We WILL NOT be able to deliver the Kickstarter Early Bird "Xmas" Special rewards before Christmas as planned.
This is because Kickstarter entertained a ridiculous and unfounded DMCA copyright infringement claim and proceed to suspend our project for 14 days without even bothering to verify with us. You can read more about that here. That copyright infringement claim has since been ruled in our favor and the project was unsuspended. However once again Kickstarter unilaterally decided to extend our project original Dec 3 deadline by 14 days to Dec 17 to "help us make up for lost time". Unfortunately, a Dec 17 deadline would meant that we would only receive the project funds after Christmas, making deliveries before Christmas impossible. As a result, ALL Kickstarter rewards will only ship out in early January 2015. If you need to receive the Pearl before Christmas in USA, please move your pledge from Kickstarter to our duplicate Pearl Indiegogo campaign, which was set up when our Kickstarter project was suspended. Because we are already receiving funds from Indiegogo, we will start shipping out the Pearls in the week of Dec 8, in time for USA Christmas delivery.
Once again, ALL Kickstarter rewards will only ship out in early January. If you want to receive the Pearl before Christmas in USA, please cancel your Kickstarter pledge and contribute at our Indiegogo campaign instead.
What is Pearl?
The Pearl is a stylish compact mirror with an integrated battery pack that can charge small USB powered devices. The Pearl's slim and lightweight design makes it extremely portable, fun to use, and the perfect accessory for any occasion. With its 3000mAh capacity, the Pearl can provide ample amount of power to a smartphone as well as many other USB powered devices such as a tablet, speaker, or even a motorized fan! Not only is the Pearl an essential companion for your handbag, it is the perfect holiday gift for anyone!
Features of Pearl
2 Mirrors (1 normal & 1 magnified 3X) with LED ring light
1 USB port that charges iPhones, iPads, Android or any USB powered device
Your perfect fashion accessory
That you can bring anywhere you go
Elegantly charge your devices on the go
3 fabulous colors to choose from that are perfect for any occasion
The Pearl is a wonderful, trendy gift for friends and family throughout the entire holiday season!
A separate LED lighted compact mirror (about $25 from Bed Bath & Beyond) and 3000mAh USB battery pack (about $30 from QVC) would cost about $55 and take up twice as much space as the Pearl. With your help, you hope to bring the Pearl to market at $39.95 retail and Kickstarter backers can be the first to get the Pearl at substantial discounts.
Who are we?
HYPER by Sanho Corporation has been making high end battery packs since 2009. Our first battery pack product is the World's first and only external battery pack for the Apple MacBook, which has won many awards including Best of Macworld Show and MacObserver Editor's Choice.
Our battery packs are also the only battery packs certified by FAA for use for all stages of flight and we are the official battery pack supplier for various airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas for their iPad Electronic Flight Bag.
This is our 3rd Kickstarter project. Our most recent Kickstarter project, iStick, raised over $1.1 million in funding. Our first Kickstarter project, CloudFTP was the 3rd highest funded Kickstarter technology project when funding ended and named by Stuff Magazine as one of the “10 best Kickstarter technology projects”. We are also the technology provider for another successful Kickstarter project called CameraMator.
The concept is simple. To reinvent the traditional compact mirror by adding a thin high capacity 3000mAh battery, advanced circuitry and cool features like 3X magnification mirror, LED ring light, LED battery inndicator lights and magnetic closure, all without significantly increasing the weight and bulk of the humble compact mirror.
Risks and challenges
No project is without their risk and challenges but we try to do our absolute best to minimize them. We felt that we have done all the necessary preliminary work prior to coming to Kickstarter. We are no strangers to battery packs, mobile accessories or even Kickstarter. Having previously done 2 successful Kickstarter projects “CloudFTP” and “iStick”, each with their unique challenges, we have gathered a lot of experience and learnt a lot to make this Kickstarter project even better. That said, we identify the following as our risks and challenges:
MANUFACTURING: The product shown above is a fully functional prototype. We are currently making the final pre-production model which will be ready around Nov 17. The final pre-production model is the model that will be eventually produced and will incorporate improvements such as brighter, more consistent LED ring light, reinforced hinges amongst other improvements. If the final pre-production model fail to meet our high standards, we might not be able to meet the early bird Christmas shipping deadline. However we never had a battery pack product fail at this stage before and initial reports looks very promising. In any case, we will inform backers of any manufacturing or shipping delays before the project funding ends so backers can decide if they want to wait or not.
FULFILLMENT: While we anticipate no issue with shipping the product in January, delivering the early bird products in the US before Christmas is a small challenge which requires careful coordination, planning and execution. The goods will be delivered via US Postal Service and the deadline for Christmas mailing is December 20. Our plan is to ship out on December 15 to give ourselves some buffer.
SHIPPING TO INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: We have been shipping batteries internationally, as well as domestically, for several years. There have been recent changes in shipping regulations surrounding lithium cell batteries (and we except more will come). We will work closely with our shipping provider to ensure that all our backers receive their Pearl in a safe and timely manner.
In order to live up to the expectations that we have set for Pearl, we have implemented a strict timeline with our manufacturer. We understand that KickStarter backers want their Pearl as soon as possible, but we also want the Pearl to be of highest quality and up to our desired specifications.
We are dedicated to our project timeline and will keep you informed on the status of our progress on a regular basis via updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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