges an iPhone 6S in less than 2 hours
- Charges a Android Nexus in less than 2 hours
- Charges an iPad 4 in less than 6 hours 

The Savior System Includes: 

  • 21-watt waterproof, 2.1A, foldable solar panel array 
  • Attached charging pocket for your device's
  • A detachable waterproof storage pocket (waterproof rating IP68)
  • Internal/external headphone jack
  • 4 Velcro connectors to attach Savior

Savior Solar Array Features 

  • Foldable, waterproof, 3-panel module with strap & quick-release buckle 
  • Monocrystalline, highest efficiency rate solar panels 
  • Dual USB output - allows fast charging direct from the solar panel 
  • Daisy-chain plug – to connect 2 or more arrays together 
  • Charger packs tight for easy storage and transport 
  • Output 21 Watts, 5V, 2.1A output via 2 USB ports 

Size and Weight

  • Open: 9.5" high x 24" wide x 0.25" deep (23 cm high x 61 cm wide x .6 cm deep) 
  • Folded: 9.5" high x 8.5" wide x 1.7" deep (23 cm high x 21 cm wide x 4.3 cm deep)
  • 2.25 lbs (1020 g)

Everyone on the Arc Effect team is an action sports enthusiast, but being city folks, we can’t get away from our phones, cameras and computers - even when we’re out of bounds or out to sea. We’ve built amazing consumer products in multiple industries including action sports equipment, household electronics, solar cells, and many internet-driven technologies. We know what it takes to bring a product to market.

Founder Brian Meehan is a lifelong action sports athlete and has traveled to some of the worlds most remote locations seeking adventure. As producer for action sports content, most times working on off the grid locations, it was here Brian realized there had to be a better way to keep things charged than carting crates of fresh batteries for his equipment. Brian loves speaking directly with customers, and would love to hear from you. lightbulb@thearceffect.com

REWARDS BREAKDOWN

Spoils go to the people
Spoils go to the people

 

Because of you! 

We want the Kickstarter community to help us bring the Savior system to life. We aren’t just pre-selling our product on Kickstarter, we also want your feedback and ideas. It’s critical that our future products meet your needs. All of us at Arc Effect are here to help you stay wild, ready, and free no matter where your adventures take you. 

 

Timeline - Let's do this!
Timeline - Let's do this!

 

Risks and challenges

This is not our first rodeo and our design and supply chain team have laid the ground work for success. Timing is always challenge with a new product, but we have top notch suppliers and we are confident in their ability to deliver a quality product. We have over 10 years of experience in manufacturing and are well versed in all aspects of production and fulfillment.

The Savior charging system has been in development for over a year, and in that time our team has addressed and overcome the technical hurdles associated with compact solar charging in extreme conditions. After many prototypes and and redesigns, it’s production ready.

The final production model may be slightly different from the specs above, as exact dimensions, but we’re pretty dialed in, any changes will most likely be improvements.

Shipping and fulfillment: We have the logistical support and infrastructure in place to handle world wide shipments of The Savior system and other rewards.

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    Exclusive New Era/Jonas Cleasson Cap

    You will receive an extremely limited edition New Era / Arc Effect collaboration hat featuring the famous artwork of Jonas Claesson (author of the Surfing Animals Alphabet). Only 75 of these hats will be produced exclusively for this campaign.

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    Limited edition Arc Effect T-Shirt, featuring unique artwork by illustrator Jonas Claesson. Only on Kickstarter. Only for a lucky few.

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    Savior: DAWN PATROL Price

    REALLY early bird special (I mean this bird puts roosters to shame). Get The Savior solar panel system for $99! MSRP will be $169 when it hits retailers in early 2017.

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    Savior: Never Ever EVER Offered Pricing

    Early bird special. You'll never be able to get the Savior for this amount ever again. MSRP will be $169 when it hits retailers in early 2017.

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    Savior: Introductory Price

    Get the Savior at this pre-launch offer for $135! MSRP will be $169 when it hits retailers in early 2017.

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    Savior Deluxe - Full Pack

    Get the Savior system and our Ground Swell Klettersack pack. The Ground Swell is rugged and made in the USA. You're ready to roll with this setup - a fully integrated mobile solar charging system. MSRP will be $399 when it hits retailers in early 2017.

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    Savior Deluxe - Now w/FREE Shirt & Hat!

    Get the Savior system, our Ground Swell Klettersack pack, and now a free Arc Effect T-Shirt and Hat! The Groundswell is rugged and made in the USA. You're ready to roll with this setup - a fully integrated mobile solar charging system. MSRP will be $469 when it hits retailers in early 2017.

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    The Savior System: 4 pack!

    Give the gift of "Wild, Ready, Free" to your buddies or keep all 4 for yourself! The Savior system has been specifically designed to be daisy chained together so you can build a mega charging station for your whole group or camping outing.

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    Surf Safari + A Boat Load Of Gear!

    Surf Safari. Come hang out in SoCal and surf with Arc Effect ambassadors. Get the Wild, ready, free vibe firsthand. Includes airfare, 4 nights lodging, ground transportation to and from activities and events.

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