Hydrogen: Next-Generation Supercapacitor-Powered Portable Speaker

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Blueshift speakers charge in five minutes. Simple, beautiful devices - built to last in Portland, Oregon.

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Blueshift speakers charge in five minutes.

Simple, beautiful devices - built to last in Portland, Oregon.

Today, we’re launching Hydrogen, our brand-new Bluetooth speaker. It charges fully in 5 minutes – so it’s always ready to go, wherever you go. It looks and sounds awesome. And because it’s powered by supercapacitors, it can be recharged up to a half million times without wearing out.

We’ve also redesigned our original Helium speakers. We’re really excited that now, we’re able to pair two speakers via Bluetooth - you can have beautiful stereo sound at home, and a killer portable system everywhere else. We also responded to customer feedback and added a volume control, while still simplifying the control layout. Our products are built around simplicity. They’re designed to just work, every time, for decades.

Open hardware. Built to last in Portland, Ore. Available for pre-order now at Crowd Supply.

Introducing Hydrogen

Product Specifications

  • Charges in 5 minutes
  • Can play more than 4 hours at 80% volume
  • 3” full-range driver
  • Ported bamboo cabinet, made in Oregon
  • Class-D amplifier
  • Rated lifetime: 500,000 charges
  • Includes Bluetooth A2DP and 1/8” wired inputs, 1/8” cable, wall charger
  • 9” x 8” x 4”, 4lbs

About Supercapacitors

Batteries store energy chemically.

Supercapacitors store energy physically, in an electric field.

This allows supercapacitors to be charged very quickly, and to be extremely durable - the ones we use are rated for 500,000 recharges.

They remain much more expensive and much bulkier than batteries, but are improving rapidly.

Blueshift design philosophy

Blueshift products are built to last a really, really long time.

Every component, including the supercapacitor bank, can be replaced or upgraded easily. And because all of our products are open hardware, the resources to keep your speaker working are available to the public. All of the files that go into our electronics design are online now, to use in improving our products or inventing your own.

We designed our products so we can build them in small batches. There are no plastic parts, so there is no tooling to build - all of our custom parts are made here in Oregon. The electronics are assembled in the USA. And final assembly happens in our shop in Portland.

We’re really excited about the technology in our products, but we know that ultimately, what matters is the experience. Supercapacitors are just a tool - they let us build devices that work the way we want them to work.

Helium Mono

The Helium Mono is the perfect hi-fi speaker for your living room, your porch, and your next camping trip. Killer sound built on a Fostex FE126En 4” full-range driver – loud enough for a small dance party, clear enough for careful listening. Connects to your smartphone or any other Bluetooth-compatible device.

Specifications:
  • Charges in 5 minutes
  • Can play more than 6 hours at 80% volume
  • 4” full-range driver
  • Ported bamboo cabinet, made in Oregon
  • Class-D amplifier
  • Rated lifetime: 500,000 charges
  • Includes Bluetooth A2DP and 1/8” wired inputs, 1/8” cable, wall charger
  • 12” x 9” x 5”, 6.5lbs

About Blueshift

Blueshift builds simple, durable consumer electronics in Portland, Oregon.

Sam Beck is Blueshift’s founder. He majored in visual art at Columbia University, with a concentration in mathematics. In 2010, he built a speaker for his bicycle that was powered by a dynamo hub. It used capacitors for backup power, so the speaker wouldn’t cut out at stoplights. The speaker played for a long time. Blueshift evolved from that idea.

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Credits

Blueshift

Blueshift builds open-source electronics in Portland, OR. We are committed to products that last, so everything we make can be repaired and upgraded.


Sam Beck

Founder


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