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Quadruple your smartphone's power supply with this sleek, incredibly slim, USB portable charger.

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Design Philosophy

We designed the Reservoir for the user. The design is sleek yet subtle. We imagined the user relishing the moment they held it in their hand. This was the inspiration for the soft touch material, gentle stippling, and slim design. This results in an ergonomically designed product that fits perfectly in your hand, or just about anywhere. It’s ready to go wherever you go. The Reservoir is like your best friend, there for you when you need it, enabling you to live beyond your limitations.

Why choose the Reservoir?

The Reservoir is a premium quality product that combines a unique design with an excellent combination of power capacity and compactness.

As discussed in our video, we tested other chargers on the market, but were never satisfied with what we saw. It seemed like they were not built with the user in mind. We believe that remarkable products stem from focus on the user.

Over the past 12 months, using agile engineering and UX design principles, we conducted countless user tests and performed extensive research on what users liked and disliked about existing portable chargers. From its overall size to its material, capacity, comfort, and safety, we carefully considered all feedback we received from our users. The result is The Reservoir.

While we cannot speak for other brands in the market, at Dark Energy we believe in starting with only the highest quality components. We have avoided using lower quality components in order to bring our consumers the most reliable user experience.

  • Ergonomically designed with soft-touch material
  • Recharges an average smartphone 4-6 times
  • Very light weight, 5.9oz (168g)
  • Easily charges in 4-6 hours via AC adapter
  • Can be recharged with any MicroUSB cord or even solar chargers
  • High-speed recharge any USB device
  • Recharges two USB devices simultaneously
  • Retains full capacity for 1 year if unused
  • Has a recharge cycle of 500+ times

How many times can the Reservoir recharge your device?

  • Apple iPhone 5 charges 5 times, equal to 4-7 days of use.
  • Samsung t159 charges 9 times, equal to 36 days of use.
  • Apple iPod nano 7G charges 67.7 times, equal to 2031 hours of music playback.
  • Amazon Kindle charges 8 times, equal to 8 months of use.
  • Nokia Lumia 820 charges 4.3 times, equal to 4-6 days of use.
  • GoPro HD Hero 3 charges 6.8 times, equal to 15-20 hours of use.
  • Samsung Galaxy S III charges 3.4 times, equal to 3-5 days of use.

Click here for a more detailed list. All major devices listed, subject to minor change.

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Our Story

Dark Energy accelerates the expansion of the universe. This force, for which our company bears the name, is our inspiration in developing products that will accommodate your mobile lifestyle, allowing you to expand your personal universe.

Thinnest Portable Charger in its Class

The Dark Energy Reservoir is no ordinary charger. At only 0.47in (12mm), it is the thinnest portable charger in its class and offers you a highly-specialized type of power. Not only have we created it to contain a massive 8000 mAh capacity (enough to recharge an average smartphone 4-6 times), but we have designed the Reservoir to be able to retain that charge, if unused, for over a year.

Dual USB Output

Dual USB output enables you to charge two devices at once, with the same charging speed you'd expect from plugging your device directly into a wall socket. This means quick charges on the go for all your USB enabled devices, from the smallest smartphone, to the largest tablet.

Energy Independence

Energy independence is the freedom to break away from power outlets. A simple dead battery can rob us of our freedom, sending us scrambling for another charge. At Dark Energy, we believe in your freedom, and we offer the Reservoir as your solution to winning it back.

As avid users of technology constantly on the go, we have had our fair share of "energy dependent" moments in airports, train stations, and on the road. Having a dead or dying battery, without an outlet in sight, is more than just an inconvenience. It can be a downright disaster! A dead battery severs your connection to friends, family, and business associates, effectively turning your $300.00 smartphone into a $300.00 paperweight.

We created Dark Energy in 2012. The Reservoir, our flagship device, was developed in order to solve the mobile power problem. With every shortcoming we recognized in other portable chargers we endeavored to solve with the Reservoir. As a result, our charger is sleek, portable, and most importantly, powerful.

Prepared for Anything

Although originally designed as a way to break free from the constraints on a mobile lifestyle, new meaning was brought to our project in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Reservoir's ability to retain a charge for over a year means it can become a powerful emergency preparedness measure--not just an everyday tool.

We heard about the power outages in New York and New Jersey and realized how useful our product would have been to the people there. Being able to recharge their phones for a week while their power was out would have been a huge benefit. Storm victims would have had the ability to reach out for help; contact family, relatives, and friends; seek emergency services; and receive information and regular news updates. Our product could have brought peace of mind during a frightening time of uncertainty.

We are honored to offer the Reservoir to the rest of the world, and offer you the opportunity to stand with us in making this valuable tool available to everyone. Whether you are mobile by choice or necessity, the Dark Energy Reservoir will help you weather any storm, power any device, and enjoy life extended.

Unit Feature

  • 8000 mAh Li-polymer battery
  • 1 year charge retention
  • dual USB output
  • supports 2A output for the iPad and tablets
  • on-unit power indicator
  • temperature management
  • short circuit protection
  • overcharge protection
  • over discharge protection
  • ac adapter - input: 100-240V 50/60Hz 0.3A  output: 5V 2A

Manufacturing Plan

Prior to Kickstarter launch: 

  • Finished final product design including PCB layout, shell design, Li-Po battery selection, etc. 
  • Finished working prototypes 
  • Conducted safety and reliability tests 
  • Established charging estimates based on working prototypes 
  • Established direct relationship with manufacturer via team member living in China and founders 
  • Finished PCB layout prep work with manufacturer

During Kickstarter campaign (ending near the end of March): 

  • Begin plastic injection mold tooling 
  • Finish coordinating manufacturer produced prototype with original design specifications

April 2013

  • Finish plastic injection mold tooling 
  • Begin/finish manufacturing of Dark Energy weatherproof bags, precision styli, mini black lights, and stickers 
  • Begin/finish full production run of Dark Energy Reservoirs 

May 2013

  • Account for unanticipated delays
  • Ship products to donors 

June 2013

  • Products arrive to donors
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FAQ

Q. What is the stylus?

The Dark Energy Stylus allows you to draw and write with precision.


Q. What is the waterproof bag?

Waterproof your device/ wallet up to 200 feet!

Q. What can the Reservoir charge?

A. Old school phones, smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, most point and shoot cameras, bluetooth devices, mobile gaming devices, Go Pro camcorders, other outdoor camcorders, etc.

Q. How many times can the Reservoir recharge my device?

A. It depends on the battery capacity of the device.

e.g.

  • Apple iPhone 5 charges 5 times, equal to 4-7 days of use.
  • Samsung t159 charges 9 times, equal to 36 days of use.
  • Apple iPod nano 7G charges 67.7 times, equal to 2031 hours of music playback.
  • Amazon Kindle charges 8 times, equal to 8 months of use.
  • Nokia Lumia 820 charges 4.3 times, equal to 4-6 days of use.
  • GoPro HD Hero 3 charges 6.8 times, equal to 15-20 hours of use.
  • Samsung Galaxy S III charges 3.4 times, equal to 3-5 days of use.

Click here for a more detailed list. All major devices listed, subject to minor change.

Q. How does it work?

A. You charge the Reservoir with the AC adapter, then plug your device(s) into the USB port(s) on the Reservoir and begin charging. 

Q. When can I choose the color of my Reservoir?

A. Backers will be contacted following the end of the project.

Q. How fast will my device(s) charge when plugged into the Reservoir?

A. Just as fast as plugging your device(s) into the wall.

Approximate numbers can be found here.

Q. What does the Reservoir feel like?

A. The Reservoir is ergonomically designed with a soft touch material. It is fingerprint resistant.

Q. Is it waterproof?

A. No, the Reservoir itself is not waterproof. However, a waterproof bag is available with certain pledge rewards.

Q. I already have a USB cable to charge my device, why do you offer a short cable?

A. The short cable was designed to eliminate excess cable length. Sometimes a long cable just gets in the way.

Q. Where can I use the Reservoir?

A. Anywhere.

For Commuters: Biking, bus, train, subway, airplane, business trip, etc.

For Outdoor adventurer/ Travelers: Backpacking trips, camping, snowboarding, skiing, boating, skydiving, paragliding, scuba-diving (with the use of the waterproof bag), base jumping, cave exploring, etc. Use your imagination.

Q. What devices can I charge at the same time?

A. The Reservoir was not designed to charge two tablets at a time. Otherwise, it is versatile with any charge configuration.

Q. What is the best way to charge my devices using the Reservoir?

A. For optimal charging speed, use the tablet port to charge tablets. Smaller devices may use either port.

Q. Do I add the shipping fee to the pledge amount or is it charged later?

A. Please add the shipping fee to your pledge total.

If you did not do so, click the "Back this Project" button again and it should take you to a screen where you can edit your original pledge amount to include the cost of shipping.

Q. When does the Reservoir begin to lose capacity?

After 500 FULL cycles, not just 500 charges to another device. We’re talking full drains. The Reservoir contains a premium lithium polymer battery. There are cheap imitators out there with cheaper components that do not really hold up to what they say.

Q. Do you provide international AC adapters?

No. We found there are too many types of adapters to include for this project alone. Instead, we built the Reservoir to be universal via USB. This means that you can use any country’s AC adapter with a micro USB connector to charge the Reservoir.

Q. Are you willing to work with distributors?

Please email us at mydarkenergy@gmail.com for questions regarding distribution.

Q. When is my bank account charged for pledging?

Only when our project is successfully funded.

Q. I am interested in doing a review of the Dark Energy Reservoir. Can you send me your product?

We are open to product reviewers. Contact us at mydarkenergy@gmail.com for further information. We will begin product reviews after the first run of Reservoirs is completed since our current prototypes are limited. We also welcome posts and blogs about the Reservoir. Please send us the link!

Can I charge the Reservoir via USB cable from my computer?

Yes, you can!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest obstacles we face will come in the manufacturing process. One such obstacle is delay due to poor communication between the product development engineers and manufacturer. Another is compromise of design and quality in order to meet construction limitations and time constraints. To overcome these obstacles, we have developed a strong relationship with our manufacturer through having one of our own members of the Dark Energy engineering team working directly on-site coordinating the implementation of our design specifications. He lives permanently nearby the manufacturing facility. His extensive knowledge of manufacturing in China has allowed us to bypass many delays and has already fully prepared our manufacturer to begin tooling. We believe that by having a team member on the ground in China, we can minimize delays and maintain the full design and quality visualized by our designers and engineers.
As soon as we can reach our funding goal, tooling will commence. From that point in time, within only a few months we can deliver the first Dark Energy Reservoirs. Just in case, our delivery dates incorporate over a month of unanticipated delays.
The Reservoir will be a pristine product. Our designers and engineers have worked side by side to achieve a magnificent harmony of engineering excellence and design creativity, all executed with the user in mind. In order to ensure this level of quality is expressed through our product, we have made multiple trips to China to find a manufacturer capable of producing the Reservoir to our specifications. We are committed to provide the best quality components, tooling, manufacture, and quality control.

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