Attempts at solving the problem of being stuck with a dead phone and no way to charge it have varied from the old, like asking the bartender if there’s a cord and plug behind the bar, to wireless pads strategically placed in nightclubs, to iPhone cases with their own battery life.
But a Chicago entrepreneur thinks she’s got a more practical solution: turning the handbag you’d probably be carrying anyway into a charger.
Liz Salcedo, 27, is the brains behind Everpurse, a small clutch that has a pocket with a charger sewn into its lining. It’s currently gaining momentum on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter.
The idea for the purse, Salcedo said, came out of her job as a social worker whose day often began with trips to unfamiliar locations, and ended with a drained phone and no way to get in touch with people.
“A lot of Google maps,” Salcedo told The Huffington Post. “Obviously, that uses a lot of battery on your phone.”
Salcedo said her husband, Dan, happens to be the kind of guy who might build his own PC just for fun — he’s also previously worked with four start-ups — so he was able to create a wireless charging device with off-the-shelf parts. Salcedo then took a purse she didn’t care much about, ripped out the lining and sewed the device in.
“All of sudden I had full battery all day long,” Salcedo said. “Friends stared asking to borrow my bag when we were out to dinner.”
That prompted her to start making the bags for friends and in turn, getting valuable feedback on how to refine its features.
Everpurse will be compatible with an iPhone4 and the soon-to-be-available iPhone 5, but Salcedo said she’s also working on one that will accommodate Androids. Kickstarter backers eligible to receive a bag will be able to specify the type of phone they have.