Posted March 16, 2013
Dear ZBoard Community,
We’ve had a busy month full of receiving shipments, building trucks, wiring up footpads, and more. Check out the video below to get an idea of our latest progress.
We’ve begun contacting the first 50* orders with the option described in the last update and we’ve enjoyed the excited and encouraging responses we’ve received. As you can see in the video, once we wire up the ZBoard’s electrical components, those first 50 will be ready to go. We hope to begin shipping those next week.
Once those are shipped we are going to continue to build ZBoards as we await the arrival of our lithium ion ZBoard Pro batteries in October. Due to the heavy regulations surrounding lithium ion batteries, we’ve been told to expect a delay of anywhere between 3 and 30 days in US customs once they arrive. But since we made a significant and thorough effort to ensure we had all the correct paperwork completed before our materials left Asia, our fingers are crossed that our batteries will spend the minimum amount of time in customs.
We'll be spending the upcoming weeks building/shipping ZBoard Classics and building ZBoard Pros sans batteries. Since over 90% of the assembly of the ZBoard Pro will be completed before lithium ion batteries arrive, we expect to to be able to ship at least 100 ZBoard Pros per week once the batteries are in-house.
We will be building ZBoards in batches of 50. When we begin a batch we will contact all ZBoard Pro pre-orders in that batch and offer them the Classic now, Pro batteries later option.
PS - Since we are in the shop (and not at our computers) basically all day everyday, please be patient for responses. Also, its far less likely that your query will fall through the cracks if you email us rather than send us a message over kickstarter, facebook, or twitter.
*The Classic batteries now, Pro batteries later option do not apply to international Pro orders as regulations restrict us from begin able to ship the ZBoard Pro battery on its own at a later date.
Behind The Scenes:
Since we build ZBoards by hand, the surprising amount of orders means we will be hard at work for the next few months. Initially, we set our goal at $10,000 and projected selling ~20 ZBoards. We told people they’d receive their ZBoards at the end of April / early May. But since our volume projections were off by ~2,000%, not everyone will receive their boards that fast.
ZBoards outside our initial projections will take longer.