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Power Practical Named CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree

12 Nov 2013

Practical Meter provides real time feedback, allowing users to instantly see the velocity at which their devices are charging


New York, New York, November 12, 2013 – Power Practical, a Salt Lake City based group of engineers, entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts, and the makers of the PowerPot®,  have been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for their newest product, the Practical Meter. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

The Practical Meter is an inline USB-meter that diagnoses and solves slow charge times, common with many USB ports. LED meters light up right before the user’s eyes signalling power emission ranging from 1 to 10 watts, notifying users of whether they’re charging at half or full speed. Smartphones commonly charge at 2-watts or less on standard USB data ports, resulting in charge times as high as six hours. The Practical Meter delivers that information instantly and cuts down charge times by up to 75% with the 3-in-1 fast charging cable, compatible with iOS and Android devices, micro & mini USB.

“Just last week we shipped out the 10,000 pre-order units we received during our Kickstarter campaign to have the Practical Meter come to market,” says Matt Ford, CEO of Power Practical. “It’s crazy that a week later we’re being honored by something as prestigious as the CES Innovations awards. We hope that this only makes people all over the world aware of the Practical Meter and of our company, so that together we can use, generate, and store power smarter and longer.”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The Practical Meter will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

The Practical Meter is available now for $24.99 through its two partners and online retailers – ThinkGeek & Grand St – and www.powerpractical.com.


About Power Practical:
Power Practical is a Salt Lake City based group of engineers, entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts who emphasize diversity in energy resources by developing innovative, effective and affordable energy products to keep you connected anywhere, anytime. There are areas of the world that simply fall off the grid, suffering from power outages and unavailable energy resources. With Power Practical, you are never off the grid and always powered up, no matter where in the world you keep charging.

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