iPhone 5 Update - Complete Re-Design
You made ChargeCard possible. Thank you.
If you pledged for ChargeCard for iPhone 4 or Android, you received your ChargeCards quite some time ago.
But If you swapped your reward for an iPhone 5 ChargeCard, then there's a good chance you haven't received your reward...yet.
Though we did deliver several hundred ChargeCards for iPhone 5, most of you haven't received your rewards yet. This is because we had to make a really tough decision: we had to halt production of ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
When we launched ChargeCard on Kickstarter last summer, iPhone 5 didn't exist.
Shortly after our fundraising campaign ended, we heard the announcement that Apple had developed a new connector for the upcoming iPhone 5: Lightning.
As a bootstrapped, Kickstarter-backed team, the news of Lighting's release couldn't have come at a worse time. Just as we'd begun making our molds for ChargeCard for iPhone 4, we learned that ChargeCard for iPhone 4 would soon be made obsolete.
We were stuck between a rock and a hard place. We'd spent months developing ChargeCard for iPhone 4 and Android, but now there was a new, yet unreleased connector for the upcoming iPhone. And we knew that many of you, our backers, were early adopters and would be some of the first to make the switch to iPhone 5.
While we're strong proponents of USB cable innovation (and we'll gladly admit that we think both the smaller size and reversibility of the new Lightning connector are great innovations), this threw a big wrench in our gears.
We immediately began searching for a way to make iPhone 5 using our original iPhone 4 and Android designs. And we thought we'd found one. We thought we could modify our iPhone 4 and Android tooling for ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
But after a lot of troubles in making our first several hundred iPhone 5 units, we were faced with an uncomfortable reality: the shape of iPhone 5's new Lightning cable didn't work well with our previous design.
We had a tough decision to make: We could either continue with the previous design or halt production and do a complete redesign and retooling of ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
As a young company, this wasn't an easy decision for us. We knew it would be a huge cost and commitment to design and create a completely new version of ChargeCard.
We also knew that this would cause another delay in delivering ChargeCard for iPhone 5, and we hate delays as much as you do.
After much deliberation, we knew what we had to do. As a team focused on innovative design, we decided to move forward with creating a new and improved ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
We're excited to announce the new ChargeCard for iPhone 5. Our new sleek, sexy and stealthy design ensures an even easier fit into your wallet. It also works on iOS 7 and future versions of iPhone (iPad and iPod, too).
For those of you awaiting a ChargeCard for iPhone 5, we've automatically switched your reward to the new ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
SHIPPING OCTOBER 15th
We'll be shipping out your order by October 15th, and we're pushing hard to deliver before this date.
Kickstarter backers will be first to receive the new ChargeCard for iPhone 5.
Thanks for supporting us and for being part of our team.
Please write back with any thoughts.
Or give us a call at 1.323.393.3878
The ChargeCard Team
Noah, Brian, Dave and Chloe