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$5,251
pledged of 40 000 $pledged of 40 000 $ goal
71
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 1 2019 8:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

This says it all when it comes to One-Handed Toilet Paper Holders.
This says it all when it comes to One-Handed Toilet Paper Holders.

PolarityGear (TM)

  •  Quality All Aluminum/stainless steel. 
  •  Truly One-handed tearing of sheets.
  •  Now in Black, Bronze, Brass, Chrome, or Nickel.
  •  Adjustable Resistance for your paper brand and ply.
  •  Installs easily, no drilling necessary.
  •  Change rolls easily.
  •  Good Product for folks with limited dexterity.
  •  Phone holder.
  •  Made in the USA.

PolarityGear refers to the patent pending use of magnetic discs to provide resistance to help tear sheets with one hand. North and South poles (Polarity) around the outside of these amazing magnets create a unique feel when you pull the paper. It's sort of a pulsing resistance that causes a tear when you pull slightly harder.

The dial on the side adjusts for proper resistance to ensure a quality experience for various paper brands and ply.

Toilet paper is a $10 Billion dollar industry in the USA. Finally there's a worthy holder for it.

Money Back Guarantee!

We realize that this is a brand new type of product and that you might be a little hesitant. Once you experience it, you will wonder why everyone doesn't have one. We are so confident that you will like it, that we will refund your pledge if you're not satisfied and you return it to us (undamaged, of course)! You will only pay for shipping.

Classic Colors!

Black, Bronze, Brass, Chrome, and Nickel with a satin finish are available to all backers. The base plate is Powder Coated for a superior finished look.

Custom Colors!

Choose from over 6,500 different colors (Prismatic Powders) and we will order and apply that exact match on your aluminum base and the adjustment dial. Prismatic Powders will even let you send in a sample and they will do their best to match it. Custom colors cost more.

A few colors offered by Prismatic Powders
A few colors offered by Prismatic Powders

The Phone Holder

Apparently, phones falling into toilets is a thing. And apparently folks don't always have pockets or a place to set them.

Powder Coated Black Aluminum
Powder Coated Black Aluminum

The machined aluminum internal parts are anodized black. The base plate is made of 3/16 inch thick, incredibly strong aluminum and is beautifully powder coated. (Powder coating is the process that involves a "baked-on" coating for things like home appliances and bicycles, etc. It is superior in coverage and finish and tougher than conventional paint.) The customized colors (from Prismaticpowders) are more pricey because we have to special order a minimum quantity of the color and schedule additional time to apply it. You can choose from over 6,500 colors!

The screw-in model has vertical holes to line-up with a wall stud.
The screw-in model has vertical holes to line-up with a wall stud.

The Design

Quality, Style, and Function, nothing less would do. We started from scratch and went through many different types of designs incorporating many different types of materials. We wanted a completely new bold look to show quality and style. No thin metal or plastic disguised as metal. We like aluminum plate, a term for really thick metal. We wanted to show that this item was formed from a single piece of metal. The plate material is perfect for the functional aspects too, with cavities used for the mechanics.

Eric's Video about how the design came about: https://youtu.be/aitGh5M9_Bc

The Mechanics

This shows the magnetic forces between the discs. A north (we'll say red) will naturally want to align with a south on the other disc. When you pull the paper it will resist until the north and south are aligned again. This also shows the adjustment dial and how the change in distance between the magnets is accomplished. The scalloped shapes hold the balls in place to keep the resistance setting from changing (the dial wants to turn because of the resistance). The two magnetic discs are repelling each other in general and that force pulls the balls toward the roll holder.
This shows the magnetic forces between the discs. A north (we'll say red) will naturally want to align with a south on the other disc. When you pull the paper it will resist until the north and south are aligned again. This also shows the adjustment dial and how the change in distance between the magnets is accomplished. The scalloped shapes hold the balls in place to keep the resistance setting from changing (the dial wants to turn because of the resistance). The two magnetic discs are repelling each other in general and that force pulls the balls toward the roll holder.

The distance between the magnets affects the amount of resistance applied to the roll. In other words, the closer together the magnets are the harder it is to turn the roll. If you couldn't fine tune this resistant force, the holder might not work well for type of roll you like to buy. The setting has to stay put while the holder is being used. As the roll turns, it wants to self-adjust or drift to the easiest setting. You'll see how powerful these magnets are! We had several ways of solving the problem, but none better than Eric's idea to use the teardrop cavities with scalloped edges. It took time fine-tuning it, but we couldn't be happier with how well it works! We're not aware of any mechanism like it in anything else.

Our Manufacturing Partners

Manufacturing is key for a project like this. Not only does it benefit businesses and local communities to manufacture here in the USA, it's easier to communicate and monitor quality.  Our partners are all up to the task and have the ability to ramp up and maintain excellent quality. We are eager to get rolling and plan to begin production as soon as the funding goal is met.

Shopping for a toilet paper holder? We will bet you won't find a single one made in the U.S. of A. Want to support domestic manufacturing? Now is your chance!

Installation

Using the provided double-sided adhesive strips will provide a permanent installation. It's 3M VHB and incredibly strong. The surface needs to be flat, clean and dry. If you do not want something permanent, consider using less adhesive or get the screw-in model.

Why a Toilet Paper Holder?

Tooling costs were too high for a paper towel holder, so we decided to perfect the mechanism and tech with a toilet paper holder version. Our intellectual property encompasses any rolled material, so bigger things will come.

Links and Acknowledgments

  • Eric Strebel of Botzen Design was instrumental with the design. This product would not be the same without his help. www.botzen.com 
  • We are very lucky to have expert machinists as good friends and confidants. Steve Owen:  https://www.dmidurango.com/ Ron Andrews:  http://kingcage.com/  Eric Tomczak:  https://mythcycles.com/ 
  • Artist extraordinaire Peter Campbell came up with the name PolarityGear (TM). Buy real art from a real artist. http://campbellfineart.com 
  • Evolution Powder Coating is awesome.
  • Thanks to Jon at 2180 Lighting and Design Studio for letting us shoot the holder there:  http://2180durangodesign.com/ 
  • Want to know more about the magnets?  www.polymagnet.com/ 
  • Smarter Every Day video about the magnets:  https://youtu.be/IANBoybVApQ 
  • Most of all, thanks to brother, Charlie. He is greatly appreciated and loved. He tirelessly helped with a previous project and saw the magnets at a tradeshow in 2014 which eventually led to this product.

Risks and challenges

Nothing goes exactly as planned. We feel confident in ourselves and our manufacturers. However there are many things out of our control and many things that are unforeseeable. In the event of an unfortunate delay or circumstance, we promise to do our best to correct it any way we can.

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    There are unlimited possibilities with colors and textures! We will reach out to you after the campaign for your choice and we will apply that exact color, texture, and finish to the ten bases and adjustment dials.

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