Monday, June 16, 2014

SPOR Solar Battery Chargers USB Cables & Accessories



   Every day most of us use a number of mobile devices. While these devices have grown to a part of our routine, the part that I dislike most is charging or having to wait for a device to charge to use it. There are an insane amount of portable battery packs available on the market that can solve this problem and make it easier to use our device while it charges and extend its battery. It is however very rare that you see a company so transparent with their product and process of production. 

    Thus I introduce you to Spor, A portable rechargeable battery pack capable of charging itself with either the mini .5w solar panel or plug in to a wall outlet or computer usb. There are many pros to the Spor, first and foremost as I have mentioned transparency. Below you will see that they give you full stats on the battery pack and the mini 0.5w solar panel thats at the top of the unit, most other companies exaggerate the charge times on the solar panels however Spor gives you an upfront number that actually seems reasonable( I am not a electrical engineer however it seems likely true) a 50hr charge time in the sun for a full charge of the Spors battery. The Spor is also customizable, you can print your own housing for the Spor( if you own a 3d printer of course) and make it fit your lifestyle.  Daisy chaining, if you pledge for multiple Spor units you can connect them together and add to the capacity of the unit. I do hope they will reach their $300k  stretch goal or decide to release that extra 5w solar panel to help charge our Spor faster. If you decide to back them, please leave a comment on their campaigns comment page that you found their project through IamABacker.com , Thank you.


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Put the Power of the Sun in your Pocket with the Worlds Most Open and Customizable Solar Charger and Power System. Spread The Power!


Spor: Spread the Power




Each SPOR Charger now comes with a complimentary USB cable and 2-port AC wall adapter!
Each SPOR Charger now comes with a complimentary USB cable and 2-port AC wall adapter!

What is Spor?

Spor is a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices. It can be charged by an outlet or passively via the sun. It can charge multiple devices at once, and can charge your phone practically as fast as a wall outlet. It's the power of the sun - in your pocket. 



What does Spor do?




Charges Mobile Devices
Charges Mobile Devices
 AND



Other USB powered things
Other USB powered things
 AND



Passively Recharges Itself from Solar
Passively Recharges Itself from Solar
 AND



'Daisy Chains' with Other Spor's to Stack Charge
'Daisy Chains' with Other Spor's to Stack Charge
 AND 



Can Be 3D Printed in Almost Any Color, Shape or Material (Right: Orange NinjaFlex)
Can Be 3D Printed in Almost Any Color, Shape or Material (Right: Orange NinjaFlex)
 AND



Comes with the Coolest Cables on Earth (Above: Nylon Fabric and Gooseneck)
Comes with the Coolest Cables on Earth (Above: Nylon Fabric and Gooseneck)
 Ohh, AND



It's Just the Start of A Larger Ecosytem of Energy Harvesters and Attachments
It's Just the Start of A Larger Ecosytem of Energy Harvesters and Attachments
Yea. You need that. We all need that. So back us!

What you get for Backing?




You Can Use Spor when you're...

Socializing
  • Talking or texting on your phone
  • A late night on the town and your phone is running low
  • Out with other friends who need a charge
  • Showing off how cool you are around your friends for using solar power
Professionalizing
  • In an exciting work meeting and you need your phone for your emails
  • In a boring work meeting and can't find anything better to do
  • On the go from meeting to meeting with no place in between to charge
Vacatializing
  • Camping and you don't have any access to an outlet
  • Using your tablet on the plane
Survivalizing
  • After a natural disaster that's left you and others without electricity
  • After a zombie apocalypse that's left you feeling hungry for human flesh... wait - you're not a zombie are you?!
Living
  • Riding your bike around the city or in the woods
  • In class and your teacher is giving a boring lecture but your phone's on 2%
  • Living in a country with poor access to electricity and your phone is on 2%

How We Made Spor

First we evaluated the market. We found more chargers than we could count but they usually fell into two main groups. 'Too Little' (cheap backup charger or key-chain variety) or 'Too Much" (bulky and expensive)



Too Little, Too Much - Just Right
Too Little, Too Much - Just Right
 We think we designed a better one. Here's what went into it.



The Guts
The Guts
We designed Spor to be super simple: components packaged in an easy to assemble way. Three components (Battery, Panel & Circuit). But we needed to find the best ones. 
So we had to test them...



Front: Durable Matte Epoxy Panels; Back: Old Cells & Panels
Front: Durable Matte Epoxy Panels; Back: Old Cells & Panels
 We found: 
- Cells were cheap but too fragile 
- Some modules had easy-to-scratch coatings
We Chose:
- A small, monocrystalline module with durable matte epoxy coating



Batteries: Finding a Balance
Batteries: Finding a Balance
We found:
- Batteries that were too small/weak
- Batteries that were too big/heavy 
We chose:
- A 5,200 mAh Lithium Ion battery with built in PCB protection



Circuits: Pile O' Competitors
Circuits: Pile O' Competitors
We found:
- Circuits with solar but only one USB port or circuits two outports butno solar recharging capability 
- Electronics manufacturers don't expect their products to be opened but with some finese (force) you can pretty much open anything
We chose:
- A board with 2 outports, inports, solar charge controller, and logic that allows them to work together



We've Made a Few of Our Own Changes
We've Made a Few of Our Own Changes
In an ever evolving shell



Shell Prototypes: It Took Several Generations to Land on the Right Feel, Size & Power
Shell Prototypes: It Took Several Generations to Land on the Right Feel, Size & Power

To land on a solid product

That's simple, powerful and universally useful



 With great accessories



Cable Graveyard: We Tested Dozens of Suppliers for the Best Cables
Cable Graveyard: We Tested Dozens of Suppliers for the Best Cables

3D Printability: Why not?

We started out by designing the prototypes of our shells and having them printed byshapeways and i.materialise. Both were awesome! After doing initial tests on our Bukobot 3D PrinterMakerbot Replicators, and a Z-Corp powder printer, we realized these shells weren't half bad! If you don't care about the somewhat rough finish of today's 3D printers, you could print your own shell in whatever color or material you can find. 
We believe the future is to let you make it the way you want. That's why we want to give you the option to view our designs or make your own on shapeways andi.materialise to have a beautiful and unique shell that houses great components for your Spor. 









And the Ability to Daisy Chain







Why Spor

When you support us you are not just buying a product. You are buying into a larger goal of empowering humanity. Because we all deserve some power when we need t



The Vision

To build this into an ecosystem (Spor, Cables, & Panels) to make energy more accessible and affordable for the global population. Empowering people through technological access. Powering more and more of our energy consumption off of distributed, clean energy networks. Taking a bite out of the fossil fuel grid one device user at a time. 



Panels, Cables, & Spors
Panels, Cables, & Spors
 Launch Strategy



Our Team (& Friends)

Founders



Jason Browne (left): Founder and CEO, The Creator of Spor
David Hunt (center): Co-Founder and Head of Marketing, The Soul of Spor
Troy Hudson: Head of Design,  The Eye Behind Spor
Adrian Delphia: Chief Technical Officer, The Brain of Spor
Engineering
Adrian Delphia (CTO), Ian AdamDaniel SteinLuigi CervantesEdric GraciaLuke GaryRoss Kessler, Kevin Yueng, Denny Willgoose, Blake Nguyen, Carter Banks and Steve Webb. 
Marketing:
Johannes Dzidzienyo (Intern)
FiveFive Collective - they're that good.

Shout Outs

Our Awesome Advisors  
Our Awesome Partners 

Use of Funds  

Funds raised through Kickstarter will help us bring Spor to life. We will need to coverupfront costs such as tooling for injection molded shells and minimum order quantity thresholds of suppliers. Spor's bill of materials will need to be tweaked formanufacturing and production engineers will need to be brought on to review the product. Once built, each unit will need to be tested and certified to assure what we have built is safe and reliable. At the end of it all, we will be able to deliver a great product that you helped build

Stretch Goals 




Thank You!

Thank you for helping us bring Spor to the world. Your support is something that we couldn't do this without. Thank you, thank you, we could thank you so much so we'll say it one more time, THANK YOU! 
And as always, a special thanks to planet earth.
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