Last summer we wrote an article about the Volterman Wallet, an exciting wallet that supposedly can do everything from global GPS to wirelessly charge your smartphone. They had ads all over the web, slick looking images, and maybe the cheesiest campaign video I have ever seen. Despite the tone-deaf, self-indulgent video, they were able to soar past their goal due to a robust advertising budget.
Volterman ran a campaign on Indiegogo last July, they have not shipped and the model they have shown us is not what was advertised.
They’ve taken a lot of heat for being late on their orders—six months and counting to be precise. But it makes you wonder if they ever had a working prototype to begin with. The wallet is supposed to feature RFID protection, a power bank capacity minimum of 2,000 mAh with wireless charging, global hotspot, GPS, an alarm, Bluetooth 5.0, and a thief-detecting camera. They somehow had to configure all that while making it durable enough for people to sit on every day. I can see why they didn’t hit their goal of shipping them in early December, but you’d think they would have released it by now.
But how upset are people going to to be when they see how thick it actually is? Here are screenshots from Volterman’s campaign video:
Here’s a shot from their most recent video:
That’s with no cards in it whatsoever. There aren’t any good side by side frames but that’s definitely the standard bifold wallet they were advertising in their campaign video, and it’s a lot thicker than they made it out to be. I’m not the only one who noticed.
Seeing as how they never produced a product before, the engineers were probably in over their heads. I know for a fact they don’t offer refunds unless it’s within ten days of purchasing. But how long will they last if deliver a sub-par wallet that doesn’t come as advertised? After this long of a wait, all their features better work flawlessly and consistently. We’ll definitely be objective in our review of the Volterman Wallet if and when it ever ships.
Here’s their campaign video followed by them unboxing their own product.