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$2,469
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 20 2014

About

1. ULTRA-FAST CHARGING
The amazing INOVA | 8 battery case charges up to 20x faster than any battery case currently on the market. If you are on the run and have only a minute, you can charge your INOVA | 8 case for 1 minute and gain about 1 hour of typical smartphone usage. And if you have 8 minutes, you get 8 hours of smartphone usage. 

Charge time required to achieve 8 hours of usage time
Charge time required to achieve 8 hours of usage time

With the INOVA | 8, you will never have to worry about running out of power again. Don't let a dead battery disrupt your work or ruin your fun. Enjoy using apps, browsing, talking, listening to music, watching videos, playing games and working with the complete freedom of knowing that a full charge is only a few minutes away. 

2. ADDS 8 HOURS OF USAGE TIME 
The ultra-fast INOVA | 8's powerful 1800 mAh battery will give you 8 or more hours of typical smartphone use with an 8 minute charge. More time, more fun!

3. NO MORE PESKY USB PORTS
Two of the most common complaints from users of typical battery cases are that the USB port at the bottom of the case is fragile and that the USB connections are constantly breaking down. 

We solve those problems by replacing the USB charging cable with a 3.5 mm power jack which fits snuggly into the power port on the top of the battery case (shown above). With the INOVA | 8, you are able to easily charge your smartphone without ever having to worry about those undependable USB connections again.

4. UNOBSTRUCTED SPEAKER PORTS 
Unlike most battery cases, the INOVA | 8's sleek and innovative design does not block high quality sound emanating from the smartphone's speakers. Listen to your favorite music the way it was meant to be heard. 

5. THE CASE STANDS ON ITS SIDE FOR HANDS-FREE VIEWING
The INOVA | 8 case is beautifully designed to stand firmly on its side. Now you can watch your videos on the fly with comfort and ease.

View of the INOVA | 8 standing on its side
View of the INOVA | 8 standing on its side

6. HIGH GRADE MATERIALS, SUPERIOR PROTECTION
The INOVA | 8 uses the same time tested polymers as those used on smartphones themselves, protecting your smartphone with impact resistant strength from materials of the highest quality. If dropped, the force of impact is distributed along the bottom ellipse (like the supporting arches of a bridge) and not directly into your phone. 

Force distribution on INOVA | 8 and common battery case
Force distribution on INOVA | 8 and common battery case

7. ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED
The bottom of the ellipse is beveled, allowing your thumb to be closer to the screen for easier reach and navigation of the screen. 

The elliptical design of the INOVA | 8 allows for headphone jacks to be closer to the jack input on your phone, thus allowing you to connect your headphones conveniently to the bottom of your smartphone.

8. EASY IN, EASY OUT
In the INOVA | 8, the tolerances between the case and the smartphone are extremely tight, which allows your smartphone to slide smoothly in and out of the sleek unibody case without sacrificing a snug fit for excellent protection.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

The INOVA | 8 uses a unique and innovative patented (pending) combination of a lithium-polymer battery and an electronic circuit that fit compactly in the back of the battery case. A small 35W power supply is added to this combination, which allows the INOVA | 8 to achieve full charge in minutes instead of hours. 

The video below shows how the INOVA | 8's 3.5 mm power jack is inserted into the charging port on the top of the battery case with a standard car charger. 

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Charge Level Indicator
When the INOVA | 8 battery is charging, the blue LED on the lower left corner of the case blinks. The slower the blink rate, the higher the charge level.  When the battery is at full charge, the lit LED stops blinking. 

Charging Indicator
The charged INOVA | 8 is always powering your smartphone. The charging indicator, that little lightning bolt on your smartphone screen, is lit whenever the INOVA | 8 has power. When the lightning bolt disappears, its time to recharge the INOVA | 8.

Battery Life
The INOVA | 8 lasts for around 500 charge cycles. The INOVA | 8 battery is always charged and discharged first before your smartphone, which means that your smartphone battery is protected from frequent full charge/discharge cycles thus extending its lifetime.  

Safety Features
The INOVA | 8 has certain built-in safety features in order to protect both your smartphone battery and the INOVA | 8 from electrical damage. Some of these safety features are: 

Overheating Protection
During the 8-minute charging cycles, the battery does not become warm. The temperature hardly changes at all. To add another layer of safety, we have incorporated designs in the circuitry that will shut off the charging process at any unsafe temperatures.

Wrong Power Supply Protection
Any power supply over 35W, even 1000W, will still charge the INOVA | 8 battery 20x faster than typical battery cases and will not damage the circuit. 

Photos of the INOVA | 8 are 3D printed models. Actual cases will be made of high quality polymers.
Photos of the INOVA | 8 are 3D printed models. Actual cases will be made of high quality polymers.

Included with the INOVA | 8:

  • 35 Watt power supply with 3.5 mm coaxial jack*
  • 12 Volt standard car charger with 3.5 mm coaxial jack
  • Headphone extension jack
  • Instruction manual
The INOVA | 8 comes with two power supplies
The INOVA | 8 comes with two power supplies

Model and color options will be chosen via emailed survey at the end of the 

*If you are outside of the United States, your INOVA | 8 will come with a power supply that is standard for your country. 


THE INOVA TEAM

INOVA brings together a team of experts whose diverse skills and experience perfectly complement one another.  We are thrilled to be working on this truly revolutionary smartphone case, one that - through its unique use of converging technologies - recharges dramatically faster than any other case on the market.  We believe that the INOVA | 8 will alter forever the mobile experience of everyone who depends on the smartphone for business, information and communication.  Please see a bit more about the INOVA team on our web site at www.powermymobile.com.

THE INOVA | 8 PROJECT

The photos and video below show show testing and proof of concept for the revolutionary INOVA | 8 device. 

Electrical engineer testing an INOVA | 8 electronic circuit in 3D printed shell
Electrical engineer testing an INOVA | 8 electronic circuit in 3D printed shell
INOVA | 8 electronics work area
INOVA | 8 electronics work area


Proof of Concept Video
The video below is the proof of concept battery case prototype that we used to verify that the battery/circuit combination could charge an 1800 mAh battery to a charge level that would provide 8 hours of typical use in about 8 minutes. This allowed us to move forward to the next phase of our project development.  

In the video the circuit is located under the iPhone and the iPhone shows the timer that is started at the same time as the timer on the charging device. The battery, which has a charge rate "C" value large enough to provide 8 hours of typical usage in about 8 minutes, has a capacity of 1800 mAh. The time in the video is condensed from 8 minutes to two minutes. The nominal voltage of the battery is 3.1V. The battery is fully charged at 4.2V. The yellow LED strip indicates the voltage between 3.1V (min) and 4.2V (max). 

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Certifications

INOVA has Apple MFI Developer certification already approved and we are currently working on getting MFI Manufacturer approval. All preparations have been undertaken to receive UL, CE, Apple (MFi), and other regional certifications as presented in our timeline. Other than UL, CE, Apple (MFi) and other regional certifications, INOVA battery cases were designed and engineered to comply with the Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Drop Test. Considerations given to those standards in our designs make our cases less sensitive to impact and thus should minimize or eliminate any damage under conditions as specified in those standards. Actual tests will commence with pre-production run products starting in April 2015. 

PROJECT TIMELINE

We are eager to bring the INOVA | 8 to market as soon as possible. The entire production process has been mapped out. As experienced industrial and design engineers, we can ensure the highest levels of quality in design, testing, and manufacturing, and maintaining complete control over the entire production process. We are halfway there! See our timeline below for details.

 

Risks and challenges

As seasoned engineers and entrepreneurs, we know that every new product introduction faces risks. The unique risks associated with the INOVA | 8 are that technology in this area is changing fast. You can be sure that a lot of new fast-charging technology will be coming out in the future, though (we are confident) nothing as revolutionary as the
INOVA | 8.

Alongside these competitive risks, there are manufacturing risks. Thus, as experienced engineers, we have created our own facility to manufacture the INOVA | 8, which allows us total control over the production process, and which ensures that the INOVA | 8 is produced with our full and undivided attention. We are not just one of many customers to an outsourcing company; we are doing the work ourselves.

We are proud to report that we have already been certified as an Apple MFI developer, and we are in the process of being certified as an Apple MFI manufacturer.

In addition to competitive and manufacturing risks, there are also risks associated with testing. With this in mind, we have designed and built, specifically for this product, our own testing system. In order to ensure that the battery that was custom designed for the INOVA | 8 is absolutely able to withstand high power levels at many cycles, we have put our battery through repetitive fast charging cycles. As a result of these rigorous testing procedures, we are fully confident that our batteries will perform at promised power levels and charging rates.

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