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Zap&Go portable charger juices up in minutes

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In five minutes, you're good to go

Zap&Go is another portable phone charger that promises to juice up in mere minutes.

Like the Pronto, it should juice up after just five minutes of being plugged in. (It will take a bit longer to actually charge your phone, however.) It's so quick because it uses a supercapacitor instead of a standard battery.

In five minutes, it will have 1,500mAh of juice, which is enough to fully power up an iPhone 5 or Amazon Kindle. It will only charge newer handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 up to 75 per cent, however, so don't expect it to double your battery life.

It will only charge an iPad Air to 50 per cent.

The supercapacitor is smaller than others because it uses graphene instead of aluminium. In 72 hours, it will only lose about 20 per cent of its power if not used, which is about on a par with a lithium battery.

It's a little longer and thinner than a D battery, so will easily fit in a pocket. It features a USB port, so will charge anything you can plug into it, whether it be an Android device via microUSB, or an Apple gadget via Lightning port.



It's sailed past its funding goal of $30,000 on Indiegogo. It will retail for $149 (£93), and will ship in October next year. It's a pity the charger itself can't be ready five minutes after you pledge your cash, but that's life.

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nmunky

November 6, 2014, 12:28 pm

There has been a recent trend on TR of presenting crowdfunding projects that are one step up from vaporware as real products.

This one for instance: "It will retail for $149 (£93), and will ship in October next year" ought to read "It would probably retail for $149 (£93), and might ship in October next year".

Conjecture should not be presented as fact. There is a strong possibility this device will never see the light of day, ultimately it has as much validity as those endless mockups of what the next iPhone/iPad/iDontCare will look like.

Stan Faryna

November 10, 2014, 11:13 am

I'm one of the backers of the Kickstarter project for the Z&G and I find nmunkey's comment to be entertaining in his own presentation of conjecture as fact. nmunkey writes:

"Ultimately it has as much validity as those endless mockups of what the next iPhone/iPad/iDontCare will look like."

The odds of failed/botched/over-promised technology campaigns to successful campaigns (delivery of product to backer) is suggested to be less than 1 to 5.

Notwithstanding, some backers may be disappointed by the specs because they don't read the "regular size" fine print. Someone may want the Z&G Model 1 to have a 120% charge for their iPhone 6 or Samsung S5. And it's currently rated at doing a 75% charge on those devices. Myself, I hope they develop a Model 2 with larger capacity.

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