Provo kickstarter releases battery charger for outdoor enthusiasts

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Dark Energy's new battery charger the Poseidon clamps onto outdoor equipment so it can come along on every adventure. The Provo technology company launched the charger on Kickstarter Nov. 18 (Shauna Holdaway)
Dark Energy’s new battery charger, the Poseidon, clamps onto outdoor equipment so it can come along on every adventure. The Provo technology company launched the charger on Kickstarter Nov. 18. (Shauna Holdaway)

Provo technology company Dark Energy launched a new portable device that can charge electronics Nov. 18 on Kickstarter.

The Poseidon is a dual-port charger that enables users to charge two devices simultaneously anytime and anywhere. What sets the Poseidon apart is that Dark Energy created the portable battery charger with ultra-durable technology specifically for adventure-seeking consumers. The device is rated at an IP68 on the Ingress Protection standard, giving it the highest possible rating for protection against dust and water.

“No one in the world has done what we’ve been able to do in protection,” said Dark Energy co-founder Garret Aida. “This is the most durable, tough, portable charging solution.”

The Provo startup company built the Poseidon with military-grade drop protection. The Poseidon can withstand falls of up to six feet with its drop-resistant corners and protective edge guard.

The Poseidon also features water-resistant electronic ports, making the device waterproof both on its interior and exterior. It is rated for submersion up to four feet and for 45 minutes.

The Poseidon charges a variety of electronic devices, including smart phones, tablets and cameras. Dark Energy is campaigning to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter by Dec. 23, 2014 to fund their new, portable charger (Shauna Holdaway)
The Poseidon charges a variety of electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets and cameras. Dark Energy is campaigning to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter by Dec. 23, 2014, to fund its new, portable charger. (Shauna Holdaway)

Dark Energy has been planning the Poseidon for nearly three years, and the team spent the last 18 months developing the product, Aida said. The device was inspired by the former BYU student’s own active lifestyle.

“I am an extreme sports athlete, an adventurer and a traveler,” Aida said. “I throw my gear around. It gets beat up. I want something that can come along on my adventures, take a beating and then keep going.”

The Poseidon is Dark Energy’s second portable charger. The company’s first product, the Reservoir, broke Utah’s Kickstarter record in 2013 and raised $173,000. BYU student and outdoor enthusiast Kurt Workman discovered Dark Energy’s Reservoir during a competition at BYU. He was impressed with the idea and now owns a Reservoir himself.

“I’m always travellng, moving and doing different things,” Workman said. “My battery on my phone just doesn’t keep up with me. Dark Energy allows me to have a more free lifestyle without being constrained to always plugging my phone in.”

Dark Energy is campaigning again on Kickstarter for the Poseidon with the goal of reaching $50,000 by Dec. 23, 2014. The crowdfunding platform is ideal for startup companies like Dark Energy hoping to bring creative technology to consumers.

The Poseidon features waterproof and drop-resistant technology. Dark Energy created the portable charger specifically for active consumers and outdoor enthusiasts (Shauna Holdaway)
The Poseidon features waterproof and drop-resistant technology. Dark Energy created the portable charger specifically for active consumers and outdoor enthusiasts. (Shauna Holdaway)

“Looking at projects on Kickstarter is like looking into the future,” said Kickstarter representative David Gallager. “The technologies that are bubbling up on the website now will make their way into the mainstream a few years down the road.”

See the Poseidon’s Kickstarter project page for further information.

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