Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have tech geeks spending money left and right on cool gadgets. This is because there is so much creativity in the industry, but financial limitations could keep smaller companies under the radar. Big players are no longer the only ones bringing the goods and we know there are great crowdfunding projects out there, but there are also some we could live without.
This is why we have created the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series, where we feature the coolest of the bunch. Today we are taking a look at a portable battery pack named Long. Shall we jump right into the details?
Other featured projects:
- Crowdfunding project of the week: Yecup 365 mug can heat or cool your drink on demand
- Crowdfunding project of the week: HUB by Ekko makes wireless sound simple
- Crowdfunding project of the week: YOUMO modular power strip
- Crowdfunding project of the week: SOUNDBOKS is the loudest battery-powered speaker around
We have seen plenty of portable battery packs, right? All sizes and prices. So, what is it that makes Long special? Let’s start with its capabilities: this thing has 36,000 mAh of juice inside. To put that into perspective, a Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery.
I have used such large batteries in the past. My favorite happens to be the LUXA2 P-MEGA, which has a 41,600 mAh battery inside. The only thing is that Luxa2’s battery is huge. It literally looks like it could be one of those compact PC towers. In comparison, the Long battery pack is still larger than what most of us are used to, yet portable and much thinner than previous competitors.
The inventors say this thing will offer “a few days” of charging, which is completely believable. And don’t think it can only handle smartphones and tablets. The Long protable charger is actually designed to power up laptops and other larger devices.
The surprises don’t end there. Wait until you hear this – the darn thing is going to be free. The guys at Long are hoping this will be a distribution item, as opposed to a retail product you can just go and buy. This means that, if all goes according to plan, some laptops will probably come with one of these.
But of course, this is a crowdfunding campaign, so there is a price right now. You can get a Long battery pack for as low as $40, which is really a steal for what you are getting. Their $10,000 goal is not close to being met yet, but the Indiegogo campaign is new and still has 2 months to go. Will you be signing up?