Seymour recently visited the manufacturer to see the second thingCHARGER model. The model is a success and the team made the decision to move forward to manufacturing.

Manufacturing & shipping timetable

Important Note:
Tooling, Certification and Manufacturing are inherently complex and unpredictable. What follows is a realistic timetable that with good fortune may shorten by a few weeks and with certain (now unlikely) circumstances could extend by several months.

We listen to and consider all the ideas from our supporters. The most important of these, and its been a critical improvement, is the adjustable tips. This massive improvement has significantly increased the time to production; but  we are on track and have a fully realistic to timetable for fulfillment.

The tooling process - where we create the mold and manufacturing tools for production - is now authorized and underway.

Around about Thanksgiving we expect T-1 - the first iteration of the tool, not yet completed, but sufficiently refined to produce the first sample thingCHARGERs off the line.

There is a small chance that T1 will produce samples sufficiently refined that they can be submitted for UL certification. More usually the final finished tool is required - we expect that at the end of the year.

UL testing will take approximately 10 - 12 weeks. We should confirm UL certification by mid-late March.

After UL Certification, we anticipate production late March and shipping beginning in April.

Time for another update on thingCHARGER! Since so many of you liked the last video, I thought I’d post another, while giving you a bit more detail in the description below…
As you’ll see, this update is focused on three things:
  • thingCHARGER the product - new model expected in a few days; patent issues advancing to create an exceptional product unlike any other, etc. (:38)
  • thingCHARGER the company - preparing to create new U.S.  and international versions of thingCHARGER while first fulfilling commitment to our early supporters; how we’ll fund these new versions to meet the incredible demand by consumers and major retailers. (:55)
  • a related project to give back to our supporters (especially valuable to  those who might want to bring their own products to market, earn money for a new roof for their church or even help pay for them to get to Rio in a couple years as part of the US Olympic cycling team! (4:21)
Please watch the video for more details and then remember to keep coming back for more updates as we work extremely hard to bring thingCHARGER to market!

Hi Everyone,

We’ve just recorded this detailed update for you. Please watch it if you can - you’ll get a good feeling of where we are.

In it I discuss:

– The latest and we hope penultimate model from the factory

– The engineering of the interchangable tips

– Update on our timing…

You’re going to love your thingCHARGERs…





Amy, Seymour & the thingCHARGER team.

As you know, thingCHARGER is our own invention, and from the start, we knew that to deliver the highest quality product possible, with all of the capabilities we promised, we had to find the right manufacturing partner.

We can’t understate how important this is.

Stories abound of inventors sending money off to manufacturers and getting sub-standard or dangerous goods in return. If you’ve backed other crowdfunded projects, you’ve likely encountered at least one final product that just wasn’t up to standard. Without expertise in manufacturing, the entire project could easily be put in jeopardy.

And when your product is an electrical product that plugs into the wall of your home, quality (and safety) becomes 1000x more important. We thought we had a great manufacturing partner from the get-go, but things didn’t materialize as we would have liked and the partnership wasn’t a good fit.

Today, we cracked it.

We reached a critical milestone in the development of thingCHARGER by finalizing and signing a licensing agreement with P3 International, a New York City-based privately owned manufacturer and distributor. While it took until today to get the formal agreement (so we could actually let you know about this!) a lot of work has been done with P3 over the last four months on product development and manufacturing (including designs, molds and certifications) while we worked out the legal details.

P3 is extremely enthusiastic about bringing to market the highest quality product possible without cutting corners on quality or safety. We are still leading the process of creating thingCHARGER as we originally envisioned it. P3’s 25 years of experience in manufacturing means we can combine our design with world-class execution.

Why P3? We love these guys.

They get thingCHARGER and are far more excited about creating it than any of the other potential licensees we considered. The beauty is that P3 isn’t some giant faceless corporation, so thingCHARGER really matters to them. But - with several previous products selling in the millions of units - they are large enough to handle the rapidly growing demand for thingCHARGER, which is proving so much greater than we ever imagined at this stage. Over the past 25 years, P3 has proven itself time and time again with great products and fantastic quality. We’re thrilled to be working with them.

We know you’re as eager as we are to have your thingCHARGERS in hand. Please stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will be able to share more details with you. It’s happening! :D





Amy, Seymour & the thingCHARGER team.

Hello thingCHARGER family…

The last month has been a busy one for us at thingCHARGER. In addition to getting our first patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, we’ve been hard at work finalizing the engineering, including a trip to the factory working with the engineers.

Much of the work is on the interchangeable tips that will allow thingCHARGER to work with any mobile device out there.

Interestingly enough, we’ve found this to be the real challenge in the engineering of thingCHARGER, not the internal electronics or the plastic shell (although making the tooling as beautiful and strong as you deserve is still an amazingly slow and painstaking process!).

What is most difficult is designing quality tips that must:

1: Adjust up and down to fit devices with or without a case, and different thicknesses of cases. We didn’t initially plan this with thingCHARGER, but we had so many requests from you that we added it. It’s a fantastic and necessary feature, which needs real expertise to do well.

2: Grip tight once adjusted and be strong for repeated use.

3: Be engineered correctly at the highest quality, so your mobile devices are completely safe at all times. We’ve seen a bunch of chargers out there that haven’t properly considered the way the tip and the device engage and are either breaking themselves, or worse, the device, causing expensive repairs.

The bottom line is that churning out the kind of junk chargers you find all around is pretty easy. Doing this the right way - with focused attention on the utmost quality - to make something really great that will be really safe and beautiful and serve you for years, is hard. (As my friend and colleague Chris Hawker at Trident Design says, “It’s called Hardware because it is hard” and he’s right.) Just ask Apple about the iPhone 4. Remember when it took an extra year to bring the white one to market after launch when everyone thought it would be as easy to make as the black one.

This attention to quality is resulting in an awesome product of which we’ll all be proud, that you’ll be confident investing in again and recommending to friends and family.

Final note: As a couple striving to bring one of their ideas to market, we’re obviously learning a huge amount along the way about the entire process - and we know there’s a great deal more to know. What we’ve found is lacking out there is a real source on how to navigate this new world to help people who want to crowdfund.

We’re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received and have been looking for a way of giving back a little and helping others. So, in a month or so, we’re going to take an hour or so a week to do some interviews with crowdfunding experts who will share the ends and outs of crowdfunding and make them available online. We’ll give you the link when the first one(s) are ready.

Thank you again for believing in us. Doing this kind of thing is a marathon, not a sprint, and your support means everything.





Amy, Seymour & the thingCHARGER team