Startup raises $1.2m for 5mm thick charger

February 20, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Israeli startup Kado has raised $1.2m to complete the development of a 5mm thick charger for electronic equipment such as mobile phones, tablet and personal computers.

While initial sales are expected for small stand-alone power conversion units  the company is also indicating that it may be possible in the future to include the charger within personal devices.

Kado has two models, one for smartphones and tablets and one for laptop computers which it claims is the world's first foldable charger. AltaIR Capital participated in the seed round. The company intends to launch a Series A crowdfunding round in order to prepare for commercial launch of its products in 2017.

The 21-gram Kado Wallet supplies up to 10 watts and can also charge other mobile devices, such as tablets, cameras, wireless speakers and headphones. The foldable Kado Sleeve for laptops weighs 97 grams and provides up to 70 watts. It has two USB ports for the simultaneous charging of a laptop and a smaller device, such as a smartphone or a tablet.

The company is in the process of selecting a Chinese or Taiwanese contract manufacturer to make conversion modules. It then expects to sell these modules to other companies who will create and market thin chargers

However, the company declined to tell eeNews Europe much about how it achieves the low profile and high power conversion density of its chargers although the technology is said to be the subject of patent applications.

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