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Beautifully designed high capacity charger with built-in retractable cords that will power an iPad, iPhone, Android & more
Beautifully designed high capacity charger with built-in retractable cords that will power an iPad, iPhone, Android & more
1,000 backers pledged $139,170 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Thank you to all of our backers.  For updated information about the project and future orders go to PopPortablePower.com

TechCrunch- "A delicious, high-capacity battery"

Engadget- "Bring your gadgets back to life"

ABC News- "Top 5 Gadgets of the Week"

GigaOM- "A mobile charging solution that can top off multiple devices would be very useful"

Mashable- "POP is a lot of bang for the buck"

PandoDaily- "Say Goodbye to Ugly Portable Phone Chargers"

Also seen in Business InsiderBiteMyAppleGameZoneMakerBot BlogUbergizmosocalTECH, Shapeways Blog, JoshSpear.com

POP – Power Where You Need It

The batteries in our mobile devices have not been able to keep up with the increased usage.  As a result, we often find ourselves looking for places to charge.  But many times, convenience and charging do not go hand in hand. At the Edison Junior Design Laboratory, we developed the perfect solution to this problem.  POP, aka "Portable Power", is an all-in-one charger with retractable cord reels for simultaneously charging multiple devices.  Don't be restricted by outlets or ugly chargers; with POP you are free to explore the vast world we live in, while remaining connected to it.  

POP comes in two models:

POP Station- Plugs into the wall and is great for areas where an outlet is close by. The power needed to charge your device is easily accessible through (4) retractable cord reels – each with dual functioning iPhone/Micro-USB adapter. 

People like POP Station for its beautiful design, integrated cables and ability to charge multiple devices quickly.  This makes POP Station perfect for the living room, kitchen, waiting room, etc.  

POP Portable (Called POP Classic in Rewards)- Same awesome features as POP Station with the additional benefit of a massive 26,000 mAh battery, POP Portable allows you to bring your POP anywhere for convenient charging.  Great by the pool, camping, conference room tables, etc. 

POP Portable's rechargeable 26,000 mAh battery makes it the largest portable device charger available with the ability to charge up to 10 iPhones.  The below chart gives you an idea of just how big POP's battery is compared to the competition. 

Battery Comparison

Use POP

- By the pool - On your coffee table - In the kitchen - At the beach

Great for businesses

- Promotional events - Trade shows - Conference rooms - Restaurants or bars

Put your own custom logo on POP
Put your own custom logo on POP

Features

- 4 retractable cord reels, each capable of charging both Apple devices and Micro-USB devices.  The reels will come out at least 3 feet. More info below.

- POP Top - We are building POP so that you can have interchangeable tops that will be able to access POP's power for future accessories. More below on this.

- Included 100/240 V AC adapter (for international orders you will receive the correct adaptor)

- 2 additional USB ports for charging other devices of your choice.

- Optional custom artwork/branding capability. Send us your artwork or company logo for a custom POP.

- Rechargeable 26,000 mAh battery (POP Portable only)

- LED indicator displaying battery life. (POP Portable only)

POP for emergencies

In most regions natural disasters are inevitable, and power is a crucial resource for survival.  Our mobile devices allow us to get information and contact emergency services.  Using POP Portable as the main charging station in your house gives you the peace of mind that if the power goes out, you will have multiple days worth of fully charged devices.

POP TOP storage

Both POP models come with a storage area in the top, which is ideal for the AC adapter as well as any USB cables for the additional USB ports located on the underside of the POPs.  The idea for the storage area came from Kickstarter users, proving that not only is Kickstarter an amazing place to help launch a product but also make it even better.

So how about those cord reels?

The cord reels right now come out  to almost 2 feet.  We are actively looking for a longer reel and would like to have the final POP come equipped with 4-5 foot cords.  At a minimum we are guaranteeing up to 2 feet of cable.

A little more on the dual use power ends (iPhone/Micro-USB)

We are going to use a very cool charging tip for POP.  This end allows each of the 4 cables to work for either iPhones/iPads/iPods, or micro-USB which covers phones like Blackberries, Android, Kindles and many other devices.  There are also 2 USB plugs on the bottom of the POP in case you have devices that use a special charging end.

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Future endeavors

The top of POP was designed for accessories to be added later. These accessories will be able to access the power of the unit. We will open source the design so that any tinkerer/hardware creator can build for the POP. Depending on the success of this campaign and POP as a product we are excited to see what people might build.  Here are a few ideas that we thought  might be cool additions to the POP.  The speakerphone/speaker is the feature we would like to work on first, or see someone else make.

Maybe not this one.  Some ideas are better left in the sketch book...
Maybe not this one. Some ideas are better left in the sketch book...

FAQ's 

So how can we achieve this?

Our team has experience in building consumer products like POP and we are confident that we will deliver a quality product to you. Additionally, we have already made the necessary agreements with a large partner that insures we will be able to manufacture and deliver POP on time.

Since we have reached our goal, the entire team has already begun focusing on manufacturing the POPs. Creating the tooling for the product is already under way. We are working hard to get POP delivered on time to everyone that has pledged.

What devices are compatible with POP? 

POP is capable of charging all Apple and Micro-USB devices.  Also, underneath POP are 2 USB ports for charging other devices such as cameras, bluetooth headsets, and more. 

How big is the battery?

The battery stored within the POP Portable is a 26,000 mAh rechargeable battery. This battery is large enough to fully charge up to 10 iPhones. 

What are the limitations of the custom artwork? 

If you have chosen one of the pledge packages that includes applying your own custom artwork to your POP(s), we will contact you requesting the artwork of your choice. We will try to be accommodating, but we will not go as far to apply full wraps around the device. We will give you the option to have both the front and back faces applied with your artwork. The artwork will be limited to 3” in maximum height, running down the length of the housing. We promise to do everything we can to provide you with a high quality look, even going as far to show you renderings of the the artwork applied to your POP before going through with the final application. 

What is the limitation on the Signature POP?

The Signature POP is for having your name or a simple message on the bottom of the POP.  We are limiting the number of characters to 30.

Is shipping included? 

Yes we are including shipping into each pledge package for all deliveries within the United States. If you live outside the U.S. plan to pay accordingly. 

How is POP charged? 

POP is charged using the supplied standard 100 / 240 V AC adapter. Underneath POP is a standard port for this adapter, as well as an LED indicator light displaying POP’s charging status.

What is POP’s actual dimensions? 

POP is currently 6.45” tall by 5.00” inches wide. It is our intention to decrease the size as much as possible throughout final engineering, without compromising the functions which make it so useful. We will be sure to keep you updated.  POP weighs less then 2 pounds in its current production form.

When will my POP(s) ship? 

We plan to ship POP in December of 2012. Of course we will keep you updated on any changes if necessary.

What happens if the iPhone 5 has a different charger?

Well, it is difficult to give a clear answer at this point as no one knows what is going to happen with the iPhone 5.  However, if the iPhone 5 does have a 19 pin connector as rumored, our plan is to ship with 2 iPhone 5 connectors and 2 standard 30 PIN connectors.  This way you will be able to charge the old and new devices.  We should know by mid-September what Apple is doing which will give us more than enough time to modify the product for the iPhone 5.

How much is International Shipping?

We are going to add $15 for anyone living outside of the US/Canada.  For Canada the surcharge will be $5.  US shipping is included.  If for some reason we are able to ship to you for less we will refund the difference.  We have no interest in making extra money on this just want to cover the increased cost.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    POP LOVER: Show your support for dead batteries everywhere. Your money will help POP and save these victims of power deprivation. Also you will get all of our future updates and allows you to buy POP anytime in the future for $149.

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    POP PAL: Show your support for dead batteries everywhere. Your money will help POP and save these victims of power deprivation. Also you will get all of our future updates and allows you to buy POP anytime in the future for $169.

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    POP STATION: for $99 you are pre-ordering and will receive one POP Station. The POP Station includes 4 built-in retractable charging cords, each capable of powering both Apple and micro-USB devices. POP Station does not have a battery and is used for areas where a plug is handy. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    Pledge $119 or more About $119

    CUSTOM LOGO POP STATION: for $99 you are pre-ordering and will receive one POP Station. This level includes a custom logo/branding of your choice on the POP. POP Station does not have a battery and is used for areas where a plug is handy. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: for $129 you are pre-ordering and will receive one POP. The POP includes 4 built-in retractable charging cords, each capable of powering both Apple and micro-USB devices. As a thank you for being one of our first 50 buyers you will save $20. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    POP CLASSIC: for $149 you are pre-ordering and will receive one POP. The POP includes 4 built-in retractable charging cords, each capable of powering both Apple and micro-USB devices. This is 25% off the $199 retail price. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    Pledge $169 or more About $169

    CUSTOM LOGO POP: for $169 you are pre-ordering and will receive one POP. Benefit from having a POP with your choice of custom branding/artwork on it for that extra special touch. The POP includes 4 built-in retractable charging cords, each capable of powering both Apple and micro-USB devices. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    Pledge $248 or more About $248

    ONE OF EACH: For $248 you get a POP Station and a POP Portable.

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    Pledge $268 or more About $268

    ONE OF EACH CUSTOM LOGO: For $268 you get a POP Station and a POP. This level includes a custom logo/branding of your choice on both of the POP's.

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    2 SIGNATURE POP's: for $275 you will get 2 POP's customized with your name or special message added to the bottom. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    2 CUSTOM LOGO SIGNATURE POP'S: for $300 you will get 2 POP's with your choice of custom branding/artwork AND customized with your name or special message added to the bottom. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    3 CUSTOM LOGO POP'S WITH POP DOCKS: for $450 you will get 3 POP's with your choice of branding/artwork. Additionally, you'll receive the exclusive POP DOCK, which is the perfect complimentary piece for placing your POP. (US Shipping Included, International extra)

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    SUPER POP: for $1,000 you get a hand built 150,000 mah rechargeable SUPER POP – made it America. The SUPER POP can charge 18 phones at once. Great for big camp sites, corporate events, etc.

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Funding period

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