Q- Is it safe?
A- Yes, the technology has been tested and the recycled batteries come from UL-listed battery packs. We have had the design looked over by an electrical engineer. There are multiple safety features built in including overcharge, over discharge, overcurrent, short circuit protection, as well as a fuse on the battery cells, which is often not present in commercial power banks.
Q- How is it environmentally friendly?
A- We use recycled laptop batteries and a 3D printed design to create a product that is environmentally responsible. A percentage of the profits will be donated to non profit organizations in order to further support our initiative to give back.
Q- How long does it take to charge?
A- Charging times will depend on the type of USB port it is charging from. A dedicated charging port or 5V 1A wall adapter will charge it to 80% in 3-4 hours.
Q- How many times will it charge my phone?
A- Approximately twice. This will vary depending on the batteries that we get to reuse, and the model of your phone. Different phones have different capacity batteries, and will take more energy to charge than others.
Q- How does it work?
A- The recycled laptop batteries are connected to the Charge and Protection Module which is connected to the USB Boost Converter. You can use the free charging cord that comes with the product to connect it to a USB port capable of 1A charging current in order to charge it.
Q- Where do you get the recycled batteries?
A- We get our batteries from local electronics recyclers and computer repair shops. A huge thanks to PC Perfect, Alexander Battery, CompuCorps, INK+, Kanata Computers, and especially to EDI.
Q- How much does it cost?
A- Currently, we are offering pre-orders for $15.
Q- Why pre-orders?
A- We are currently working out all the kinks in the design, with a product as complicated as this, it is important to get it right. We plan to have products made in early January.
Q- If I preorder how and when will I get it?
A- Once the product is ready, we will contact you via email to arrange pickup. You will be responsible for picking it up from Glebe Collegiate Institute (212 Glebe Ave) once the time is arranged. If this is not possible for you, please contact us and we may be able to arrange alternate pickup or delivery options.
Q- Are they durable?
A- It is an electronic device, so it’s important to be as careful with it as you would be a phone. If it is dropped, there is a chance that the 3D printed case might break, just like a phone.