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Kickstarter: Zendure SuperTank 100W Portable Charger and SuperPort 4

Zendure is pushing the boundaries of travel technology with SuperTank, its latest power bank for laptops, phones and tablets that recently launched on Kickstarter. This is great to charge your camera batteries (if charger is run off of USB), microphones or even power your camera via USB-C.

With 138W of maximum total output, SuperTank can quickly recharge a compatible MacBook Pro or other USB-C powered laptop, so users who are away from home don’t have to constantly search for an outlet while catching up on work, gaming, or connecting through social media. With two USB-C PD (Power Delivery) ports and two ZEN+ 2.0 ports (compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 technology), SuperTank can charge up to four devices at the same time. A digital LED display conveniently indicates the remaining charge.

The new power bank has a charge capacity of 27,000mAh, enough to recharge most phones 7-9 times or supply a compatible laptop with about 13 hours of typical usage. Despite its massive storage capacity, SuperTank weighs just 17oz / 483g and is within the limit for FAA-approved carry-on batteries, making it an ideal travel companion.

SuperTank’s high-density battery cells can be recharged in about one hour with a compatible 100W charger and high-power charging cable. The new external battery is also capable of pass-through charging, which means SuperTank can be recharged while it is also supplying power to other devices.

“The one-hour recharge was an important milestone in developing SuperTank, as determined through our extensive consumer research,” said Bryan Liu, founder and CEO of Zendure. “Travelers constantly get back to their hotel late at night and have to leave early in the morning. Between the quick refill capability and the pass-through charging technology, SuperTank is a true travel essential.”

To compliment the SuperTank, Zendure is also offering the option to pledge for the SuperPort 4, either by itself or with the SuperTank. The SuperPort 4 also has a 100w USB-C PD port which is great for either charging your SuperTank or powering your laptop. The second USB-C port and two USB-A ports are each capable of 18w for charging your devices.

SuperTank will be available in black or silver via Kickstarter. One SuperPort 4 is available for $69 and one SuperTank is available for $89. The bundle pack that includes one of each is available for $148, a savings of 40%. Campaign ends Wednesday, March 6 2019 9:00 AM EST.

The first stretch goal of $200k (which has been met) gives all SuperTank backers a free rubber belt to protect the SuperTank. The next stretch goal of $300k will give all SuperTank backers one 100w 5A USB-C SuperCord for free.

Kickstarter: WANDRD VEER 18L Packable Bag with Inflatable Back Panel and Camera Cube

WANDRD has launched other successful Kickstarter campaigns are known for their backpack and other bags and they have returned to Kickstarter to launch a new campaign for their VEER 18L. The packable bag features a inflatable back panel and camera cube.

Typically packable bags lack protection and structure, making them uncomfortable to carry. The VEER 18L solves this by using an inflatable back panel to give the bag some structure and support. The camera cube inflates to protect the camera. Both of these can be deflated, packed down to a very small size and placed inside the bag.

The VEER 18L has 18 liters of volume. The camera cube can hold a Canon 5D body size with a 24-70mm lens attached. Unlike other bags, you're only able to carry what you will be using. You can however carry a bigger camera but the lens will need to be carried separately. The bag is also large enough to hold a drone such as the Mavic Pro. And if you're thirsty, there is a water bottle sleeve on the side to hold a bottle up to 32oz.

The bag is made from 100D water resistant material and all the zippers are weather resistant. The VEER 18L weighs only 383g (12.8oz) and packs down into a very small package, making it ideal for carrying in a bigger bag and use as a day bag.

You can get the VEER 18L with inflatable back panel by pledging $79 on Kickstarter. If you're interested in getting it with camera cube, you can pledge $118. Delivery is scheduled for August 2019.

Kickstarter: SwitchPod - The Minimal, Versatile, Handheld Tripod

When you think of a vlogger's setup, one of the main things you think of is the Joby GorillaPod. It lets you hold the camera away from you so that you can get yourself in the frame and serves as a dual purpose tripod.

If you have ever used a Gorillapod, you will know they are designed to be flexible but depending on the size and weight of yoru camera gear, they don't always hold their position. You also have to adjust the legs every time you want to set it down on a table as a tripod and configure the legs again for vlogging via hand holding.

A new Kickstarter campaign, SwitchPod, a handheld 'minimal' tripod that switches from handheld mode to tripod mode in only a couple seconds is seeking funding. The device requires almost no effort to convert, enabling users to seamlessly transition from recording while holding the device to recording from a flat surface without pausing to adjust the stand.

SwitchPod is compatible with any camera, including smartphones and DSLR models. It is made from an aluminum alloy design, and supports up to 100lbs / 45kg. There are hidden magnets on the legs to help keep them close together. The tripod features a 1/4-20" standard screw for directly attaching a camera, as well as support for ball heads and quick release plates.

There are two additional 1/4-20" threads on the tripod's legs enable users to attach accessories, such as a light and microphone, plus the leg design makes it possible to clip SwitchPod to a bag using a carabiner. Other features include a tightening knob, non-slip feet, two sets of finger grooves for grasping the tripod in different positions, and a circle pad to protect the camera's base. The tripod weighs 11.1oz / 315g and measures 11in / 28cm long in handheld mode.

The SwitchPod is set to ship August 2019 and will retail for $99 USD but Kickstarter backers can pledge $79. You can buy 2 for $149 or 5 for $349. There is only one size available and only comes in black.

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