(Published on Kickstarter on 9 Nov '20)
Since our last update, we have completed Pokit Pro’s verification and we were moving into validation before tooling and production preparation. In the final stages of validation, we discovered a temperature problem.
A Thermal Dilemma
We found that when the unit was measuring 10 amps, the fuse would heat up and cause the unit to reach temperatures that would not allow it to pass the safety standard.
We have been working hard over the past month, putting all our heads together to find a solution – and we have! The solution involved design modifications that would increase air flow around the fuse, and we changed the housings to be made from superior thermally conductive material.
Check out the temperature differences below:
Pushing the Limits
We want you all to understand that this issue arose because we’re venturing into the unknown and daring to solve issues that have never been tackled before. Pokit Pro goes beyond what a traditional multimeter can do and it pushes the limits of size…but with innovation also comes challenges.
Creating something new means not taking the easy route, but instead working hard to overcome every hurdle. We could have solved the problem easily by making the product larger like traditional multimeters, but this would compromise the core of what Pokit Pro is – revolutionary.
In terms of our timeline, this problem delayed our ability to issue prototypes for pre-certification a few weeks ago when we would have liked. However, we can confirm that the units have been sent off now and we’re expecting the results next week. If we get the “all-clear” from the pre-certification, we will be on track to start production preparation in December 2020.
With that in mind, we expect the first trial run of units to be completed in January, which will allow us to undertake a proper certification in February. Also note – because of Chinese New Year in February, it’s likely that we will be delivering the first units in March 2021.
We know that many of you are keen to get your Pokit Pro’s…but hang in there with us! Your patience will be rewarded.