About this project
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
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.
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 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.
*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
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.
The simple, no-screw installation makes it easy to install or remove when you need to.
Anodized finish in eight colors, made to perfectly match your style and the look of your iPhone.
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.
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
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.
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
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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
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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