This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

October 9, 2014

6:00 pm

When I wrote about the launch of Everpurse in 2012, I lamented that we hadn’t fixed something so seemingly simple as short battery life on our smartphones. Today, two years later, it’s still a problem.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September, promise longer battery life but nothing earth-shattering. The 6 should last for 10 hours browsing on 3G/LTE and 11 hours on wifi, while the 6 Plus lasts for 12 hours. So if you’re addicted to your phone and you don’t go to bed at grandma hours, that might not cut it.

Enter the second-generation Everpurse, now raising money on Kickstarter. The Everpurse is a stylish purse with a “magic pocket” that charges your phone wirelessly, no cords necessary. It can keep your phone alive for 48 hours – or 96 hours with the “Fab” option – before you have to recharge the purse itself, which is done by simply placing it on a charging mat. The purse is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus; the HTC One (MB); and the Galaxy Note 3 or 4.

Everpurse magic

Everpurse mat

For $149, early birds can get the purse in black, sapphire, or nude along with a charging mat. It comes with two straps, so you can wear it as a clutch, wristlet, shoulder bag, or cross-body sling. It’s “a product by women, for women,” says CEO Liz Salcedo.

Everpurse ways

The original Everpurse raised almost $240,000 on Kickstarter and thousands were shipped to 50 countries around the world. The second-generation model features a lighter and bigger purse, in addition to longer battery life.

All the original Everpurses were made by hand in the team’s Chicago office, but they’ve scaled up their operations a bit. Now, the electronics – including Samsung SDI Li-ion battery cells – will be put together in an Apple-approved factory and shipped to the US, where the bags will be made and assembled.

Everpurse is hoping to raise $200,000 on Kickstarter this time, and they’re about 20% funded with 18 days to go – order yours here.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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