Wouldn’t you love to carry around a laptop adapter that was four times smaller and six times lighter than what you’re forced to lug around with you now? Well the folks at FINsix think you deserve just that and that’s why they created the Dart. The Dart is a 65w AC adapter WITH built in USB 2.1 for charging phones and tablets at the same time. Video after the break.
Dart: Key Features
Designed for Your Mobile Lifestyle
More About Dart: Product Details
- Your Dart, Your Color: Blue, Magenta, Silver, Gunmetal, or Orange
- AC Input: 90V – 265V, 50/60Hz
- Weight: 60 grams
- Size: 2.5 cubic inches
- Cable Length: 6 feet
Dart is designed to work with all major laptop brands and a majority of today’s laptops. To ensure your laptop will work with the Dart you can use one of two methods:
- The Dart works with laptops that have a voltage of 18 – 21V* AND a power level of ≤65 watts. You can check the rating of your laptop and/or laptop adapter in the small label printed on the bottom of the unit. If the power level is not provided, multiply the voltage (V) by the current (Amps) and make sure this number is ≤65 (W). Note: Make sure to use the INPUT voltage/current on the laptop label and/or the OUTPUT voltage/current on the adapter label.
- Confirm that your laptop is on the Dart Compatibility List. If you do not see your laptop please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*MacBook users: Please select the Dart for MacBook or the Custom Dart. These are the only options for MacBook users. The standard Dart is NOT MacBook compatible. The Dart works with all MacBooks 65W and under. There are a few MacBooks that require >65W for regular charge speeds; these laptops – namely the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro and the 15″ MacBook Pro with retina display – are not compatible.
The Dart’s Secret Sauce
The Dart’s radical reduction in size is enabled by patented MIT technology called very high frequency (VHF) power conversion.
Simply put, an AC/DC power converter (the power brick) takes the power from your wall and regulates it to the right voltage or current for your electronics. Today, AC/DC power converters are everywhere. All of your electronics from your laptop, tablet, and phone to your LED lights, gaming consoles, and TVs require a relatively bulky AC/DC power converter. FInsix’s patented VHF platform makes these converters radically smaller.
It is well known in power electronics that increasing switching frequency is key to reducing size, weight, and cost. However, it is critical (and very hard) to switch faster while maintaining high efficiency. This is because modern power converters repeatedly deliver small packets of energy to the electronic device in cycles called switching cycles. Switching isn’t a perfect process and during every cycle some energy is wasted in the form of heat. At FINsix, our technology allows us to waste far less energy with each cycle. Thus, we can cycle up to 1000x faster without wasting any more energy than a conventional power converter. Cycling faster means we can transfer a smaller packet of energy to each cycle – and make the power converter a lot smaller.
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