About this project
Cable Length: Now you can choose between a 3 & 5 ft. cable for your MOS Reach! We'll ask which you want when we send out our survey at the end of the project.
45º Plug: In our pictures you'll notice a 90º power plug. We've upgraded the plug to a 45º so you can plug in two MOS Reach into adjacent power outlets.
The MOS brand is all about creating elegant solutions to everyday problems. You’ve probably seen us here on Kickstarter—we brought you MOS, the Magnetic Organization System keeping cables within easy reach since 2012. We also brought you the pint-sized MOS Menos and the indomitable MOS Spring cable to help you reduce cable clutter and tidy up your life.
We’re excited to bring you the next labor of love in the MOS family...
What is Reach?
Basically, I live in a small room and I don’t have a single power outlet that isn’t hidden behind furniture. I have a lot of devices that require charging including my laptop, phone, Bluetooth speaker, power bank, and camera batteries. In the case of my laptop charger and camera batteries (things I need to take with me every day) I have to crawl under my desk or slide behind my nightstand to retrieve them.
My daily routine of plugging and unplugging helped me realize that the traditional wall outlet model was due for a redesign. While there are plenty of USB wall adapters on the market, none of them address the problem of power outlets being obstructed by furniture. First and foremost the power simply needed to be relocated to allow for easier access.
This allowed for power to reach ABOVE nightstands and desks and entertainment centers, the things that were causing me so much trouble, but the redesign didn’t stop there. I wanted to create a flexible power solution with multiple mounting options that could twist and bend and contort around any kind of furniture or obstruction and mount horizontally and vertically to get power EVERYWHERE.
Of course this would all be pointless if we didn’t give Reach the capacity to charge and power every kind of modern device: two USB ports with enough capacity to charge an iPad, as well as a three-prong power outlet for laptop and other tablet chargers.
I wanted to create a power solution with tastefully understated aesthetics so Reach could blend into its surroundings: an inconspicuous rectangle in both black and white to elegantly fit into any decor.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a true MOS product without magnets. By adding two super-powered neodymium magnets into the sides of the MOS Reach we could achieve the same organizational benefits of the MOS which keeps cables tidy, accessible, up off the ground, and ready for use.
Each Reach comes with a pair of MOS cable ties so you can keep all your cables tidy, including the ones that are light on metal.
With this set of features in mind, we worked diligently to produce the product we had envisioned. There were bumps in the road that required a lot of attention. We had to do a lot of wrestling with our design in order to fit two 3.1 amp USB outlets, a three-prong 110 volt outlet, and magnets large and powerful enough to do the job. Persistence paid off in the end though, and our Reach prototype is as svelte as we could have hoped for while retaining all the functionality we initially imagined.
The cable also posed a challenge because we knew that we needed something much more flexible and attractive than the typical PVC commonly used. We vetted cable samples until we found a soft-touch TPE jacket that met our criteria. It definitely feels nicer than the more common options, but it also has some safety benefits which will help us secure UL certification for the Reach. This process is expensive, but it’s a corner we’re not willing to cut.
Because we like to obsess over materials, we went through a similar selection process to pick the ABS/Polycarbonate combination for the head—it’s a polymer most commonly used in the automobile industry, but we think it’s perfect for the Reach.
Once we had the materials all locked down, we terminated the cable with a compact 90-degree plug (now a 45º power plug!) which gives the Reach a lot of leeway even in tight quarters. A lot of these choices were difficult to make, but it was worth the trouble to see our initial vision come to life.
Reach gives you easy access to power outlets that are otherwise obstructed by furniture—no more crawling under desks or shimmying behind dressers to charge your devices.
Reach has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible and its compact size ensures that it’s never in the way whether you use it on your desk, your nightstand, or your wall.
Reach consolidates your power outlets and USB wall adapters into an attractive moveable all-in-one power solution.
Reach helps you cut down on cable clutter by making clever use of Neodymium magnets in conjunction with MOS cable ties to keep out-of-use cables out of the way until you need them.
Reach works well even in tight quarters thanks to its slim 45 degree angle power plug.
Reach is composed of premium materials so it looks and feels great.
Reach gives you a choice of two mounting options: AirStick microsuction tape lets you give your MOS Reach a semi-permanent home on any flat surface. Foam adhesive tape works great if you want to give your Reach a more permanent station horizontally or vertically. The Airstick™ microsuction tape can be cleaned with a damp cloth if it ever loses sticking power to bring it back to full strength.
Nightstand for overnight device charging.
Bedpost/frame for convenient phone/tablet/laptop use.
Couch foot/frame or coffee table for convenient phone/tablet/laptop use or for game controller charging while playing.
Workbench/hackerspace for convenient power tool switching.
Entertainment center (Xbox One/PS4 controller charging station)
Reach is great for travel since it can convert any single outlet at your hotel or airport into a mobile charging station. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
USB 5V 3.1A total charging power (2 ports)
1x 80-250V/15A power port
175 Joule Surge protection
Standard NEMA-5 compatible plug and receptacle for North American outlets
Head composed of a premium ABS/Polycarbonate compound
3-foot power cable with soft-touch TPE sheath
Comes in either White or Black
Don't Worry! We've got you covered. Included in the cost of international shipping we are including 2 region-specific power converters with each Reach. We'll get pictures of the power converters as soon as possible. We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of the Reach.
Thanks for taking the time to read through our pitch. We’re confident that with your help we can add Reach to our growing line-up of clever solutions to everyday problems. As a quick recap, MOS Reach lets you tastefully relocate your power outlets to places that actually make sense: whether you affix Reach to your work desk, your nightstand, or your craft bench, you’ll always have easy access to a 3-prong outlet, to USB ports, and to the organizational benefit of powerful magnets. MOS Reach has helped us tidy up our work and living spaces—please back us so Reach can do the same for you. Please check out our reward tiers below. We’re sure you’ll enjoy using your Reach as much as we enjoyed creating it.
$100,000 – 45º Angle Plug & Longer Cable – UNLOCKED!
The addition of a 45º plug allows the Reach to be used in more places. For example, with the cable exiting the plug at a 45º angle, you can use two MOS Reach in one power outlet at the same time.
The longer cable will be an as-yet-to-be-determined length between 4-6 feet. We received a lot of good feedback from our backers that the 3 foot cable in the original design was too short for some applications. We'll let you know as soon as we decide the length of the cable. You can voice your opinion in our survey.
MOS Spring cables are the perfect accessory to the MOS Reach. At 3 feet long they make it easy to manage a charging station on your nighstand or desk when used with the MOS Reach. The MOS Spring cables feature anodized aluminum heads, metal spring strain relief to prevent shorts, and our Exoskeleton™ hyper-durable cable jacket.
All MOS Spring cables are covered by our lifetime warranty. If your MOS Spring cable fails for any reason just send it back and we'll give you a new one, no questions asked.
1. Pledge for a MOS Reach Reward tier. Add-ons are only available after backing for a MOS Reach.
2. Click the blue "Manage your Pledge" button at the top of the project. This button is only available after your initial pledge.
3. Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total number of add-ons you'd like to add. For example, add $40 to your initial reward level for an additional Reach ($25) and Spring Lightning Cable ($15).
You can change your pledge amount at any time to add as many Add-ons as you'd like. We will ask for which colors of Reach and which type of Spring cables you want after the completion of the project.
4. You then need to confirm your new pledge amount and you will be sent to Amazon to finalize the checkout process.
Prototyping and Production
Main Video and Sketchfab Rendering by Hector Caceres
Music: Scope by AudioTreats.
Risks and challenges
As you can probably see we’re really close to getting Reach out there to the masses. We learned a lot throughout the process of fulfilling our previous two projects, and you may have noticed that we like to see things through. We’ve already addressed a lot of the hairier challenges to get to this point. Aside from the general technical and logistical challenges of bringing a new product to market, we are faced with one main challenge: the expensive UL certification process. We’ve engineered Reach with safety and quality very much in mind at every step, so we’re confident that the certification process will reaffirm and reward our efforts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The upper end of the measured power consumption is 0.11 watts when nothing is plugged into the Reach. This means if you were to have it plugged in 24 hours a day for an entire year, it would only use 963 watt-hours total. Based on the April 2014 average retail price of electricity in the United States of 12.31 cents / kilowatt-hour, it would cost you about $0.12 per year to leave it plugged in. So, it costs just over a dime per year to leave it plugged in year-round (not counting the electricity when you are actually charging something).
For starters, the MOS Reach outputs the standard 5 Volts DC which is compatible with all USB devices. The Reach outputs a maximum combined current of 3.1 Amps, which is shared between both USB ports. As you plug in devices to be charged, the devices will regulate how much power they draw up to their maximum charging capacity. Having more amps available than your USB device normally charges with will not hurt your device. If your two devices plugged in are capable of charging at currents higher than a total 3.1A, they will not be able to charge at their maximum speed, but this will not hurt your devices, or the MOS Reach. The maximum output wattage of the USB ports is 15.5 Watts (Watts = Volts X Amps).
Yes! it can be cleaned with a wet cloth and it will spring back to full strength. Just be careful not to use too much water while cleaning the Airstick™ tape while it's on the Reach, and make sure you unplug it first!
Yes! We are working with an MFi certified manufacturer to produce our popular MOS Spring Lightning cables. You won't have to worry about connectivity issues. The Spring cables also feature a lifetime warranty! Go to MOSorganizer.com for more information.
Due to many factors, we are, unfortunately, not making an international specific version of the Reach at this time. For more information, please see the update we posted on the matter.
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