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Bring that extra battery boost to your smartphone, using just a pair of AA batteries.
Bring that extra battery boost to your smartphone, using just a pair of AA batteries.
Bring that extra battery boost to your smartphone, using just a pair of AA batteries.
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The Nipper - The world's smallest phone charger

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We've reached the £20,000 stretch goal so you can now choose to have a silicone strap in blue, red, black, or white in place of the leather or fabric straps at no extra cost. This strap is rugged, durable, and bold.

The Nipper is a seriously small portable phone charger. It is small enough for you to carry it around wherever you go, doesn’t depend on you remembering to charge it, and it relies on something readily available everywhere: household AA batteries.

The Nipper was primarily designed for emergency use. When all else fails, when all hope is lost - in situations where you desperately need to use your phone but have no access to laptops, electrical sockets, wind turbines or solar panels the Nipper will be there for you.

The Nipper is a tiny 17mm x 17mm x 17mm cube and it weighs just 10g. It’s designed to be small enough to fit perfectly on your keyring, or to fit handily into a pocket or bag. It truly is the world’s smallest phone charger.

It couldn’t be easier. When not in use, the Nipper is always with you: attached to your keyring or in your pocket or bag. When you need to charge your phone, simply open the Nipper, place two AA batteries between the magnets and connect it to your phone.

The Nipper currently works with any phone or other device with a micro-USB connector (Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, etc). We’re also developing a version compatible with the iPhone, so stay tuned.

For a modern smartphone, the Nipper will give an extra 10% battery capacity in 30 minutes, and 20% in just over an hour. This was tested using a HTC one M7 with Duracell Ultra AA batteries. The power output varies depending on the batteries used: with new Duracell batteries we found it gives 500mAh.

The Nipper contains 3 neodynium magnets. They have the double function of holding the batteries together while at the same time making an electrical connection to the Nippers circuit board. This circuit is called a boost converter, it turns the power from the batteries into a 5v power supply to charge your phone.

If we’re making small volumes of Nippers, we’ll 3D print the cases out of high quality nylon, but if demand is high and we have to make a full Nipper army we’re going to injection mold the cases out of polypropylene. The two halves of the Nipper are connected by either fabric or genuine leather straps. The neodynium are nickel plated on the classic Nippers, and gold plated on the premium Nippers.

AA batteries are the most universally recognised and widely sold type of battery. While it doesn’t make sense to rely on AA batteries for daily phone charging, they do come in handy if you’re in an everyday emergency and need that crucial bit of juice.

Doug and Chris - Design on Impulse. A couple of recent graduate product design engineers looking to release the Nipper into the big bad world. We’ve really enjoyed putting all our efforts into this project and with your help we can’t wait to see where it goes next.

Thank you so much for supporting our project, please spread the word about it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

nippercharger.com

@nippercharger

facebook.com/nippercharger

We would like to say a big thank you to those who have supported us along the way:

Big up to Direct Line and Makerversity who have been believing in the Nipper since day 1, and immense thanks to Tracey, Paul, Ursula, Oscar, Peter, Matt, Nick, Luke, Charlie, Marco, Juliana, Roland, Rich, Hugo, Digits2Widgets, 4D Model Shop, GTC Europe, and all our family and friends!

Risks and challenges

We have been working non-stop the for last 4 months developing this product and we feel that the amount we are trying to raise is realistic with what is needed for fulfilling the project. We know that the Kickstarter journey is a long one and that there might be several surprises along the way - including strikes on the London underground, foul weather, or maybe even (shock!) our phones running out of battery. If we encounter anything that might affect the product, its development, and/or shipping date, we will make sure to notify you about it with frequent updates. This project is our #1 priority and we will do everything we can to bring the Nipper to its full potential.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.55

    --- Liberate the Nippers! ---
    Play your part in setting them free and letting them loose on the world. We'll be eternally grateful. Forever.

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    --- First in Line ---
    Want a Nipper for the iPhone? Help us by pledging to be the first in line for an iPhone version of the Nipper.

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    --- Nipper Stickers ---
    Thank you so much for supporting our project! We will send you 3 cool stickers to put on your phone, laptop, bike ... Stick them everywhere!

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    --- Early Bird Classic Nipper ---
    Be the first to get the classic Nipper and never get caught short of charge again. Hurry up, only 50 of them at this reduced price! Choose the case in either white (with white or blue strap) or black (with red or black strap).

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    --- The Classic Nipper ---
    Get your very own Nipper and never have a flat battery again. Choose the case in either white (with blue or white strap) or black (with red or black strap).

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    --- Premium Early bird ---
    Choose a Premium Nipper, each with a leather strap and gold-plated magnets. Hurry up, only 50 of them at this reduced price!
    Choose the case in white with a brown leather strap or black with a black leather strap.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    --- Premium Nipper ---
    Choose from the following Nippers, each with gold-plated magnets!

    White with a brown leather strap
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    --- Combo Classic Nipper---
    Double Up: Get a Nipper for you and a friend.
    (Choose any two of the Classic Nippers)

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    Pledge £35 or more About $54

    --- Combo Premium Nipper---
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    Pledge £54 or more About $84

    --- The Family Pack ---
    Get a family of four! Any two premium Nippers plus any two of the classic Nippers.

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    --- Custom Nipper ---
    Get your very own Premium Nipper with your name embossed on the leather strap!

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    Pledge £120 or more About $186

    ---Too many Classic Nippers to handle!---
    If you're a serious Nipper lover you can back this reward to receive 10 classic Nippers in any of the colour combinations we offer. We'll also throw some stickers in too for good measure!

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    ---5 of this, 5 of that---
    Couldn't decide which Nippers to get? If you back this reward you can choose any 5 Classic Nipper and any 5 Premium Nippers, plus we'll send a pack of stickers to you on top!

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    Pledge £160 or more About $248

    ---Too many Premium Nippers to handle!---
    If you're a die-hard Nipper fan you can back this reward to receive 10 Premium Nippers in any of the colour combinations we offer. We'll post you some Nipper stickers too as an added bonus!

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