Monday, September 22, 2014

Say Hello to the Granola Strolla!

 *** TL;DR? Check out the Granola Strolla Kickstarter here! ***

I am constantly losing my mind over my phone battery. Since having children, my cell phone has become my lifeline in a lot of ways.  We don't have a landline, so my phone number is the only number where I can be reached.  God forbid I have to call 911, it's the only phone I have.  I haven't bothered to get an updated camera because the camera on my phone is so good, so my phone is my primary camera as well.  My schedule, my contacts, my photos, my email... it all lives in my phone. And of course, I access social media (other adults, yay!) primarily through my phone, because there's no way I would ever be able to find time during the day to sit in front of a computer with two kids underfoot.

The only thing I don't love about my phone is the battery life.  Because I have so much going on with the phone, the battery almost always kicks the bucket by 6 or 7pm, and that's with minimal use, on power saving mode.  We purchased an emergency charger which is good to have in a pinch, but you have to actually remember to charge the emergency charger every night, which is another thing to remember, and then I have to remember to unplug it and put it in whatever bag I'm using that day, which is fine except for I am terrible at remembering things sometimes.  It's very frustrating.

To make matters even trickier, this past summer we went camping for days at a time.  One of our best camping trips was to Sidney Spit, where you park your car and take your camping gear on a ferry to a completely car-free island to camp.  Oh, it's also an electricity free island.  We stayed for 6 days and had to rely entirely on our phones and our USB charging device to keep enough juice in our phones so we could both take photos, AND have enough power available in case we had to call 911.  It was a very stressful process.  We didn't take nearly as many pictures as we wanted to, and we also lived a bit dangerously the last night with 2 dead phones. Eeep.

My friends Ben and Irene Rodda had this problem, too.  But instead of just whining about it like I like to do, they went ahead and actually solved it!  I am excited to introduce you to Granola Strolla, a portable, affordable and easy to use solar charged battery pack that is able to charge USB devices as fast as a wall charger.  The Granola Strolla works by absorbing power from sunlight, and storing the energy in its environmentally friendly Lithium Iron Phosphate battery. It charges up when you’re out and about so it will still have power when it is dark.

Hey Avery, that's not for you! Good thing the Granola Strolla is water resistant and BPA free!
The Granola Strolla's multi-directional design allows it to always be charging without requiring any special deployment. It’s light weight, water resistant and less expensive than other brands on the market. Because the Granola Strolla is Battery Charge Specification 1.2 compliant it charges just as fast as a dedicated wall charger. It also means that it is compatible with most popular brands and types of mobile devices.

It charges on three sides, so it's ALWAYS charging!
So do you realize what this means for me?  This means that I can clip the Granola Strolla to my Ergo, my stroller, my purse, or my diaper bag, and NOT THINK ABOUT IT. I don't have to worry about taking it out of my purse and charging it overnight before I go to bed, or worry about remembering to unplug it and put it in my bag the next day.  I also don't have to worry about my phone battery dying while I'm out. Ever. Again. And next year when we return to Sydney Spit, I will be able to torment my Facebook friends with thousands of photos of our relaxing vacation.

So you are obviously wanting to buy one of these, yes?  Well here's the thing.  Ben and Irene are a working couple just like us, with kids just like us.  And their last name isn't Trump.  Ben just happens to be an electronic engineer and he was able to design prototypes of Granola Strolla like you can see in the video below, but they still need the funds to produce Granola Strollas on a larger scale, to the tune of $20,000.  Yikes. 

Here's where you come in.

No, I'm not asking you to give $20,000 to Ben and Irene (though if you are able to, by all means!).

There is an amazing website called Kickstarter where people share their ideas and ask for people to help fund the ideas.  It's not like a microloan where the loaner gets paid back, but depending on your contribution you are given certain perks.  It's a great way for everyday inventors to get their ideas funded, even though they weren't born millionaires.

So like I was saying: PERKS!  For example, Canadians can give $60 toward their $20,000 goal, they will actually send you a Granola Strolla of your very own by this coming December! So not only do you get your very own amazing product, but you get to be a part of its inception, which let's be honest, is really freaking cool.

The Granola Strolla is seriously this easy, and YOU can help make it happen!
The Granola Strolla Kickstarter began on September 12th and will run until October 12th, so the Rodda's only have 30 days to raise the funds.  If they reach $20,000 or more, they get to keep the cash to produce Granolla Strolla.  However sadly, if they don't reach their target, they don't get any of the money.

Don't waste time; back this project soon. Even if you can only donate a few bucks, there are perks at every donation level, and you'd be supporting an incredible product and quite frankly, a really nice family.

And if you don't have the funds, please share the Kickstarter Campaign on your Facebook and on Twitter.  You can find Granolla Strolla:

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