Singapore’s Ampere surpasses US$60K Kickstarter goal in no time at all
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The wireless charging sleeve is expected to be shipped by August 2015. Early bird pledges begin at US$69

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Singapore-based startup Novelsys is looking to reinvent the mobile charging experience with Ampere, a smart wireless charging phone sleeve, which has surpassed its US$60,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding goal in no time at all.

As well as being wireless, Ampere is differentiating itself by offering a custom mobile app that connects to the device via Bluetooth, allowing you to control when charging begins and track battery life more accurately. It also offers dual and fast-charging modes. Early bird pledges begin at US$69, expected to ship by August 2015.

Hard work pays off, literally, on Kickstarter

“We are all feeling amazing and very surprised over the response that the community has shown to our campaign. Pleasantly surprised would be a good way to put it,” Kenneth Lou, CEO, Novelsys told e27.

“Over the whole of last night, our team [was] up all night, hard at work to get the word out across the US and international backers. Thankfully, they responded and we will continue to reach out to even more of them,” he added.

The battery itself is on the small side at just 2,700 mAh, but that will be enough for most people – and certainly enough to top up most smartphones today with one full charge. By comparison, brands like Xiaomi offer portable USB charges with 10,000 mAh of power.

Last month, e27 interviewed the small Singaporean startup, at which time Lou said their vision was ‘to power the world’.

“We would love to say a [few] deep words of gratitude to our family and friends who have supported us throughout our journey as entrepreneurs, as it is not easy and a lot of sacrifices had to be made,” Lou said.

“They were also the first few backers who came in early, together with our beloved community of early beta testers and feedback crew, ‘the amps!’,” he added.

The New York Times today reported that last year 3.3 million people around the world contributed more than US$500 million, supporting more than 22,000 Kickstarter projects.

This post was originally published on e27

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Michael de Waal-Montgomery

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Michael is e27’s Hong Kong-based correspondent for Southeast Asia. He is a British journalism graduate who has previously been published by The Next Web, South China Morning Post, Shenzhen Daily, Guangzhou Morning Post and The Nanfang.

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