About this project
After six successful Kickstarter projects, the Power Practical crew is at it again, combining our geeky nature with the desire to create products you can use on a daily basis. The Sparkr and Sparkr mini are unique, multi-functional tools that give you the power to create fire and light wherever your adventures may take you.
The Sparkr has a windproof electric plasma lighter on one end and a flashlight / lantern on the other to make for one essential tool.
Fire Up No Matter The Occassion
Regular ol’ butane lighters are riddled with problems - they don’t work well in the wind or when they’re wet, and they can run out of fuel without any warning. Have no fear, the Sparkr is here. Its high-intensity plasma lighter - which creates an electrical arc, rather than a flame - works in the wind, rain, and snow. The large 3,350 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion cell keeps it sparking for hundreds of uses.
To prevent any unwanted fires, the lighter also has a safety feature that requires you to press the button three times in a row before it will activate. The button is located near the head of the flashlight to keep your fingers away from whatever you're burning.
Two Ways To Light Up
Chances are, if you’re in need of a flame, you might also could use a light. That’s why we decided to combine the plasma lighter with a bright, high-efficiency LED flashlight.
The Sparkr puts up to 150 lumens of light in your hand, allowing you to confidently make your way through the dark. Choose from 3 brightness settings for a light that perfectly meets your needs.
You can attach the translucent plasma lighter cap to the head of the flashlight to transform it into lantern you can hang or hold to evenly light up the space around you.
Charge It On-The-Go
Rather than the traditional flimsy micro USB port covers, we created a simple mechanism to keep your port free of dirt and dust. Just twist the head of the flashlight to reveal the micro USB charging port to easily juice up your Sparkr anywhere.
Long Battery Life
The large 3,350 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery can power the Sparkr’s flashlight for up to 4 hours on high and 16 hours on low. When not in use, the battery can hold its charge for up to a year.
Durable and Ergonomic
The Sparkr was designed to be both a functional flashlight and lighter (for a full list of features, please scroll down to the "Nitty Gritty" section below).
The Body is made of durable anodized aluminum. The lens body has an ergonomically molded thumb grip to ensure comfort when handling. The lighter cap is a quick twist and lock for both covering the plasma lighter and transforming the flashlight into a lantern.
Two Color Options
Sparkr will be available in either the black or silver color schemes. All backers will chose the color of their choice after the campaign ends!
Does your precious pocket space belong to only the most useful and compact of tools? Don’t worry, we thought about you too. If you want a lot of utility in the smallest package possible, the Sparkr mini is for you.
With a familiar shape and interface, it functions much like a traditional flip lighter, but it also has a built-in LED light on the bottom of the case that can be used as a flashlight.
Fire Up In Style
The Sparkr mini offers a classic look with improved function. It’s soft touch plastic provides a premium and durable feel. Plastic casing is ideal for a plasma lighter because it ensures that the plasma doesn’t arc to the case and become unreliable. It also allows the lighter to take a form that will feel good in your hand and your pocket. Safe, simple and sleek - this lighter will be sure to turn a few heads.
A light when you need it most
Never be caught in the dark again. The Sparkr mini is small enough to carry with you wherever you go. Anyone got a light? You do.
An Everyday Carry
The Sparkr mini is compact enough for a pocket but powerful enough to withstand the wind, rain or snow and light up your surroundings. Taking up minimal space in your pocket, purse or pack, this high power plasma lighter and flashlight is ready whenever you need it. No more worrying about running out of fuel - just charge it up while you sleep and you’re set for a few days.
Over the years, we have dabbled in many geeky side projects. One of which really sparked the imagination of our team: building a 6ft. tall Tesla Coil. It took us months to build and we wanted to somehow incorporate it into a Power Practical product.
That’s when decided to turn our side project into work and thought to ourselves, "why can’t we put one of these in everybody's pocket?"
We wanted to make something that would be ideal for our adventures and for everyday use at home or work. After ordering and testing all the current solutions on the market, we started to narrow in on what we did and didn’t like about the products.
We took all the lighters apart to see how we could make things more versatile and compact. After two weeks of rigorous testing and prototyping, we decided that we needed to make not one but TWO products with a similar feature set to fit our needs.
Building the Prototype
After countless discussions, we started to get a brief idea of what features we wanted to include in the Sparkr and Sparkr mini. At this stage, our industrial designer started to mock up possible looks for the Sparkr and Sparkr mini.
After deciding on a specific look, the team set out to built a prototype. This took weeks of hard work and lots of time spent with foam models, clay, 3-d printers, paint, sandpaper, and electrical work.
Putting the Prototype to the Test
We used the prototypes over a few weeks in real world scenarios from campfires to candles and had a great time while we did it! Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our new products and the story behind them. We wouldn't be here without the support of our AMAZING Kickstarter backers.
Risks and challenges
This is Power Practical’s seventh Kickstarter project. We've got some great experience under our belts on how to manufacture goods and fulfill lots of orders in a relatively short amount of time. We've also had our share of unexpected issues, but have always dealt with them in a way that leaves every last customer happy with their purchase and proud to support our company.
No matter what, we promise to work our hardest to meet the expectation of every backer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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