We've all felt it. The sinking feeling of watching your phone die before your very eyes, all because you didn't charge it enough.
You could scramble to find someone with a charger, but what if there isn't one around?
There are many portable phone chargers available, but most are either made of plastic, don't hold enough charge, are heavy, or are unattractive.
Why can't there be a portable phone charger that is strong yet lightweight, convenient, unique, AND stylish?
Well, now there is.
Meet the T-Bolt, the first portable cell phone charger made from...Titanium.
Titanium is the ideal building material. It's what makes the T-Bolt incredibly strong and durable, yet lightweight. It's also the perfect material to protect lithium-ion batteries from getting punctured or crushed. This high-quality charger is made to last; since the battery inside is replaceable, it may just be the last portable cell phone charger you'll ever need to purchase!
You can use the T-Bolt to charge cell phones, tablets, or anything that charges with a USB. Clip it on/in your backpack for a battery boost mid-day. Store one in your purse, bag, or car in case of an emergency. Bring it on your camping or hiking trip––it's corrosion resistant (nearly impossible to rust) and can handle the occasional drop or two.
The T-Bolt also makes a great gift for birthdays, graduation presents, Mother's Day, Father's Day, road trips, camping trips, music festivals, conventions, meetings and business trips, and so much more!
Virtually all other portable phone chargers are worthless once the battery loses capacity. That's not the case with the T-Bolt! Currently, the top of the T-Bolt can be pried off with a screwdriver to change the battery. We'd love to offer a screw-on top that would allow you to change the battery in seconds! To do so, we need at least $18,000 in funds, so be sure to share our project with others. :)
The T-Bolt is for you if:
- You're tired of wasting money on cheap plastic cell phone chargers that break.
- You love to go hiking or camping and need a phone charger that can withstand the elements.
- You want to have a charger that is different than any other on the market.
- You need an awesome gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, or graduations.
- You want a phone charger that is sophisticated and classy.
- You need to charge your phone while you're skydiving out of a helicopter on a secret mission.
- If you love titanium products!
We are offering a full, lifetime warranty for the T-Bolt! We're very confident in the quality of the T-Bolt and proudly stand behind it.
If you are dissatisfied or have a problem with your T-Bolt for any reason, return it to us and we'll repair or replace it free of charge. This warranty only applies to the titanium casing and the charging electronics. The battery is an expendable part of the T-Bolt that can wear out from normal use, and therefore, is not covered by this warranty.
*We will finalize details of the warranty at a later date, but the information shared above will remain the same.
HIGH CAPACITY T-BOLT
We're also offering a high capacity T-Bolt retains the modular design of the standard T-Bolt, yet doubles its capacity. The standard T-Bolt comes with a 2600mAh 18650 style lithium-ion battery. The high capacity T-Bolt comes with two 2600mAh batteries, allowing you to effectively charge larger devices.
We have some awesome stretch goals, such as a free USB cord, screw-on top, a cap, and free custom engraving! Scroll down for more info :)
If there isn't a "pack" that suits your needs (example: you'd like a pack of 7 T-bolts), just let us know and we will open up a reward tier for you. You can contact us through the comments or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLOR OPTION: MYSTERY COLOR
When you order a T-Bolt, you get to choose the color you'd like yours to be. Nine anodized color options are already set: Silver, Gold, Bronze, Copper, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Indigo, Violet, and Pink. At the end of the campaign, we'll unveil the mystery color! When we fulfill your order, we'll ask you which of the final color options you'd like to select. Even if you don't like the mystery color, you'll still be able to choose from the original nine.
Help us reach $35,000 in pledges and everyone will get the option for free custom engraving!
Click the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or help us spread the word by sharing our page.
Here's a quick overview on our new stretch goals. As we approach each one, we'll provide more details.
Cord - $8,000 (unlocked!)
Everyone will get a free USB to USB micro cord! This will allow you to charge the T-Bolt if you already didn't have a cord, or it gives you an extra one to keep as a spare.
Cap - $13,000
The cap will cover the bottom of the T-Bolt, keeping it free from dust and debris. It'll be very useful if you're planning on bringing your T-Bolt outdoors or keep it clipped on a backpack.
Screw-on top - $18,000
This feature would really make the T-Bolt unique (other than the fact that it's made out of titanium, of course!) Virtually all other portable phone chargers are worthless once the battery loses capacity. That's not the case with the T-Bolt! Currently, the top of the T-Bolt can be pried off with a screwdriver to change the battery. We'd love to offer a screw-on top that would allow you to change the battery in seconds! To do so, we need at least $18,000 in funds, so be sure to share our project with others. :)
Knurled T-Bolt - $25,000
We'll still be offering a small knurled grip on the T-Bolt once we reach $25,000 for those who'd like the rugged look and feel.
Engraved T-Bolt - $35,000
We'd love to offer FREE engraving for everyone, so please share our project with others so we can make that a reality! It'd make it even more special and unique. :)
Here is a tentative timeline for the production of the T-Bolts. Our goal is to get your rewards to you on time or early. :)
Throughout the campaign and production period, backers will receive video and/or picture updates once a week – you'll get exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of the T-Bolt being made, answers to all your questions, as well as get to know us a little better.
100% of T-Bolt manufacturing will be completed in-house at our CNC machine shop, New-Tech Tooling. Here are the steps we will go through during fulfillment.
1. Turn cap blanks
2. Stamp half rounds
3. Stamp windows in bottom cap
4. Weld half rounds to top cap
5. Cut tubes to length
6. Mill hole for power button in tubes
7. Partial assembly
8. Polish and anodize
9. Install electronics
10. Final assembly
12. Package and ship!
We will personally inspect each T-Bolt to make sure it is up to our highest standards. After they pass our quality control we will pack them securely and prepare for shipment.
We'll start fulfilling rewards the minute the project funds and will work extra hard to ensure that you'll receive them on time or EARLY! Because really, who wants to wait to use such a useful gadget?
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us bring the T-Bolt to life by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or helping us spread the word by sharing our page.
We couldn't do this without you! :)
We are a boyfriend/girlfriend team running a small CNC machine shop based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Caleb is a machinist and entrepreneur. Brittany currently goes to Union College in Lincoln, NE and is pursuing a double major in Marketing and Emerging Media.
If you'd like, you can follow us and our projects using the links below! :)
Thank you so much for your support!
~ Caleb and Brittany
Risks and challenges
We've carefully thought out our production timeline to account for possible delays in creating the T-Bolt. That being said, sometimes things go awry that can't be planned for. If there do happen to be any delays, we will communicate them with you as soon as possible so you're never left out of the loop. :)
MANUFACTURING: To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks (such as a supplier missing a deadline), we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least two backup suppliers for each component.
FULFILLMENT: Depending on how large this project becomes, we will add more people to the team if need be to help ensure that you receive your rewards in a timely manner. We also have a business account with one of the most trusted shipping companies in the U.S. so we can ship T-Bolt to you A.S.A.P.
No challenge is too difficult for us, and we are confident in our ability to resolve any issues as they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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