Key Caddy Sample Batch Has Arrived + Important Updates!
UPDATE: We launched and fulfilled a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for the Key Caddy. Check out our crowd funding campaign here.
Good day to all our fans worldwide!
On Friday evening our sample batch of Key Caddy’s arrived at our office. In today’s post, we’ll be going through a few important updates:
1. What we’ve done so far up until now
2. What we still have left to do before our major Kickstarter launch in December
3. Information on our soft launch coming in the next 1 – 2 weeks and other things to expect
4. An FAQ section at the bottom of this post compiled of the many questions we’ve received through social media and emails which would be useful for you guys
And yes, this time we also have black screws as well. You can go with gold screws, or black screws. (We’ll post a photo of the gold key caddy as soon as we’ve finished them!)
UPDATE: We’re no longer offering the white and gold Key Caddy’s and the grey has been updated to a darker gun metal grey which you can see here
We’ll be offering 4 colors: Black, Grey, White, and Gold. Gold is still currently being worked on and we’ll be driving to pick it up from our local manufacturer in Australia at the end of this week. Black and grey are hard anodized and are more durable and prone to scratches. Gold is regular anodized and white is spray painted the same way white rims on cars are done.
Intro – What is a Key Caddy?
The Key Caddy is our version of a key organizer. Think of it as a Swiss army knife that can be customized to fit your keys, USB, bottle openers and other accessories (which we’re still working on). We aren’t the first to build a key organizer and they’ve been around for a while now. What we are building is our own take on a key organizer that applies our design aesthetics and functionality. The problems we’ve found with other key organizers currently on the market were that most of them weren’t as beautiful as we would have liked. The other major problem we’ve heard from people who’ve used other key organizers is that their screws come undone over time – BIG PROBLEM. Nobody wants to have all their keys, screws and components come apart in their pocket or even worse, while they are using their keys.
We previously built our Essentialist Wallet and through months of testing we created our own solution with a built in post into the base of our product as well as our very own custom screws in order to prevent the problem of screws loosening over time. We’ve applied this same solution to the Key Caddy.
1. What have you guys been doing with the Key Caddy for the last few months?
To summarize it, the last 5 – 6 months have been testing, and tweaking the prototypes. Earlier in the year we built our very first prototype and have made multiple adjustments since then. We personally used a Key Caddy ourselves through our everyday lives from driving to work, opening doors at home, opening doors at work, using a USB with it, using our bottle opener with it, swinging it in and out, running with it, going to meetings with it, dropping it, showing it off to family and friends, leaving it on our desk, basically using it through everyday life to replace our old key rings that used to carry our keys. Along the way any problems that we found were quickly fixed it up in our designs.
Initially our design was too small and some keys would bulge out, other issues were with coloring that we couldn’t get right since the product was a lot smaller and more difficult to anodize.
After many prototypes, we’re now confident that we have a solid process in place and have made a small sample batch of 150 units which we’ve confirmed are all up to our standard and are ready to be released!
2. What’s happening between now and December launch time?
The first phase was testing our product through everyday life and tweaking until it was perfect. Between now until December, we will be spending on preparation for our launch. Setting up a Kickstarter campaign and preparing all the things we need to is not an easy task that we’ll get done overnight. We want to make sure we’re well prepared and have enough breathing space to make sure we are comfortable and ready by launch date.
Here’s a quick list of some of the things we’ll be doing prior to launching:
– Having a soft launch
– We’ll be sending out some Key Caddy samples to interested partners, bloggers and social media influencers with a large audience who would be interested in helping us promote our launch
– Shooting a promotional video and editing
– Photoshoot of our products on it’s own and also being used in action
– Setting up our Kickstarter page, content and reward pledges and submitting it in for approval
– Preparing a media kit
– Further marketing to get further exposure and awareness for our Key Caddy and launch
– Working on packaging ideas and designs
We haven’t solidified a launch date yet but you can expect it to be in early December.
3. Information on the soft launch and what else to expect during the next 2 weeks
Our soft launch for the Key Caddy’s will be held in the next 1 – 2 weeks. We’re still working on confirming the quantities of each color that we should make available for the soft launch. The sale will only last for 24 – 72 hours and we’ll be releasing only about 100 – 125 units. We’re expecting them to sell out pretty quickly so make sure you’re signed up to our email list on our homepage http://liquidstore.co or in the top right corner of our blog here. More information on the time and dates will be released throughout the week.
Also, a while back we sent out a survey in which 1,005 people participated in and gave us some amazing but also shocking statistics. We’re working on an infographics for this and will be sharing it with you all soon.
4. Some FAQs:
How many keys can the Key Caddy hold?
By default the key caddy holds 4 keys (2 each side). We also have additional extension posts which can be screwed on and allows for an additional 4 keys to be added with each pair of extension posts. So it can fit 4 keys, 8 keys, 12 keys, etc.
What if I have an odd number of keys such as 3 keys or 5 keys?
For this we have a 2mm spacer which is about the same thickness as regular keys and it would fit in the place of a key to keep it all even. Since the key caddy holds in additions of 4, if you had only 3 keys, you’d place 2 keys on one side, and 1 key + a spacer on the other side to make it even.
If you only have 1 key? Then the 3 other spots can be filled with these spacers.
Will my keys fit?
The most important part in determining whether your keys will fit or not is the hole in your key. The diameter of the post where keys fit onto is 4mm so the diameter of the hole in your key should be 4.1mm or more (4mm would make it really tight to squeeze on). You can figure this out by using a ruler and measuring across the hole to see if it is more than 4.1mm.
The maximum recommended length of key to fit would be 6.5cm or less. The absolute longest key length to fit would be 7cm but it requires adding in a variety of our 2mm spacers and extension posts to work.
Can I attach my car keys?
You sure can! On the edge of the key caddy we’ve added a small piece which fits keyrings on that you can attach your car key or fob remotes to. Unfortunately we can’t put car keys INSIDE the actual key caddy because thickness and size varies greatly, it would add on too much bulk and wouldn’t look aesthetically appealing, so it will have to be attached on the side of it.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes of course we ship worldwide =)
What does the Key Caddy weigh (without keys)?
The Key Caddy weighs 23 grams (including screws, washers, etc) which is the equivalent of 0.8 oz
What are the dimensions?
The dimensions are:
8cm (L) x 2.7cm (W) x 1cm (H). The height really depends on the amount of keys you have but for our one with 4 standard keys, the height is 1cm.
What’s the longest length of key that would fit?
The maximum recommended length of key to fit in would be 6.5cm or less. The absolute longest key length to fit would be 7cm but it requires adding in a variety of our 2mm spacers and extension posts in order for it to work.
When are you guys launching?
We’ll be launching on Kickstarter in December. However, we’ll be having a soft launch to sell about 100 units in about 1 – 2 weeks. Make sure you’re signed up to our email list to be notified!
Most importantly – how much will they cost?
– Soft launch in 1 – 2 weeks – $37. They won’t be coming with the proper branded packaging, but they will be packed safely. We don’t have the time right now to have packaging prepared yet. Those who order during our soft launch will be able to get theirs before Christmas time!
– For Kickstarter, they’ll be going for $37.
– Early birds of our Kickstarter launch will be able to own them for $27.
– Retail will be $47.
Kindly let us know in the comment section below what your favorite color combo is!