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World’s smallest smartphone charger now on Kickstarter

12 August 2015

Two design engineering students from Brunel University London, Doug Stokes and Chris Tait, have developed Nipper, the world’s smallest emergency charger.

The Nipper is used to charge a smartphone (courtesy of  Doug Stokes and Chris Tait)

The Nipper, dreamed up by Stokes and Tait at a Makeathon run by the UK’s Makerversity, can run off of standard AA batteries and is available via the crowdfundnig site, Kickstarter.

“From the design point of view it had to be small enough to fit on a key ring and the production Nipper is no bigger than a couple of Mentos," says Stokes. "We also realised that you can lay your hands on a packet of AA batteries 24/7 almost anywhere in the world.

“From that point it was simply a question of engineering a way to get the power from household batteries into a dead phone. The Nipper will work with any AA batteries and can give you up to an hour of talk time or seven hours of standby on most phones with a couple of batteries

Since graduating in July, the pair have been working round the clock to get the charger ready for its Kickstarter debut.

“The Nipper works, is convenient, lightweight, and anyone who pledges a minimum of £12 ($18, €19) will get one of the first production models,” adds Tait.

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