Production Status

Designing and engineering nine different products simultaneously, each best-in-class, has been more complicated than we expected. Completion of the engineering process was also hit in the first half of 2020 by COVID-19 but we are now pleased to report excellent recent progress in finalizing the entire product range.

Taking on the design of an entire family of products all at the same time has been a monumental task for such a small company. But there have been some benefits of this “design and engineer everything together” approach:

  • We knew from the outset this was the only way we knew we could deliver a seamless, integrated experience. Because MAGFAST is a family of devices, we have designed consistent, intuitive behavior across all products.
  • Some products have presented unique challenges – but many features are common across the range. We have been able to solve many engineering challenges once, then apply the solution across the entire family.
MAGFAST products are designed and engineered to exceptionally high standards, and we are planning a manufacturing process which will be driven by the same quality expectations. Our manufacturing partner has a full-scale testing facility which allows us to ‘burn in’ (test) all units to ensure an infinitesimally small failure rate: every MAGFAST device will be put through a comprehensive testing cycle before packing and shipping.

Latest Production News: Based on the latest information from our manufacturing partners, three products could be in the hands of our earliest backers in time for the holidays this year MAGFAST Life, Extreme and Air.

Click on the More… links below for a detailed, always up-to-date view of status and timeline for each product in the family.

Latest Update: July 2, 2020

Air

STATUS

► Pre-production sample approval expected: August 2020
► First shipments to earliest backers expected: December 2020

Air is designed to revolutionize your experience of wireless charging

Air was an exciting challenge for our engineers: it’s the only induction charging system with two Qi-Wireless coils (one vertical, one horizontal, so you can charge your phone standing up or lying down) combined with snap-to-charge technology. We tested numerous ways of snapping Air to other MAGFAST-family products and found the perfect-strength neodymium magnets. Our original plan to have the magnets located invisibly under the case proved too hard to implement, so we ultimately settled on surface magnets with a beautiful, hardened white-epoxy coating.

Work complete:

  • Pre-production working sample tested
  • Snap-to-charge technology tested/finalized
  • Multiple power IN (MAGFAST x 2, Micro-USB, USB-C) tested/finalized
  • Multiple power OUT (Wireless x 2) tested/finalized

Work to be completed:

  • Development is now complete with the exception of a small clearance issue with the adjustable Wall tips during a final check on 6/30/20. This will cause a slight delay in the Air pre-production sample relative to Life and Extreme.
  • Neodymium magnets using white epoxy coating tested using Air prototype : will be consistent across the range.

Milestones:

Life

STATUS

► Pre-production sample approval expected: August 2020
► First shipments to earliest backers expected: December 2020

Life packs an unprecedented range of features into a small-but-mighty power bank

Life is a powerful charging system that combines the features of several wired and wireless chargers and power banks in a very small package. Our first challenge was to fit all those features inside the case. The Life pre-production sample we received in December 2019 was an exciting moment for the team: our first opportunity to verify so many ports simultaneously receiving and delivering charge.

Work complete:

  • Pre-production working sample tested
  • Multiple power IN (MAGFAST, USB-C, Micro-USB, Wireless) tested/finalized
  • Multiple power OUT (MAGFAST, USB-C, USB-A, Wireless) tested/finalized
  • Final mechanical/design improvements
  • Development now complete and signed off by MAGFAST; updated pre-production sample expected shortly
  • If this sample is error free, we move into tooling and final steps to production

Work to be completed:

  • LED system in final stages of engineering/testing
  • Pre-production sample to be approved: expected August

Milestones:

Extreme

STATUS

► Pre-production sample approval expected: August 2020
► First shipments to earliest backers expected: December 2020

Extreme is the world’s most capable AND flexible advanced power bank

Extreme presented a series of unique engineering complexities. A major challenge was finding a battery that carries enough charge to recharge your phone multiple times and current with the punch to jump-start your car. The battery passed our tests with flying colors on everything from a sedan to a 5-liter truck (in Texas!). Our engineers also had to figure out management of a large number of ports all working simultaneously, and the complexity of making it easy for you to understand what’s charging, what’s charged, and how quickly. And, with so many output ports, we had to address the challenge of what happens when you plug in too many items together (the answer: keep charging everything, just more slowly).

Work complete:

  • 18,500 mAh High-power/high-current battery tested
  • Multiple power IN (MAGFAST, USB-C, Micro-USB, Wireless) tested/finalized
  • Multiple power OUT (MAGFAST, USB-C x 2, USB-A x 3, Wireless x 3) tested/finalized
  • Updated form factor (original ‘boxy’ case switched to long, slender design)

Work to be completed:

  • Power prioritization system in final stages of engineering/testing
  • Production sample to be approved: expected {month}
  • Development now complete and signed off by MAGFAST; updated pre-production sample expected shortly
  • If this sample is error free, we move into tooling and final steps to production

Milestones:

Road

STATUS

► Pre-production
► First shipments TBA

Road is with you in your car or your boat - anywhere with 12V power

Road is another small package with a wealth of features. Road plugs into the 12V “cigarette-lighter” port in your vehicle: we envisage you and up to five family and friends all wedged into your seats charging phones and tablets using USB-A and USB-C. We used a new design approach to fit all the components and to channel power from the car’s electrical system to all those ports, bypassing the battery. Of course we also needed to ensure the electronics switch seamlessly to battery power when you unplug from the 12V port or turn off the vehicle’s ignition.,.  On the mechanical side, we added spring-loaded stabilizers to ensure Road stays put when hitting bumps and potholes. Surprisingly difficult? Fitting a powerful broad-beam flashlight neatly into the same space as the 12V plug. But we’re doing it:  we believe it will be the first of its kind.

Work complete:

  • Multiple power IN (MAGFAST, USB-C, Micro-USB, Wireless) tested/finalized
  • Multiple power OUT (MAGFAST, USB-C x 3, USB-A x 3) tested/finalized
  • Flashlight prototypes evaluated

Work to be completed:

  • Final flashlight design
  • Production sample to be approved: expected {month}

Milestones:

  • TBD

Wall

STATUS

► Pre-production
► First shipments TBA

Wall is the ‘invisible base station’ that charges all other MAGFAST devices

Wall is the only MAGFAST-family product that plugs directly into a standard outlet, which brings extra safety requirements including UL-standard certification through ETL, our selected independent testing lab. Wall operates both as a pass-through device (power direct from the house power receptacle ) and as a multi-output charger.

High-quality low-resistance circuitry for the pass through allows maximum reliability, and an equivalent high-quality circuit helps ensure faster charging through the  .

Substantial engineering investment in the Wall range has allowed us to pack more ports and more power than we believed possible. The release version of Wall offers 4 output charging ports, together delivering a maximum of 28.5W:

  1. MAGFAST top 10.5W**
  2. MAGFAST bottom 10.5W**
  3. USB-C tip on top 18W
  4. USB-A 2 ports on bottom sharing 10.5W

**  The top MAGFAST port can not be used at the same time as the charging tips and the bottom MAGFAST port can not be used at the same time as the bottom ports. 

Work complete:

  • Multiple power OUT (MAGFAST x 2, USB-A x 2, USB-C bottom port, 110V x 2, Micro-USB tip, USB-C tip, Lightning tip)
  • Power-supply circuit design

Work to be completed:

  • Design finalization: TBD
  • Production sample to be approved: expected TBD
  • UL (ETL) certification

Milestones:

  • TBD

Wall SP

STATUS

► Pre-production
► First shipments TBA

Wall SP is the MAGFAST family’s ‘invisible base station’, including surge protection

As with the Wall standard, engineering for the Wall base station is now complete. {?}

Wall SP details as Wall standard, with the addition of surge protection circuitry.

Work complete:

  • Multiple power OUT (MAGFAST x 2, USB-A x 2, 110V x 2)

Work to be completed:

  • Production sample to be approved: expected {month}
  • ETL certification

 Substantial engineering investment in the Wall range has allowed us to pack more ports and more power than we believed possible. The release version of Wall SP offers 4 output charging ports, together delivering a maximum of 28.5W:

  1. MAGFAST top 10.5W**
  2. MAGFAST bottom 10.5W**
  3. USB-C tip on top 18W
  4. USB-A 2 ports on bottom sharing 10.5W

Work complete:

  • See Wall

Work to be completed:

  • See Wall

 Milestones:

  • TBD

Wall SP 2X

STATUS

► Pre-production
► First shipments TBA

Wall SP2X is the MAGFAST family’s ‘invisible base station’, including surge protection + double the power

Wall SP2X has proven to be the most ambitious product to engineer in the Wall series. The addition of USB-C along with two MAGFAST snap-to-charge connections, space taken by the 110V plugs and the mechanical interface for the flexible charging tips meant there wasn’t enough room in the case for all the electronics using conventional charging technology. Our engineers adopted a brand-new form of charging circuitry based on gallium-nitride (GaN) semiconductors which can sustain much higher voltages running at cooler temperatures in a much smaller space. The exciting result (referenced here for the first time !) is that Wall SP2X now has not one but two USB-C fast-charging ports: 18W on the top and 30W underneath.

Wall SP2X has 5 output charging ports for the “Double The Power” version of Wall supporting a max power of 58.5W:

  1. MAGFAST top 10.5W**
  2. MAGFAST bottom 10.5 W**
  3. USB-C tip on top 18W
  4. USB-C port on bottom 30W
  5. USB-A 2 ports on bottom sharing 10.5W

Work complete:

  • See Wall

Work to be completed:

  • See Wall

Milestones:

  • TBD

Time

STATUS

► Pre-production
► First shipments TBA

Time is the ultimate charger for Apple Watch

Time is a dedicated product for Apple Watch and the only device in the MAGFAST line-up requiring MFi (made-for-iOS) certification from Apple. Many lower-quality devices sidestep Apple’s certification requirements, which means they could be withdrawn or will at some stage cease to function. Design and engineering to meet Apple’s standards took our team several months, complicated further because Time allows your Apple Watch to be oriented vertically or horizontally. Apple’s most stringent requirements relate to the precise physical positioning of the charging disc to ensure the Watch is successfully charged and unlikely to fall off. After meeting Apple’s standards for electronics and industrial design, there was insufficient space for a suitable battery. The design team (led by Seymour) then worked with the engineering team to resolve this final challenge.

Work complete:

  • Industrial Design (ID)
  • Apple MFi certification

Work to be completed:

  • Design finalization: TBD
  • Production sample to be approved: expected TBD

Milestones:

  • TBD

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