GNARBOX May Be Dead, So Buyer Beware

A GNARBOX backup device with skull and bones

GNARBOX appears to be dead. The company behind the popular rugged backup device has seemingly gone dark, leaving customers without support and turning the product into an expensive portable drive with no extra functionality.

What is GNARBOX?

The original GNARBOX device was launched via Kickstarter back in mid-2015 and ended up raising over $540,000 in crowdfunding. It was marketed as the “world’s first mobile solution for viewing, backing up, editing, and sharing your HD footage from any GoPro HERO or DSLR camera.”

The GNARBOX 1.0 backup device next to a smartphone
The original GNARBOX paired to a smartphone.

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The device used a smartphone app to make it easy for creators on the go to back up, view, edit, and share without having to lug a laptop around.

Following the success of the original device, the company launched the GNARBOX 2.0 in 2018 along with four new apps for backing up files, previewing raw photos, making rough cut videos, and projecting work onto a bigger screen.

The GNARBOX 2.0 backup device on a table with camera gear
GNARBOX 2.0, introduced in 2018.

GNARBOX 2.0 was also crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where it raised over $900,000.

Where Has GNARBOX Gone?

While it seems that GNARBOX has made good on its promises to get the initial production devices into the hands of its Kickstarter backers, the company seems to have gone completely quiet in recent weeks.

The GNARBOX app has disappeared from the Apple App Store, making it so owners of the device can no longer use it for all the main features they purchased it for. This also presents an unforeseen problem for new customers interested in buying the device, which is still in stock and being sold on the GNARBOX website and by retailers such as Amazon, Adorama, and B&H.

Customers have also noticed the lack of activity and response from the company and are sharing warnings on social media.

On social media, GNARBOX’s accounts on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have not had any activity since early November (and most have been quiet for many months).

The company’s online support system is offline, and all of PetaPixel‘s emails to the company and phone calls to co-founder and CEO Tim Feess have gone unanswered.

Until Further Notice, Buyer Beware

It is alarming that GNARBOX products are apparently still being sold while the required iOS app and customer support are no longer available. PetaPixel will update this article if GNARBOX responds to our repeated requests for comment, but until then, it may be wise to hold off on spending $600 on what will likely be just an oversized 512GB portable SSD drive when you can purchase a slim and rugged SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD with four times the capacity (2TB) at half the cost ($300).

Update on 12/31/21: The corporation behind GNARBOX the product is Mygnar, Inc., which is incorporated in Delaware but which has a branch in Santa Monica, California, where its headquarters are (or were). An online search for the corporation shows that its status changed from “Active” to “Forfeited” in around October 2021.

Update on 1/4/22: The GNARBOX app has returned to the Apple App Store. PetaPixel has yet to hear back from the company in response to our requests for comment.