Road warriors know the importance of a fast charge for their electronic devices. Unfortunately, now that smart phones are used for everything from navigation to email to checking stock prices, batteries seem to drain in a flash. Along comes the ASAP Dash, a powerful battery that can store 5,000 mAh in 15 minutes. How much is that? Enough to charge a smart phone, which can make or break that six hour flight across the country in Economy class with no other entertainment options.
The ASAP Dash joins an increasingly crowded market for supplemental energy in the form of battery chargers for small electronic devices. The difference, and it’s a major one, is that it charges in 15 minutes, not several hours. It’s about the same size as a smart phone and has four blue LED lights to show how much it’s charged. The LED lights indicate, in order, 2200, 3000, 3800, 5000 mAh. For those who are extremely pressed for time, even five minutes will light up one or two LEDs. The battery has a sleek anodized aluminum shell and feels light in the hand.
The ASAP Dash comes with three set of cords including a dual-head USB cable with micro- and Lightning heads to charge Android and Apple products, wall charger and car charger. The wall charger is the key to the fast charge and is similar to a cord one might use with a computer, with a rectangular transformer box in the middle that makes it a bit bulky. The battery can be charged with the micro-USB cord but it will take much longer.
After two weeks of testing it can be verified that the ASAP Dash can, indeed, be charged in 15 minutes. It’s quite impressive, actually, to watch the blue LED lights illuminate, one after the other, as it charges. After just five minutes two LED lights were visible. On a recent month-long trip to Australia that involved a great deal of moving around from one city to another, it would have been ideal to have a quick-charging battery like this. It means that if one stops at Starbucks for a mocha, the battery could be charged by the time the last sip is taken. A prototype was received for testing and the production model will be even faster. The developer claims that the Dash will charge most smartphones 1-2 times. In testing with two different Android devices, a Motorola Droid Ultra and a Droid Mini, it barely charged one time in most cases. With the phones running in the background and charging they got to 75-80% in two hours during several tests. When the phone was turned off, just to test the pure charging capacity of the battery, it did charge to 100% within three hours. A Kindle Fire was tested as well. The ASAP Dash charged the Kindle to 60% in two hours before running out of juice, which isn’t bad. The battery was charged to full capacity several times with four blue lights illuminated, then left overnight not plugged into anything. By morning the Dash had lost two or three lights so it didn’t appear to hold the charge for long. Since this was a prototype model it is possible and hopeful that the charging effectiveness and persistence will be improved with the production model. Bottom line, though, the battery does charge in an impressive 15 minutes.
There is currently an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of the ASAP Dash that will run for two more months. Supporters can get in on the ground floor at various different levels of financial support ranging from $79 to several thousand dollars. The project has currently exceeded its initial funding goal but, it being a flexible goal, is still ongoing. Additional funding will go toward more research and development into improving the technology.
Founder Vinson Leow, a frequent world traveler, conceived of the ASAP Dash when he decided he could no longer cope with always being low on phone battery at inconvenient times. There are many portable phone chargers that are available but they either take up to four hours to charge but hold too little capacity or hold enough capacity but take nearly eight hours to charge. He wanted a solution that could charge most smartphones, fit into any pocket and charge in 15 minutes or less. With over 10,000 hours of research and development into cutting-edge battery and protection circuit-board technology he and his team have created an impressive surge charging technology. Based in Sydney, Australia, Leow and his team are hard at work solving the vexing problem of inadequate battery life.
The ASAP Dash represents an advance in battery charging time, charging in just 15 minutes. Travelers who are heavy users of electronic devices will appreciate the quick charge and early adopters will want to get in on the Indiegogo campaign.
ASAP Dash is currently raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign.
Facts about the ASAP Dash:
- Charge capacity: 5,000 mAh
- Charge time to charge the ASAP Dash: 15 minutes
- Charge time for the ASAP Dash to charge a smartphone: about 3 hours
- Rapid wall input: 17-21V, 3A, (50W)
- MicroUSB input: 5V, 2A (10W)
- Output: 5V, 3.1A max
- Weight: 6.3 oz (179 g)
- Size: 0.52 inches (13 mm) x 4.8 inches (124 mm) x 2.5 inches (61 mm)
Disclaimer: Disclosure of material connection: A sample was received for testing purposes, but the opinions expressed are solely those of the author.