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      Creator Mark Spohr on December 10

      I don't know what the capital requirements are to start pilot production but you might consider running this funding on Indiegogo where you can set it up to receive funding even if you don't make your goal. This would get you some funds to start.
      I certainly would back this project again.

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      Creator Cliff on December 9

      Okay here is my thought. Find a way to daisy chain the turbines to produce higher outputs to larger batteries. If you plunked 50 of these in a stream to run some house hold appliances (small) that would offer greater aid to remote communities

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      Creator Burt Hamner on December 3

      Nina- we could manufacture a handle to turn this, but the problem with this and other hand crank power generation is this means a lot of work. It's no fun to turn a hand crank for two to four hours and the arm starts to hurt. This is why we want Nature to do the work for us!

      Zark- At that early adopter pledge level we are maybe going to break even. It's intended for the makers/inventors who want to figure out their own ways to generate juice with the 'Bee or just play with the technology. The other levels are still quite a good deal.

      Aaron- The propeller on the floating body will screw into the battery turbine, locking it into place.

      Mark- There are so many ways to get a can of juice, we look forward to working with all of you to make them happen!

      Jeremy- To be safe please put in the address you know you will be able to get it at. We will be sending out updates and if you need to get a refund on shipping or change the address at a later date we can make that happen.

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      Creator Jeremy Craigs on December 2

      Will you ask for addresses later, or use the Amazon address? I am in Canada but did not put in for extra shipping as I will likely have it shipped to a friend in the US. Thanks!

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      Creator Mark Spohr on November 29

      About the "floating body" with the larger impeller... I was wondering if this could be replaced by a simple funnel or cone which would direct flow through the small internal impeller. A large cone opening would collect a large water pressure proportional to the size of the opening. This simple cone would be much less complex than a separate impeller.

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      Creator Aaron 'Wolf' Tan on November 27

      Hi Burt, I'm also curious as to how the floating body attaches to the battery itself. I am actually thinking of making the body myself, hence would like more details. Cheers! :)

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      Creator ZarK on November 22

      Thanks for the update :-) I'm still confused by the pledge levels. It's weird that an early adopter gets "punished" if he wants to join a higher pledge level.

      From the difference between the pledge levels, the floating device seems to be valued at 78 - 49 = $29, so I should be able to get a full package (as an early adopter) for 24 + 29 = $53. Similarly if I want the dual battery option.

      Normally, such kind of customized pledges are handled by selecting the early adopter level, then add the additional money to the actual pledge amount. Then we can specify what we actually intended to get in the survey in the end.

      Would you consider the possibility of allowing such customized pledges?

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      Creator Kathleen Draper on November 22

      I think this would be really useful in disaster relief situations to charge equipment that purifies water (e.g. SteriPEN).

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      Creator Nina Katarina Wikman on November 22

      I want something like this to use on paddling tours. - Could it have a separate handle for milling power manually, if not for else then at least for silly fun?

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      Creator Burt Hamner on November 21

      Thank everyone for your interest, and we understand the concern with international shipping costs. We are exploring again our options, to try to bring you the best deal we can. From our initial search, we are taking a loss with what we were asking.

      Stay tuned for an update later on today, and we will also be posting our FAQ section.

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      Creator Robert Ives on November 21

      Hi, i realt looking forward to trying this out. I backed the $78 pledge because of the floating body package and hope to use it on my sea kayaking trips.

      I have some worries about the size of the floating body, will there be any more work on the profile size I think this could be a huge hit with the sea kayaking communities if the form factor was slightly more streamline lessening the drag.

      Another area you guys could consider is making the floating body possible to collapse for transport. The system is perfect for outdoor people but the body at the moment looks a little too big to pack down in a rucksack for a camping trip.
      Thanks

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      Creator Zachary Loveless on November 20

      Hey Burt. Like Zark, I'm interested in getting the floating body too. Is there any way another "early adopter" style reward tier could be added to get both the generator an the floating body? I believe they'd get picked up quick.

      If another reward tier isn't an option, would you consider offering an optional pledge increase to the early adopter reward tier to provide the floating body?

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      Creator PR Taylor on November 20

      Awesome project!

      How are the two parts of the Hydrobee kept together in use? I see magnets mentioned (or my interpretation of reading it!) but I'd also like to know how it is kept waterproof. Also, are the usb port externally accessible via a rubberised/waterproof cover?

      My thoughts are currently that it would be ideal in use in "tap" mode (faucet takes longer to type ;-)) with the SODAQ board which is also on Kickstarter. If the usb ports are externally accesible then providing there is a steady source of flow, it could power the board via usb almost continually.

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      Creator Gavin Ross on November 19

      Just became a backer for the early adopter faucet hydrobee, I think this is a fantastic idea. I had an idea like this when I was little so its great to see it in real life! I would just keep it in my backpack to always have power anywhere I am. Way better than just a portable battery, and a fantastic price.

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      Creator Brad Coleman on November 19

      Great idea! I could see lots of uses for the Turbine Battery!

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      Creator Burt Hamner on November 18

      Hi thanks for your comment. The "early adopter" award is limited to 300 people so they get a better deal. We have a lot of interest in the Turbine Battery by itself, which is the low-cost product reward, and we hope people will select it. Regarding the shipping cost, to be clear it is for shipping individual units overseas, not to from USA to Canada or Mexico. That's just expensive, we checked. We won't get enough orders internationally to do big group shipments that would make it less expensive per unit. But, if you really want a Hydrobee just tell us, we'll figure out something to make you happy.

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      Creator ZarK on November 18

      Hi!

      The pledge levels are a bit weird: I can save $35 off retail price if I only want turbine, but if I want to pledge more and also get the floating device I can only save $20. The normal would be that if I pledge more, I can also save more or at least as much as on the lower levels.

      I recommend that you add an equal "early adopter" pledge level that includes the turbine + floating device combo.

      Second, the international shipping amount of $50 seems extremely high. It is not a very heavy device. What is the reason behind the high shipping cost?

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