Frequently Asked Questions
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We designed ECLIPSE to be your go-to charging station for the devices you charge on a daily basis. After some market research, we realized that the average person owns 6 devices, but only charges 2 or 3 devices on a daily basis.
By going with 3 USB ports instead of 4 or 5, ECLIPSE covers a large portion of everyday users and remains small enough to be unobtrusive and work well in an environment like your nightstand. Our aim is to take something that no one likes to look at or deal with, a power strip and a mess of cables on the floor, and turn it into a useful design object you're happy to show on your nightstand, in your living room, or office.
You could always go with multiple ECLIPSEs to cover your personal charging needs :)Last updated:
Cables are wound in and out of ECLIPSE manually. Have you ever wrapped your headphones around your iPod or phone? Wrapping cables back into ECLIPSE is a very similar and familiar motion.
We did have quite a few discussions in the initial design phases about adding a spring-loaded rolling/unrolling mechanism, but those components are unreliable and often break, leaving you with a useless product. We want people to be able to use ECLIPSE for as long as possible!Last updated:
Although not specifically designed for charging USB-C-powered laptops, ECLIPSE will be able to give a full 15W to a USB-C powered computer.
For a 29W MacBook 12", for example, this means that it would charge at about half the speed compared to a 29W charger. That's fine if you're charging overnight, or constantly plugged in while you work, but in terms of a power source for a high-wattage device like a USB-C computer while it's in heavy use, ECLIPSE wasn't designed for that - it was designed for neat and tangle-free charging for everyday devices like your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, action camera, etc.
Regarding the recently announced MacBook Pro, from our initial estimates, ECLIPSE will not have enough power to charge the computer while it's in use. If you’re using ECLIPSE to charge your MacBook Pro overnight, you just have to keep in mind that it will charge slower than with the power brick included with the MacBook Pro.
For MacBook Pro 13" with a 61W power source, ECLIPSE will charge at about 25% speed compared to the included power brick. For MacBook Pro 15" with a 87W power source, ECLIPSE will charge at about 17% speed compared to the included power brick.Last updated:
ECLIPSE itself does not have a wireless charging coil inside, but it can definitely power wireless charging pads that are USB-A or USB-C powered.
We have been waiting for wireless charging to become the norm for years now, but the reality is, we're still very much in the cable era. Current technologies require a charging mat or puck that still needs a USB cable to be plugged into a power source. The charging speed is slower, and you can't comfortably use your mobile device while it charges because it needs direct contact with the mat.
Furthermore, there are different standards competing with each other (Qi, PMA, etc.) making this market still really niche. We decided that it was not worth increasing the total price and size of ECLIPSE by adding a wireless charging coil that would only benefit a limited number of users. However, ECLIPSE works with most wireless charging devices. Its flat wooden top will be the perfect support for any charging mat.Last updated:
ECLIPSE will have worldwide safety certifications (FCC, CE, etc.), along with over-voltage protection, over-current protection, and short-circuit protection.Last updated:
We did consider making the power cable removable, but the internal components that were required made the product bigger than what you see today. We also would have had to remove the transformer from within the unit to on the power cable itself.
There is a cable "belt" that is included on the power cord itself which helps keep that cable neat as well. You'll see it if you look closely in the video! We haven't gotten into much detail about it yet, but we'll have more to share about the "belt" itself during the campaign.Last updated:
Step 1: Twist the top of the ECLIPSE unit and remove it - you are now greeted with the 3 USB ports at the base of ECLIPSE.
Step 2: Plug in all three of your USB Cables at the base
Step 3: Take the top and twist it back onto ECLIPSE's base.
Step 4: Feed the three cables into ECLIPSE's "fishbone" cable management structure, which is incorporated in the top. Wrap them up. (Each cable will be in their own channel)
Step 5: Tuck in the connector heads into ECLIPSE's cable management system, and you're good to close the unit.
ECLIPSE was designed for the cables you use the most, as a semi-permanent charging station. In order to unplug the USBs, you will need to unwind the three cables out of the "fishbone" structure that keeps the cables neat and organized so that you can access the 3 USB ports at the base.Last updated:
ECLIPSE is compatible with the Apple Watch charging puck, but the puck itself will not fit inside the ECLIPSE unit (increasing the dimensions to allow for this would make the product a lot taller). That being said, you can leave just a few inches of cable out and leave the charging puck on top of the ECLIPSE's wooden top. It actually makes for a nice docking station!Last updated:
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