Triad inventor seeks Halloween kickstart for electricity-sucking vampire

David E. Smith’s vampires seek batteries, not blood, and are looking for a crowdfunding boost this Halloween.

Smith, an inventor who is also director of the theater sound design program at UNC-School of the Arts, will launch a campaign on Halloween night through the Kickstarter website for his BatteryVampire device.

A patent-pending product of Smith’s company, 2ndLifeTech, BatteryVampire is designed to tap into leftover energy in batteries that would otherwise be tossed for being out of juice. 2ndLifeTech estimates that more than 10 billion alkaline batteries with remaining power are discarded each year worldwide.

We wrote about Smith’s desire to bring batteries back from the dead this summer, not long after BatteryVampire won the 2014 USA Creative Business Cup in July. Next month, Smith and his team will head to Copenhagen to compete against top devices from more than 50 other countries in the International Creative Business Cup.

The BatteryVampire is the shape of a standard AA battery and is inserted in the place of a seemingly dead AA battery. Once in place, it’s able to couple with the remaining AA battery and allow for the minimum voltage threshold for the device to drop.

That means the remaining battery coupled with the BatteryVampire can run the device using all of the battery’s stored energy, rather than half of the energy from each of two batteries.

So as Smith prepares to head to Denmark, his company is launching a Kickstarter campaign on Halloween with an accompanying launch party from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flywheel, the co-working space in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

With the campaign, 2ndLifeTech is hoping to raise $50,000 to help fund the manufacture of BatteryVampire’s first incarnation.

Courtesy of Triad Business Journal