Sometimes Kickstarter projects are instant hits, like this one called LeGioN Meter that aims at totally speeding up the charging process for your phone or tablet. This one is an USB multimeter with integrated OLED display and it’s aimed at increasing the charge speed of your phone or tablet by up to 92%.

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The project required a backing of 10k dollars on Kickstarter, but reached a pretty impressive $230,669 so far. The project will be funded till June 19th, so it may even hit the million by then. The product costs $49 for the average buyer who wants to get involved in the initiative. It plugs in between the USB outlet and the charging cable, pretty much like a dongle or amplifier.

The Legion Meter makes things charge faster and another thing it does is let your PC or laptop juice up a phone like a wall socket would, releasing more power into it. This means that folks with iPads can charge their devices anywhere where there’s an USB outlet, which is very impressive. Sign me up for one now!

  • DeianStancu

    Sound interesting, but there is a big problem. USB ports can’t provide more than 500mAh for 2.0 and 900 mAh for 3.0 (well, maybe a little bit more if the manufacturer allows within limits).
    This project is not viable. A tablet with well above 7000mAh battery needs a feed of 2.5Ah for charging, you can’t amplify current and draw more than the input allows.
    And there is the problem of rapid charging of Li-Ion batteries, the manufacturers specify that a 3.7cell should not be charged with more than 1.5A at once, or the cell will die faster because of chemistry and heat. (degradation)

    And judging by the technical specs, the USB “accelerator” has only SMD-s, not power transistor or IC’s, the circuits will fry if the draw is high.

  • Rumin8

    I watched the video but am none the wiser as to how this device works.
    At first I thought it was a ‘deferred charging’ device which swallows a lot of power that it keeps in its own battery then feeds out to a phone or tablet that remains attached to it. Then I realised it was too small to have a big internal battery for that purpose.
    So apart from having a fancy readout of current/voltage/power, I can’t see what it does.

  • me

    Dumb iphone users will buy it anyway 😛