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Offline AuthenticDanger

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Shipping complete. This group buy is done.



This is a Group Buy for the Kona Classic, a 60% layout + Left F-Keys.

Prototype Photo



Production Updates:
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Sept 7: All invoices have been sent out. Parts that have the longest lead times will be ordered tonight. RGB LED Strips are already on the way.
Sept 8: PCBs, Teensys (Teensies?) and diodes have been ordered. Waiting on 4 replies before any acrylic parts can be ordered.
Sept 12: Teensys and diodes have been received.
Sept 13: PCBs are in production.
Sept 15: Case parts have been ordered.
Sept 16: LED Strips received.
Sept 21: All case parts received. PCBs should arrive on the 25th.
Sept 25: PCBs received. They will be tested and a build guide will be created in the next few days. Shipping is on track for this weekend (Sept 30th)
Sept 26: Initial PCB test was a success! ISO test required, and then packing will begin!





I set up a GitHub repo to host assembly info and the Firmware: https://github.com/DangerousParts/KonaClassic

Build Log



Supported Layouts:

  • Left Side F-Keys
  • ANSI & ISO Support
  • Arrow Cluster / Short right shift options
  • Split Spacebar

Ordering closed

Specifications:
  • Acrylic + Delrin Sandwich Case
  • MX Compatible PCB (Sorry Alps users)
  • Through-hole diodes
  • RGB Underglow supported (WS2812B LED Strips)
  • Teensy 2.0 Controlled
  • Green PCB
  • QMK Firmware (configuration to be posted on GitHub)
  • Does not support backlighting

Parts needed to build your own Kona Classic:
  • Kona Classic PCB
  • 72-76 1N4148 Diodes
  • 72-76 MX compatible switches & Stabilizers (not included in this GB)
  • Teensy 2.0
  • Case & Fasteners
  • Optional RGB LED Underglow Strip

Pricing:
  • Full Kit: $90
  • Individual Parts:
    • PCB: $15
    • Acrylic + Delrin Sandwich Case (includes fasteners): $50
    • 80 1N4148 Diodes: $2
    • Teensy 2.0 (includes headers): $18
    • WS2812B LED Strip (1 meter / 30 LEDs): $5

All parts can be purchased individually. There is no MOQ for any of the parts.

Shipping:
  • United States (Including AK & HI): $15 + $7 per additional kit or case
  • International: $35 + $15 per additional kit or case

Additional Information:
All PayPal fees are included in the Group Buy pricing.

PCB dimensional schematic: https://i.imgur.com/kbSh4OR.png

Sandwich Layers SVG: download

Firmware will be posted in the official QMK GitHub repository before production ends. Waiting on approval.

If you purchase a kit or an extra case, you will be contacted during the payment phase to select your case colors.
  • Switch plate will always be black
  • Middle layers can be a combination of black, white, or clear (other colors may be available)
  • Bottom plate can be black or clear

All prices are in USD and include PayPal fees. Prices do not include shipping. PayPal is the only way to pay for this Group Buy.

Parts can be purchased as a complete kit or individually.

All parts are through-hole (diodes, Teensy, switches), so soldering should be easy for everyone. There is no assembly service for this Group Buy.


Timeline:
  • Group Buy Thread Posted
  • Group Buy: August 23 - September 6
  • Invoicing: September 7 - 10
  • Production: September 11 - 29
  • Shipping Complete within 2 weeks of production completion
  • GB Complete <--- We are here

Original Interest Check thread: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=90790.0
« Last Edit: Thu, 05 October 2017, 18:21:09 by AuthenticDanger »
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Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Opens August 23]
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 20 August 2017, 20:30:40 »
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Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 14:03:23 »
Order form is open!
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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 14:15:09 »
I love it! Will have to hold off for how but hopefully I can join before it's over

Offline RapidCancel

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 14:22:53 »
Saw from your Reddit post that there was a plastic case too. Will this gb only be for the acrylic?

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 14:26:20 »
Saw from your Reddit post that there was a plastic case too. Will this gb only be for the acrylic?

Correct. The Acrylic + Delrin sandwich case is the only one available for this Group Buy. I'd like to make cases from other materials in the future but they were just too expensive to meet the goal of this round.
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Offline OneNightFriend

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 14:54:22 »
I'm in! Looking forward to building it and it's been fun watching your progress!

Offline skAlt

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 15:22:17 »
Split backspace not supported?

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 23 August 2017, 15:24:58 »
Split backspace not supported?

Unfortunately no split backspace for this board.
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Offline lordgiblite

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 01:05:09 »
So excited! Can't wait to see this awesome board come to life in my own home :)



Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 25 August 2017, 16:20:33 »
So excited! Can't wait to see this awesome board come to life in my own home :)

Awesome! I'm excited to see photos of the Kona Classic on other people's desks :)
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Offline Bigfootmandude

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 11:17:43 »
Quick question, is this designed for plate mount or pcb mount switches?

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 28 August 2017, 11:22:34 »
Quick question, is this designed for plate mount or pcb mount switches?

The kit has a switch plate but the PCB supports either. I've tested a few prototypes without a plate using PCB mount as well, so it's up to you which type of switch you want to use.
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Offline Philrulesworld

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 04 September 2017, 16:53:59 »
How complicated is soldering the teensy on this? Do the solder joints have to be flat like on a Phantom PCB build?

On a semi-related note, will there be some sort of build log posted by the time this ships?
« Last Edit: Mon, 04 September 2017, 16:55:37 by Philrulesworld »

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 05 September 2017, 11:50:22 »
How complicated is soldering the teensy on this? Do the solder joints have to be flat like on a Phantom PCB build?

On a semi-related note, will there be some sort of build log posted by the time this ships?

Since it's all through-hole soldering, soldering the parts (teensy & diodes) should be simple. It's the same as soldering switches.

The Teensy headers don't stick up further than the USB port on the teensy, so you don't need to clip them. The only thing that needs to be clipped are the diode legs once they're soldered in.

I'll make a build log with detailed photos (since I'll have to build one more board when the GB PCBs arrive to be 1 million percent sure they're perfect) and am including a short instructional sheet with all orders noting the correct build order (diodes -> stabs -> teensy headers -> switches -> teensy).
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Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 06 September 2017, 09:10:52 »
Less than 24 hours left to order!
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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Taking Orders]
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 06 September 2017, 13:24:03 »


Since it's all through-hole soldering, soldering the parts (teensy & diodes) should be simple. It's the same as soldering switches.

The Teensy headers don't stick up further than the USB port on the teensy, so you don't need to clip them. The only thing that needs to be clipped are the diode legs once they're soldered in.

I'll make a build log with detailed photos (since I'll have to build one more board when the GB PCBs arrive to be 1 million percent sure they're perfect) and am including a short instructional sheet with all orders noting the correct build order (diodes -> stabs -> teensy headers -> switches -> teensy).

That's good to hear, thanks for the reply!

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Invoices Sent]
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 07 September 2017, 11:48:08 »
Thank you to everyone who joined the group buy!
Invoices are all sent!

If you purchased a kit or an extra case you will be contacted in the next 24 hours to select your case colors. If you don't pick your options by September 12th, you will get a black top half & clear lower half with a black bottom plate.
  • Switch plate will be black
  • Middle layers (upper half and lower half) can be a combination of black, white, or clear
  • Bottom plate can be black or clear

I'll be taking photos of the production version of the case tonight. It looks classy and feels really solid.


EDIT: I'll be logging production updates in the OP so that everyone is clear as I order and receive parts. As soon as everything is in my hands, I will sort and start shipping (hopefully ahead of the September 29 production completion estimate).
« Last Edit: Thu, 07 September 2017, 11:54:25 by AuthenticDanger »
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Offline lordgiblite

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Invoices Sent]
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 07 September 2017, 12:27:31 »
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I'll be taking photos of the production version of the case tonight. It looks classy and feels really solid.

I cannot wait for those :) I'm so excited for this board!



Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Sorting and Packing]
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 26 September 2017, 22:21:04 »
Added a build log!

See it here: https://imgur.com/a/D8GG9
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Offline odd

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Sorting and Packing]
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 27 September 2017, 11:09:56 »
Will there be any extra's? I missed this somehow  :( and  I love the layout. Hoping to score all black with transparent bottom.

Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Sorting and Packing]
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 27 September 2017, 12:15:26 »
Will there be any extra's? I missed this somehow  :( and  I love the layout. Hoping to score all black with transparent bottom.

There may be extras, but I'll have to wait until everyone receives their order before I'm willing to sell extra cases (in case something goes wrong during shipping).

I'm also planning on running another round with additional case options (hopefully by the end of the year).
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Offline AuthenticDanger

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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Shipping... 100% complete]
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 12:47:33 »
All packages are now in the mail and tracking has been provided via PayPal.  :thumb:

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback and participated!
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Re: [GB] Kona Classic - 60% layout + Left F-Keys [Shipping... 100% complete]
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 03 October 2017, 16:06:49 »
That was quick.
QFR (62g blacks) | MJ2 TKL | Realforce 87U | G81-3000 "Schumiboard" (currently disassembled) | Varmilo Bulgogiboard (Keycon 104) | KBD75 (MX silent blacks) | MIRA (soon!) | Weaven (post xmas, will be MOD-M) | "The Wedge"

ahh, thanks puddsy. can always count on your snarky informitism