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Ohm is the world’s most intelligent car battery

Ohm is a smart car battery that never needs jumping, works on the coldest days and weighs only six pounds.

While just about every part of your vehicle has drastically improved since the inception of the automobile 100 years ago, the battery seems to remain stuck in the past. If you really think about, not much has changed from the one found in the Ford Model T. This is something one San Jose-based startup has set out to change. Ohm is a new kind of car battery that never needs to be jumpstarted, works reliably on the coldest winter days, lasts twice as long as the average lead-acid battery, and weighs only six pounds — a far cry from its 40-pound ancestors. According to its creators, its  seven-year battery life may even outlive your car.


Ohm is more than a battery, however, it is an entire energy storage and management system crammed inside a battery-sized case. A built-in processor monitors its power level and will automatically turn itself off when it gets critically low, and then switch back on when you go to start your car. Meaning, if you leave your lights on overnight or while at work, Ohm will shut down before dying. No more getting stranded because of your forgetfulness or running late because you had to find the jumper cables! Aside from that, it is also self-regulating which enables it to prolong its lifespan.

Instead of lead plates, Ohm employs the combination of lithium iron phosphate batteries (LiFePO4) and EDLC supercapacitors. The LiFePO4s keep the supercapacitors charged when the car is off, allowing them to deliver the quick burst of electricity for starting the engine. Since it is both acid and lead-free, the battery will work just fine in low temperatures and eliminates the sole reliance on a chemical reaction. These two systems are controlled by its integrated electronics to ensure optimal performance over the lifetime of the device.

As great as it may be, it’s not invincible, though. Like all batteries, Ohm will eventually require replacement. When the system predicts a swap-out is necessary, it will provide you with a couple of days notice by periodically beeping. This provides you with an earlier and more accurate warning than the dashboard battery light you’ve grown accustomed to.


One of its only drawbacks is that it only has a reserve capacity of 10Ah — compared to the 45Ah hours of conventional units. The typical car stereo consumes about 2A of current at medium volume, which means that you could run it on Ohm with the engine off for hours, no problem. Headlights draw about 15A and the battery will let these run for about 30 minutes before Ohm disconnects the battery to retain energy for cranking.

In terms of size, Ohm comes in two different forms. The first will slip into an existing car’s Group 35 battery well and connect like its lead-acid counterparts, while the second can fit into smaller spaces.

Tired of frequently having to jumpstart or replace your car battery? Check out Ohm on Indiegogo, where the team is currently seeking $50,000. Shipments are expected to begin in August 2016.

21 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This ring-sized computer analyzes your daily activities to help you sleep and perform better. ŌURA has already well surpassed its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This A.I. platform is an open source alternative to Amazon Echo that allows you to play media, control lights and much more. Mycroft is currently seeking $99,000 on Kickstarter.

Fotokite Phi


This GoPro-carrying quadcopter can capture bird’s-eye view photos while being leashed to your wrist. Fotokite is currently seeking $300,000 on Indiegogo.



This standalone machine learning device can detect when your drone is about to crash and deploy a parachute. North UAV is currently seeking $12,000 on Kickstarter.



This solar-powered tracker lets you find nearly anything (or anyone) using GPS. LightBug is currently seeking $77,782 on Kickstarter.



This intelligent car battery will never need to be jumpstarted, works reliably on the coldest winter days, and lasts twice as long as the average lead-acid battery. Ohm is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This four-in-one machine allows you to laser cut, mill, etch and 3D print a wide range of materials. Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co. is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter.



This futuristic head-up display provides hands-free access to maps, phone calls, text messages, notifications, music and on-board diagnostics for your car. Exploride is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

OnCourse Goggles


This pair of point-and-click goggles allow athletes to stay on course, swim in a straight line in open water and receive real-time feedback. OnCourse Goggles is currently seeking $60,000 on Kickstarter.



This ultra-compact, Arduino-compatible board features an integrated stepper driver and 12-bit rotary encoder, enabling it to be mounted directly on the back of your Nema 17 motor. ON Development IVS is currently seeking $8,882 on Kickstarter.



This portable battery-powered gadget can illuminate your pool or hot tub for an awesome light show along with sound through its Bluetooth speakers. Andreas Haase is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This pair of super small, Bluetooth-enabled buds fit comfortably in your ear without a single cord and boasts a battery life of six hours. Pear Designs has already well surpassed its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Trekz Titanium


This pair of wireless, open ear headphones offer runners, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts superior safety, comfort and high-quality sound through bone conduction technology. AfterShokz has already well surpassed its $65,000 goal on Indiegogo.



This Bluetooth tag clips and sticks onto anything you’d like to keep tabs on, all of which can easily be tracked right from your smartphone. Verti is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This voice messaging system is reinventing the answering machine by having you communicate with family and friends using an orb. Retropreneur Labs is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.

go-e ONwheel


This lightweight, add-on motor can transform your bike into an e-bike in a matter of seconds. Frank Fox has already well surpassed his goal of $55,253 on Kickstarter.



This smart appliance tracks, sorts and dispenses your pills whenever it’s time to take them. LITE is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Knut Water


This connected detector can sense water, temperature and humidity to protect your home from water damage. Amperic is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This standalone “like” button gives you the ability to express your adoration for anything and everything, while also collecting input and other forms of crowdsourced data. Luvit is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart home security kit is comprised of a central control unit, an HD camera, a motion sensor, a door/windows sensor, a smoke detector and an alarm trigger. iGia is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This highly-customizable, privacy-enhanced robot not only can serve as your personal companion, but can learn by doing, keep an eye on things, snap photos, receive weather and traffic reports, connect to household devices, and much more. Nxt Robotics is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

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