A quick update regarding the battery charging process of SmartHalo. A few have been asking questions concerning this recently so we feel like it’s a good time to clear this up.
To charge your device, you just remove SmartHalo’s top part with your magic key, plug it in for 4 hours to fill the battery up, and then clip SmartHalo back on your handlebar clips and you’re good to go. Since we don’t want you to charge your device often, we’ve made sure to pack a huge battery in the device and we’re happy to say that in our tests, we reach the promised three weeks of battery usage (this estimate is based on normal usage).
During our Kickstarter campaign, we reached stretch goal #3: wireless charging. Wireless charging replaces a traditional USB port with an induction charging pad, sort of like we’ve seen with some Android phones. After listening to your feedback and digging deeper into the design process, we’ve decided to go back to micro USB charging. Here’s why we think you’ll agree this was the better choice in the end:
It charges your battery faster
Wireless charging is less efficient than USB charging. In our tests, it took 30% more time to charge our battery completely, so we feel like going forward with USB charging is the way to go.
It’s compatible with every micro-USB cables you have
We almost all have micro-USB cables hanging around. It’s what every other electronic device uses to charge or connect (think Android phones or tablets, cameras, Bluetooth speakers and more). Instead of introducing a unique wireless charging pad that would only work with SmartHalo, we thought it would be easier for all to use the universal standard already in place (we ship SmartHalo with a 3’ micro USB cable).
USB charging allows you to charge SmartHalo while it’s still on your bike
Sure, removing SmartHalo is really easy thanks to our awesome magnetic locking mechanism, but some have asked if it would be possible to charge while the device is still on the bike. With USB charging, the port is located at product’s rear end, so it’s still reachable on the bike, as opposed to the wireless charging solution.
Thanks to a rubber flap door, the micro USB port is covered and protected from rain, snow or mud.
Again, the feedback you have given us makes us feel confident that micro USB charging was the solution to adopt. More soon.