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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2014, 05:49:32 AM »
Shipping dates

We will start shipping of the MicroSticks 26-29/01. The orders will be shipped as soon as they are ready, so the whole shipping process will probably take about 2 weeks or maybe a bit more.

More than 150 MicroSticks were ordered 16/12 and 17/12, so the first ready MicroSticks will be shipped to them.
Orders placed in the middle of January most likely will be shipped in the beginning of February.

Anyway all orders will be shipped not later than 45 days after the payment date.

The MiniGens SS and Ti are almost ready. They should not delay orders with MicroSticks.
The extenders will be ready for shipping in the middle of the next week. The only missing part is the condutor pin.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2014, 05:18:48 PM »
The shipping was started!
 
So what's the current status?
 
MicroSticks are ready.
Extenders for the MicroSticks are ready.
MiniGens SS and TI are ready except for the engraving. The engraving machine is broken for more than a week. We thought that maybe it would be fixed in time and will not block us, but now they say that our order for engraving will be ready 1-3 of February.
 
We decided that we will start shipping of orders which include MiniGens now and ship the MiniGens with standard shipping as soon as they are ready. At least we will not block shipping of MicroSticks and extenders by that.
The current plan is to ship all orders (except for MiniGens) on this week.
 
Tracking numbers were already sent for the shipped orders.
 
On the photos you can see the MiniGens before they were sent for engraving and also MicroSticks and extenders prepared for the shipping.



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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2014, 04:57:06 PM »
More than a half of all orders is shipped. The shipping will be finalized on the next week.

The MicroSticks and the extenders are fully ready.
The MiniGens arrived from engraving. Now they are on assembling stage. They should be ready for shipping on Sunday or Monday. MiniGens are polished, so SS and Ti versions look almost identical on photos, though Ti version is darker.

Starting from this run we'll have retailers. Currently we have retailers in USA, Italy and France. All of them are allowed to set any price and ship worldwide.
Currently they are also wait for shipping. They will have MicroSticks, Extenders and MiniGens SS. The list of retailers will be published as soon as they have items in stock.

We have leftovers of extenders and MiniGens SS. They will be available on the next week. We'll send the notifications to all who subscribed for stock updates.

The next run is planned on February. The shipping date is not settled yet, but it will be in the end of March or later. The next run will be started after a vacation. We'll post dates later. We all need rest sometimes :)



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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2014, 09:42:29 AM »
Known problems of the 3rd run & shipping news

Let's start with known problems of the current run.

In some MicroSticks of the 3rd run (serial numbers #800+) the screw head easily gets stripped and it's impossible to remove the screw from the bottom cap.

The screw head is almost rounded and and gets easily stripped especially if a non-proper tool is used. The recommended tool to unscrew the screws is allen key 2 mm.

We got defective screws and haven't tested them before installing. Our estimation is that 5-10% of all used screws were defective and since there are two screws in each MicroStick, the probability of having a MicroStick with defective screws is rather high.

This is our fault and we are sorry about this. Next time we'll test all parts before installing them.

Please, contact us if you have problem with the screws in the MicroStick of the 3rd run. We'll arrange the repair or replacement of your MicroStick. All the expenses on the shipping will be compensated.

If you took the screws off, but the screws were damaged, we'll send you the new screws. Please, be careful and don't damage the threads in the MicroStick trying to get the screws out. The problem is in the screws themselves, not in the threads or in the contact of aluminium body and the SS screws. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The shipping on this week was delayed for the MicroSticks since we tried to find the root cause of the problem. We double checked all screws in MicroSticks which were not shipped yet and replaced all defective.
All MicroSticks shipped to the retailers were double checked, so these should be ok.

The full list of known problems can be found here:
http://mini-ecig.com/known_issues

We planned to complete the shipping on this week, but due to the extra checks and replaced screws we are now behind the plan. The shipping will be finalized on the next week.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2014, 10:45:15 AM »
I do like a company that is open and reactive when they find a problem. Good job!
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2014, 04:08:23 PM »
The list of retailers will be published on the next week.
We promised to publish it on this week, but due to the defective screws we had to double check the remaining MicroSticks.
All the MicroSticks were double checked before shipping to retailers but as a result, they were shipped several days later than planned and haven't arrived yet.

We will publish the list as soon as at least 1 retailer will receive the items and will put them on sale. There will be 200 MicroSticks at our retailers, so you won't miss them.
The list will be published on all forums where we normally publish our news and also in the store and on our Facebook page.

The next run will be started in March, so it's a long wait. You can subscribe for stock updates to get a notification when the pre-orders for the next run will be started.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2014, 02:51:11 PM »
Now we finally have the first retailer!
Only retailers which have our items in stock are published here:
http://mini-ecig.com/retailers
 
In this run there will be 3 more retailers: 1 more in USA, and 2 in EU. Currently our items are on the way to them.
 
Retailers in different countries have different taxes and customs duties, so retailers are allowed to set any price. We will try to increase the list of retailers which will help in maintaining a competitive price.
 
We will keep selling our products directly but again with long wait for pre-orders and then for production and shipping, so if for any reason you don't like to buy from retailers, please subscribe for stock updates here:
http://mini-ecig.com/all
Then you will be notified as soon as we start the next run.
 
If you want to become one of our retailers, please, contact us.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2014, 04:56:51 PM »
We're back! Very soon we'll start the next run.
Now it's planned on the very end of April.
 
Since the last run, we found a new building, bought new CNC machines and now we're almost ready to start.
We hope to solve all problems with anodizing, Hamoriko's finish, etc.
Also now we won't depend so much on sub-contractors, so it will be easier to keep the quality :)
 
In the coming run we'll have MicroSticks, Extenders, Hamorikos SS and MiniGens SS.
Titanium versions will come a bit later.
 
Chels has a new project: MiniAtty. It's a new bottom feed 16 mm SS atomizer. It will be possible to use it with a silica wick or a mesh. A mesh is installed vertically as an arch.
We're about to produce the first prototype and then we'll announce the price and publish the photos.
 
MiniAtty will be available for pre-order from the beginning of the next run even if we won't be ready with the finalized prototype.
The prototype and photos will be ready before we'll start the shipping of the next run. Hopefully, the first review will be also ready by that time.
So it will be possible to place an order for the MiniAtty and later keep it or request a refund depending on prototype testing results.
For now let's wish Chels good luck and wait for the photos!
 
As usually, those who have subscribed for stock updates will get a personal e-mail with notification about start of pre-orders.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2014, 05:45:27 PM »
Just to clarify, am I right in saying that the small black one, (sorry - I forgot it's name - the box type mod), does NOT come with any sort of atty?

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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2014, 07:57:38 PM »
Its a microstick Sye

No it does not come with any type of atty

And will only take 16mm or less
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2014, 09:39:23 PM »
Anyone gotten the Hamorki v 1?  Thoughts on it?  It looks like it might be good for my stylishly stealth vaping in LA (now that I have to do that until I am ready to get cited).

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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2014, 05:25:30 PM »
In the next run we'll have the following items:
 - MicroStick and extender 18500
 - Hamoriko SS and extra tubes 18500 & 18650
 - MiniAtty SS

We got pictures of the MiniAtty:


You can find more pictures in the store.
And here are some dimensions:
diameter - 16 mm
length - 50 mm
capacity - approximately 2.5 ml
wick/mesh hole - 2.3 mm

The first prototype will be ready in the beginning of May.

Already now you can subscribe for stock updates for it:
http://mini-ecig.com/MiniAtty
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2014, 05:34:12 PM »
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2014, 04:50:04 PM »
The 4th run is officially started!

The new run is started so again we take pre-orders. We'll post news about the progress of production, which will be started in several days.

The shipping will be started in the end of May or in the beginning of June. We promise to ship orders in 30-45 days after the payment.
Those who placed the order first, will be served first.

All available items can be found here:
http://mini-ecig.com/all

If you want to change your order or upgarde the shipping method, please, help yourself here:
http://mini-ecig.com/service

Now we also offer spares: buttons, springs and screws:
http://mini-ecig.com/accessories

Leather cases are still sold only directly from Parish:
http://parish-nn.ru/en/M01

The current run is "endless", but if there will be too many orders to complete in 45 days, we'll stop taking pre-orders for a while.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2014, 05:09:04 PM »
Any reviews on Mini Atty yet?

Tempted but not sure if prototypes are tested yet?
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2014, 05:35:49 PM »
Any reviews on Mini Atty yet?

Tempted but not sure if prototypes are tested yet?
The prototype is not erady yet.
We'll publish reviews and photos when they will be available.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2014, 04:10:04 PM »
Yesterday CNC machines finally arrived, so on the next week we will be able to start the production.

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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #42 on: May 25, 2014, 04:48:29 AM »
We have some bad news. Our CNC machines arrived with a delay and what is worse, no electricity is supplied.
The local electricity company is a monopoly and there is no way to speed them up. On this week they finally started working on this, but their job is still not done. Nearly every day we thought that we can finally start the production tomorrow, but we are still blocked. In 1-2 days electricity should be ready.

To speed up things and catch up on the plan, we rented one more CNC machine so now we try hard to make sure that we start shipping within 45 days for all orders. This run was started 26/04, so the earliest promised shipping date is 09/06. If we could start on this week, we would avoid delays, but now we have to face the fact, that we can't complete the orders in just 2 remaining weeks.
Sorry.

We will have a delay in several days for orders placed in April and in the beginning of May, though we truly tried to avoid this. Orders placed in the middle of May are now in safe. We'll ship them in time.

You don't need to worry about 45 days of PayPal guarantee. We allow refunds any time before the order is shipped. We did this previously and we'll keep that practice, so don't worry about this.

Once we get everything in place we'll post photos from production.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #43 on: May 25, 2014, 08:07:47 AM »
I have known companies that refused to project finishing times because of possible (and unforeseeable) delays. They claim to dislike the need for an occasional message like the above.

Myself, I prefer good-faith estimates (so we can anticipate with some degree of accuracy) with the occasional setback. Keep on like this.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #44 on: May 25, 2014, 11:25:43 PM »
Yes, it is nice to see you keeping us in the loop! I'm also excited to see pics of the mini atty as I ordered one of those too. Maybe if you have enough I'll have to add an extender to my order as well.

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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #45 on: May 26, 2014, 02:19:44 AM »
Yes, it is nice to see you keeping us in the loop! I'm also excited to see pics of the mini atty as I ordered one of those too. Maybe if you have enough I'll have to add an extender to my order as well.
The prototyping of the MiniAtty is blocked just like anything else. We'll post photos as soon as we have them.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #46 on: May 31, 2014, 04:10:58 PM »
Electricity will be available on Thursday. They need to take the power down for almost a day in our industrial area and it took some time to coordinate that and then we have to wait for almost a week again, because the companies have to be notified in advance.

Currently the official announcement was sent to all the companies in the area, so we believe that on Thursday the electricity will be in place.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2014, 04:18:02 PM »
Yesterday night a big yellow digger made a ditch for the cable. All the cabling is now in place and the factory is physically connected to electricity.
On Monday an inspector should come, check that everything is fine, that we follow all the rules and will turn the power on.
Seems that this story comes to a logical end and very soon will finally start the production.
This took almost 2 months by now instead of 2 weeks. Sorry once again for the delays.
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #48 on: June 08, 2014, 11:48:49 PM »
oh man that is awesome. love it
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Re: Mods by Chels: MicroStick, MiniGen and others
« Reply #49 on: June 09, 2014, 02:56:57 PM »
The power is ON!

Now we can start doing our job. Here is the plan.
On Tuesday the compressor will be installed. It's already in place, so we just need to connect it and set it up.
On Wednesday we'll connect all our CNC machines to the compressor and get ready for the production.
On Thursday, we will be good to go.
Thanks to all for your patience and support!
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