Volt Buckle - A Revolution in Mobile Device Charging Where Form and Function Come Together Like No Other Charging Device in the World
Ever been stranded at work without your charger at the airport? At school? Ever forget your charger in your car, office, hotel room, or need a charger when you are out and about or at your favorite coffee shop? Maybe like us you are just tired of carrying around oddly shaped chargers and bulky wires in your pocket. Then Volt Buckle is for you! Make these worries a thing of the past.
Volt Buckle stands alone in product features when compared to other wall chargers and docking devices. Volt Buckle lets you charge, sync, and dock* all in one convenient, sleek, and fashionable device that fits comfortably around your waist.
- Volt Buckle is a USB product, so it charges a wide variety of mobile devices such as iPhone, most Androids, and iPads. Volt Buckle could be adapted in the future for use with gaming devices, cameras, or virtually any USB product that needs power!
- Volt Buckle provides sync capability. Sync and charge your device with one convenient product without bulky charger cases and wires.
- Volt Buckle seamlessly integrates into your wardrobe for convenient portability. No more bulky chargers or "rat's nest" of wires in your pocket.
- Volt Buckle provides peace of mind knowing that you will never forget your charger in your car or leave it behind at home!
Whether you are a traveler on the go, need your mobile device for work, are a student, or just an avid device user, Volt Buckle will ensure that you will always have your charger with you.
Volt Buckle - The Story Behind the Product
Volt Buckle came to fruition after realizing that men typically have only their pockets to carry mobile device chargers and all the associated wires that come along with them. After trying to match numerous existing chargers to buckles, a match was finally found. After some genuine old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears,and hours pounding metal in the garage, the original prototype Volt Buckle was born.
Building off of this working proof of concept, the CaliBuilt Team went to the experts. Some of the best and brightest electrical, mechanical, and3D design engineers in California's Bay Area came together to custom design the charger and buckle using the latest and most advanced tools. The result is the alpha-prototype that we are presenting to you here on Indiegogo! The Volt Buckle chargers that you see here on our Indiegogo site (thanks for giving us a look!) were 3D printed, which leads us to the next section.
Volt Buckle - Where are we in the Process?
We feel that the vast majority of the engineering is complete. Upon achieving funding, we plan to loosen up some of the tolerances on the buckle for easier machining, and we have already improved the connection method of the charger to the buckle to ensure long term, high-quality performance and will incorporate that into the production run of Volt Buckle. Minor stuff. So far, we have been able to keep the vast majority of design, product sourcing, and manufacturing here in the United States, and we intend to continue that with your funding.
The funding that we seek here with the help of the Indiegogo community will fund the final minor engineering, and most importantly, will allow us to obtain the molds to produce the charger case, and part for the Volt Sync Connector. Your charger will be made of custom molded ABS and will have a sleek, stylish appearance.
The beauty of Volt Buckle from a manufacturing standpoint is that all parts are easy to source and obtain. We have sourced belt manufacturers, and have several machine shops ready to produce the buckles. The electronics themselves are already being manufactured. And that's pretty much it! You can back Volt Buckle with confidence knowing that you will get a high quality product that should serve you for years.
Your support will also, of course, pay for the parts and labor to create the Volt Buckles ordered by the Indiegogo community, and hopefully a few more for an initial inventory to roll-out the product to the general public.
Volt Buckle - Where are we going?
We think Volt Buckle is awesome as it currently is, and we hope you do too! Helping us reach our funding goal will let us take Volt Buckle to the next level. We are appreciative and receptive to your feedback, so who knows, maybe your idea will be incorporated into Volt Buckle version 2.0!
With funding, we anticipate future versions of Volt Buckle to feature:
- a back-up battery. We designed Volt Buckle with the possibility of incorporating a back-up battery capable of providing 30-60 minutes of power for your mobile device, even without being near an outlet!
- a design geared towards professionals that allows the wearer to pop a discretely designed charger out of the buckle without disengaging the belt in any manner.
- an endless variety of customizable colors, designs, and styles. The buckle as well as the belt provides a virtually limitless palette to express your creativity, style, and taste.
Volt Buckle - FAQ
Q: What size belt do I order if I am waist size X?
A: The belt that comes with your Volt Buckle is custom designed, and we have endeavored to accommodate the widest range of waist sizes as possible. Unfortunately, we may not be able to fit all waists until later in development. Our initial production run will accommodate waist sizes from 30 inches to 42 inches, and we will contact you directly after the project is funded to obtain your sizing and color information, in addition to which sync connector you would like (USB to mini USB, USB to micro USB, USB to Apple 40 pin, or USB to the rumored new iPhone connector.)
Q: Will my pants stay up if I'm using the Volt Buckle?
A: Yes! We have specially designed the Patent Pending belt that comes with your Volt Buckle to securely latch so your pants stay up when Volt Buckle is providing you the power that you need.
Q: Is Volt Buckle 220V compatible?
A: No. Volt Buckle currently provides 2 amps at 110 volts, which means Volt Buckle works out of the box in North America, e.g. the United States, Canada and Mexico. Depending on the level of funding achieved, Volt Buckle may look to go international very quickly!
Q: What color belt/buckle combinations do you have available?
A: We have a color combination that is sure to match any clothes that you are wearing. The combinations that we are currently offering are:
Anodized Colors available for $15 extra charge:
Volt Buckle belts are custom-made. Make sure you have a spare belt, and every color that you need! As a special to the Indiegogo community, we are offering a belt of your color-choice for a special price of $20 with the purchase of any Volt Buckle. Just be sure to include your belt and buckle choices with your pledge.
Backers at the $75 level will have the option to vote on a special color available only to them, possibly one of the colors below!
Q: Is there a women's version?
A: At this time, there is no specific women's version; however, the belt goes well in casual situations and fits well with jeans, so there is nothing preventing women from wearing the belt. We have some ideas in development specifically for women! Help fund the development of a women's version by donating to Volt Buckle version 1.0.
Q: My mobile device's charger input is on the side. Will Volt Buckle still work for me?
A: Yes. Volt Buckle will charge your device; however, for best performance when docked, we recommend that the charger input be either on the top or the bottom of the device. With your funding we are devising a solution so that all mobile devices will be able to be docked when charging.
Q: What about the rumored new iPhone 5 connector?
A: We are well aware of the rumors regarding Apple's new iPhone connector. Once the new specifications are obtained from Apple, we will send you a new connector at our cost, plus shipping.
*Volt Buckle will charge any Apple, or USB connective device. It may not properly dock large items such as the iPad.
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THANK YOU TO THE INDIEGOGO COMMUNITY!
The CaliBuilt team sincerely appreciates you taking the time to check out our project. We hope the Indiegogo community is as excited about Volt Buckle as we are. Any amount you can contribute brings us that much closer to making our dream a reality, and we are truly grateful for all contributions to our project. We strive to be responsive to comments and feedback to the greatest extent possible.