This Toronto-Made Kickstarter Device Charges Anything, Anywhere

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The Prometheus mobile device charger will definitely ship to its Kickstarter backers after nearly doubling its modest goal of $5,000 within 24 hours. There’s still 38 days left in the campaign and already the creators behind the device have raised over $9,200.

The Prometheus is a cool little device about the size of the adapter component of a Macbook charger. It provides mobile power for all your devices, and the ability to produce new power with your own hands, which is possibly the best part (and in my opinion, a logical and smart addition to a product). 

Here’s some of the specs:

1. A rechargeable 5000 mAh battery: the iPhone 4′s battery is 1420 mAh.

2. USB Ports: Two ports means you can charge two different devices.

3. Hand-Cranked Power: Unlimited power in your pocket. Flip out the handle, and give it a spin. The sturdy crank can generate another 400 mAh by itself, which means even if the bank’s supply is depleted, you can always have energy at your disposal.

4. Flashlight: Hold down the power button for three seconds and get a beam of light for any occasion.

5. LED Interface: Four LED’s light up blue to indicate when Prometheus is fully charged.

6. Smart Features: Prometheus auto-disconnects when it’s fully charged, and includes auto power-off functions to save power. It also includes standard over-current and short circuit protection.

7. Compatible Across the Board: Some compatible devices include: Apple, HTC, and Samsung phones and tablets, readers, cameras, and even gaming handhelds like PSP Vita, MP3s, Nintendo DS. If it uses a USB port, it’s game.

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“We hated the idea of getting caught without power for life’s important events,” wrote the product’s creator, Weiming Yuan. “We’ve bought some alternatives in the past. Unfortunately, they have little power, are not designed with us in mind, or are too expensive. Prometheus brings you unlimited power with beautiful design– all at our Kickstarter price.”

The current price on Kickstarter isn’t to shabby either: the initial early bird price of $49 is unavailable now that all 99 spots were snatched up, but the next option is only three dollars more and there’s tons left.

Again, I think the hand cranker really makes this product what it is. It’s a simple, logical addition that (ideally) will never leave a user without power so long as they have this product.

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Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk is Managing Editor at Betakit. Prior to Betakit Joseph wrote for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.