Introducing The tPOD1 - thermoelectric Power On Demand - electricity from a tea candle. Alladin's lamp had nothing on this... Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 22, 2012.
About this project
Introducing the tPOD1 to the world…
…off-grid or denied-grid thermoelectric Power On Demand.
…eco-friendly, multi-functional, portable, dependable, and durable.
…born and made in Traverse City, Michigan USA.
"Count me in as a 'late sparrow'. As a teacher, I can see Third World applications for the tPOD1. This elegantly simple device could add hours of useful study time to the days of kids all over the world who live in countries which don't have a reliable source of power. That's without taking the ecological benefits of this device, no more smoking oil or kerosene lamps creating oppressive environments indoors. Great idea, great product...Matt Porrovecchio
"What an incredible product! I can't wait to get my hands on one of these babies. If you meet your goal and can start getting these things distributed, they'll be FLYING off store shelves in December... and not just because they'll make great Christmas presents!...Chris Williams
"I am from that part of world where there are still homes that get only few hours of electricity a day. Not sure how many similar products are there, but this is great for many people and I'd like it to be successful...Sibabrata
Thank you for reviewing our project.
Tellurex has the knowledge and technical skills to develop a new and affordable device that we believe will serve as a new must-have product for the outdoor recreation market. It will also provide important convenience, comfort, and safety benefits to consumers during electrical supply interruptions.
Born and made in Traverse City, Michigan USA, our revolutionary patent pending device converts heat into electricity. A single tea candle will power a bright 25 LED bulb lamp for up to four hours or provide an electrical charge to an auxiliary battery pack. We call this device the tPOD1™, which stands for thermoelectric Power On Demand. The Tellurex tPOD1 is powered by tea candles commonly available throughout the world which can be made from green, natural, and renewable resources. When placed beneath the Tellurex tPOD1, these inexpensive candles provide the right amount of heat needed for the thermoelectric modules in the tPOD1 to generate around one-quarter watt of power.
For a pledge of just $79 you can be among the very first to own a tPOD1!
Outdoor enthusiasts will love its packable weight and convenience when camping, backpacking, or hunting. The tPOD1 weighs less than 12 ounces and is about the size of a small soup can. This small power generator can be a valuable light source and battery pack charger when adventure takes you outdoors or during a natural disaster. The tPOD1 is also an excellent item for the home, auto, or RV, or during power outages. With its small size, portability and ease of use without the need for water, a campfire or a stove, the tPOD1 delivers outstanding multi-functional utility, convenience, and flexibility.
A standard tPOD1 kit will include a tPOD1 power generator, a light with a USB connection, a quantity of tea candles for your initial fuel, and a handy carrying case designed for the tPOD1. We are also developing accessories for the tPOD1; a small battery regulator and charging system to work with the tPOD1 maximizing the power that can be stored for charging USB powered devices, a carrying bag and a candle tray, among other ideas.
"Just became a Backer! Love the concept! I guess the rechargeable battery will be an extra accessory that we can buy later on?...Sal Cameli
These accessories make the tPOD1 even more convenient, flexible and mobile. Also, this project is the beginning of a family of alternative and renewable energy devices under development at Tellurex that can be used to provide “off-grid” and “denied-grid” power. For more detailed information about this product and the larger more powerful tPOD5 visit our website at http://www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD1.php and http://www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD5.php.
Our long term objective is to reduce production costs, moving our product within economic reach of consumers in developing nations worldwide. Please help us make power on demand a reality for you and millions of others, whenever and wherever it is needed! We are working to make the tPOD1 available to organizations for emergency response and to relief organiations such as Rotary International, who will help distribute the devices in environments where power is unreliable and/or unavailable. Many pledge levels provide tPOD1 and tPOD5 units as gifts intended for those purposes.
"Very nice project. I hope that we reach the goal. I need international shipping, but that should be fine :) Keep the good work :)...Sommer
We hope to gain your support so that we can rapidly develop and launch the tPOD1. Tellurex is an emerging technology company that strives to develop innovative products using thermoelectric technology. When you make a pledge to the tPOD1 power on demand project, you’ll be helping our experienced engineering team advance this tPOD1 from a fun proof-of-concept prototype like the ones pictured below to a fully developed consumer product. Pledges will be used to cover final deailed product design, tooling ( dies and molds), durability testing and initial roll-out costs. We have made several iterations of prototypes that have all proven to perform as we describe and as a team we are confident that the tPOD1 will deliver this level of performance or even greater power.
Tellurex Corporation, a certified ISO9001-2008 company with a long history in research and development of thermoelectric semi-conductor materials, is dedicated to producing a born and made in Traverse City, Michigan USA product. As participants in a Michigan Economic Development Corporation program for job growth, we are committed to creating jobs in the US and in particular the state of Michigan. In our 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility and with our team of employees, we have the floor space, knowledge, skill and expertise to make this a reality. The Tellurex business plan for the tPOD1 incorporates globally sourced components, with a US preference for critical components. Our skilled labor force will perform quality inspection on incoming components and then complete the assembly, testing, packing and shipping of devices in and from Traverse City, Michigan.
After initial runs, there will be sign off of tools and a full production launch. This is a process we perform many times at Tellurex when launching other products. With the help and support of your pledge, we have the experience to successfully launch the innovative tPOD1!
The Tellurex team is composed of a number of dedicated and skilled employees who have all had a part in bringing the tPOD1 project forward. Rich Harmon and Rich Hoyle are two team members who have been integral in advancing this design and project. We hope to acquire your confidence in not only the success and performance of the tPOD1 but in our team’s ability to deliver on our promise.
About Richard Harmon:
Richard Harmon is a full time employee of Tellurex Corporation. He has been designing products incorporating thermoelectric devices for over 15 years; products ranging from industrial equipment, medical test equipment, restaurant appliances, and automotive components to insect eradication devices. With a background in electronic engineering, industrial electrical design, and as a research and development laboratory technician, Rich has worked on a wide variety of products in numerous science disciplines. Rich is named as inventor on two US patents and has been involved in the development of intellectual properties owned by Tellurex and other companies. As an employee of Tellurex Corporation, a world leader in thermoelectric technology, Rich has become very knowledgeable in the esoteric field of thermoelectric science. This particular project combines his knowledge of thermoelectrics and thermodynamics with his love for camping gear (especially flashlights).
About Richard Hoyle:
Richard Hoyle, Principal Engineer of Aligned CAE LLC, is an experienced mechanical engineer who has partnered with the Tellurex team on this project. An Australian citizen living in Michigan, his extensive background in Computational Fluid Dynamics, FEA, CAD and product visualization make him an invaluable member of the project team. Rich has been intimately involved in the design and production launch of many products in the automotive and consumer electronics industries. He is named as inventor on numerous patents, including ones related to the application of thermoelectrics. Rich is responsible for the project’s appearance as well as the mechanical design. His background in automotive and consumer electronics engineering has been key in insuring an extremely robust, lightweight and compact design while maintaining a simple, aesthetically pleasing package.
With your help and the success of the tPOD1, not only will you and millions of others world-wide benefit from a dependable, eco-friendly off-grid or denied-grid power source, you will help our company sustain jobs and even add jobs as we look to increase production of the tPOD1 and other power generation devices. Born and made in Traverse City, Michigan USA means a lot to us, our local economy and hopefully it has meaning and significance to you as well!
The Tellurex team is very excited about this project and we hope you share our energy and passion to make it happen. With your generous help, our goal is to complete the product development and to begin shipping the tPOD1 by the end of August, 2012. Pledge today and help us spread the word about the tPOD1! Pledge today and you could be one of the very first owners of the revolutionary tPOD1! We also encourage you to tell your friends about this product and guide them to this project so they might consider a pledge as well.
We sincerely thank you for your consideration.
Note 1: Any dollar amount above the identified standard pledge levels will go into a fund for tPOD1 kits that will be sent to developing nations or emergency agencies.
Note 2: Except for the $1 pledge level, upon receiving your pledge we will add your name to a Sponsor Page located on our web site. If you prefer to not have your name listed on our sponsor page, please let us know at the time of your pledge.
Note 3: AE t-shirts will be available in small, medium, large, and extra-large size options.
Note 4: For international pledges, please add $25 for a shipping and handling premium.
A thermoelectric module is the hidden part built into each tPOD1 and tPOD5 that produces the electricity when heat is applied to it from the candle. Each tPOD1 device will have 2 thermoelectric modules built into them. For more information about thermoelectric modules, please see our web site at http://www.tellurex.com.
Please add USD25.00 to your pledge if you are located outside of the United States.
Our reseach indicates that the average international shipping cost for the kit will likely be around $40 when shipping individual units to a residence. We have attempted to obtain a fair fee for this shipping cost and that is how we arrived at the $25 premium described in our notes.
Not at this time. One of the reasons we are seeking funding through Kickstarter.com is to develop a compatible battery recharger that will work with our tPOD1 generator. We expect to have the battery recharger available by October or possibly sooner.
Our tests have shown a continuous output of 0.25 to 0.35 watts over a 4 hour period using a pariffin candle in an environment of 70 degrees ambient temperature. The cooler the ambient air the better the tPOD1 will perform. We've also conducted trials using bees wax candles resulting in a noticeably higher peak output.
The tPOD1 is designed to charge a battery recharger and cannot directly charge a cell phone or a smartphone. We are underway in the development of a battery recharger and we hope to have it available by October or possibly sooner. The battery recharger can then be used to charge a cell phone or a smartphone.
Yes! We offer for sale right now on our web site the tPOD5. This device produces 5-watts of energy and is capable of directly and fully charging your smartphone, tablet, mp3, and other USB devices. For more details, go to http://www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD5.php.
Pledge $1 or more
A sincere thank you from the Tellurex team for showing interest in our project proposal and helping to deliver thermoelectric Power On Demand to the world!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5 or more
Your name on a sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com and a sincere thank you from our team for helping us make the tPOD1 possible!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
At this level you will receive a thermoelectric module, the magical component of the tPOD1 that produces thermoelectric power! We’ll also include your name on a sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com and deliver hearty thanks to you for your pledge!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
You will receive a cool t-shirt designed for Tellurex by artist Kyle Harmon www.isysposters.com symbolic of promoting alternative energy using thermoelectric power! We call it the AE t-shirt. Your pledge will also receive a thermoelectric module, a thank you and your name on a sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or more
For this pledge level you will receive 2 AE t-shirts and 2 thermoelectric modules, giving you a couple of opportunities to show friends and family your interest in cutting-edge alternative energy sources. You’ll also receive a sincere thank you from the Tellurex team and your name on a sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $69 or more
250 backers All gone!
This pledge level delivers to you the Tellurex tPOD1 kit (incudes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case) at a very special “early bird” price! The kit includes everything you need to activate your tPOD1 to provide power on demand. Receive our standard tPOD1 kit for this special low price of $69 if yours is one of the first 250 pledges at this level. You will also receive our thanks and a listing on our sponsor page in recognition of your pioneering commitment to the tPOD1 project.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $79 or more
693 backers Limited (7 left of 700)
Due to the tremendous response to our early bird special we are compelled to create a second special package for those who share our enthusiasm for the tPOD1. We are calling this the **“Late Sparrow Special”**. This introductory pledge level includes the Tellurex tPOD1 kit (includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case) at a very special “early… umm…Late Sparrow” price! The kit includes everything you need to activate your tPOD1 to provide power on demand. Receive our standard tPOD1 kit for this special low price of $79 if yours is one of the first 500 pledges at this level. You will also receive our thanks and a listing on our sponsor page in recognition of your pioneering commitment to the tPOD1 project. (Please note the $25 premium for shipping outside the contiguous USA).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $89 or more
You will receive the Tellurex tPOD1 kit (includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case). The kit includes everything you need to activate your tPOD1 for power on demand. You will also receive our thanks and a listing on our sponsor page in recognition of your pioneering commitment to the tPOD1 project. This level will begin after the early bird special has ended.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $159 or more
We created this pledge level for people who recognize the practical value of the tPOD1 and want to gift a tPOD1 to someone who does not have access to an electrical grid. This pledge will include 1 tPOD1 kit for you and 1 tPOD1 kit will be donated to a family in the developing world through Rotary International. A tPOD1 kit includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case. Your name will appear on our sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com. We’ll send you a note of gratitude for helping a family in the developing world improve their standard of living by giving them safe access to off-grid power on demand!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $209 or more
This pledge level will receive 3 tPOD1 kits (each of which includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case). This gives you 1 tPOD1 kit for your home, 1 kit for your cabin, boat or camping gear, and we’ll donate 1 kit to a family with no access to electricity in the developing world through Rotary International. You’ll receive our thanks and a listing on our sponsor page in recognition of your pioneering and generous commitment to the tPOD1 project!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $349 or more
This pledge level will receive 3 tPOD1 kits (each of which includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case). Plus, for those who need to accomplish a faster charge or to charge larger devices, this is the first pledge level to also receive 1 tPOD5 kit. For more information about our 5-watt power generation product, please copy and paste into your web browser the link www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD5.php. We will of course thank you for your pledge and you will be listed on our sponsor page located on our website.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $469 or more
For a pledge of $469 you will receive 2 tPOD1 kits and 2 tPOD5 kits. We will also donate 1 tPOD1 kit to a family in need of light and power generation located in a developing world village. This donation will be made possible through the assistance of Rotary International. Each tPOD1 kit includes 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case. The tPOD5 kit includes 1 tPOD5 with a USB charge cable, 1 USB-LED task light, and 1 carrying case. For more information on our tPOD5, please go to www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD5.php. This pledge level will also receive a sincere thank you for your vision in our products and your belief in helping others with no access to light or power. We will also include your name on a sponsor page located on our website.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $539 or more
This pledge level will receive 4 tPOD1 kits and 2 tPOD5 kits. The pledge of $539 will give you the “use anywhere” flexibility of our mobile tPOD1 with the “camp stove” 5 watt direct charging power provided by the tPOD5. A sincere thank you will be delivered to you and we will add your name to a sponsor page located on our website www.tellurex.com. Have the security of convenient power in all your likely circumstances and you can gift a couple of tPOD1 kits to another family member or friend as well!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $739 or more
For the altruistic pledger interested in empowering those in developing nations: You will receive 3 tPOD1 kits and 2 tPOD5 kits! Also, you will be providing 2 tPOD1 kits and 1 tPOD5 kit to families located in villages in developing world countries. In conjunction with Rotary International, the team at Tellurex will coordinate the delivery of our power on demand power generators to families with a great need for light and cell phone charging capabilities. Plus, this level gives you the opportunity to gift a tPOD1 to a friend or family member and leave you with four kits for your personal use. A thank you and mention on our sponsor page in recognition of your pioneering and thoughtful commitment to the tPOD1 project will be included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,475 or more
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, we have created the tPOD1 distributor pack. This special pledge level will provide a 25 quantity tea candle-powered distributor pack at a distributor price for the tPOD1 kits. It includes 25 tPOD1 power generators, 25 tea candle packs, 25 USB-LED reading lights and 25 carrying cases. A thank you and mention on our sponsor page in recognition of your salesmanship skills will also be included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,450 or more
If 25 tPOD1 kits to sell are not enough for you, pledge $2,450 and we’ll double the quantity! For those with a true entrepreneurial spirit, we have created the tPOD1 wholesale pack. This special pledge level will provide a 50 quantity tea candle-powered unit wholesale pack at a wholesale price for the tPOD1 kits. It includes 50 tPOD1 power generators, 50 candle packs, 50 USB-LED reading lights and 50 carrying cases. A thank you and mention on our sponsor page in recognition of your entrepreneurial spirit will also be included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,950 or more
Also for those with a true sense of entrepreneurship, we have created the 5-watt tPOD5 distributor pack. This special pledge level will provide a 50 quantity distributor pack at a distributor price for the tPOD5 kits. This pack includes 50 tPOD5 5-watt power generators, 50 USB regulator cables, 50 USB-LED task lights, and 50 carrying cases. A thank you and mention on our sponsor page in recognition of your entrepreneur qualities will be included. For more information about our tPOD5 power generator, please go to www.tellurex.com/products/tPOD5.php.Estimated delivery:
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