thingCHARGER is a simple, elegant new way to charge all your things. Just plug it into any outlet and you'll have a neat charging station — free of ugly wires.
Plug 2 or 3 thingCHARGERs together and charge all your things at once.
Watch the video above, and fall in love again.
Patent Pending Design featuring:
The worldwide device charging standard.
Charge anything USB. Smartphone, Tablet, Reader... Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, LG, Nokia, Sony, Kindle... anything.
Interchangable Tips – Store in the Back
Tips swap in seconds so they're never lost, always ready to charge any device, from any brand.
Unlike the 'wireless' chargers, see below...
'Disappears' into the wall outlet.
Keeps Outlets Free to Use
Full power from both outlets.
Frees up Desk and Counter Space
And saves from coffee spills.
2 Regular USB outlets
Hiding underneath, just in case.
Plug 2 or 3 Together – Charge All Your Things At Once
Plug 2 or 3 thingCHARGERs together to make a compact charging station.
Green by Design
Uses no power when not in use.
Green from the start. And at the end.
Astonishing Referral Program
Green from the start. And at the end.
thingCHARGER ships with Micro & Mini-USB and the Apple 30-pin. Lightning is an optional extra.
(There's an exhausting, if not exhaustive, list of devices we'll charge at the foot of this page).
If you have a USB device, thingCHARGER will charge it.
These days there's only a handful of connectors needed to cover just about every smartphone, tablet and reader on the market.
The Secret is in the Tips
thingCHARGER will ship with Apple 30-pin, Micro-USB and Mini-USB tips with Apple Lightning as a $9 optional extra. If you have different devices which use different tips you can either just switch tips in seconds (they store neatly in the back) or plug 2 or 3 thingCHARGERs together to charge several different devices at once.
There's over a billion (yes, one billion) devices on the planet that can charge with thingCHARGER. (At the foot of this page we have a rather long list of just some of the models.)
Lightning Tips $9 Optional Extra
If you choose to support us and want to charge any of the newer Apple devices please add $9 to your contribution for each Lightning Tip you'd like.
(We hate charging extra for Lighting, but we have to — see below).
We couldn't agree more. Let's be honest. There are countless powerstrips out there, and even more chargers. A few even have interesting designs. But something cool surrounded by a mess of wires doesn't look cool. It just looks messy.
With thingCHARGER, we wanted to create a design that looks great when in use, not just when you take it out of the box. A design so utterly simple, so essential, that although it is completely new, it feels utterly familiar — as though you've used and loved it all your life.
thingCHARGER's unique design makes life just a little simpler. A bit less cluttered, a touch more organized. It's not the only charger you'll ever need. But it is hands-down the best-designed you'll ever own.
Sometimes an oddly-placed outlet is the perfect spot for thingCHARGER.
One last design point. Most objects (whether or not you like their design) occupy 'visual space', meaning they introduce something where previously there wasn't anything. You had an empty table, then you placed a lamp on it. Gorgeous or ghastly, the lamp replaces 'space' with 'lamp' in your visual field.
thingCHARGER's design is extremely rare in that it looks the same as the item it 'replaces' in the visual field. So when you plug it into the wall outlet it is essentially invisible when viewed from the front and its slim profile means its visual impact is negligible from all other angles.
thingCHARGER can be almost invisible.
Plug 2 or 3 thingCHARGERs together, and charge all your things at once.
1: Place your device gently on top of thingCHARGER
2: Touch the ON button.
3: Notice how simple and uncluttered this part of your life now feels.
(More fun with so-called 'wireless' chargers further down the page!)
Other chargers use power when they are not in use. thingCHARGER has a simple switch with an LED
so you know when charging is on. Just touch to turn it off as you grab your thing and go.
Some folks are all excited about the idea of wireless charging. Without getting too technical, its fair to say that charging things through thin air is an idea whose day has yet to come.
You see today's 'wireless' chargers have a fatal flaw: wires. And getting set up is expensive. Ater shelling out for the charger, you still need to buy a separate, proprietary charging case or attachment for each and every device you own. Then, in use, they take up counter space, and leave you looking at ugly wires.
thingCHARGER charges any device without any wires. Isn't that really what you want from wireless charging?
So-called 'wireless' chargers have a fatal flaw. Wires.
Very simply. Just plug thingCHARGER into any wall outlet. The regular outlets on the front are live whenever your wall outlet is.
The USB outlets (on the underside, so hidden when not in use) and the device-tip on the top are live whenever thingCHARGER is switched on.
Truth be told, this isn't rocket science. Going from mains AC voltage down to the 5 volts DC needed for USB charging is a 'commodity' in the manufacturing world, involving nothing more than a standard transformer with some control electronics on a little circuit board. Our specialist manufacturer has shipped hundreds of millions of these.
It's the outside of thingCHARGER — its elegant industrial design — that took all the hard work. It's the reason, we believe, that anyone who's seen a thingCHARGER is so enthusiastic.
Ready to go.
We have completed the industrial design - and spent months testing (and more importantly using) prototypes and refining thingCHARGER from great to delightful.
Our specialist American production partner - a highly experienced power supply engineering and manufacturing company — is ready to complete the final production design and guide thingCHARGER through UL certification, before tooling up at the factory and getting your pack of thingCHARGERs shipped as soon as possible.
1: Choose the tip you need for your device and
pop it in the top of thingCHARGER (2 seconds)
2: Store the unused tip neatly in the back (1 second).
3: Plug thingCHARGER into a suitable outlet (1.5 seconds).
Within 24 hours of publishing our Facebook page we had countless requests from around the world asking for thingCHARGER to fit outlets in different countries.
Electrical outlets vary widely around the world, but the good news is that the core design benefits of thingCHARGER apply anywhere — plug it in the wall, put your thing on top, plug in more than one, USBs underneath. The overall shape will differ to match the shape of the local wall outlets, but the principles remain the same. The electronics and tips will be exactly the same and the packaging almost identical.
As soon as we have the US design shipping we plan to develop thingCHARGER for the UK, Europe and other markets.
Plug 2 or 3 together and
charge all your things at once
thingCHARGER's story starts with a classic: the unwanted spousal Christmas gift.
For Christmas 2012, Amy gave Seymour one of those solar-chargers with lots of connectors for different devices. It was a very thoughtful and much appreciated gift, but after playing with it for a week Seymour (guiltily) concluded that his loving wife's thoughtful gift was likely to spend its life on the shelf. It went to eBay. But the bug to find a neat way of charging everything was born.
Over the next few weeks Seymour bought an array of different charging solutions to 'set up' the household to handle all their devices and those of any visitors.
He installed an in-wall outlet with built-in USB (needs an electrician and maybe a carpenter or mason if your wall outlet boxes aren't big enough).
He tried all kinds of rechargable packs and wires with multiple tips. Many were junk - all were messy.
Then one day fooling around with an 'award winning' design that wobbled, had messy wires and a host of other flaws, it dawned on him that a simple box which allowed a device to stand on top would solve all the problems...
Amy agreed: "Most of your ideas are pretty dumb" she said lovingly, "but we should work on this one."
So after boring everyone to tears just talking about it for a few days Seymour disappeared into the basement one evening and emerged a while later speckled with white plastic dust, fingers partially bonded by adhesive… but with the first, very basic thingCHARGER prototype. The vision was born...
The All-Time #1 Crowdfunded Mobile Accessory
In October 2013 we launched a campaign on Indiegogo requesting contributions to get the vision off the ground and thingCHARGER quickly became one of the most successful campaigns of all time.
Because pre-orders cannot be taken until shortly before a product is ready to ship, but interest in thingCHARGER remains incredibly high, we decided to continue accepting contributions on our own site until shipping dates are finalized.
Many crowd-funded campaigns have encountered problems taking their prototypes to production. We take this extremely seriously.
From the start we knew our core team strength lay in the developing and refining the design of thingCHARGER and honing it until it is now near-perfect. We're also pretty good at communicating its benefits. But things like factory quality control, negotiating with component fabricators on all corners of the globe and supply chain logistics are really hard even for folks who do it all the time... and insanity for anyone else. So…
We've partnered with an amazing American company headquartered just an hour away from our base in New York and with offices in the UK, France, Germany and China.
For two decades they have specialized in power supplies — transformers that convert electricity from one voltage to another — and delivered over a hundred million of them to many of the world's top tech brands. They have a team of 30 engineers working right here in America perfecting power supply design. So prototype design, testing, process development, management and electrical spec are all done right here in the US. And they wholely own and manage the factory to retain complete control over manufacturing.
Their operation is certified by countless international safety agencies including UL, CSA, NEMKO, DEMKO, TUV, VDE, PSE, Korea as well as CCC to Medical, Information Technology Equipment and other specifications.
Watch the AWESOME bit in the video where the tips swap out then store in the back... and more:
Each Lightning Tip must contain an
Apple-supplied chip & meet very specific production requirements
We really wish didn't have to.
The challenge is that when Apple switched to the new Lightning connector they didn't just change the external design, they added in a special chip.
Some factories are producing cheap Lightning connectors by 'reverse-engineering' Apple's chip, but already reports are coming in that these connectors are made obsolete as Apple upgrades iOS to thwart the conterfeiters.
Because not everyone needs Lightning and it adds significant production cost, we decided to make it an optional extra and keep costs down.
thingCHARGER all about getting rid of usb wires everywhere, but we know there are times when you may just have to plug something in.
So, as long as you promise to only use them occasionally, we've included 2 USB outlets underneath... hidden from view.
If you've never brought a product to market, you can't imagine how the costs pile up.
At thingCHARGER we are working tight and lean keeping expenses incredibly low — yet still there are some significant costs that can't be avoided. Here are the primary ones:
We think the kitchen is the perfect spot. Even under cabinets there's
usually plenty of room for phones, readers & iPods.
thingCHARGER will be UL Certified.
thingCHARGER will be 'UL Certified' — the gold standard of electrical equipment safety.
UL certification is slow and expensive, but we think nothing is more important than delivering a product that puts safety first.
We plan delivery for 2014.
Why so long? Even for a product as seemingly simple as thingCHARGER there's a series of critical steps which in some cases should not be rushed and in others simply cannot be.
UL certification (see above) is critical to delivering a world-class product. The trouble is you can't submit a product for certification until every minute detail of the electrical design is complete, which itself requires time and care.
Once we submit to UL it can vary hugely in the time it takes, and you can't tool up the factory until UL is in place, because you'd have to re-tool if UL required modifications.
Please trust that we'll do everything we can to speed the process – and keep you updated as we go.
Any new project carries significant risks.
Having said that we've worked hard to minimize the risks and anticipate the challenges.
The greatest risk, truthfully, is the greatest risk for any new venture: shortage of funds.
thingCHARGER will move ahead regardless of how much we raise with this campaign. Nonetheless, a highly successful campaign will allow us to:
The bottom line is that if you like what we're doing and can afford to support us, the best way to help us minimize the risk is to support thingCHARGER .
Thanks for looking.
If you love thingCHARGER, or just love to see the entrepreneurial spirit thrive, please help us get this amazing project off the ground.
Every $1 helps, and telling people helps too.
Thank you for checking out thingCHARGER. The awesome new charger for all your things.
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OK here's the Provisional Technical Specifications and both the Country and Device Compatibility Guides.
Country Compatibility Guide
thingCHARGER™ will work in many other countries in addition to the USA. It handles inputs from 108 to 252 volts AC — which covers pretty much every country in the world.
However, it must be used with a secure twin wall outlet of the kind shown above.
All the countries below use this type of outlet in one form or another. thingCHARGER will work when the two outlets are vertically aligned as shown with 38mm/1.5in distance between the tops of the two outlets.
If it is USB device you can charge it with thingCHARGER™.
Here's a list of just some of the things your thingCHARGERs will charge.
(Hint: All your things are in here somewhere...)