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CasePlug extends the functionality of the regular USB plug, offering a single plug n' play alternative to multiple iphone accessories

About this project

If you still want a copy of CasePlug, you can order it directly from our website:

www.case-plug.com

Email: sales@case-plug.com

Check out the new CasePlug i6 Design

          
 

CasePlug is a minimalistic iPhone case which lets you protect, mount, charge, sync and prop your phone wirelessly using a simple plug n' play method. It connects your phone to a variety of host devices like an electronic Lego piece and contains everything you need and nothing you don't.

A New Case Category 

Today's market is flooded with many types of phone cases that are bulky or heavy yet add little functionality to justify their size. CasePlug is a new concept which provides maximum functionality with minimal bulk and weight. It takes the multi-functionality of the standard USB connection (power and data transfer) and extends it even further. 

CasePlug uses the USB plug as a mounting mechanism which can reliably support the weight of mobile phones and other electronic devices. This is not a new case design, but the creation of a new case category.

Launching here on Kickstarter, CasePlug version i5 for iphone 5/5s (and now iphone 6) is the first of its kind in a series of mobile device cases which we plan to introduce to the mobile accessory world. Our loyal backers can help by pledging to our project and bringing CasePlug to life.

 Help us Chose Two Additional CasePlug Colors- Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Fits like a glove

CasPlug easily slips onto your iPhone. Simply Open the top, slide phone inside, close the top and you're ready to go. No need, to remove the case ever again.

CAD image to show open top
CAD image to show open top

CasePlug mounts your phone directly to any outlet or device that has a USB port. The USB connection is a universal standard that is used extensively throughout the world. In fact, today there are over 4.9 billion USB ports in the world and counting. These ports can be found in laptop computers, cars, home/car stereo systems, Display Monitors, TVs, Airport terminals, Airplane Seats and many other locations.

Charge it on Your Wall Outlet- Cord Free

Mounts on a wall outlet using your Standard iphone adapter
Mounts on a wall outlet using your Standard iphone adapter
Off the Table and No Cables
Off the Table and No Cables

Seamless Car Radio Integration

The average smartphone is much more powerful than the most advanced car radio on the market. Considering that we spend an average of 22.5 days (540hrs) in a car each year, why should we settle for less when on the road?

 CasePlug lets you instantly upgrade your car radio by using your iPhone to replace the existing display panel. Your phone plugs directly into the radio's USB outlet allowing you to securely Mount, Charge and Control your radio system through your phone. The radio and phone instantly become a single, electronically connected unit.   

Plug n' Play Connection
Plug n' Play Connection
Rotatable to Portrait mode to Show Underlying Radio Menu
Rotatable to Portrait mode to Show Underlying Radio Menu

Many Possibilities:

  • Use GPS, make calls, play songs and music videos through your car speakers while charging.
  • Safe, hands-free radio operation using voice control
  • Invisible Mount, no Power or Data cables to worry about

No USB Outlet In the Car? No, Problem

"Stick" a usb outlet anywhere using "The Port Extender"

This accessory (sold here on kickstarter) attaches to any surface in your car and uses the car's cigarette lighter jack for power. Double sided tape makes it easy to attach and place it anywhere you want to mount your iPhone. The Port Extender also has holes which can be used for mounting on walls, wood or plastic surfaces using ordinary screws.

iPhone mounted on the Port Extender
iPhone mounted on the Port Extender

Safe Driving 

Windshield Mounts in the form of suction cups and adhesives are used extensively to mount mobile electronics. Most people aren't even aware that window mounting is actually illegal in 28 US states and several Canadian provinces. These mounts with the device together, block driver visibility when on the road. In most states you can be fined just for holding a phone in your hand.

Windshield Mounts Block Driver's visibility. Vent Mounted devices heat up your device and block A/C flow.
Windshield Mounts Block Driver's visibility. Vent Mounted devices heat up your device and block A/C flow.

CasePlug offers a safe and Legal alternative to window mounting. Unlike mounts which attach to the A/C vent, it doesn't heat up your phone or block the air conditioning. CasePlug eliminates loose, hanging wires that can catch on the stickshift and clutter your car. It neatly places your phone in an easy, accessible location preventing you from reaching to odd places while you drive. CasePlug displays conveniently the way your original car radio was intended to be placed and used.

Note: The Caselug product and  its affiliates discourage cellphone use while operating a motor vehicle. Avoid distractions such as talking, texting, movie watching or any other activity which might endanger yourself and/or others while on the road. 

Laptop Connectivity

Connect to the side of a Labtop to Charge and Sync
Connect to the side of a Labtop to Charge and Sync
 

CasePlug connects easily to the side of your laptop to instantly charge and Sync data wirelessly. Use it at work, at home, at coffee shops, on planes, when studying at the library or just about anywhere you go.

Home Stereo Connectivity

Connect and dock your phone through the USB input on your DVD or home stereo receiver. Control your system directly from your phone or stereo remote to play songs, videos and display pictures.

Charging on DVD Player at Home
Charging on DVD Player at Home

CasePlug On Flights 

Caseplug is ideal to take on business trips and vacations. It's extremly thin, lightweight and ultra-portable. The integrated USB connection is used internationally and is most commonly found in Hotel rooms, Airport lounges and airplane seats. 

Long are the days when using your phone is prohibited on planes. After realizing that phones do not affect the plane's instrumentation, more and more airlines began offering inflight Wifi and some (British Airlines, Emirates, Air Asia and TAM) even offer inflight calling/texting services.

Many airlines including Virgin America, Delta, US Airways, Air Canada, Jet Blue and others currently offer standard USB ports in the back of every seat. Rest assured that CasePlug can mount, charge and display on this seat on your 9hr flight to Europe.

 Double Angle Kickstand for Your Phone

The collapsible USB plug in the back also serves as a functional kickstand to conveniently display your phone on tabletops or any available flat surface. When the Plug is rotated 90 deg (like the picture below) the phone is displayed at a more reclined angle. Rotating the plug back to the 0 deg position would place the phone at a steeper viewing angle.

Additional Features:

We took every measure to make CasePlug as functional and user-friendly as it could be. Our team is fully committed to making CasePlug versatile and available to use across multiple platforms. With this in mind, we understand that there are certain tight spaces where the CasePlug cannot fit (back of a desktop computer) or does need to be mounted (handheld).

For this reason, we designed the Port Extender to detach into two separate components and double as a regular USB cable for times when mounting isn't possible or needed. We named it "The Boot Cable" because of it's shape.

Boot Cable connecting to CasePlug
Boot Cable connecting to CasePlug

When connected "The Boot Cable" can also be used as a charging kickstand (tabletop Dock) on top of any flat surface. 

Engineering Design & Features

Although CasePlug looks like a bit like battery case (at least from the inside) it's minimalistic design makes it a superior alternative. Besides offering mounting and data transfer capabilities, it is also much more compact and lighter in weight. Rather then carrying a brick in our pocket, we can simply plug into power sources that are already around us.

Unlike, the bulky cases above, CasePlug's ultra-thin USB plug mechanism along with the internal backing are only 4mm (less then 1/6") in thickness. This is even less then most regular protective cases. Finally, weighing in at 39grams (1.37oz) makes it 60% lighter then the average battery case on the market today. 

 
 

Rotating and Collapsible Plug

The mechanical USB mechanism is highly adaptive and versatile. It's designed to rotate in 15 different positions in 12 deg increments for a total of 180deg rotation. This allows you to dock your phone on any USB port regardless of the port's orientation. Once docked, the phone can be rotated to landscape or portrait mode as desired by the user. This conveniently allows access to the underlying Car radio menu or to prevent blocking the second outlet of a double electric receptacle. 

Rotatable -does not block 2nd receptacle
Rotatable -does not block 2nd receptacle

The USB plug is also designed to easily collapse into the case body.  The plug has two springs which are designed for instant deployment when needed.  After use, the plug can be folded into neatly into place. This allows the case to be easily tucked away when placed into the pants pocket. It is so thin and light, you will barely feel there is anything there at all.

Slips Easily Into Any Pants Pocket
Slips Easily Into Any Pants Pocket

2. The Slide button is designed to lock the USB in a folded position yet provides quick plug release like a switchblade. This button is built as an integral part of the rotating USB base making it stronger and easier to manufacture. It also features forward and backward stops to prevent users from bending it out of place.

3. Material Quality- CasePlug will be injection molded using a combination of ABS+PC (polycarbonate) material. This type of plastic protects your phone against drops and bruises and provides the USB mechanism with physical regidity needed to support the phone. This material is also fire-resistant.

3. Enhanced sound quality -Unlike other phone cases, CasePlug features round rather then square speaker channels to redirect sound to the front of the phone. This feature minimizes sound distortion and amplifies the phone's speakers significantly. 

4. Easy Access buttons - CasePlug features cutouts on the side of the case body that allow easy access to the phone's volume, mute and power bottons.

5. Erogonmic shape -CasePlug's has a slight hour-glass shape. This provides a solid grip in the user's hand while still keeping it slim and narrow.

Will CasePlug Hold My Phone?

YES! In past years, most mobile phones were simply too heavy to be physically mounted onto regular USB ports. Today's devices are much lighter in weight, allowing the option of using this versatile and easy method. When plugged, the metal springs inside the USB outlet click into the square holes on the male USB forming a strong connection. 

CasePlug is also supported externally by the case body which lays flat against the outside surface of the USB receptacle. In addition, the springs used for the plug's ejection also help cushion any slight movement (should there be any) between the phone and the USB port.

Finally, we constructed the USB body and hinge bar out of stainless steel rather then plastic. While this was more costly to manufacture, it ensures the assembly is strong enough when inserted into a USB outlet. 

We put our money where our mouth is and conducted strength tests to find out how much weight CasePlug can actually hold. We taped a standard Apple USB adapter to the table, plugged the case into it and loaded it with weight ...well canned goods :). We were surprised to find out how much load this stainless steel plug can take. The results are below the pictures...

USB Load Testing. Vertical USB Port: 1.9kg (4.2lbs). Horizontal USB Port: 1.1kg (2.4lbs)
USB Load Testing. Vertical USB Port: 1.9kg (4.2lbs). Horizontal USB Port: 1.1kg (2.4lbs)

Compatibility with 3rd Party Devices

CasePlug is designed to allow charging and data transfer between your phone and a wide variety of USB-abled devices. It should be noted however, that not all 3rd Party devices are compatible with your iPhone. Some usb ports might only offer charging while others might not offer direct iPhone control. It is up to you to find out if the 3rd party device you are using is compatible with your phone. As a rule of thumb, CasePlug will interact in the same way your regular iPhone cable interacts with other devices.

CasePlug: The UnPlugged Story

It took no less then...

  • 32 Lighting Cables
  • 14 Months of Engineering
  • 8 Working Prototypes
  • 1 Utility Patent Pending
  • 9 Boxes of Tylenol Headache

To get to this...


I initially thought that this project began 14 months ago after trying to find a more aesthetic way to mount my iphone 5 to my car headunit. It wasn't until two months ago when I found this...

that I was reminded of my attempt in 2004 to mount my ipod video to my headunit using velcro. Apparently, this project was in the making far longer then I thought.

Fast forwarding to 2013...I bought an Iphone 5 and right away, as most consumers do, began looking for accessories. I knew I needed some kind of cover to protect my phone as well as a car mount to use while driving. Yet, I hated the idea of having loose and tangled wires in my car. I knew that everytime I would get in the car I would need to secure the phone to the mount, adjust it to face me and then connect wires. This procedure would have to be reversed when getting out of the car. I was determined to find an easier way to do this.

I begin looking at standard features in my car that my phone could attach to, yet offer a quick disconnect. At the same time, I was also looking for ways to get rid of all these annoying cables. My first thought was connecting my phone to the auxliary port. Two minutes later, I quickly realized the USB outlet would be a much better choice....Mount, Charge and Sync in one! A few days later I built the first working prototype and in the following weeks a few more...

1st, 2nd & 3rd Prototypes
1st, 2nd & 3rd Prototypes
4th, 5th and 1st CNC prototype
4th, 5th and 1st CNC prototype

 And the rest is history....

Backers, We Got Your Back!

Thank you for visiting our page. We look forward to getting CasePlug in your hands, on your radio, outlet or on your computer as quickly as possible. 

We appreciate and know how difficult it must be to back a project or product before it is manufactured and ready. But rest assured we are fully committed to executing our plan and meeting our goal which is your satisfaction. Briefly stated, this project has been our life for the past year and a half. After researching and contacting dozens of manufacturers and suppliers, we are ready to begin the manufacturing process. But we need your help to raise the money needed to fund this manufacturing process to include mould manufacturing, raw materials, assembly, labor and testing costs. And finally, packaging and delivering a top-of-the-line product to your door.

High Function, Low Price

We want to give everyone a fair chance to use CasePlug and see just how practical it can be. We are only a small company that's competing in a multi-billion dollar market and for this reason is crucial for us to build a good name for ourselves. For this reason CasePlug is priced well below other utility cases in the market. This is done in order to boost initial sales and maximize product exposure. In addition to the amount we already invested, we only need to raise $19,000 in order to bring CasePlug to life. Trust us to do everything (yes, we do mean everything) within our power, to meet or exceed your every expectation. Pledge today and help us bring CasePlug to everyone. Spread the word by telling your family members, friends or co-workers who might be intersted to pledge today. Backers, you got our back....now we got yours!

Risks and challenges

The challenges that come with the project comes down to the time required for the manufacturing process. We have an a team of experienced manufacturers in place ready to manufacture thousands of CasePlugs. We also have a separate facility which will manufacture the internal cable harnesses and metal parts. We will stay focused on making sure these manufacturers work in sync with one another to makes sure everything is done on time.
Our goal is to deliver a rugged product that will last the test of time by the use of our loyal customers. If we are not fully satisfied with initial production batch, we will send it back to the factory until it is done 100% correctly. Other possible delays may occur with obtaining necessary shipping permits and customs. While we don't expect this to be a problem this should always be considered a possibility. It's important to mentioned that our good name is at stake with this new product and we intend to deliver a solid, well designed and top functioning product to our loyal customers. We will provide complete clarity and updates throughout the entire process. Rest assured will do everything in our power to make this possible. This is only the beginning....

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FAQ

  • Yes! While the iphone & CasePlug combined, only weigh around 160grams, the stainless steel USB mechanism can hold over 1.1kg in a horizontal port and 1.9kg in a vertical port. That's even strong enough to be used in any car's USB outlet even when driving on bumpy roads.

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  • CasePlug can physically connect and mount any device having a USB port (car radios, laptops, PC monitors, stereo systems, printers...etc). Many ports will power and sync data between the host device and your iphone. However, not all devices support direct iphone play so this must be checked with the host device manufacturer. As a general rule CasePlug will interact and work with other devices in the same way your iphone cable does ...only it will never rip or tangle :)

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  • YES! We have gotten such an overwhelming response from people who were interested in CasePlug for the upcoming iPhone 6 model. For this reason, we recently added a $50K Stretch goal to make an equivalent CasePlug version for the iPhone 6. You can now preorder the CasePlug i6 for the same low price as the i5. While the new iPhone 6 dimensions aren't yet known, we will deliver this new CasePlug i6 version within 90 days of the iPhone 6 release date. The i6 will have the same shape and features of the i5 but will fit the new iPhone 6 dimensions perfectly. You can order now and help us spread the word so the $50K Stretch Goal can be reached and CasePlug i6 will be available for everyone!

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    FOUNDING SUPPORTER:
    By pledging $5 or more, you will become one of the first in history to support this new case type that will soon be available across many devices. Your name will be forever honored on the CasePlug website as a founding supporter.

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    THE PORT EXTENDER SET:
    You'll be rewarded with one cradle holder which lets you mount CasePlug in places where there are no USB ports. Also comes with the boot cable allowing for tabletop charging or handheld use.
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    EARLY PLEDGE SPECIAL:
    Be first to receive one CasePlug i5 at nearly half the retail price. You'll be rewarded with one CasePlug launch edition (Black) and your name listed on our wall as one of the first CasePlug owners in history. ($5 shipping within the US)

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    CASEPLUG i6 FOR iPHONE 6:
    You'll be rewarded with one CasePlug for iPhone 6 whenever it comes out. While Apple hasn't yet released the dimensions of the new iPhone 6, we will deliver this CasePlug version within 90 days of Apple's iPhone6 Release date. CasePlug i6 will have the same shape and features of the i5, but will fit the new iPhone 6 perfectly. If we don't reach the 50K Stretch goal, we will refund all the pledges in this category. ($5 shipping within the US)

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    REGULAR BIRD SPECIAL:
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    THE CASEPLUG PACKAGE:
    Get a CasePlug + USB Extender Set. You'll be rewarded with one CasePlug launch edition (Black) and a USB outlet extender (allows you to place a USB outlet in any place you want to mount your CasePlug). ($10 Shipping within the US)

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    THE CASEPLUG PACKAGE (for iPhone 6): Get a CasePlug i6+ USB Extender Set. You'll be rewarded with one CasePlug i6 (Black) and a USB outlet extender (allows you to place a USB outlet in any place you want to mount your CasePlug). ($10 Shipping within the US)

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    CASEPLUG 10-PACK: You get 10 CasePlug i5 cases (Black) for your friends and family at a substantial saving just in time for Christmas. If you own a mobile accessory store, this is a great way to purchase a small quantity and see your customer's response. ($35 Shipping within the US)

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    CasePlug Prototype showcased in LED Plexiglas. Own one of Eight Original CasePlug Prototypes ever made. (First pledge gets first pick and so forth). The Prototype+Display case will be sent to you along with a copy of the patent submission papers and drawings. ($60 Shipping within the US)

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