Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
CelGo mounts your cell phone in your car where you want it; easy to see & reach without blocking your driving vision. Made in the USA!
CelGo mounts your cell phone in your car where you want it; easy to see & reach without blocking your driving vision. Made in the USA!
658 backers pledged $36,819 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

CelGo: Flexible Hands-Free Cell Phone Holder For Your Car project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$36,819

658

(Check out new Stretch Goals Below)


Are you driving around with one hand on the wheel?

The CelGo was developed to solve that problem. I used to be one of those people, holding my cell phone down low and driving my car with one hand. I had looked everywhere for a decent cell phone holding device for the car but they all had problems. Either they had to be mounted on your windshield right in front of your driving vision or somehow clipped to your vent or even worse, down in your cup holder.

Why couldn't there be a way to hold your phone near your gauges and out of the way of your driving vision. Now there is, with CelGo!


FINALLY... A quality cell phone holder for your car!

CelGo in vertical position - Your phone is easy to glance at while keeping your eyes forward
CelGo in vertical position - Your phone is easy to glance at while keeping your eyes forward
CelGo in horizontal position being used for GPS navigation
CelGo in horizontal position being used for GPS navigation
Position your phone exactly where you want it - CelGo contours to any dashboard for total stability
Position your phone exactly where you want it - CelGo contours to any dashboard for total stability
CelGo can hold a variety of devices, including the Garmin GPS shown here
CelGo can hold a variety of devices, including the Garmin GPS shown here
CelGo can adjust for almost any phone or device. (Depicted here with the Nokia Lumia 810)
CelGo can adjust for almost any phone or device. (Depicted here with the Nokia Lumia 810)
CelGo can be used anywhere you have a smooth surface!
CelGo can be used anywhere you have a smooth surface!
CelGo Final Rough Prototype featuring our exclusive Super Flex Arm & Flying Clamp!
CelGo Final Rough Prototype featuring our exclusive Super Flex Arm & Flying Clamp!

KRIS, one of our first backers, wrote in wanting to see how stable the CelGo was in a moving car "stop n go". Since there's a flex arm, how does that effect stability? Well, it actually makes the CelGo even more stable. We decided to really show you and do some really hard turns!

The CelGo can hold devices as small as a Nano, large as a Galaxy Note or anything in between
The CelGo can hold devices as small as a Nano, large as a Galaxy Note or anything in between

Can we really make the CelGo in the United States?

In a word, YES!

The US still has the best engineering and manufacturing facilities in the world.  Truthfully, the reason almost every cell phone accessory on the market is made in China is primarily due to cost. Retailers require huge margins on accessories which has pushed much of US manufacturing offshore.  Two years ago we were told that we couldn't manufacture our desktop stand, the CelJel, here in the US but we did anyway. Granted, there is less profit per unit sold but the manufacturing quality is top notch and the delivery is always right on time!

How CelGo Started

I tend to be in my car quite a bit. Whether it's for client meetings, family errands or short weekend getaways.  A little over a year ago I started searching for a good way to hold my cell phone in the car. I needed a way to keep the phone within reach and within a quick glance but NOT have it block my driving vision! I looked everywhere for a solution but nothing existed.

I was quite surprised to find out that there wasn't a high quality, flexible and simple solution anywhere on the market.

The only things on the market were large bulky plastic devices that got in the way of your driving vision or would mount over your air vents or down near your cup holder, not good
The only things on the market were large bulky plastic devices that got in the way of your driving vision or would mount over your air vents or down near your cup holder, not good


The humble beginnings of CelGo

The challenge of how to hold the cell phone was one that we worked on for almost a year. It was important to make it very secure but not bulky or heavy. So we started eating some popsicles. (pineapple worked best!)

Scribbles and Sticks (Popsicle Sticks)
Scribbles and Sticks (Popsicle Sticks)

We went through various versions of the popsicle stick tests to get it just right...

To strengthen the testing sticks we laminated multiple together
To strengthen the testing sticks we laminated multiple together
Using a women's hair band for the first closing spring
Using a women's hair band for the first closing spring
The holding clamp evolved into what we called "the surfboard" shape and beyond
The holding clamp evolved into what we called "the surfboard" shape and beyond
Eventually, the design evolved into "The Flying Clamp" which works very well
Eventually, the design evolved into "The Flying Clamp" which works very well

How do you make it hold firmly & gently at the same time?

For that you need a custom torsion spring. I was fortunate to meet an old gentleman in Los Angeles who has been in the spring manufacturing business for 50 years. He invited me up to his spring factory to learn about designing torsion springs. (there's a lot more to it than I thought!)

Hard work designing the perfect torsion spring for the CelGo
Hard work designing the perfect torsion spring for the CelGo
Once we had the perfect clamp design, we started making the final rough prototypes
Once we had the perfect clamp design, we started making the final rough prototypes

Extreme Testing!

We tested a lot of different materials as well as different linkage parts.  The CelGo needs to be able to withstand extreme summer dashboard temperatures as well as extreme winter temperatures.  As it turned out, many materials couldn't stand the heat.

Testing materials and hardware beyond extremes of summer and winter
Testing materials and hardware beyond extremes of summer and winter

Thanks, in advance!

The reason for going through Kickstarter and asking for your support is to do this the right way. The cost of machine tooling and molds is very high. When it comes to design, I'm a perfectionist and making the best cell phone holder for your car means totally rethinking the concept and creating a fantastic experience for the user. Creating and manufacturing the CelGo in the US will help insure just that.  Thank you!

Kickstarter Funding Will Be Used As Follows

  • Injection Molding Tooling for the flying clamp (40%)
  • Die tooling for the flying clamp metal side brackets (20%)
  • Die tooling for the silicone pad and tubing parts (15%)
  • Raw materials (15%)
  • Packaging & Shipping (10%)

CelGo Rewards

Risks and challenges

We have done everything we can to minimize risk for this project. Manufacturing in the United States further minimizes the risks. For example, offshore manufacturing has inherent risks such as, shipping problems, parts delays, design mistakes, etc.

The main challenge is working with the costs involved with manufacturing here in the US. After working on the project for over a year and working closely with manufacturers locally, we understand the challenges that we will face bringing this to market and we're ready for them! In the event of a problem with any of the manufacturers, we have backup companies standing by.

We have actual experience manufacturing in the United States. Two years ago we developed the CelJel desktop stand for cell phones. This product is design and manufactured in the United States. It involved a lot of challenging engineering as it involves molding silicone with steel but it gave us invaluable experience with creating and manufacturing a product in the US.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU - All support is appreciated. We will email you updates so you can follow along with CelGo progress.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    COOL STICKER - You'll receive: Our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    MICROFIBER - You'll receive: Our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    CHARGE ME UP - You'll receive: A custom CelGo/KS Universal USB Car Charger for your cell phone - Plus, Our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    FASHION FORWARD - You'll receive: A beautiful custom designed CelGo / Kickstarter t-shirt - Plus, our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    EARLY BIRD - By getting in early, you'll receive: A CelGo cell phone holder for your car at a special rate! You'll also receive email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    EARLY BIRD PLUS - By getting in early, you'll receive: A CelGo cell phone holder for your car at a special rate - Plus, a beautiful custom designed CelGo / Kickstarter t-shirt - Plus, our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    CELGO - You'll receive: a CelGo cell phone holder for your car! You'll also receive email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    436 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    CELGO PLUS - You'll receive: A CelGo cell phone holder for your car - Plus, a beautiful custom designed CelGo / Kickstarter t-shirt - Plus, our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    CELGO SUPER PACK - You'll receive: A CelGo cell phone holder for your car - Plus a custom CelGo/KS Universal USB Car Charger for your cell phone - Plus, a beautiful custom designed CelGo / Kickstarter t-shirt - Plus, our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    CELGO SUPER-DUPER PACK - You'll receive: A CelGo cell phone holder for your car - Plus, another CelGo for your spouse or a friend - Plus a custom CelGo/KS Universal USB Car Charger for your cell phone - Plus another custom CelGo/KS Universal USB Car Charger for your spouse or a friend - Plus, a beautiful custom designed CelGo / Kickstarter t-shirt - Plus, our custom designed Kickstarter microfiber TechCloth - Plus, our custom designed "I was there" sticker - Plus, email updates on CelGo progress - Plus, a shout out on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    64 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    CELGO SUPER-DUPER PLUS PACK - You'll receive everything in the SUPER-DUPER PACK - Plus a custom shout out on our site with a link to your site or favorite site.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    CELGO PART OF THE TEAM PACK - You'll receive everything in the SUPER-DUPER PLUS PACK - Plus input into the final product including, colors, finishes and packaging.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    CELGO FULL ON COLLABORATOR - You'll receive everything in the CELGO PART OF THE TEAM PACK - Plus direct input including phone calls to discuss direction into the final product including, colors, finishes and packaging.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    CELGO ULTIMATE TEAM - You'll receive everything in the FULL ON COLLABORATOR PACK - Plus, if you've always wanted to know what it's like to create a product and bring it to market, you can come to factory meetings and be part of the process! We'll include meals out at our wonderful local restaurants. (note: if you aren't in Southern California, you'll have to arrange for your own travel and lodging)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (40 days)