You have all seen the typical storage cache before, the small aluminum capsules that fit on your keychain, or possibly in your gear bag or purse. Most of these are great for storing medications and small items, but not much else. Here at TEC Accessories we love those metal containers to sort and store our items, but they are JUST NOT BIG ENOUGH so we decided to make our own. But instead of just creating a larger storage cache, we designed one large enough to actually store useful items, add a variety of additional functions, in a form factor that is just plain cool.
Introducing the D-Cache from TEC Accessories:
What is a D-Cache? Well, it's simply a way to store a multitude of items in a virtually indestructible, waterproof container that is the same size as an actual stick of dynamite. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum, you can safely and conveniently store items in this cache for the ultimate in secure storage. And considering its size, the actual number of items you can put in this large cache will "blow" your mind. But the D-Cache has a lot more to offer than just simple storage. Let's take a look...
- Manufactured from aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum with a red anodized finish
- Large capacity
- Watertight o-ring seals on each threaded cap
- Double-ended cap design allows for easy removal of items, by unscrewing either end or by removing both caps and pushing items through
- Sure-grip, fluted end caps
- Top cap includes a removable "fuse" feature, allowing you to exchange fuses of different colors to identify contents when using multiple caches
Each D-Cache comes with one bottom cap of your choice. These interchangeable caps are available in a variety of functional and practical designs which include:
- Oil filled button compass
- Glass breaker/scribe
- Recessed magnet to allow storage onto ferrous metal surfaces
- 1/4-20 threaded insert (more on that later)
- Embrite™ glow insert for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark marker
- Additional cap models are currently in design...
So what types of items can you store in the D-Cache?
Let's take a look at some examples:
The D-Cache is the perfect container for the items you carry every day. With the large interior capacity, you can store your daily necessities as well as all the extras. For example:
- Paper money
- Rolls of quarters for laundry/vending machines
- Zip ties
- Small tools such as allen wrenches, hex bits, etc.
- Slingshot BB's
- Spool of mini duct tape
- Pocket knife
- Paracord/micro cord/Spectra cord
Making up a small first aid kit is a great way to carry the essentials to always be prepared. It never hurts to be the one to save the day when those boo-boos occur!
- Single-packet medications (Ibuprofin, aspirin, etc.)
- Sunscreen packets
- Latex/Nitrile gloves
- Alcohol wipes
Going on that next hike, camping trip, or survival outing? Toss a D-Cache (with the compass cap) in your backpack with all the goodies:
- Fire starting materials
- Fish hooks and line
- Topography maps
- Dry goods/spices
- Glow sticks
- Lip balm
- Compressed towel tablets
- Xacto blade
- Needle and thread
- Tin foil
- Wire saw
Because of it's durability and watertight seals, the D-Cache is a great way to store items that need a little extra protection. Whether its simply a place to store all your like-items in one place, or surviving that natural disaster, make sure you don't take any chances by leaving your important items sitting in a few random shoe boxes.
- Encrypted flash drive with important documents, photos, etc.
- Emergency contact info
- Medical info
- Spare key
Designed to match the dimensions of a full stick of dynamite, the internal storage capacity gives you plenty of room to store almost anything you can imagine into an extremely durable and watertight container.
- Material: 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum
- Finish: Type 2 Red Anodize
- Weight: Varies depending upon bottom cap selection. Total weight of each D-Cache ranges between 134 grams [4.7 oz.] and 152 grams [5.4 oz.]
- Product dimensions: See diagrams below
- Storage capacity: Minimum 98.7 cc [6 cubic inches]
- Nitrile rubber o-rings on each end cap provide a watertight seal
- Multi-pack rewards include a set of multiple colored "fuses" to identify contents of each cache
The basic storage dimensions are shown in the diagram above, dimensions are in millimeters [inches]. The top cap as well as some of the bottom end cap designs also have an internal bore to maximize storage space, refer to the Bottom Cap Selection below for dimensional details. Please note that the tube color has been changed in the diagram above to provide contrast.
The Fuse Pack is included in all rewards consisting of two or more D-Caches. This set of multi-colored "fuses" can be used to help identify the contents when using multiple caches. Simply pull out the standard fuse and push in the desired colored fuse. (i.e. use RED for first aid items, GREEN for cash, etc.). The top cap includes an integrated o-ring to retain the "fuse" and provide easy pull-out/push-in replacement.
Each D-Cache includes a common threaded top cap that contains an interchangeable "fuse". This cap also has an internal 24.0 mm [0.95] dia x 8.0 [0.31] mm deep bore for additional space inside the tube.
Included as part of the standard D-Cache, you can choose from a selection of practical threaded bottom caps to complete your reward. These bottom caps are fully interchangeable and expand the versatility of the basic storage cache. This Kickstarter campaign includes the following bottom cap designs of your choosing, and you will select one design for each cache purchased after the campaign is over. And since all the cap designs are interchangeable, you can mix-and-match them anytime to suit the contents of your cache!
Each of the individual cap features are described below:
1/4-20 Threaded Cap:
This versatile cap has a stainless steel threaded insert mounted into the center, utilizing the standard 1/4-20 thread size. Integrating the steel insert (rather than simply threading the cap) provides long-term durability and prevents items from stripping the aluminum threads.
This cap allows you to attach a number of common items to the cache, ranging in function from carry methods to unique applications such as using the cache as a GoPro handle!
The Magnet Cap allows you to attach the D-Cache to any metal ferrous surface. The integrated o-ring protects the surface you attach it to, and the strong, neodymium magnet provides plenty of pull to prevent the cache from losing its grip. Attach the cache to the inside of your car trunk to prevent it from rolling around, or on the side of a filing cabinet or under a metal desk. Any place you want the cache to stay put! This cap also features an internal 24.0 mm [0.95] dia x 6.0 mm [0.24] deep bore for additional space inside the tube.
This handy cap will prevent you from running around in circles! The embedded oil-filled compass is the perfect companion when carrying your cache in the outdoors. This cap also features an internal 24.0 mm [0.95] dia x 8.0 mm [0.31] deep bore for additional space inside the tube.
Embrite™ Glow-in-the-dark Cap:
Going for a hike that ends at night? Need to find your cache in a dark room? Then this is the cap you need, with the integrated green Embrite™ glow-in-the-dark insert. Embrite™ is the TEC Accessories proprietary glow technology, affording the brightest, longest lasting 'glow-in-the-dark’ effect available. When exposed to sunlight or UV light, the included Embrite™ pellet will glow for hours... the longer the exposure time and the higher the light intensity, the longer and brighter it will glow. Glow times can last as long as 12 hours! This cutting edge technology will outlast and outshine anything on the market. This cap also features an internal 24.0 mm [0.95] dia x 8.0 mm [0.31] deep bore for additional space inside the tube.
Glass Breaker Cap:
The Striker Cap, or glass breaker, is the perfect option if you want to store the D-Cache in the glove box of your car. Should you ever be in an emergency that requires a quick escape, the tungsten carbide tip on this cap will get the job done. As an added bonus, the tip can also be used as a scribe for light duty free-hand engraving. This cap will ship with a vinyl sleeve over the tip for protection when not in-use.
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The timeline below reflects our immediate release of parts procurement when the campaign is successfully funded. To ensure you receive your D-Cache as soon as humanly possible, we will not wait for receipt of Kickstarter funding (approximate 2 week delay) to initiate production.
TEC Accessories has been developing personal accessories since 2004, and has established a reputation for high quality, value, and excellent customer service.
Our facility in Tucson Arizona manages corporate operations and product development, as well as all production and order fulfillment. We process orders from our web site and our reseller network on a daily basis, typically within one working day. We have trained staff to accommodate this campaign. We will not hire short-term inexperienced workers to assemble and ship your order. You can be assured that your Kickstarter rewards will be packaged, processed and shipped using the same care and attention we have been performing at TEC Accessories every work day for the last 14 years.
This is not our first rodeo. We are proud to say we have already completed a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, in which we fulfilled all of our shipping commitments and held to our stringent quality standards. We have also just completed an even more successful campaign in which we are currently managing the production process.
We take our commitment to deliver your Kickstarter pledge gravely serious. Once we launch a campaign, we respect and honor the obligation to ship you your purchase and in the time frame we have promised. In addition, we guarantee that you will receive your purchase before the Dynamite Cache is sold to anyone on the open market. The purpose of a crowdfunding campaign is to bring a product to market with the support and cooperation of an incredibly special group of investors. We are humbled by your faith in us and we hope to bring you many more products in the future.
Risks and challenges
TEC Accessories is very experienced in developing, manufacturing and delivering fine quality personal accessories. We are fully prepared to release production at the end of the campaign and are confident in our ability to deliver.
The D-Cache design is complete, prototypes have been fabricated and tested and packaging is in development. Although we handle most of the work in-house, there are some processes that are performed under contract with our outside vendors (who we have dealt with for many years). For example, we do not have the capability of performing the aluminum anodizing in-house. Therefore, there is always the possibility that problems may arise that are out of our control. We do find this unlikely, however we will do our best to ensure adherence to schedule and advise backers immediately if there are any issues that may affect delivery. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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