Solarbank S2 Replacements - Tooling complete, Production Underway
Happy 2019! Things have been moving along as quickly as possible. We are really looking forward to getting the warranties sorted for those of you who experienced issues!
For those of you with the LED Issue:The new S2 Molds are complete! We continued to have a frustrating experience with the original factory so we have committed to the new factory. I have been testing a prototype from them for 1.5 months and it's working great. The form factor is really nice, The solar panel sits flush instead of with the 'step' on the original one, and the backside has a soft fabric (made from recycled water bottles) and the entire shell is made from recycled plastic. All steps we are taking to remove single use plastics from our supply chain this year. We're told that the S2 units are supposed to be completed on January 28th. From there we'll air freight the units to our US warehouse for shipping out. The only risk here is if one of the sub-suppliers has a delay, we run into Chinese New Year where all factories are closed from February 1st-18th. Sharing this for the sake of transparency around the timeline we are flirting with here.
Lock issue:The locks have been completed, testing all cleared up. We'll start shipping at the same time as Solarbanks, so the cases where we send both can be shipped together.
- Here's some pics of the S2 Prototype and the production version upgraded lock from the café I'm working from right now. Currently at CES.
- Photos of the plastic molds that are now completed for S2
Thanks so much for your ongoing patience with us in correcting this. It's been an expensive solution since the original factory didn't come through as we hoped they would. I hope our updates have given you confidence that we are diligently working on the solution.
Adrian and The #SolgaardSquad
PS, This pretty cool thing recently happened: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-laptop-bags-backpacks-cases-2018/ The Hustle backpack was selected as CNET'S BEST LAPTOP BACKPACKS OF 2018!
PPS, Yes we have been running another Kickstarter campaign for version 2.0 of our suitcase! It ends on Thursday: The Carry-On Closet 2.0