Australian Noa wants to make charging stones stylish – Pickr

Charging bricks and power banks aren’t always the sexiest things, but an Australian startup wants to change that.

If you rely on your phone’s battery to get through the day, you may be disappointed depending on how often you use your phone.

While some phones last into the next day, if you use the screen a lot, make a lot of calls, rely on the GPS, or play a lot of games, the battery performance can quickly decrease. Phone batteries aren’t always the best performers, which is why so many of us turn to the power stone.

The humble power stone has one basic purpose: to charge your technology, but they don’t always look good. A simple black or white piece of plastic with a few ports has become the go-to and de facto standard for making these things, and while they can come in a variety of colors, they’re often quite common and something you’ll hide or leave sitting on your desk.

But an Australian company wants to change that, throwing the style you might put in your laptop bag, jacket or boots into power, making it the kind of tech you don’t mind carrying around with you, showing off while you, ahem, charge your phone.

It’s an Aussie startup on Kickstarter, as the three founders of Noa wanted to change the design of the simple power brick into something more elegant, and quite quickly reached its Kickstarter goal. Already more than double what it took to complete (at the time of publication), Noa might be on to something, even if everyone else stuck to the generic Power Stone style.

Instead of that standard plastic look, it built its product, the Daytripper, from an aluminum block covered with a leather top, complete with a 5000mAh battery underneath. That’s certainly not a huge battery pack, but should be enough to charge your phone over the course of a day, which is arguably the point of its name.

However, it can charge phones wirelessly with Qi charging or through the Type C port, making it a powerful brick that’s compatible with any phone, whether you’re charging wirelessly or with a cord, and doing it with a bit of style.

“When we started designing Daytripper, it was this instant realization of ‘wow’, there’s nothing exciting in the range of wireless charging devices that really makes it easier than plugging in a cable, while being suitable for everyday use. life,” said Christel Hadiwibawa, one of the three founders of Noa.

“We also wanted to create something that reflected what we’ve defined as ‘quality’ – you could say we built this with ourselves in mind – but we also believe that the quality of a charger should also match the quality of all the other devices we carry.”

As for style, Hadiwibawa told Pickr it chose top-down leather not only for its appearance and age, but also for its durability, pointing out some of the chemicals used in making leather alternatives.

“We chose genuine cowhide leather because of the quality and durability issues present in vegan leather,” she said, adding “unfortunately, the most common leather alternative is petroleum-based plastic, called polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane.”

Leather gets around that, but Hadiwibawa said Noa was researching sustainable materials outside of leather, as using leather isn’t something everyone can approve of in their technology, a problem that HP has addressed at least once in the past

For now, it’s a premium phone charger with a leather top, but one that also bypasses MagSafe, making it compatible with everything, not just iPhones, which is a problem some electrical devices can have.

MagSafe chargers are great with a compatible iPhone, but older iPhones without MagSafe — that’s every iPhone before the iPhone 12 series — and any Android may not get the full wireless charge, because MagSafe is an Apple-only technology. Mophie makes an adapter, but it’s not the sameand mainly keeps the grip, not the constant wireless connection.

A lack of MagSafe essentially makes Noa’s Daytripper a bit more general in what it appeals to, and that’s everyone, not just the iPhone crowd, though its style means it’s anything but generic, too.

As for where to find it, the Daytripper is still in Kickstarter phase with expected delivery in November 2022, priced with a discount for those who support it early, although the company expects a suggested retail price of $179 when it’s ready. . That is certainly a high price for a small power bank, even if it is a power bank like no other.

Like many other gadgets, it will be available online, although the company hopes the power bank will make its way into brick and mortar so people can see and feel it for themselves.

“As we continue our online sales, we want Daytripper to be available in brick-and-mortar stores as well, because it really is a product that can be appreciated more when seen in person,” said Hadiwibawa, one of Noa’s co-founders.

“As far as when this happens, we are in the process of streamlining our supply chain and the next step will be later this year/early to start selling through boutique stores both locally and abroad.”

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