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Pirl Four Port Charger

Editor's Rating
4.9?
Discovered on 2018-06-28

Charge your devices at their fastest rate with the Pirl Four Port Charger. Designed for demanding users, this everyday carry charges several USB devices with no throttling, including phones, tablets, headphones and other gadgets. Likewise, the Pirl delivers 2.7 amps per port with a total of 50 watts. It also offers a wide input range of 7 to 17V. Made from robust aluminum and FR4, the Pirl is built to last and seamlessly fits in with your modern devices. In addition, it identifies how fast your device can charge by performing a digital handshake. The wattmeter makes it easy to find out how fast you are charging. Furthermore, the Pirl can get its power from cars, wall outlets, battery packs, and solar panels.

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Overview & Specs
Ports :
4
Benefits :
Surge Protection
Power :
2.7A per port, 50W
Display :
Watt Meter
Material :
Anodized Aluminum, FR4
Weight :
140 Grams
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Daniel Vasarhelyi
Review from Kickstarter
I see the battery caddy 'suggestion', but I can't find if the Pirl Charger can be anyhow configured to cut off the source battery, when the voltage gets too low. Is it perhaps already in and just not mentioned? In case it's not in, is it planned to be added?
Daniel Vasarhelyi
Review from Kickstarter
Will the firmware be open sourced, and the necessary hardware interfaces provided to use custom firmware on the device?
Carl Dean
Review from Kickstarter
Could I please get a referal link. Thanks.
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@ Rose - I just sent the referral link. On the power source question, we don't include a battery. We designed it to give you maximum flexibility to power it from multiple sources such as wall outlets, cars ports, batteries, with the appropriate adapters which we've included in our tiers. To use it with a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery, we posted yesterday how we built one.
Rose Nelson
Review from Kickstarter
So the Pirl does not have a battery attached to it. It has to be plugged in to charge?
Rose Nelson
Review from Kickstarter
Please send me my unique link to share with others. Thank you.
Anish
Review from Kickstarter
Please send me link to share the Pirl Charger.
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@ Kenneth - yes it requires a power source. It has a wide input range (7V to 17V), so you can power it from multiple sources. To carry it in your pocket, you can connect it to a small LiPo battery. We'll provide more information on battery sources soon.
Kenneth A. Brown
Review from Kickstarter
I seems like all of the videos I'm seeing, has the Pirl plugged up while charging other devices, is this the case?
Kenneth A. Brown
Review from Kickstarter
I was just wondering, does this device charge while also being unplugged from the wall. I mean, if I had the Pirl in my pocket while out walking, could I pull it out and charge my phone, if needed too.
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@ Kevin - The AC/DC adapter we currently ship is 15V, so at peak usage, it's about 4A. As for stacking, make sure you don't put them bottom-plate-on-top-plate. Otherwise, there shouldn't be a problem.
Kevin
Review from Kickstarter
What does your input current measure at full load with your power supply? Have you thought to make one with 8 ports or is the Pirl easy to stack for a small Raspberry Pi Cluster?
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
Australian backers, It looks like you will not be affected by the GST. GST applies if we get over the threshold of AU$75,000 (or US$57,000) in pledges from Australian backers, which looks very unlikely so far. See here: https://www.business.gov.au/info/run/tax/register-for-goods-and-services-tax-gst I have reached out to the US Embassy in Canberra for additional clarity. We'll keep monitoring it.
Chris king
Review from Kickstarter
Hi I am also from Australia the country with a government that couldn’t run a garage sale let alone a county I didn’t think about the gst hoping all will workout.
Paul Sabou
Review from Kickstarter
@ Greg
No mate, you are not the only Aussie inconvenienced by this ridiculous, futile, and largely unworkable attempt at protecting income of large retailers.
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
Greg, Thanks for bringing up an important issue. It's something we have to monitor around the world. We have a lot of Australian backers so you're not the only one. We're digging into how this works with our shipping partners. Stay tuned. One thing that *might* help us is that Kickstarter deliveries are technically rewards, and that might get around it. But as you said it's unclear how it's going to be implemented. Unfortunately, we cannot bill you early. The campaign ends July 12th so we'll miss the cut off.
Greg James
Review from Kickstarter
Hello Koby , Me again Greg James.
Something I have an issue with and all companies outside Australia who export to Australia such as my pledge as of the 1st July 2018 the Australian Government in its wisdom has decided to collect GST (Goods and services tax) on all goods coming to Australia that is below a value of A$1,000.00. In the past any goods imported privately or when you travel overseas is tax free for items below a value of A$1000.00.
So the rules have changed , the GST for Australia (a bit like VAT in Europe) is 10% which is collected by the seller and given to the Australian Government.
AMAZON just announced it is geo blocking Australians from buying from AMAZON.COM (USA site) as they AMAZON Australia don't want to collect the GST on items bought by Australians from the US and then administer this revenue to the government.
AMAZON have set a precedent and maybe others will follow , AMAZON has a warehouse in Australia and is hoping to force Australians to purchase items from the Aussie warehouse which includes 10% GST.
So the crux of my story is if you bill me my pledge before the 1st July then I don't have to pay an additional 10% of approx US$20.00 , I am not bothered if you can't bill me early but maybe I am not the only Aussie inconvenienced by the Australian government on this issue , for that matter not the only supplier as well.
The issue that may arise after the 1st July is I buy items for only a few US$ per package (electronics) from Banggood and Aliexpress in China with most of the time free delivery , so is the government going to collect 10% of a few US$ in which maybe only 30cents?.
Australians are not sure how it is going to work. If I buy from Ebay an item say for US$10 does the seller at ebay collect 10% US$1 and give to the government or do I get a bill from our government for US$1 ??? Only time will tell I suppose.
In the past all my online orders below A$1000.00 were tax free.
This will effect all Aussie orders after the 1st July 2018 the collection of 10% GST.
Kind regards
Greg James Perth WA
Chris Muncy
Review from Kickstarter
Yes, if you could add a home pack to my existing pledge, that would be great. Thanks guys. It's more than worth it.
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@ Paul - From the beginning, we had a strong focus on minimizing ripple and other noise at the outputs of the charger. Many hours were spent with high-end test equipment to identify and localize various noise sources. These investigations were followed up with several iterations of PCB trace layout, coupled with the strategic placement of inductors and capacitors on both the input and output sides of the circuits. In concert with our key goal of having 4 truly independent charging sources, we were especially attentive to preventing any cross-channel coupling among the 4 charging circuits. All our internal and external tests exhibit very low noise. Yes, it works with the iPad.
Paul Sabou
Review from Kickstarter
A lot of chargers on the market have noisy output that makes touch digitisers on Apple devices (especially on bigger ones) work unreliably while charging. How clean is Pirl’s output? Does an iPad’s digitiser work perfectly while charging from it?
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@ Chris - We picked the price and quantity of our tiers carefully. The early bird quantities were picked to be delivered as soon as possible to backers.
Would you consider the home pack tier, which is close in value to the tier you wanted?
Chris Muncy
Review from Kickstarter
OK now I really want a second one. Any chance of adding one more at the same early bird price of $69?
Pirl
Review from Kickstarter
@Greg - I've added a Core pack of 4 for you!
Greg James
Review from Kickstarter
I have pledged for one Pirl but I want 4 how do I select quantity or change a pledge to 4 ???