Ha! Yeah, about that - its funny what you learn once you launch a product and company to a national crowd. What we learned VERY fast is that no one could pronounce "FlameStower" when we introduced ourselves: "Flames Tower?" "Flame thrower?" "Fla..what? Framesgoer?" So we started calling ourselves Stower, and we liked it so much we adopted it.
We ship anywhere and everywhere – in our first campaign for the Fire Charger we shipped to over twenty countries. Reward pricing includes free shipping to the USA, and additional fees are added for international shipments and calculated by weight.
Yes, but there are two important factors to keep in mind: height of the flame and size of the wick. The Candle Charger is optimized for a specific type of candle – which we’ll ship with your units and sell in the same stores we sell the Candle Charger – so while the power might not be as high with other candles they will generate some power.
Yes. Water needs to be refilled during long-term operation – we recommend filling the water bath at least every 30 minutes. For sterilizing water, water can be boiled and replaced every 10 minutes – this will also result in greater average power output.
The Candle Charger can charge any USB device that accepts 500 mA. This includes all smartphones, sat phones, tablets, flashlights, digital cameras, and most other small USB devices. The Candle Charger does not charge laptops or other large USB devices (many require a current greater than 2A, equivalent to 10 W).
Depends on the phone and the battery. During normal operation, the Candle Charger delivers a stead 500 mA at 5V. If your battery capacity is 1500 mAh, your phone will be fully charged in 1500 mAh/500 mA = 3 hours. Some common phones:
• iPhone 4: 1420 mAh, or 2.8 hr charge
• iPhone 5: ~1500 mAh (depends on version), or 3 hr charge
• iPhone 6: 1810 mAh, or 3.6 hr charge
• Samsung 6: 2550 mAh, or 5.1 hr charge
In some phones, internal circuitry limits the rate of charge. For example, in some iPhones tested the accepted current is limited to 450 mA. This will have a small impact on the charge time.
Yes. We provide a handle for safe handling during operation and all our materials are nontoxic, including the candle. During normal operating the water in the water bath will boil, releasing steam. While it can be odd to see water boiling on a kitchen or living room table, the device is working normally and no different than a small pot of boiling water. Our candles are the same as used by caterers for indoor use.
Nope - mobile services have backup generators in the event of a power outage (we heard from one of our supporters that the FCC requires at least 8 hours of backup power for cell sites - still verifying that). However, during emergency situations the bandwidth dedicated to emergency response significantly increases, meaning our phones need to search harder for available service - increasing the need for a reliable power source!
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