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Have you ever been with a beer and didn’t have the ability to open the cap? Do you just not have the right tool for the job? Do you suffer from cap lifter envy? Well my friend, those days are over.

Making its worldwide debut exclusively here on Kickstarter, TEC Accessories proudly announces the official release of the BOT-L-BIT. The only hex bit cap lifter in the universe!

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Ready when you are
Ready when you are

 

A job well done!
A job well done!

 

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At home, ready for action (other bits and holder not included)
At home, ready for action (other bits and holder not included)

 

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If you're still carrying a giant bottle opener on your keychain, what does that say to all your friends, family, and that person you're trying to get a date with?

  • "I am inadequate"
  • "I never grew up"
  • "I am like everyone else"
  • All of the above

Why carry a giant bottle opener on your keychain when all you need is to carry a tiny hex bit? Simply insert the BOT-L-BIT into a standard hex bit handle or pocket tool (you DO carry one of these, don't you?) and use the leverage of other tools to get the job done! You work hard all day using your tools, why not let them repay you at the end of the day? Don’t be that sad looking guy just sitting there holding his beer, waiting for someone to help him. Help yourself and help others too!

What is the BOT-L-BIT? The first in a series of Kewl-Tools, this patent pending design incorporates a standard sized hex bit with a cutout feature instead of a driver tip which will allow you to open bottles (and a whole lot more!). Throw out one of those duplicate or seldom used driver bits and replace it with something useful. Well, not just useful but NECESSARY. Our design will work with magnetized handles or ones which utilize a ball detent to retain the bit.

CAUTION: Unlike the person in the video, use the BOT-L-BIT responsibly.

 

But wait, that’s not all! 

This hardened tool steel hex bit can do more than simply open bottles (as if that wasn't enough). The specially designed tip profile also has the advantage of being able to use it as a light pry tool or scraper:

  • Open paint cans
  • Packages
  • Boxes
  • Scrape old paint or caulk
  • Any purpose that prevents you from using your knife tip!
Easily opens the 30+ Amazon Prime packages you receive every day
Easily opens the 30+ Amazon Prime packages you receive every day

 

If you HAVE to paint, why not make it fun?
If you HAVE to paint, why not make it fun?

 

I don't think this will be fun, no matter what tool you use...
I don't think this will be fun, no matter what tool you use...

 

Pocket Tools:

Does your super-cool pocket tool have a hex bit cutout but no bottle opener? Make sure you carry a BOT-L-BIT with you to make that pocket tool something actually worth carrying!

 

Tested for Quality Assurance:

It was a difficult task, but it had to be done (Phase 1 testing shown):

We would have posted images of Phase 2 thru 9 of the testing process, but no one would send back the BOT-L-BIT prototype samples we gave them. Well actually, that's not 100% true. We did have a friend send his to us but then he came by our office and took it back. He claimed that he got so many people asking about it when he used it, that he missed all the attention.

 

Specifications:

  • Material: C45 tool steel
  • Treatment: Hardened to RC30-35
  • Finish: Carbonitride
  • Dimensions: ¼” hex bit, 1” long

C45 tool steel is a cold-worked, medium-carbon high quality steel suitable for surface hardening. The material is first extruded through a die to form the standard hex shape, then machined to create the custom profile. It is then heat treated utilizing a carbonitriding process for surface hardening. The end result is a durable, wear-resistant hex bit that will last (and open bottles) for many years. 

 

Timeline:

The BOT-L-BIT design is already prototyped and tested. Although Kickstarter funding does not take place until 2 weeks after the end of a successful campaign, we are willing to release the production run as soon as the campaign ends if we reach our funding goal. So we estimate shipment to occur approximately 10 weeks after the campaign closes.  

  • Up to 7 weeks tooling/fabrication time
  • 1 week shipping/transit time
  • 1 week receive/inspection/test (yes, we have to test them!)
  • 1 week packaging
  • Commence with fulfillment/shipping

However, if we achieve our funding goal before the campaign ends, we are willing to initiate the production order at that time in order to pull in the shipping schedule. We will do everything in our power to try and get these delivered before Christmas, but unfortunately cannot guarantee that you will be able to gift the best present ever. But we ARE willing to minimize the production order testing phase to ship these sooner...

 

Who We Are:

TEC Accessories has been developing personal accessories for over 12 years, and has established a reputation for high quality, value, and excellent customer service. We are the source for fine personal accessories for practical obsessions!

Pleasanton, California Office
Pleasanton, California Office

We have recently completed our first successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pixel Ti Microlights, and have been shipping rewards throughout the month of September, with all committed deliveries to be shipped on schedule by end of October.

Our administrative office in Pleasanton California manages corporate operations and product development. We also have a facility in Tucson Arizona which manages 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 do not need to hire short-term inexperienced people to ship your order. You can be assured that your Kickstarter rewards will be packaged, processed and shipped using the same care and attention we perform daily.

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 design is completed, prototypes have been fabricated and tested and tooling manufacture and production have been quoted with a firm delivery schedule. Of course there is a small chance of delays, but we have been working with our supplier for many years and have the highest confidence that delivery will be on schedule.

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