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Tembo Trunks - the first collapsible earbud speakers for iPods and iPhones. They're perfect for lots of situations, take them anywhere.

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Hi everyone!

Thanks for having a look at our project. We are happy to share with you the prototype of a product we think you’ll really enjoy. Together with your support we can make Tembo Trunks a reality.

We have a fully functional prototype and we plan to release Tembo Trunks in four vibrant colors.

Tembo Trunks are the speakers that aren’t speakers. They are the first collapsible earbud speakers for iPods and iPhones.

All you need to do is attach your Apple earbuds to Tembo Trunks in order to transform them into a set of portable, non-electrical, virtually indestructible stereo speakers. Amplify your tunes. Anywhere. Anytime.

How the idea was born.

We were traveling through Africa. We had music on iPods but no way to share the music. We needed something that was small, light, could be taken with us easily, and didn’t require any power.

An idea sparked when traveling soon became a fun side project around our day jobs. Our goal was to create a product that was thoughtfully designed, sustainable, and built from superior materials. After several prototypes we are really happy with the quality, ease of use, and functionality of Tembo Trunks.


Tembo Trunks have a ton of features (without weighing much at all);

Amplify your tunes.

An ancient method of amplification with a modern twist. Using Horn Acoustics, Tembo Trunks amplify the music from your iPod’s earbuds to 80dB of clarity-enhanced Stereo Sound (3x the sound). The volume from Tembo Trunks is sufficient for lots of situations. Don’t expect to bust an eardrum or feel the ground shake when you’re playing your music – that’s kinda the point. Tembo Trunks are ideal when you want to share music in a casual setting (traveling, camping, beside the bed, in your hotel room, in the office, by the pool etc.).

Virtually indestructible. 

Tembo Trunks are 100% Waterproof, Shockproof, and Dustproof. With no moving parts or electronic components to fail on you, Tembo Trunks will keep working whenever and wherever you’re sharing your tunes. Made from high-grade silicone rubber, Tembo Trunks are also light, flexible, stackable, washable and can withstand extreme temperatures (-50°C to +150°C/ -58°F to 302°F) – the perfect travel companion.

Off the grid. 

Tembo Trunks don’t use batteries or drain power like external speakers or docking stations. This means that you can play music for longer. By using Tembo Trunks you will get much more battery life from your device than you would from your internal speaker (with the added benefit of amplified, clearer, stereo sound). With no cables, chargers or converters, Tembo Trunks will amplify your music anywhere and anytime (indoors or outdoors). All you need is an iPod / iPhone and the earbuds that came with it.

Sustainable sound. 

Tembo Trunks are the speakers that aren’t speakers. Regular speakers, like most other electronic products, are comprised of numerous parts. Often this includes damaging metals, toxins, glues, and batteries. Tembo Trunks are made from one material (100% non oil-based, high-grade silicone rubber), require no assembly and are designed to last. We don't claim to have designed the greenest product ever, but as far as sustainability goes we believe Tembo Trunks are a better alternative to regular speakers.

How to Use.

We designed a product with high usability so anyone can enjoy it. All you need to do is pop your Tembo Trunks out, insert your Apple earbuds into the earbud holder, put your Tembo Trunks where you want them, and hit 'play'.

Your Support.

We would really appreciate your support so we can make a production mould and get Tembo Trunks to market. We want people everywhere to be able to enjoy sharing music in this unique way, in their own situations (even the ones we haven’t thought of).


Back us! Because we want to offer all backers some really cool rewards....

Essentially for most of the pledge amounts you are pre-ordering the very first sets of Tembo Trunks. The further you climb the pledge ladder the greater the rewards. Check out what's on offer in the rewards section on the right.

Domestic shipping (USA) included in all pledges. For those pledging outside of the USA please add $10.00 to your pledge for shipping.

Thanks again for checking out Tembo Trunks!

Note: Apple logo and 'Apple', 'iPod', and 'iPhone' are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

iPod, iPhone and earbuds not included.

Tembo Trunks™



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    FIRST TRUNKS. Get your hands on some Tembo Trunks! Be the first to own 1 x set of blue Tembo Trunks - share your music anywhere. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping outside of USA? please add $10.00 to your pledge amount)

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    LIMITED EDITION TRUNKS. Own 1 x set of Limited Edition Black Tembo Trunks. PLUS 1 x set of blue Tembo Trunks. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping outside of USA? please add $10.00 to your pledge amount)

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    STAMPEDE PACK. 4 x sets of Limited Edition Black Tembo Trunks. PLUS 4 x sets of Tembo Trunks (be the first to own all four vibrant colors: blue, green, ruby red, and gray). For those who have a stampede of friends who like to make some sound. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping outside of USA? please add $10.00 to your pledge amount)

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    CHIEF OF COLOR. Choose the next limited edition color in the Tembo Trunks color range! The 'CHIEF OF COLOR' will be named on the packaging of these limited edition Tembo Trunks. We will fly you, the 'CHIEF OF COLOR', to Sydney, Australia to choose the next Tembo Trunks color. We will cook you a BBQ at a beach in Sydney, and give you a 'STAMPEDE PACK' to take home. The 'CHIEF OF COLOR' would certainly get us over the line. A little cheeky but a lot of fun :).

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