A butane-powered, amazingly compact device that charges your smartphone up to ten times with a single refill.
- Standard manufacturers warranty.
- Zero cost to backers if the campaign is unsuccessful.
- Perfect for emergency situations when there is no electricity available.
- Once refilled can keep the energy for years.
- Watch this demonstration video to see it in action: DEMO VIDEO
Yes, there are portable chargers. However, they rely on batteries as well. You have to charge them beforehand. Durable ones are bulky and expensive, not for everyday use. It would be fantastic to see a compact, truly portable one that could charge your device ten times.
That's why we designed the Smart Charger - simple to use, charged just in a minute, and outrageously durable. Not good enough? This unique design is precision machined from solid aluminum, complementing the design language of smartphones and tablets in the market.
Recharging is a breeze. Just use a universal lighter refill to fill the tank inside. It takes just a minute. The good news is you can find such a lighter refill in any convenience store or market.
Amazingly practical - There is a regular USB port that fits all of your USB-charged devices.
Where can you use it?
The Smart Charger can be especially useful in places where electricity is not always available. Whether you’re walking around downtown on foot and your battery dies, on a camping trip for the weekend or even in an emergency situation, this portable charger can make a world of difference.
A simple yet effective mechanism - Thermocouples are used in many devices as a heat sensor, as well as more advanced devices to generate electricity. They are also found in battery-less radios in isolated areas. Wait for it... They are even used in NASA projects; for instance, the Curiosity Mars Rover, and space stations.
Almost 100% thermal efficiency - The specially-designed catalytic heater is at the heart of your Smart Charger. The catalytic heating unit guarantees that every drop of your precious butane energizes your device.
Safety is our primary concern - The device is safer than your regular lighter thanks to the insulation coatings. The ignition mechanism will only work when your smartphone or tablet is plugged into your Smart Charger; Thus, it can never run in your bag, or your pocket by accident.
Dimensions - 120 x 60 x 20 mm
Weight - Around 200 grams (empty)
Nominal Energy – 37Wh (~10 times a regular phone’s battery)
Charge Voltage – 5V
Charge Current – 1A
Tank Capacity - 0.06 Liter
Charging port – Standard A Type USB
Chassis - Aerospace Aluminum
Type of Fuel – Butane
How we will do it
The team consists of one designer/ electrical engineer, one product analyst, and a public relations expert. The plan is simple. After the project is funded, the founder of the Team Kobion, Onur Cem Altun will go see our East Asian manufacturers, and supervise the production in order to ensure the quality is not compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- How many refills can you get from a can of fuel?
A- A regular can of butane is 300ml. And the fuel tank inside the device is ~60ml. That means, you can refill The Smart Charger 5 times with a can of fuel.
What is under the hood?
The cooling fan is needed to keep the thermal gradient stable through the thermoelectric generator. The efficiency greatly increases when a cooling fan is added. It also supplies air to the combustion chamber which increases the efficiency of burning.
The catalytic heater used in the device enables 95% thermal efficiency. There is no visible flame in the catalytic heaters. The advantages of such heaters are flameless heating, and full control over the temperature.
The butane tank is a regular butane tank used in cigarette lighters. The only difference is the size. Also, there are additional insulation coatings for safety concerns.
Who we are
We are members of Team Kobion who have been relentlessly working for months to make a dream come true. All of us have expertise related to our key roles in the team. Onur Cem Altun is an electrical engineer graduated from Koç University in İstanbul. Ferah İlhan is a graduate student in biomedical engineering in Bogazici University. Our public relations expert, Mitch Morrison graduated from George Washington University in D.C with a degree in International Relations. You will be able to meet us at the Exclusive Launch Party in İstanbul.
Where We Are In The Development
We have a working prototype, but it costs a lot. To make it affordable for the consumer market, we have to produce a relatively large quantity. The only way to do this is to crowdsource the demand upfront, which is why we are here. We need your support to make our dream come true. The figure below illustrates how much we need, and how we will use the funds for the mass production.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know there are folks out there who just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
You can use the Indiegogo share tools to spread the word.
Here is the quick share link for you: igg.me/at/smartcharger
You can visit us at kobion.com
Thank you for your valuable support!
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