Gidgi: A phone case, wallet, and solar charger all in one.
Gidgi: A phone case, wallet, and solar charger all in one.
Tired of charging your phone? Gidgi harvests energy all day, any time your phone is out of your pocket, so you never run low.
Tired of charging your phone? Gidgi harvests energy all day, any time your phone is out of your pocket, so you never run low. Read more
About this project
The problem with every solar charger before is that like any other charger, you pull it out when your battery is running low. But because the sun works on it's own schedule, by the time that happens in the evening, the best light of the day is gone. We solve the problem by incorporating the solar panels into a phone case, so that your phone charges throughout the day any time your phone is out of your pocket, letting you start off the evening with as fresh a charge as you began with.
Two high-power and high strength solar panels give you the most electricity of any solar case. (5.1 volts, 1 amp)
Heavy duty leather to add even more durability.
A beefy the wallet that you can pack full of your cards, cash, and what ever else you decide.
How Does it Work?
High-power solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity. Our panels produce exactly enough power to quickly charge your device. We don't force you to carry a separate heavy system around all day.
Most portable solar panels are combined with a heavy battery to make up for inefficient solar panels. But, your phone already has a battery, plus they can contribute to nearly half the weight on any device, who wants that!? We sure don't.
When we designed Gidgi, we had a product in mind that would revolutionize the way people charged their cell phones. The question that we sought out to answer was, “How can we remove the hassle of charging by an outlet, while giving you enough electricity for a quick charge?”
Solar phone chargers have been around for a few years, but why don’t you own one?
Three main reasons we found were:
- Slow charge
- Cheap materials/bulky
- Straight up ugly
These were the issues we directly addressed.
Early on, we knew that we wanted to use high quality materials and make something with modern style. An unintended result of this became apparent when we saw how strong our prototypes were. Since Gidgi was built to outlive your phone, we didn't want you to throw it away each time you upgraded phones. Even after 2 years, Gidgi will still be nearly as strong and powerful as the day you purchased it. We spent months trying to solve this problem to allow you to use Gidgi for your future phones and finally found the solution.
Most phones have roughly the same length to width ratio. By evenly spacing multiple straps on the back, Gidgi could hold every phone we tested firmly in place.
Now you can use Gidgi for you current and future phones!
We also included a USB Port to charge any small device that can be plugged into a computer.
What Can it Do for You?
Meet the Co-founders
James Deringer received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Minnesota. He loves to make products that tap into the energy from the giant fusion generator in the sky called the sun. He deals with the business side of Surge Solar, LLC.
John Bisgaard received his bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. His research interests include cellular automata, wearable computing and energy harvesting. He is the brains behind the electronics in Gidgi.
Short History of Surge Solar
John and I met at Tesla Works, a student group of inventors at the University of Minnesota. We quickly realized we were a good fit. I run the business side of the start-up, making sure deadlines are met and am in charge of office morale, while John has amazing technical knowledge and is able to build nearly anything.
In the early months, we held meetings a few times a week to discuss how to build a portable solar charger. We started large with a tablet charger. It worked great, but we realized not everyone owns a tablet. We decided to scale down, and created a product that everyone can use. We pitched our idea to a few local investors. They loved it, but didn't fund us because we had yet to make significant sales. After hearing everyone’s input, we decided to form a company and move forward. Over the next few months, we ended up putting thousands of our own money into Gidgi, designing and prototyping different ideas until we had the perfect product. Finally, we are proud to release something that is unique in terms of design, style, and power output.
We Need You!
Right now we have full working prototypes with real production parts. Our next step is to get Gidgi to you. This is where you come in! We need your support to overcome the initial costs of materials and tooling. To show how much we appreciate our customers, every backer over $79 gets their name posted on the cover photo on our Facebook page. Back one of the great rewards and you can be one of the first to own this one of a kind charger!
If you back the early bird and kickstarter special, you get your Gidgi personalized with your name engraved on the front for no additional charge.
There are limited number of cases, there's no time to wait!
Risks and challenges
We are extremely happy to be launching this product to all of the supporters on Kickstarter. Delivering your cases on time is our first and foremost priority.
Our team feels we have taken the proper steps to mitigate risk through hundreds of hours designing and prototyping. But, as with any project it has its inherent risks.
The final design could change slightly and include industrial grade stitching for a stronger and more durable case.
The lead times for solar cells is one area where a setback could occur. We have materials lined up for purchase but outside delays are always a potential problem.
There are a few options for assembling the final product. We have been speaking with manufacturers and are receiving quotes to assemble the Gidgis, or we can do it all in-house. Of course, this depends on which option is most cost effective for the given amount to be produced.
There you have it. Those are the risks that are associated with the production of Gidgis. I hope you are excited to be one of the first in the world to own one of these powerful and stylish little solar chargers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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