Thank you once again for continuing to tell your friends and associates about ThriftyVac® because your efforts just pushed us past the $42,000 mark, and we have been on a straight line upward for the past 14 days. I am deeply grateful, which I’m attempting to show by my actions.
Speaking of actions let me clarify this thing about a “SPECIAL BONUS REWARD,” which I promised to announce at the end of the ThriftyVac® campaign. I couldn't wait – because I wanted to be sure that the bonus was something that you really wanted. Accordingly, I decided to ask you what you wanted most. I got a lot or feedback and the top two things mentioned were (1) an extra ThriftyVac® Mason Jar Lid (TVL), and (2) an extra Check Valve. As it turns out, each TVL has a Check Valve embedded inside of it, which you can remove by hand. Thus the TVL bonus would satisfy those backers wanting TVLs as well as those wanting extra Check Valves. If the voting continues along these lines, the TVL will be your SPECIAL BONUS REWARD. Further, since you already earned a TVL for reaching the $35,000 stretch goal, you would get a total of two TVLs added to your shipment.
There is one other thing: It is easier for some backers to use a battery-powered pump than a manually operated pump, and some of those backers already have battery-powered pumps supplied by other vendors. To accommodate those backers, I will provide an adapter that mates the ThriftyVac® Check Valve with the inlet port of battery-powered pumps. I can’t afford to buy production tooling to make the adapter, so I am now making them one-at-a-time on my 3D printer. Any Backer who really needs an adapter can request one, free of charge, when I send out the Post-Kickstarter Survey (shortly after the end of the campaign).
Now for the verdict – you make the call. Last Sunday, June 23, 2013, I used ThriftyVac® to vacuum pack a bag of almonds. (Subsequently, one of my Backers told me that almonds were a bad choice because they have pointed ends that can puncture thin polyethylene bags). I posted a photo of the vacuum-packed almonds in last week’s Update #12 and promised to post updated photos each week thereafter, date-stamped with a current news article clipping. The first such photo, date-stamped Sunday, June 20, 2013 (via the Washington Post front page) appears below. There are two photos, one showing the date printed on the Washington Post newspaper, and another one giving a close-up view. The photos show that the bag has retained almost all of its original vacuum – pointed almond ends and all.
BTW, many of you told me that the main reason you wanted ThriftyVac® was because it supported sous-vide cooking. The new Codlo Kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/codlo/codlo-a-powerful-compact-controller-for-sous-vide) that I mentioned last week is off to a good start and meshes well with ThriftyVac®‘s minimalist approach because it allows you to do sous-vide cooking using a simpler, smaller, and more affordable system.
Thank you once again for your support.