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.
Don't see the answer to your question? Ask the project creator directly.