Impact-resistant polycarbonate protects mobile chargers
Pittsburgh, January 6, 2015 — Even in our connected world, a conventional cable is not always handy to charge a drained mobile phone or tablet. So the founders of Nomad set out to design a cable as mobile as their lives.
Knowing when an electronic device will need a charge can be unpredictable, but Nomad needed a predictably high-performing and impact-resistant plastic to protect its charging products.
“We chose Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate for its predictable, consistent quality from batch to batch and high-impact resistance,” said Nomad founders Noah Dentzel and Brian Hahn. “We use the highest grade materials to ensure we have built a product that can handle virtually anything but that is still flexible enough to work in hard-to-reach places.”
Developed for people who want a mobile charger without dragging around a 3-foot cable, Nomad charging products make clever use of ubiquitous USB ports commonly found on computers, most modern TVs, printers, keyboards, TV-boxes, stereos, game consoles, cash registers, cars, and airplanes.
True to their nomad spirit, Dentzel and Hahn built the first product while living between a basement, garage, boat and the open road. Now headquartered in San Francisco, Nomad’s product line includes:
- NomadClip, a carabiner-sized USB charger that is durable and mobile;
- NomadKey a key-sized USB cable charger;
- NomadPlus, an innovative 2-in-1 charging solution that features an 1800mAh battery add-on for a USB wall plug that packs enough power to fully charge a phone after it is unplugged from the wall.
“Working closely with Nomad’s engineering and design team we provided guidance on material selection and testing. This helped Nomad develop a tough protective outer shell for charging products that meet a market need for mobile charging,” said Jeffrey Kozody, field market development, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate is a high-flow thermoplastic material suitable for thin wall molding. This polycarbonate grade has easy-release properties and is an excellent choice for applications that require a durable, heat-stable material.
“When combined with Nomad’s charging products, durable, light weight Makrolon polycarbonate helps deliver a mobile charger that is fit for on-the-go lifestyles,” said Kevin Dunay, Electrical market segment leader, Polycarbonates, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
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