Our suppliers have now all returned form the Chinese New Year holiday so we have been talking to them on a daily basis to try and resolve the Micro USB supply problem. We have some good samples that have passed our testing and we are now confirming the exact details, function and looks. The hard part is getting all the parts brought together correctly into 1 cable, without the need for new moulds to be cut. Adding new moulds into the equation would add at least 4 weeks to the production time so we are trying to use current moulds where possible and have them tweaked to meet our design.
The current design we are working on can be seen in the picture below. Don't worry it will still be a braided cable and all visible plastic will be clear. This design has nice strong plugs with a lovely rounded shape. Overall it looks like it is going to be a great cable.
We are sorry that it is taking so long but we really want to get this cable right and not just another Micro USB cable.
After the recent announcement by Apple that they are recalling all their Type C to Type C cables for their the new 12" Macbook we have had a number of requests for a replacement high quality and super tough cable.
We have been looking into this and it looks like we can also add in our LED charging light as well as the magnetic cable tidy. So hopefully coming soon there will be an all singing and dancing replacement power and data cable for the 12" Macbook. Best of all with our LED charging light you will be able to see if your Macbook is actually charging. This was a function Apple removed from the latest charging cables and which many many people are missing.
Hopefully the majority of you are loving your Quickdraw cables. We would love to hear what you think and if there are any improvements / changes you would like to see. Of course you are welcome to throw us a virtual high 5 if you're loving your Quickdraw cable.
We now have Quickdraw cables being used in Australia, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, USA, Canada, Chile, Mexico, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Philippines, Oman, Vietnam, Belgium, Lithuania, Holland...............basically, every continent and nearly every major country! And guess which country we've posted the most cables to? (answer at the end)
We have been testing a number of sample cables to find one that meets our requirements and is built to our standards and quality. We have a number that are looking hopeful, see pictures below
It is currently the Chinese New Year holiday so everything is a bit quiet and we cannot talk to the factories as they are all off having fun!!
Most of them will be back at work next week so we will be flat out talking to them again and getting the Micro USB cable sorted once and for all. We are really sorry about the delay, we are equally frustrated, maddened and darn right annoyed.
That's it for now, have a great weekend
Woodford Design Team
(Answer: Saudi Arabia)
Well the survey process is going well with 599 backers already placing their orders. Turns out 1m Space Grey Lightning cables are the most popular by a long long way and more than double that of 2m Space Grey lightning cables which are in second place. So thank you to everyone that has placed an order on our website, it really is exciting to hear our email system going ping every few seconds as we are notified of a new order.
We should be fully up to date with replying to emails and messages. If you still have an outstanding question please drop us an email to email@example.com
As previously mentioned we have already placed an order for some Lightning cables and are about to receive stocks of 1m Gold, 1m Space Grey and 2m Space Grey cables. There has been a slight hiccup with the magnetic base plate for the cable tidy and we have had to change the design as the quality of the original part was not good enough. What we now have is much simpler and will blend in better with different environments/surfaces. These new base plates are being manufactured now and should be ready in 7 to 10 days. These will then go off to our fulfilment centre for inclusion with your cable.
For all the other cable types and options that have not been ordered yet we will have to wait until the majority of backers have placed their orders and then we will know the exact number of cables we need to order. As of next Monday we will check who has not placed an order and start contacting them directly to encourage them to do so as soon as possible.
We have been talking to a number of fulfilment companies with the plan to send cables direct from Hong Kong or China. This saves a considerable amount of time and also allows us to get better and faster shipping options.
For backers in the EU we are first checking out the various import rates to make sure that you will not be charged import duty and VAT. For most of you this will be fine as your order will be below the threshold but for the rest we have to work out the best solution, be it we import the cables first into the UK before posting or if there is a way for us to clear them for you as they come into the EU. As a UK company we can only do this for backers that are in the EU. We wish we could, but we cannot do this for backers in other countries / regions.
For the majority of backers there will be no import duty or VAT to pay as the value of your order is below the threshold that most countries have. You can check out your country's duty rates here: http://www.dutycalculator.com/country-guides/
That's it for now, have a great weekend.
Woodford Design Team
We would like to hit the ground running with regard manufacturing to try and shorten the lead time as much as possible and get the Quickdraw 2.0 cable to you as quickly as possible.
Therefore to give us an indication of demand could we ask that you drop a comment below telling us the type of cable you would like to order. Please tell us:
If you would like a mixture please let us know all the details.
We will then use this to see which options are clearly in demand so we can let our factory know and try and kick off production early.
We will be sending out the official survey after the campaign finishes to find out your exact order and delivery address details. So what you say now isn't fixed in stone.
We have partnered with Mooli London, the creators of the Hampton camera bag to offer a free Quickdraw 2.0 cable to anyone that backs their Kickstarter campaign.
The Hampton Bag by Mooli London is a high-end designer tech bag for your gadgets. It is fully padded to protect your camera, laptop, iPad/tablet, and smartphone from scratches or bumps. The Hampton Bag is the perfect pairing with the Quickdraw 2.0 cable. Back the Mooli London Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/1KvojzV) for an exclusive 25% discount off RRP.
Thanks once again.