|Sunset Tactile Choc switch presale status|
|These updates are automated and originate from the #sunset-presale-status channel on the lowprokb Discord server|
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|[Apr 10] - Set up an automated status channel that syncs with a Google sheet so that non-Discord users can get the identical updates|
|[Apr 19] The date has been set for the start of the Sunset tactile Choc switch presale. The store at lowprokb.ca will be activated to accept orders this **Sunday April 24 at 1:00pm EDT**. Also at this time, the pre-sale for the LDSA spherical keycaps and the Corne-ish Zen R3 group buy will start in parallel. |
Mark you calendars and set your alarms... its going to be a wild ride!
|[Apr 23] We are coming up to 20h until the presale! I am excited to finally get these in people's hands!|
Here are the vendor links for your convenience:
- UK: <https://mechboards.co.uk/products/sunset-tactile-choc-switches-group-buy>
- EU: SplitKB link coming soon!
- EU: <https://qweebs.com/shop/switches/choc-sunset-switches/>
- AU/NZ: <https://keebd.com/products/sunset-tactile-choc-switches>
- JP: yushakobo link coming soon!
|[Apr 24] - Japan rejoice! The Yushakobo link for the Sunset has been put live <https://shop.yushakobo.jp/products/3961>|
|[Apr 25] SplitKB now has it's sales page up! <https://splitkb.com/products/sunset-kailh-low-profile-choc-switches>|
|[Apr25] Over 21,000 switches sold in the first 24hrs! (between LowproKB and Qweebs)|
You people are amazing ♥️
|[May 10] The production molds are completed! Kailh will be sending me sample switches made from the new molds this week, and once those are approved, production can start ! 🎉|
|[May 25] Presale is complete! Payment for the production run has been made, and it should clear next week. There was a delay in testing the production mold due to a plant closure from flooding, but they are back up and running and hopefully production can start in a couple of weeks.|
|[June 1] - Agreement signed on terms between Kailh and Lowprokb. Production samples from the new bulk mold have been shipped to me for validation. They should arrive next week. I hope to have an exact production date early next week as well.|
|[June 6] Sample switches from the production molds are to arrive today. Once I validate the quality, we are ready to go into production.|
|[July 11] All of the parts for the Sunset production run have been made! Assembly will start next week, with an estimated delivery date of July 29. (to vendors)|
|[July 14] Sorry for not posting this update sooner.... in my head I had done it a while ago.|
After the Kailh engineers performed long-term switch actuation tests on the Sunset switch, it was determined that there were issues with reliability after a period of time much shorter than the rated actuations.
They have estimated that the premature failure rate will be around 80% at the current specification. As such it was decided to increase the operation force to 40gf to allow the Sunset switch to achieve it's rated actuations without failure over time.
This makes the switch slightly heavier, but in practice it is hardly noticeable.
If you have concerns or questions, please ask in our Discord server or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
[July 25] I will be getting 4000 switches delivered to me tomorrow, but unfortunately I am on vacation this week and will not be able to do anything with them until I return. The reason I am getting this qty is because Kailh's standard switch qty to ship is 6000 to a carton... so for 100k switches, 16 cartons will get me 96k switches and 4k is the ramainder/partial carton. Kailh would like me to confirm these switches are to spec prior to finishing the assembly of the rest of them... so unfortunately this causes a little delay until I come back from vacation. We are still on track to have the switches in the vendors hands by mid August.
|[Aug 2] So unfortunately, the 4000 switches did not pass my Quality testing, and have been rejected. I had a call with Kailh this morning which confirmed where the communication breakdown occurred on their end. This will delay shipments, but I have yet to hear back on how much. Will update when I find out more info|
|[Aug 4] Kailh is producing more samples based on several awkward phone calls I had with them. The agreed-upon specs are:|
- operational force: 35gf ±10gf
- tactile force: 50gf ±10gf
The samples will be shipped next week, and generally take 6 days to get here. Once produced it will be a full week until the production order of 100K is complete and ready to ship. So best case scenario is a ship date of the last week of August, arriving to vendors the second week of September.
|[Aug 24] Good News! I approved the latest round of samples last night... we are going to production! I don't have the exact timing yet, but I feel like the assembly machines are all set up already from the samples they made for me... hopefully it will be quick. When I have a better sense of timing, I will report back.|
|[Aug 31] I have been informed by Kailh that the Sunset Switch order should be ready to ship to vendors on Sept 15|
|[Sep 19] All pre-ordered switches have been shipped to the vendors. They should receive them late this week, or early next. Most participating vendors have purchased extra, so they should have stock to sell in the near future.|
|[Sep 21] Here are the delivery dates that the Sunset shipments will arrive at vendors. |
THIS IS NOT THE DATE THEY WILL SHIP TO YOU!
- Yushakobo - Delivered Today
- Daily Craft Keyboards - Delivered Today
- Mechboards - Tuesday Sept 27
- Keebd - Tuesday Sept 27
- Qweebs - Delivered Today
- Lowprokb - Friday Sep 23
- SplitKB - I do not have visibility on this shipment
Further questions about timing will have to be directed to the Vendors themselves... but it goes without saying that they will need time to receive, inspect and process orders after receiving the shipment.
|[Sep 29] Over half of the Sunset presale kits have been assembled. I will spend the next day or so putting the rest together and package them up for shipping on the weekend. With any luck you will start to get shipping notices late this weekend, on on Monday. |
If you need a change of address for your order, now is the time! Reply to your order confirmation email with the details.
|[Oct 16] This should be the final update!!! All presale orders have been shipped. There was a few stragglers that I found, that will go out Monday, but otherwise you should have received your Shipping notifications. If you did not, please reply to your order confirmation stating that fact and I will look into it.|
Just as a reminder, the Sunset switch is now in stock at all the vendors who were involved in the presale.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated and have supported lowprokb through this long process. The feedback so far has been great, so the last couple of years are totally worth it :zany_face: