Portable power: Car charger utilizing Covestro polycarbonate keeps devices juiced up ... even when the drive is done

Jan 06, 2016, 11:00 ET from Covestro

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When on the road and your mobile device is running on empty, a car charger is an invaluable accessory. To solve the frustration of reaching a destination with only a partial charge, mobile hardware company Nomad has taken the standard car charger one step further with the Nomad Roadtrip. The Roadtrip is an innovative car charger with a built-in portable battery for on-the-go use.

When designing for the modern nomad, materials must be sleek, tough and lightweight. To meet these essential requirements, Nomad chose Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate from Covestro LLC for the device's protective outer shell.

"Materials selection is important to us, and we find Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate has the right attributes for our needs," said Brian Hahn, chief of product, Nomad. "The polycarbonate is easy to work with, highly consistent and provides a strong, high-impact shell for Roadtrip that withstands daily use. Several of our products use the material and we've found it holds up well for our applications."

Roadtrip charges a mobile device via the car's standard 12V power outlet and features a 3,000mAh backup battery inside that provides power on the go. Roadtrip uses pass-through charging, in which the plugged-in device is charged first, followed by the internal battery. It has two charging ports, a standard USB Type-A port and a USB Type-C port for charging the latest gadgets.

"For active mobile users, light weight and durability are key characteristics for portable chargers," said Joel Matsco, industry segment manager, Covestro LLC. "By developing a protective outer layer for the Roadtrip with Makrolon® polycarbonate, Nomad offers consumers an elegant solution that fits their on-the-go lifestyles without weighing them down."

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 need a durable, heat-stable material.

"We are thrilled that Nomad has maintained confidence in our materials and we are pleased to continue our relationship with a company that is designing innovative products for today's mobile world," said Jeffrey Kozody, field market development, Covestro LLC.

Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate is utilized in other Nomad products including the NomadClip, NomadKey and NomadPlus.

About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business. Covestro 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 and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,700 people at the end of September 2015.

Find more information at www.covestro.com or www.plastics.covestro.com.

About Nomad:
Based in Santa Barbara, but always on the move, we are an energetic group of problem-solvers and innovators, dreamers and doers, working hard together to build a best-in-class mobile hardware company. We create simple, elegant, practical products for people on the move. We build products that help make our lives easier, and hopefully yours, too.

For more information about Nomad, visit www.hellonomad.com or email Chloe@hellonomad.com.

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