Israeli start-up Kado, which is developing a new ultra-thin charging technology, has raised $1.2 million to help it complete development of the world’s thinnest wall charger. Kado has unveiled two ultra-thin chargers: one for smartphones and tablets, and one for laptops, which is the world’s first ever foldable charger. AltaIR Capital participated in the seed round. In the coming weeks, the company intends to launch a Series A financing round in order to prepare for commercial launch of its products in 2017.
Kado’s entrepreneurs have developed a power conversion technology with high levels of power density and utilization that sets a new standard of compact and extremely thin chargers and transformers, suited for today’s mobile lifestyle.
Kado Wallet, the company’s ultra-thin charger for smartphones, is 5 mm thin (the thickness of 3 credit cards), and can be carried in a wallet or a purse. It also includes a uniquely designed cable mechanism.
The 21-gram Kado Wallet supplies up to 10 Watts and can also charge other mobile devices, such as tablets, cameras, wireless speakers and headphones.
Kado Sleeve for laptops, the world’s first ever foldable charger, weighs 97 grams and provides up to 70 Watts. It has two USB ports for the simultaneous charging of a laptop and a smaller device, such as a smartphone or a tablet. Kado is developing additional products and peripherals, such as dedicated cables, covers, and other modular units in order to complete its unique charging experience.
Kado’s technology is relevant for a wide range of end markets beyond wall chargers, in industries such as consumer electronics, IoT, electric outlets, lighting, automotive, defense and medical devices. The company has already filed patent applications for the technology.
Kado’s R&D center is located in Lod, Israel. The company currently has 11 employees, including electronics, power, and mechanical engineers. The company plans to hire more specialists in analog power conversion, mechanics, and materials.
As part of the company’s financing and marketing plan, and in light of the high demand for its chargers, Kado announced that it would soon launch a crowdfunding campaign on one of the web’s popular platforms. The campaign will be followed by the launch of the company’s products, first in the US market, and then in additional global markets such as Japan and Europe.
Kado’s technology allows the company to establish a business model with two revenue sources: the first is a B2B model of income from collaborations with multinational manufacturers of mobile, computer, and digital product brands; the second is a B2C model of direct sales of the company’s products to consumers worldwide. According to data in the company’s possession, smartphone users worldwide own an average of two chargers per person, which indicates the market’s potential for Kado products.
“Kado’s vision is to release the global market from the vicious cycle of the inverse relationship in which smartphones and tablets need faster charging to increase their mobility, which ironically leads chargers to be more cumbersome and less mobile,” said Itay Hasid, the co-CEO of Kado. He added, “To break this vicious cycle, we have already set a new standard of power conversion. This standard replaces the current bulky chargers and transformers with compact alternatives suited for today’s mobile lifestyle. For example, when we can carry a smartphone charger in our wallet, we’ve solved the question whether to take the charger with us or not.”