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A cordless, automatic, self-heating lunchbox. Pack your food, set a meal time, and enjoy hot food anywhere you are.
Successfully funded, and shipping in late May 2019!
A cordless, automatic, self-heating lunchbox. Pack your food, set a meal time, and enjoy hot food anywhere you are. Successfully funded, and shipping in late May 2019!
225 backers pledged $35,404 to help bring this project to life.

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LunchEAZE: The Self-Heating Lunchbox

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LunchEAZE: The Cordless, Automatic, Self-Heated Lunchbox.

Rethink your meals with LunchEAZE. (Available in 36 Color Combinations!)
Rethink your meals with LunchEAZE. (Available in 36 Color Combinations!)

Rethink the way you bring meals to work, school, or on the go.

LunchEAZE is a completely cordless, self-heated lunchbox that automatically heats your food anywhere you are, according to your schedule.  

  • Pack your food in the removable food container. Even frozen meals will heat up just fine.
  • Use the mobile app to input a meal time (or skip the app and use the on-device buttons)
  • Forget about it, LunchEAZE will automatically heat your food, and it'll be ready when your mealtime comes around. No cords, no hassle.  

Leave LunchEAZE in your desk, backpack, car, truck, or locker-- It's powered with an internal battery pack, and will heat your food up no matter where you are. 

It comes with a custom fitted insulated bag, with a separate compartment for drinks, fruits, utensils, etc. The bag is designed specifically to help LunchEAZE retain and maximize its heat, and keeps the second compartment insulated. 

The best part? We're well into this project, and almost ready for production. But, we NEED your help to fund the molds, equipment, certifications, and materials for the first batch to get the ball rolling. Design is done, testing is done, now its time for production. Also, we've got prototypes in all our videos and photos, we tried to get them as close to the real thing a possible, and the final models will have a bit more polish!

We'll be updating this campaign throughout the month to post pictures of new parts as they come in!

Completely Cordless and Truly Portable | Hot Food Anywhere
Completely Cordless and Truly Portable | Hot Food Anywhere

Hassle Free Heating- but how does it work?  

The key feature of LunchEAZE is the automatic self-heating. You tell LunchEAZE when you'd like to eat, and it'll have your food hot and ready by then, automatically. No cords, no hassle, just hot food- anywhere, anytime.

LunchEAZE is programmed to auto-start heating your food 2 hours before your inputted meal time. That gives it enough time to ensure even frozen foods reach maximum temperatures (typically around 160°F-175°F).

It doesn't heat fast, but it starts automatically- it's like a portable slow cooker. Set your meal time when you pack your food, and LunchEAZE will take care of the rest. 

We've designed a proprietary heating and control system inside LunchEAZE that enables us to generate high heat for extended periods of time efficiently. It doesn't use any microwaves, chemicals, or any materials that can leech gasses or other harmful emissions. Everything is BPA free and lead free, even the internal components that didn't need to be. 

 We know batteries can be scary sometimes, which is why we went with Lithium Ion, not the more volatile Lithium Polymer, and our battery packs and chargers are UL certified for safety.

Full Feature List
Full Feature List

See how easy using LunchEAZE is:

Step 1: Load and Latch your meal.

LunchEAZE features removable food containers, to make preparing and packing your meals a breeze. It's stainless steel, BPA free, and dishwasher safe. We'll sell these separately too, so you can pre-pack your meals in advance (#MealPrepSunday anybody?).

Even frozen meals can be dropped right in, and they'll come out hot and ready. For best results though, we do recommend packing frozen meals with an hour or two to defrost, and to use the included insulated bag!

Load, Latch, and Go. Even works with frozen foods.
Load, Latch, and Go. Even works with frozen foods.
Meal Prep Friendly, With all BPA-Free Materials
Meal Prep Friendly, With all BPA-Free Materials

Step 2: Input a meal time.

Use the LunchEAZE app (or, skip the app and use the buttons on the device manually), and set up a meal time. Tell your LunchEAZE when you'd like to eat, and it will automatically start heating 2 hours earlier than your mealtime. 

This ensures that LunchEAZE heats any type of food up sufficiently. Different foods heat up at different speeds, but those differences become less significant over time, so we went with a 2 hour slow-cooker approach. By the time you're ready to eat, your food will be hot and ready. 

The app will be available on Android and iOS, and requires a phone with Bluetooth 4.0 (if you've got any phone made after 2011, you're probably good).

Tell LunchEAZE when you'd like to eat, and it'll take care of the rest.
Tell LunchEAZE when you'd like to eat, and it'll take care of the rest.
Use the app OR the manual buttons on the device itself.
Use the app OR the manual buttons on the device itself.

Step 3: Forget About It.

LunchEAZE will take care of your food for you, automatically. Leave it in your bag, desk, locker, car or truck, and LunchEAZE will heat up according to the meal time you inputted.

LunchEAZE goes where you go, and heats up anywhere.
LunchEAZE goes where you go, and heats up anywhere.

How hot will your food be getting in that time? Check out the data: 

In the 2 hours prior to lunchtime, LunchEAZE is hard at work getting your food ready.
In the 2 hours prior to lunchtime, LunchEAZE is hard at work getting your food ready.

This is an average of a couple different types of food (pastas, rice and meat, soups), collected while LunchEAZE is in the included insulated bag. The insulated bag usually adds about 10°F to most foods.

Step 4: Eat at your own pace

LunchEAZE continues heating your food for an additional 30 minutes while you eat it. No matter how slow you enjoy your food, it'll stay hot to the last bite.

Hot food over cold seas, miles from a microwave or an outlet.
Hot food over cold seas, miles from a microwave or an outlet.

It's got 2.5 hours of battery life. That's enough for one meal to be automatically heated, and about 30 minutes of additional heating time to keep food hot while you enjoy it. Charge the battery with the included DC wall charger (takes about 5.5 hours to reach a full charge). 

Our Lithium Ion Battery is UN38.3 Certified for safe transport and shipping, and UL2054 certified to ensure safe operation.

See here for full specifications.

How is LunchEAZE different?

Cordless | Intelligent | Colorful

1) We're the only cordless heated lunchbox out there. We don't believe something qualifies as a "lunchbox" if it needs to be plugged in. LunchEAZE truly enables you to eat a hot meal anywhere you are. 

2) LunchEAZE is the only heated lunchbox (including the plug-in varieties) that automatically starts to heat your food up according to a schedule. You don't need to come by and press "start" a few hours before lunch, just set it and forget it with LunchEAZE. It's got built-in temperature sensors, and features automatic overheat responses for safety when unattended.

3)LunchEAZE comes in 36 different color combinations! That's 6 different base colors, and 6 different lid colors. With the app, you can even customize the on-screen name and message. 

Every LunchEAZE comes with a custom-fitted insulated bag. Check out Campaign Update #2 for details!
Every LunchEAZE comes with a custom-fitted insulated bag. Check out Campaign Update #2 for details!

Customization Options:

The LunchEAZE App gives you full control and monitoring of the device. It even gives you the ability to customize your LunchEAZE with a personalized name or message to appear on screen. Leave a personal message, like "Mom loves you", or your phone number.

Use the app to customize the name and message that appears on screen
Use the app to customize the name and message that appears on screen

We wanted to make sure everyone would love their LunchEAZE, so we created 36 different color combinations. The base comes in 6 colors, and the lid comes in a different 6 colors.

Explore the color options with our product builder

Comes in 36 Different Color Combinations
Comes in 36 Different Color Combinations

Where We Are Today:

LunchEAZE is on track to launch in Spring 2019! We're aiming to ship in May, and most things look lined up to get that done. The primary things we're waiting on now are the safety certifications and major mold tooling, and then we've got to build your orders. 

The key aspects of design and validation are already complete, and now we're making the final push to launch the production-ready models. We eat our lunches out of prototype models every day!

We've been working since the start of 2018, and took it all one step at a time. Building up from initial prototypes, we've been using our manufacturing experience to design a product that we know can be built and sustained at high volumes. We'll be pushing for our May goal, but if anything comes up, we plan to be open and clear about it. Reach out to me personally at info@luncheaze.com with any questions or concerns. 

LunchEAZE's Year in Development
LunchEAZE's Year in Development
  • Physical/Mechanical Design: Complete!
  • Design Validation and Testing: Complete! 
  • App Development: Complete!
  • App Publishing: Expected in March- finalizing some UI changes
  • Website: Complete! Check it out  
  • Electronic Design: Complete!
  • PCB Prototype Fabrication: Complete!
  • PCB Final Fabrication: Expected March 
  • Plastics Tooling and Equipment: Needs Funding 
  • Material Cost for First Batch: Needs Funding 
  • Safety Certifications: Needs Funding 

Who We Are:

We're a team of engineers that form our company, ReliantEMS Corp, located in Fremont, California. We got our start about 10 years ago, and we've been doing complex manufacturing and engineering consultation services since then. We work with major companies to manufacture all manner of products, from chip testing equipment to medical devices to environmental gas analyzers. We're ISO 9001:2015 certified too!

We specialize in product manufacturing and support, that's what our company does. We know exactly what needs to be done to build devices at production volumes, but we don't have the capital to get this project through the last phases before getting into the hands of consumers. 

Now, we're pivoting towards manufacturing our OWN products. LunchEAZE is our first major consumer project, and we're turning towards the Kickstarter community to help us make this a reality.

Why Kickstarter?

In order to make LunchEAZE take the final step from prototype to production model, we simply need the final capital, and we want to develop a community of users excited about the product, so that we can deliver to your needs. 

Our crowdfunding goal will go towards the tooling of our injection molds to produce the plastic parts, safety testing with national safety labs to meet standards and regulations for consumer products, and the costs of producing the initial batch of products to get the ball rolling. 

Rewards

 EVERY LUNCHEAZE COMES WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • One LunchEAZE base in any color, and one LunchEAZE lid in any color
  • One stainless steel container
  • One charger
  • One battery
  • One insulated carrying bag

This includes LunchEAZE's that are in bundles, like the Family Pack (comes with 4x of everything listed above)

 Please note that the photos you see are prototypes! There are lots of detail improvements in the final versions. Expect photo updates a few days after launch!

After the campaign concludes, all of our backers will receive an email with a coupon code in it. If you use that coupon code AND provide the same email address you used on Kickstarter when checking out, the website will allow you to redeem your LunchEAZE at no charge. 

 (See LunchEAZE.com for detailed information)

Stretch Goals

When we started our campaign, it was already after going through several design iterations of LunchEAZE. We don't believe in launching anything incomplete, so we didn't leave much out to begin with. 

Like an insulated bag? Already included. Stitched logos? Already there. Mobile app? Done. High quality graphic labels with embossed buttons? Yup. 36 color combos at launch? Hell yeah. BPA free everything? You bet. 

But the community had such excellent ideas, we've incorporated them into our stretch goals:

Piece of cake! Were you all backers or bakers?
Piece of cake! Were you all backers or bakers?
Freshness comes first
Freshness comes first
Vroom Vroom
Vroom Vroom
Let's make sporks the new 'thing'
Let's make sporks the new 'thing'
All gold everything?
All gold everything?

Risks and challenges

This is not our first product, but it is our first Kickstarter. We want to be as transparent and clear as possible, and we encourage you to reach out with any questions! Contact info@luncheaze.com

Product manufacturing is not a new task for us. In fact, building complex products in volume is what we specialize in. What we haven't done, however, is mass consumer launches before-- LunchEAZE is our first product with such a wide market (everyone eats, right?). There's some growing pains to deal with there, but we've already accomplished the milestones leading up to that.

We anticipate the first batch will be slower to produce than the future batches, which is why we've limited the numbers of reward packages available to help keep the demand under control.

Our launch date is May, and we're anticipating being able to make that date (this Kickstarter's funding goes mostly towards the initial equipment and materials, and so we'll be able to turn around quickly after the campaign finishes). But, if there's any reason we need to change this launch date, you'll be the first to know! We want to be proud of our first Kickstarter, and so communication is a top priority of ours.

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    Pledge $11 or more About $11

    Stainless Steel Container and Bag

    A thank you for backing-- a stainless steel food container for your LunchEAZE, plus a custom LunchEAZE canvas tote! Container made of 304 Stainless Steel with a Polypropylene Lid, seals tight with a silicone gasket.

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    Super Earlybird LunchEAZE

    (Normally $149.95) Be one of the first 200 backers and get THE LOWEST PRICE! There's 36 color combinations to choose from-- we'll send you a coupon code when the campaign finishes that will let you redeem a LunchEAZE from the website.

    Includes:
    • LunchEAZE (in any color combination)
    • Fitted Insulated Bag
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    Pledge $109 or more About $109

    Earlybird LunchEAZE

    (Normally $149.95) Get one of the first units at a special backer discount! There's 36 color combinations to choose from-- we'll send you a coupon code when the campaign finishes that will let you redeem LunchEAZE from the website.

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    Pledge $119 or more About $119

    Kickstarter Special LunchEAZE

    (Normally $149.95) Didn't act fast enough for the earlybird rewards? You can still get one of the first units at a special backer discount! There's 36 color combinations to choose from-- we'll send you a coupon code when the campaign finishes that will let you redeem LunchEAZE from the website.

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    Pledge $139 or more About $139

    Meal Prep Pack

    One LunchEAZE in any color, with 4 additional containers! Pack your lunches for the whole week with the Meal Prep Pack. You'll receive a coupon code once the campaign completes to redeem your LunchEAZE from the website.

    Includes:
    • LunchEAZE (in any color combination)
    • Stainless Steel Containers
    • Fitted Insulated Bag
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    Pledge $239 or more About $239

    Dual Pack

    A combination of the Meal Prep Pack plus One additional LunchEAZE!

    That's two complete LunchEAZE (each with their bag, charger, battery, container, etc), and 4 additional containers.

    Includes:
    • LunchEAZE (in any color combination)
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    Family Pack

    FOUR LunchEAZEs in any colors! Each one is a complete unit, with its own insulated bag, battery, and charger. Perfect for families, groups of friends, or work teams!

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    • LunchEAZE (in any color combination)
    • Fitted Insulated Bag
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Funding period

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