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Genki Covert Dock raises over US$1,000,000 on Kickstarter

The Genki Covert Dock was funded in 40 minutes. (Image source: Human Things)
The Genki Covert Dock was funded in 40 minutes. (Image source: Human Things)
The Genki Covert Dock has taken Kickstarter by storm, with it reaching its US$50,000 funding goal in just 40 minutes. The crowdfunding campaign has since received over US$1,000,000 from backers with 23 days to go. The Genki Covert Dock is designed as a portable dock for the Nintendo Switch but will charge other devices too thanks to its USB Type-C PD support. The Genki Covert Dock costs US$59, with the device shipping to backers in December.

The Genki Covert Dock may look like any other charger, but it packs it can do much more than just charge your devices as its name suggests. The Covert Dock has proven popular online too, with it picking up more than US$1,000,000 in funding on crowdfunding website Kickstarter

Human Things has designed the Covert Dock to remedy the lack of reliable portable Nintendo Switch docks. The official Switch Dock is not only expensive but also cumbersome and will only work with a separate charger, while there have been numerous reports of third-party alternatives bricking Switch consoles. Specifically, some third-party docks and chargers can blow the Switch's M92T36 chip, which it uses for charging.

The Covert Dock weighs 69 g (2.4 oz) and measures 60 x 44 x 33 mm (2.36 x 1.73 x 1.3-inches), but Human Things have still managed to incorporate USB Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A and HDMI 1.4 ports. The Dock supports up to 30 W charging too at 5 V, 9 V or 15 V.

Human Things estimates that it will start delivering the Covert Dock to backers in December, with each order also coming with a USB 3.1 Type-C cable. The Dock is available to order for US$59 plus shipping, which ranges from US$5 to US$15 depending on where you live. There is also a global version that comes with a set of travel adapters. The latter costs US$69, excluding shipping.

(Image source: Human Things)
(Image source: Human Things)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-21 (Update: 2019-08-21)