About this project
LumoPack is a reliable, fast-charging, portable battery pack.
Charge LumoPack at 140 Watts for six minutes to store enough power to give your iPhone 6 a full charge!
LumoPack was designed to be a simple product, reducing the noise that is often magnified by competitors looking to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
Portable electronics (i.e. smartphones) have gotten exponentially better with each passing year. Successive generations feature better CPUs, cameras, screens, and cellular signals, which all place an increasing strain on the battery.
The development of batteries has not kept pace with our portable electronics. This led to an increased demand for battery packs. However there is a problem within the battery market.
Too often, battery packs differentiate themselves through their PACK (form, style, and gimmicks), instead of the actual BATTERY. Lyte has focused on what matters most—the science of the battery cell.
To make all this happen, Lyte has combined forces with Nivo Systems and incorporated Nivo’s groundbreaking Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) technology into LumoPack.
Applying Nivo’s MOF material into LumoPack has brought 3 major improvements:
Accelerated Charge Times: Detach from the wall and stay on-the-go.
LumoPack can be charged at 140 watts–that’s 14-28 times more than standard battery packs (5-10 watts).
As a result, after just 6 minutes of charging, LumoPack stores enough power for a full iPhone 6 charge, and after 9 minutes, enough power for a Samsung Galaxy S6. LumoPack’s battery only needs 30 minutes for a full charge (6000 mAh).
Battery packs today that offer higher charging power over industry standards, do so at the expense of cycle life, which can drop as low as 50-100 cycles.
In contrast, the LumoPack battery cell allows it to sustain high charging speeds without risking cycle life. Not only does the LumoPack charge at a high wattage, but it also extends the Battery Cycle Life!*
*Battery Cycle Life refers to the number of complete charges & discharges before the battery falls below 80% of original storage capacity.
Extended Cycle Life: LumoPack is a longer lasting product.
Ever wonder why your old laptop or phone dies soon after it’s charged up to 100%? It’s because you’ve used up your cycle life.
The standard batteries today last about 300 cycles, with most leaders in the industry maxing out at 500 cycles. However, this number is only at its most ideal conditions, which is usually never the case.
In comparison, even with faster charging, the LumoPack can sustain 1000 charge cycles, that’s 2-3 times the industry standard today!
Battery Coating: Battery bulging? Catching on fire? EXPLODING?
Not with LumoPack!
As time passes, Lithium-ion battery cells degrade, which in turn leaves space in the cell for unwanted gases, such as oxygen, to enter. This is what can cause your batteries to bulge, catch on fire, or even explode.
MOF technology coats and protects LumoPack’s battery cell, thus significantly reducing these risks.
Did you know? — large lithium-ion battery packs are starting to be banned globally on flights due to these safety risks.
Have some fun with LumoPack's 3D model below:
Compared to most conventional battery packs, which only offer one way of charging (usually through a micro USB port), LumoPack comes with three different charging methods to maximize convenience for all your charging scenarios.
The three types include: Micro USB Charger, Car Charger, and Wall Charger.
The Micro USB Charger is the standard way of charging most battery packs on the market today. This method charges LumoPack at 10W (5V x 2A). This is convenient if you want to charge LumoPack through your computer. It can also be used as a back-up charger to carry with you.
The Car Charger is made for your on-the go needs. Whether you are traveling in a cab, bus, or your own vehicle, the Car Charger offers an extremely portable method for you to charge LumoPack at its full 140W capability.
The LumoPack Wall Charger is designed to charge LumoPack at 140W. However, the Wall Charger is significantly bigger than both chargers above because it needs to pull a high 140W current from the wall.
Power adapters have always given us the feeling of carrying around a brick, in a manner of speaking. Imagine a laptop charger that needs power ranging anywhere from 45W~85W or more (i.e. MacBook Pro 15” - 85W). Now, imagine if it offered 140 watts of power. The size of the power adapters are relative to the amount of output wattage.
140W adapters on the market today are very large. We have continually searched for the best 140W wall chargers available, however, due to the unpopularity of 140W chargers, there hasn’t been much development to them and they remain relatively big in size. This leads us to presenting our Extended Goal.
As you all know, Lyte is a new company, and we are at the early stages of this startup. Our focus of development have been on the battery pack itself. Reducing the size of the power adapter has always been in our pipeline, but to make it happen, we would need to raise much more than $50,000.
Power adapters are not cheap (i.e. - 60W Apple MagSafe for a 13 in. Macbook Pro retails for $79.00). To be perfectly honest, the manufacturing price we’ve found for our original 140W power adapter ranged from $10-$25 dollars.
However, after seeing the amazing support from our wonderful Backers, letting us reach $70,000, we’ve been reaching out to power adapter manufacturers and engineers 24/7 to find a way of developing a new power adapter unique for LumoPack. After countless hours of searching over the past couple of weeks, we found a way to make this happen.
With an extended goal of $100,000, we will have the financial capability to R&D, design, mold, produce, and deliver a new power adapter that will be significantly smaller! As of right now, we are averaging a size of about 80x80x25mm (3.15in x 3.15in x 0.98), which offers an amazing ratio of wattage per cubic inch. That is an approximate 60% decrease in size from the original power adapter.
By reaching this extended goal, all Backers will receive the newly developed power adapter with no additional cost! So, don’t worry about having to pay extra or having to buy another reward.
Thank you to everyone for believing in us. Let’s make this extended goal a reality.
LumoPack batteries are coated with a special material developed by Nivo Systems, Inc. known as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF). MOF represent an emerging class of materials that have attracted extensive interest because of their tunable porosities and versatile functionalities.
Nivo has developed a special combination of materials that can enhance a Lithium-ion battery’s capacity, power, and longevity. Nivo’s MOF material used in the LumoPack focuses on the LiCoO2 cathode. The material is used for an advanced form of coating and doping in order to enhance the stability and performance in Lithium-ion batteries.
This advanced coating works as a protective and scavenging layer, which results in significant fast charging capabilities and increased cycle performance.
Comparing MOF with Leading Li-ion
Dr. Wang, Co-Founder and CTO of Nivo Systems, is the scientist behind Nivo’s MOF materials. His career as a scientist began under Dr. Omar M. Yaghi — the Inventor of MOF.
Although many events led to Dr. Wang becoming the successful scientist that he is today, the biggest turning point was when he received inspirational insight from Dr. Yaghi. Dr. Yaghi pointed out that as a theory in science, Dr. Wang’s work can only impact those who understand it, but as a man who gets his science to the masses, he can change the world. After Dr. Wang mastered the theories of MOF technology under Dr. Yaghi, he set out to create his own variations of MOF that could be applicable to everyday lives.
Determined to commercialize technology for the common good, Dr. Wang became the youngest tenured professor in the history of the Beijing Institute of Technology. Much of his research and work has been adopted by companies and governments across several of industries. Currently, his central work is the improvement of Lithium-ion batteries.
Dr. Wang believes that his work can be used to benefit the world, which is why he founded Nivo Systems with two notable entrepreneurs from the United States: Dr. David Choi and Phillip Czernin. Dr. Wang developed MOF for the LiCoO2 cathode to enhance Lithium-ion batteries (the technology in Lyte’s LumoPack), but such an application is merely just the beginning. His current developments include enhancing the Silicon anode and Li-Sulfur cathode, in hopes to further revolutionize battery technology.
In early 2014, Lyte Systems was founded by Gordon and Neiv through Loyola Marymount University’s incubator program. These two entrepreneurs were frustrated with wasting time being stuck to a wall, waiting for their devices to charge. Together they set out to free users from current battery constraints, thereby making mobile devices truly portable in the progress.
After successfully finishing LMU’s incubator program as the top ranked project, Lyte’s team continued its development of the world’s fastest charging battery pack. Along the way, they joined up with Nivo Systems to utilize its groundbreaking Metal Organic Framework (MOF) technology, and also teamed up with a leading developer and manufacturer of consumer battery packs – Carku Technology.
Lyte’s dream is to not only to create a next-generation battery pack; its larger vision is to remove the time constraints of charging all electronic devices.
By leveraging their new and advanced technologies, as well as their strategic partnerships, Lyte Systems is committed to finding new and innovative ways for us to live a truly mobile lifestyle.
By funding this project, you will be giving us a platform to spread this technology. The benefits of MOF are not limited to battery packs, as it can be implemented into all lithium-ion related products. Not only will your help fund a project that will change our expectations of charging speeds, but you will also allow us to put more resources into furthering the future applications of this technology. In turn, this will allow us to create more innovative, efficient, and fast charging products for everyday life.
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
After completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we plan on discussing any potential changes with all backers. Potential changes may include, but are not limited to: color, added features, and port positions.
With any product, especially one like ours, production is something we are constantly keeping in mind. We have two goals for production that can collide with each other. We want to get you the pack as soon as possible, but also want to make sure it's at the best possible quality. With that in mind, risks arise when we speed up the process.
You never know what might come up with production, but by maintaining close relationships with our manufacturer, we know we’ll get over any humps and hiccups, while keeping you guys informed along the way!
Quality Control Risks:
With production always comes the risk of quality control (QC). Any product on the market is at risk of having QC issues from the manufacturer.
To overcome this, we will be bringing a 3rd party QC in order to ensure that every customer receives a problem-free LumoPack.
A potential risk regarding product fulfillment is from shipping delays, but we assure that all backers will receive their rewards in a timely manner.
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