RasPi.TV unboxing video and some high resolution photos!
Another update for you, with some more video and photo content and an update about PiJuice Cases and Maker Kits! Let's get started...
One of the first people to receive one of the first PiJuice samples is Alex Eames from RasPi.TV - he wll soon be doing a video looking at the PiJuice working and some of the functionality, but has also done a little unboxing video to get things going:
Once the next video is done, we will post another update. You can also find the post on the RasPi.TV website here with more details.
Michael Horne, from the Raspberry Pi Pod blog and one of the organisers of CamJam, has also posted about this here. Michael is actually one of the first reviewers on the list to get the sample after Alex from RasPi.TV so there will be more from him in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled :-)
High resolution photos
As we said in the previous updates, we sent one of the samples to our graphic designer (and all round media guru) Louis - so he could take some high resolution shots of the HAT. We have got absolutely loads, but here is a selection of a few:
We will have more high resolution pictures of the full packaging, accessories, and solar panels to share with you soon. As I am sure you can imagine, it takes a fair bit of time to shoot and edit these photos :-)
A few minor issues with the boards
On further inspection of the boards, we found that Embest had made the following errors:
- A capacitor, C34, on the bottom of the board was missing. This helps with the charge circuitry and whilst it is not essential it is better for it to be there so we have made sure this will be fixed in the full production run.
- The DIP switch on the base of the board was in the wrong orientation, meaning that it would have had the wrong charge profile assigned to it for the BP7X and would not charge optimally. We have asked that they make sure all of the production boards have the correct orientation.
- The screw terminal battery connector for external batteries is facing the wrong way - the ports should be facing into the board. Again, they will fix this with the final versions.
- The stickers were a bit of a weird colour
- They were missing the battery isolation tab
Whilst these are annoying little issues that should have been correct the first time (as they were all correct in our manufacturing specification) this is the exact reason we do these samples so it is good they were found before the full run - as that would have been a lot of extra work for Embest and more delays. There are no major functional or cosmetic issues with the boards so that is a fantastic thing!
We are hoping to hear about a ship date soon from Embest, we will let you know once we hear back.
We have had many many requests from people to design a case specifically for PiJuice that has the ability to have a removable lid to make replacement / removal / installation of the battery super simple, without having to remove the entire case.
We tasked our friends at CamdenBoss (they designed the battery surround for PiJuice as well as our cases for JustBoom, Pi PoE, PaPirus and Flick so we know they are great!) with this very thing and they have sent us back the designs just this week:
As you will see from the above photos, there are two versions of the case - a short one an a tall one. The short one is designed to fit the Raspberry Pi and PiJuice with only a little bit of extra space inside. The tall one is designed to fit the Raspberry Pi, PiJuice and another add on board on top...we based the design on stacking the Pi PoE board we make on top...it is a very tall HAT so it should mean that most other HATs will fit :-)
As you can see from the pictures, both cases have a slide-out lid to enable easy access to the battery without too much fiddling. You can't see them in these pictures but both cases also have "knock-out" parts enabling you to easily have cables entering and exiting the case. Last but not least, the final production versions of the case will come with a set of rubber feet and also will have the PiJuice logo screen printed on the top of the slide in battery cover.
We hope you like them, and we will post more pictures soon - as soon as we have the physical samples from CamdenBoss which should be in the next week or so we hope.
A number of people have been asking for further information on the status of the Maker Kits. There are about 150 of you who have pledged to receive Maker Kits so we want to make sure you are kept in the loop. In many ways, this is the last aspect of the project still to be completed (of course, barring the shipping of the HATs to you all!)
You may remember that this project initially had the involvement of Harry Gee from Agilic Ltd, and he was contracted to deliver the design side of the project whereas we were initially working on all the other aspects apart from that. As we stated in an update last year, we parted ways amicably in around April last year leaving Pi Supply to deliver the project going forward.
The only aspect of the project that was left to be completed by Harry Gee / Agilic was the Maker Kits. These were supposed to be completed last year, not too long after the agreement we had signed with Harry. However due to a variety of reasons and disputes on both sides this has not yet occurred, which is disappointing.
The last thing we heard about them is that they are ready and working well, but just need to be made "production ready"...so it seemed like we were pretty close. We are working with Harry as we speak to identify the outstanding issues and to try and bring the Maker Kits to completion. Hopefully we can do this relatively quickly and get things closed off once and for all. In case money was the issue, we have even offered to pay for the material and labour costs to complete this work so as to expedite their completion. We have also offered our operational / labour resources to assist this in any way possible.
Please rest assured though, that we will be delivering the Maker Kits. If the worst comes to the worst we will just have to develop them from scratch ourselves again...hopefully this will not be necessary but it is an option should our current conversations prove fruitless.
Please note, that this will not delay the shipping of the HATs to any backers - whether or not you pledged for a Maker Kit as part of your reward.
More information and updates on the Maker Kits as we have them :-)
Thanks for reading,
Aaron and the PiJuice team