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Tough Protection for iPhone 5 & 5S. iPhone 6 Future Proof now available. Ultra Minimal Bumper that is crafted from AeroSpace Aluminum. Read more

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Tough Protection for iPhone 5 & 5S. iPhone 6 Future Proof now available. Ultra Minimal Bumper that is crafted from AeroSpace Aluminum.

Miami, FL Product Design
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Thank you soooooooooo much to all our backers!!!!!!!

You have made AL13V2 a reality and we can’t thank you enough. All your support and feedback means the world to us and we can’t wait to get the manufacturing process started and get AL13 v2 in your hands. 

If you missed our Kickstarter Campaign, you can still Pre-Order AL13 v2 at www.thinkbym.com

You ROCK!

Team m

 

Even though we were able to reduce signal loss in AL13 v1 to 10%, we were committed to improving our existing design and completely eliminating the signal degradation caused by metal bumpers. From our experience with the first AL13, we knew we had the technical knowledge to make a high quality product that was affordable.

To ensure that our final product is of a premium quality, we chose to work with a new factory with higher standards for quality control.  All the prototypes we have received are of much better quality; they fit better and are tougher. In fact, all photos of AL13 v2 shown on this page are of prototypes from the factory.

AL13 v2 Line Drawings
AL13 v2 Line Drawings

The original AL13 was designed to have a screw free installation process and utilized an innovative sliding closure. AL13 v2 was improved by using a tougher lining and snap closure which made it more shock absorbent and less susceptible to warping when it dropped. To eliminate signal loss, we carefully studied the signal vulnerabilities of the iPhone making sure that the metal did not make direct contact with the iPhone in these areas. At the same time, we focused on a minimal look that didn’t change the look of the iPhone itself.

Product disclaimer: Even though AL13 v2 is built tough, it is designed to protect your iPhone from damage in everyday situations. AL13 v2 does not cause any signal loss and has been tested extensively in typical situations where iPhones are damaged including accidental drops and bangs on smooth or textured surfaces. AL13 v2 will not make your phone water resistant. So, NO, your iPhone won’t survive a 20 story fall or an accidental toilet dive.

*Drop test performed with AL13  v2 + mPact Glass Screen Protection.

* It still won’t change the look of your phone

* Aluminium Protection with ZERO signal loss!

* It fits better and has a new design making it even tougher

* AL13 v2 is less than half the cost of other Premium Aluminium bumpers on the market.

AL13 v2 in Blue Full Signal (WIFI and Network)
AL13 v2 in Blue Full Signal (WIFI and Network)
Over a year ago, we set out to make a beautiful aluminium bumper for the iPhone that offered great protection but didn't change the look of your device. We were blown away by the response of the Kickstarter community and the press. More than 1,400 of you backed us and helped us surpass our pledge goal by leaps and bounds.

AL13 v1 was a revolutionary product because it only reduced signal strength by 5 – 10% while other metal bumpers were known to cause signal loss as high as 30%

Everyone told us signal loss was a compromise we had to make because all metal bumpers affected the signal performance but we knew we could get rid of the problem all together.

Our obsession paid off. After a year of design revisions, we are proud to introduce you to AL13 v2, the first premium aerospace aluminium bumper with zero signal loss that offers the same minimal look as the original but has been redesigned to fit better.

Just $25,000 will allow us to purchase materials and pay for the manufacturing process. With your help, we can take the new AL13 from prototype to product and make signal loss a thing of the past.

The new design is incredible! It’s tougher and more shock absorbent to better protect your phone.

And it doesn't affect your signal!

In order to determine if the AL13 v2 bumper causes signal loss, our team used Field Test Mode* on the iPhone 5. This allowed us to measure signal strength in decibels which is more accurate than counting bars of signal. 

Field test mode was simultaneously activated on three iPhones; same model on the same network. The image below shows the three iPhones that were tested – one without a case, one with AL13 v2 and one with a competing aluminum bumper. 

The iPhone without case and the iPhone with AL13 v2 gave the same signal reading of -62dB, meaning there was no signal degradation while the third iPhone gave a reading of -77dB, which indicated that the competing bumper caused signal loss.

iPhone Field Test In Order of Appearance: iPhone with no Case -62dB, iPhone with AL13 v2 -62dB and iPhone with a Competitor Case -77dB
iPhone Field Test In Order of Appearance: iPhone with no Case -62dB, iPhone with AL13 v2 -62dB and iPhone with a Competitor Case -77dB

*Field Test Mode is activated by calling *3001#12345#* from your iPhone. When activated, a numerical value for signal strength appears in the upper left hand corner of the screen (where the signal strength was previously displayed in bars). The closer the number is to zero, the better the reception, so -80 is a stronger signal than -90. Anyone can perform this test on their iPhone, but it should be noted that the results will vary according to position in the room and the service provider.

All the features you loved about the original AL13 have remained intact:

Its “barely there,” minimal appearance won’t change the look of your iPhone

AL13 v2 in Coin Pocket
AL13 v2 in Coin Pocket

Made from Aerospace Aluminum, AL13 v2 is durable but lightweight. Unlike other metal bumpers, there is no signal loss with AL13 v2 and It weighs less than 13 grams so it won’t weigh down your phone.

iPhone Prison vs iPhone Freedom
iPhone Prison vs iPhone Freedom

The simple, no-screw installation makes it easy to install or remove when you need to.

AL13 v2 Installation
AL13 v2 Installation

Anodized finish in eight colors, made to perfectly match your style and the look of your iPhone.

AL13 Color Options
AL13 Color Options

Beautifully designed, it has chamfered edges for a sleek, elegant form that blends with iPhone aesthetics.  There are no screws or tools needed to put AL13 in place. It just snaps on and locks firmly into place for easy installation.

Technical vs Clever
Technical vs Clever

Anti-scuff rubber lining. This lining is dual purpose - it ensures you never scratch your phone as you put on or remove your AL13 v2, and it helps absorb the shock of falls and bumps that can damage your iPhone.

Includes a protective film for the back of your iPhone, and a high impact, anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and anti-glare polyurethane screen protector.

AL13 v2 is compatible with our mPact Glass (optional upgrade). Each protector is cut from a single sheet of glass that is treated to be heat and pressure resistant.  mPact uses a strong and residue-free adhesive that gives a snug fit without creating bubbles. Because the edges of the glass are chamfered, once applied, it looks and feels like nothing is there. The result is a glass that delivers screen protection three times stronger than others on the market. 

mPact Glass is available for iPhone 5/5S & 5C

mPact Glass impact test
mPact Glass impact test
AL13 v2 and mPact Glass
AL13 v2 and mPact Glass

Your feedback inspired us, but it’s your support that will allow us to take the next step.

We've reinvested our funds from the original AL13 into the design and development of this amazing new bumper. We have the prototype in hand, have tested it vigorously and we need your help to move it into production.

Just $25,000 will allow us to purchase materials and pay for the manufacturing process. With your help, we can take the new AL13 from prototype to product and make signal loss with metal bumpers a thing of the past.

Al13 v2 Production Timeline
Al13 v2 Production Timeline

We’ve spent the last 12 months refining the original AL13 to eliminate signal loss, improve the fit of the product and make it more durable. This included changing the way the bumper is installed, making a tougher product lining and testing AL13 v2 to make sure that it does not cause any signal loss. We have identified the factory that will be making the new AL13. They are very experienced and make thousands of accessories for Apple devices, we chose them because they share our values for quality control and quality assurance.

All raw materials have been sourced and we have product prototypes in hand. All prototypes have undergone several rounds of testing and have passed each one. When our project has been funded, we will immediately notify the factory and initiate the production process.

Raw material delivery and AL13 v2 mass production will take 45 days followed by 5 days of production time for product packaging. After the production, the factory will need 4 days to inspect the finished product and then our team will personally inspect the shipment as well to ensure that everything that is shipped exceeds our high standards. Merchandise will then be shipped to our warehouse and distribution facility with an estimated transit time of 14 days. Approximately 12 days after the shipment is received, we will begin shipping the final product out to backers. The entire process will take approximately 86 days. 

Having been through the process of production before, we are confident that our production timeline will not exceed the 86 day timeline. In fact, we aim to deliver earlier if possible.

Lester Mapp CEO and Founder

Les is responsible for the product redesign and development of the new AL13 v2 and will conduct final inspections.

Jeremy Foster Director of Marketing

J handles all the digital communication at designed by m.

Glenn Camacho Director of Logistics

Glenn handles logistics both international and domestics and will make all logistical arrangements as it relates to this project 

Thank you in advance!  I'm so grateful for your support.  The success of this project depends on you. Thank you for believing. It means the world to us.

Les M. - CEO and Founder

Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., no endorsement implied.

Risks and challenges

Having completed a successful Kickstarter project that shipped on time, we fully understand what’s needed to make this project equally successful.

Our prototype has been extensively tested and we’ve partnered with a world class factory to ensure that our final product is of impeccable quality and is ready on time.

As soon as our campaign is complete, we will begin production; personally overseeing every step of the process. We also have our support team on standby to ensure the project runs smoothly.

We recognize that even the best laid plans may have complications, but we are confident that our team is experienced, resourceful and determined enough to deal with any situation.

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FAQ

  • After the campaign ends, we will send out a backer survey where you can let us know your color selection.

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  • AL13’s raised edges protects your phone from potentially damaging surfaces, it also safeguards the edges of your phone from bumps and knocks, absorbing the shock from falls to minimize the risk of damage to your phone.

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  • No. We’ve spent a year coming up with a new design that eliminates signal loss completely. It’s the first premium Aerospace aluminum iPhone bumper that does not cause signal loss.

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  • No, AL13’s new design easily snaps into place for a snug fit that requires no screws or tools for installation.

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  • If we reach our funding target, AL13 v2 will be available in June 2014.

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  • Yes, the new AL13 v2 will be available in a special anodized green “Believer Limited Edition.” Only 300 of these will be made as a thank you to our first “Believer” pledges.

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  • Yes. $15 should be added to your pledge for international shipping.

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  • Unfortunately, no. We only have 300 units of the AL13 v2 in our limited edition Kickstarter green. It's yours with a pledge of $65.

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  • mPact Glass is a special type of screen protection for iPhone. Each protector is cut from a single sheet of glass and treated to be heat and pressure resistant and is three times stronger than other screen protectors. You can learn more about mPact Glass here http://bit.ly/1fcZbuP

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  • We pride ourselves on delivering products that are of exceptional quality. If for any reason you are not happy with your AL13 v2, simply contact our customer support team at wecare@thinkbym.com for instructions on processing your refund. Please note that returns are only accepted within 30 days of the shipped date.

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  • AL13 v2 comes in 8 standard colors plus our Limited Edition Believer Green (which is only available on Kickstarter and will NEVER be resold). The standard colors are; Matte Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Space Gray, Gun Metal Grey, Champagne and Pink. As we are still in the prototyping stage, product shots aren’t available for all the colors but they will be very close to those represented on our Kickstarter page.

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  • Visit the AL13 v2 project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.

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  • Visit the AL13 v2 project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” To change your reward, make a new selection. Note that changing your reward selection does not automatically change your pledge amount.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    5 backers

    Thank you for believing in AL13 v2.
    Every dollar counts! Your pledge means we're one step closer to getting Al13 v2 to market. Join us and follow our team as we make AL13 v2 a reality. You're one of us! You're a believer now!

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    Pledge $24 or more

    5 backers

    mPact Glass iPhone 5 and 5S ONLY - Thank you for helping us to make this project a reality. You will receive our mPact Glass Screen Protection for iPhone 5 & 5S. BIG THANK YOU. Retail Value $ 30

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    Pledge $24 or more

    1 backer

    mPact Glass iPhone 5C ONLY - Thank you for helping us to make this project a reality. You will receive our mPact Glass Screen Protection for iPhone 5C. BIG THANK YOU. Retail Value $ 30

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    Pledge $39 or more

    330 backers All gone!

    AL13 v2 + FREE mPact Glass - EARLY ADOPTER!!! Your support is what will make this project a reality. As one of our first 150 backers, you get ONE AL13 v2 for iPhone 5 & 5S in any of our standard colors, plus a complimentary screen protection upgrade to our tough mPact Glass along with front and back PET film protectors. BIG THANK YOU for your support. (FREE Shipping USA) Retail Value $108

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    Pledge $45 or more

    300 backers All gone!

    AL13 v2 - EARLY ADOPTER!!! Your support is what will make this project a reality. As one of our first 300 backers, you will get ONE AL13 v2 for iPhone 5 & 5S in any of our standard colors, plus our anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and anti-glare PET screen protector and for the back a protective film to protect your phone from coins and keys when in your pocket or purse. BIG THANK YOU for your support. (FREE Shipping USA) Retail Value$ 79

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    19 backers

    AL13 v2 - You’re a believer! And we love you for it! Our believers will get ONE AL13 v2 for iPhone 5 & 5S in any of our standard colors, plus our anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and anti-glare PET screen protector and for the back a protective film to protect your phone from coins and keys when in your pocket or purse. BIG THANK YOU for your support. (FREE Shipping USA) Retail Value $79

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    Pledge $65 or more

    42 backers Limited (258 left of 300)

    AL13 v2 KS Edition - LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER GREEN for iPhone 5 & 5s! We're offering AL13 in a special Kickstarter Green Limited Edition for the iPhone 5 & 5s. This is ONLY for Kickstarter backers. When they go, that's it! No more will be produced. EVER! Owning one of these special KS Editions is proof that you were there with us from the beginning. A true believer, you gave us our start. Thank you. Limited Edition Kickstarter Green will never be retailed. (FREE Shipping USA)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $79 or more

    26 backers

    AL13 v2 + mPact Glass - ONE AL13 v2 for iPhone 5 & 5S in any of our standard colors, front and back PET film protectors plus upgraded screen protection with our tough mPact Glass. THANK YOU for your support. (FREE Shipping USA) Retail Value $108

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    Pledge $89 or more

    34 backers Limited (116 left of 150)

    AL13 v2 + mPact Glass - LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER GREEN for iPhone 5 & 5S plus mPact Glass! We're offering AL13 v2 in a special Kickstarter Green Limited Edition for the iPhone 5 and 5s. This color is a Kickstarter exclusive and will NEVER be retailed. Plus upgrade your screen protection with our tough mPact Glass. Owning one of these special green editions is proof that you were there with us from the beginning. A true believer, you gave us our start. Thank you. Limited Edition Kickstarter Green will never be retailed (FREE Shipping USA)

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    Pledge $99 or more

    54 backers

    Future Proof Pack AL13 v2 + AL13 v3 - AL13 v2 for iPhone 5 & 5s PLUS AL13 v3 for iPhone 6 in any of our 8 standard colors, plus our anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and anti-glare PET screen protector for the front and for the back, a film to protect your phone from coins and keys when in your pocket or purse. BIG THANK YOU for your support. (FREE Shipping USA) International backers add $15 shipping fee. Estimated delivery for AL13 v3 will be December 2014 and will ship at no additional cost. Retail value $158

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    Pledge $109 or more

    23 backers

    Future Proof Pack AL13 v2 + AL13 v3 - LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER GREEN: AL13 v2 KS Edition for iPhone 5 & 5s PLUS AL13 v3 for iPhone 6 KS Edition both in Kickstarter Green. Pledge includes our anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and anti-glare PET screen protector for the front and a back film to protect your phone from coins and keys when in your pocket or purse. (FREE Shipping USA) International backers add $15 shipping fee. Estimated delivery for AL13 v3 will be December 2014 and will ship at no additional cost. This offer is ONLY for Kickstarter backers will NEVER be retailed.

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Funding period

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