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The Practical Meter helps you charge your phone faster by solving a problem millions of people experience.
The Practical Meter helps you charge your phone faster by solving a problem millions of people experience.
The Practical Meter helps you charge your phone faster by solving a problem millions of people experience.
8,200 backers pledged $167,820 to help bring this project to life.

10-watt Practical Meter 'Stretch Goal'

Hey guys, we've had numerous requests for 10-watt metering for tablets. We knew this was possible with our current hardware, so we put our heads together and figured it out! Watch the video to see how the new firmware will monitor all the way up to 10-watts! 

As stated in the video, this was slated to be our 100k stretch goal. But since you folks funded us so quickly to 100k, we've decided to go ahead and release it as a thank you to all of our backers! So thanks and Keep Charging!

In conclusion, a bigger, stronger Polo brings you a bigger, stronger Practical Meter!

Note: The 10-watt prototype is 3d-printed, and will look more polished when we are injection-molding the Practical Meter.

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    1. Christina
      on July 11, 2013

      Key chain to keep track of it is brilliant! Just ideal for so many of us who constantly misplace things. :-D

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      Joshua Zide on July 11, 2013

      Awesome, thanks for that!

    3. David Toledo 3-time creator on July 11, 2013

      Thanks for the suggestion on doing red/blue blinking! We have reprogrammed the Practical Meter to do just that per your request! Stay tuned for some more stretch goals later today!

    4. Amir Mortezaie on July 11, 2013

      :) cheers... guys you still have 14 days to go... what about the 150K goal... maybe you can make the unit/body smaller and thinner... :)

      what say you?

    5. Florian Estermann on July 11, 2013

      Wow!! many thx for this upgrade!! LOVE THE PROJECT!

    6. Evan Hendra on July 11, 2013

      Well I guess I have some lunch to buy for people who ask you to make it to 10 watts! Incredible. I guess that is one of many benefits joining kickstarter.

    7. Bill Heil on July 10, 2013

      Thank you - love the innovation!

    8. John Gardner on July 10, 2013

      Wow !! Thank You very much for the upgrade to 10 Watts that's very nice of you :)

      +1 to the red/blue blinking light also.

    9. Fadhli
      on July 10, 2013

      +1 on the red/blue LED blinking suggestion. Or at least any other two contrasting colours. Hope it's possible.

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      Susan Sylvester on July 10, 2013

      Very nice, Thank you! Beautiful puppy too.

    11. Adrian T. on July 10, 2013

      Is it possible to marry the whole dev team as a whole entity? Because... that is the sweetest thing anyone has told me ever! :P Haha Thanks a lot guys! :)

    12. TabbieEater on July 10, 2013

      what a very well thought out project!!!!
      I wish i had found kickstarter back when the power pot was coming out...It's a must have item for any who do stuff outdoors...
      and the meter is cool...but the cables are a must have....
      thank you and congrats

    13. Nigel J
      on July 10, 2013

      Congratulations on the project and approaching $105k pledged, I wonder how high it will have gone by the end of the project. Also thank you very much for the upgrade to 10W - great for my iPad.
      PS I agree with Joshua that red/blue flashing would be clearer than purple/blue - alternatively could the bars flash blue continuously when showing 6 to 10W rather than just briefly initially?

    14. Logan L. Masterson on July 10, 2013

      How many watts is a Totoro?

    15. Andrew McLaughlin on July 10, 2013

      Awesome stretch! But it get's me to thinking. When the iPad 5 ships (whenever that is) surely it will require more than 10 watts to charge the battery. Is it too late (or too radical) to suggest that the display be changed from 5 LEDs to a two digit LED display? Perhaps this can be another stretch goal?

      Maybe something like these would fit the smallish form factor? - 15.5mm x 15mm x 7.6mm… - 15mm x 10mm x 6.1mm

    16. Andrew Smith on July 10, 2013

      Wow! Thank you for all of your ingenuity with updating it to 10W.

    17. Ashley Finney on July 10, 2013

      Very cool, thanks!

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      Tim on July 10, 2013

      Thanks, guys..
      a real pleasure to find such a nice group of people to deal with.
      Your Shar-Pei is only a pup yet?
      Looking forward to receiving my first unit.
      I will be ordering at least another 5.
      SW France

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      Joshua Zide on July 10, 2013

      This is awesome!

      I would like to suggest what I believe is a very minor change that might be helpful- in the video, the blue and purple look quite similar. If that is true, would there be any obstacle to having the first LED blink red/blue instead of purple/blue? (I assume these are bicolor LEDs). Trouble distinguishing blue and purple is pretty common, while red/blue is very rate.

      Thanks again for this excellent improvement!

    20. Eli Allen on July 10, 2013

      Is it limited to 10 watts (only 10 watts can pass through) or does it only measure up to 10 watts? (I use a solar panel that if under full sun light is above 10 watts of power, don't need to measure it but would like everything to keep working)

    21. FuriousFure on July 10, 2013

      Hey! Thanks for the 10w update, can't wait to get the most out of my time charging my electronics. I'm really excited about this idea!

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      Derren kershaw on July 10, 2013

      Superb Mr Bond ! Superb ;-) love the puppy

    23. Steffen on July 10, 2013

      How about special power supplies with more voltage like for instance the charger on a Asus Transformer Infinity (TF700) running with 15V at 1.2 amps?

    24. BMelville on July 10, 2013

      Totally awesome!!

    25. Douglas Raybeck
      on July 10, 2013

      That's a generous thank you. It is appreciated and will be used. The pup looks like he could use a charge as well.

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      Dr Alan Robertson on July 10, 2013

      Nice update, thanks! Will be interesting to see what my Google Nexus 7 actually draws - sadly I'm suspicious it is well below 5W, but here's hoping with the fast charge cables it might get >5!

    27. Zane Lee on July 10, 2013

      Brilliant! Any future stretch goals? For once, I'd love the option of a standalone microUSB fast charging cable, plus longer length. Something like 1.5 metres would be great.

    28. terry on July 10, 2013

      wow you guys rock,,,just need to get 5 when kickstarter is over...:-)

    29. Simon Dick
      on July 10, 2013

      Excellent, thanks!