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Magnic Light iC: The intelligent successor of the revolutionary Magnic Light dynamo- with micro-controlled steady light & extra energy

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Get more info and place an order on  www.magniclight.com


 What is Magnic Light?

Magnic Light is the first touchless dynamo bike light that works on pure aluminium wheels. A tiny 60g-light unit will generate never-ending bright light without any batteries, without wheel-contact, without cables, and without noticeable resistance. What sounds like a miracle is based on simple physical principles. It has nothing to do with perpetual motion machine concepts or pseudo-science. During our first Kickstarter-campaign of the original Magnic Light in February 2012, many could not believe this technology would actually work.  

International headlines
International headlines

How does it work?

The key is so-called eddy current technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_current): Energy is drawn from the rotating bicycle wheels without any physical contact, and thus without friction. Instead, eddy currents created by strong magnets generate electricity to power the lights (International Patent Pending PCT/EP/2012/001431). When the wheel spins, magnets inside the generator induce eddy currents with corresponding magnetic fields in the wheel, which in turn interact with the magnets in the generator. The resulting electricity will power your lights indefinitely without any environmentally harmful batteries or cumbersome cables. You will not feel any resistance as the lights send their bright beam ahead.

Magnic Light cycling
Magnic Light cycling

Is Magnic Light suitable for competition?

Two weeks before project end a german cycling team contacted us: The 4 "German Frauleins" from Hamburg. In June they will compete as a team in the most famous nonstop long distance race of the world, the Race Across America from US west to east coast- and they will compete with Magnic light illumination!

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 They try to be the first pure female team from Germany reaching the finish line of the Race accross America with 5000km length and time limit 9 days, which means 27km/h average speed. Illumination is required for cycling at night but until now competitors have used battery lights because dynamos cost too much valuable energy. It seems up until now noone has used a dynamo for this demanding race but with Magnic light this is possible because you don't feel the resistance. And we hope this is a good demonstration of the properties of the new Magnic Light iC: Tiny, lightweight, easy and robust. If you have the possibility to support the German Frauleins (for example as a sponsor) please contact them on www.germanfrauleins.de

Only highest quality!

The main principle of Magnic Light is simple, but costly: Uncompromising efficiency in every aspect! This means, Magnic Light magnets have the highest known magnetization level. Magnic Light LEDs have the highest efficiency currently available. Magnic Light lenses have highest light yield for the driver. Finally, the Magnic Light body has the smallest size and weight possible for its purpose: Powerful light without any effort!  

LEDs, lenses, magnets
LEDs, lenses, magnets
Magnic Light polycarbonate pieces for the generator unit
Magnic Light polycarbonate pieces for the generator unit
Magnic light magnet kernel
Magnic light magnet kernel
The Magnic Light family is growing
The Magnic Light family is growing

In 2013 Magnic Light was awarded with the ISPO Brandnew Award of ISPO Munich as winner of the category bike parts. 

"With Magnic Light you never run out of power. It‘s system generates a bright light beam that leads you through the night - only through the rotation of the rims. No need of additional components, batteries and cable tangle."
"With Magnic Light you never run out of power. It‘s system generates a bright light beam that leads you through the night - only through the rotation of the rims. No need of additional components, batteries and cable tangle."

What's new in Magnic Light iC?

With Magnic Light iC we present a new exciting technology on Kickstarter: Microprocessor-controlled steady light + intelligent energy control + non-blinding light-technology.

You might wonder why we need a microprocessor for an additional steady light. This is necessary to keep efficiency at the highest level.

At slow speeds (in curves / on tricky surfaces) or when you stop, an internal capacitor delivers energy for sustained light. The international version has a switch for flash/constant stop light. The German version features a no-flash mode.
At slow speeds (in curves / on tricky surfaces) or when you stop, an internal capacitor delivers energy for sustained light. The international version has a switch for flash/constant stop light. The German version features a no-flash mode.

For a standard bicycle dynamo, energy loss caused by standard steady-light electronics (incl. rectifiers) is relatively insignificant compared to the bigger total energy consumption of the entire system. Magnic Light operates at a lower energetic level so these losses are not acceptable. Although traditional large dynamos employ more energy, the emitted light of Magnic Light features approximately the same luminosity - mainly for two reasons:  

1.Speed optimized generator without lossy electronics
The Magnic Light microprocessor adapts the generator electronics to your cycling speed: This means that, starting at a speed of 3km/h to a speed above 30 km/h the generator works with high efficiency. In comparison, most standard dynamos have a very limited optimal speed range between 10 and 20 km/h.

2.Leds with 160 lumen per watt
The Magnic Light generator is tailored to the LEDs used, which reach almost 50% of the theoretically possible values- while good old standard systems barely attain 10-25 %:  

Theoretically, the maximum white light you can obtain from 1 watt is appr. 350 lumen. However, good-quality LEDs only deliver about 40 lumen per watt (as used in many bicycle lights), which represents only 11% of the maximum. Light bulbs, on the other hand, only put out 10-15 lumen per watt, while theoretical maximum light possible is 685 lumen per watt (for green light). . 

With high power LEDs one can reach appr. 80 lm/W, while the Cree LEDs used in Magnic Light deliver ~160 lumen per watt. This is possible because we feed each LED with less than 1 watt, which results in the ability to operate at temperatures below 35° C. This way, we harvest roughly 46% of the theoretical maximum white light, and hence 4 times more than standard LEDs.

Maximal light output of Magnic Light leds compared with theoretical values and other leds
Maximal light output of Magnic Light leds compared with theoretical values and other leds

Magnic Light led power is combined with customized high quality lenses with very focused beam angle:

Magnic light custommized high quality PMMA lenses
Magnic light custommized high quality PMMA lenses

For Magnic Light iC, we have redesigned our lenses to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. This was a complex task for the engineer, as we demanded to keep the same lens-size, same body-size, as well as the same beam-angle of 8 degrees. .

Magnic light lenses with light distribution designed according to German STVZO (and many other countries) traffic rules. Instead of blinding oncoming traffic, more light will be on the road.
Magnic light lenses with light distribution designed according to German STVZO (and many other countries) traffic rules. Instead of blinding oncoming traffic, more light will be on the road.

Why again on Kickstarter?

Our first Kickstarter project was a big success, and thanks to the help of our backers, we were able to build a worldwide production network starting from the ground up. We delivered a product of higher quality than we had ever expected. Thanks to Kickstarter, Magnic Light has become a well known, worldwide product. The technology we have created has the potential to dramatically change the bicycle market and furthermore revolutionize other industrial applications.

Worldwide distribution of more than 2000 Magnic lights: Many of them have done thousands of kilometers under hard conditions. For feedback watch our reports 2013 section (click on the image).
Worldwide distribution of more than 2000 Magnic lights: Many of them have done thousands of kilometers under hard conditions. For feedback watch our reports 2013 section (click on the image).

As a small start-up company we are facing a difficult situation. Production for the distributor market presents a much higher risk, it costs significantly more money, and follows entirely different rules from a Kickstarter campaign. We believe in the Kickstarter community and its ability to nurture quality over low-cost driven business tactics. If this Kickstarter project proves successful, we will be able to produce the best second generation Magnic Lights possible. In our first campaign, delivering such quality would have been impossible without the exceptional assistance of companies who believed in the potential of Magnic Light. Our teams in Asia, Europe, and the US work hard together on the development of Magnic Light. Many have become good friends along the way. 

Our Magnic Light team at FengFan Technology (HK), which produces injection mold tools and pieces of highest quality and supports with specialist knowledge. Online discussions with our competent manager Atina Wang would fill a book with 235 pages so far..
Our Magnic Light team at FengFan Technology (HK), which produces injection mold tools and pieces of highest quality and supports with specialist knowledge. Online discussions with our competent manager Atina Wang would fill a book with 235 pages so far..

Have a look ath the tools Atina's group built for us:

Magnic Light Shell
Magnic Light Shell
Adapters
Adapters
Protector Case
Protector Case
Tool-Making
Tool-Making
Frank David Baxter from literary/comics agency "Killing the grizzly" is our expert on design of manuals and on preparation and execution of international shipments- which hopefully will be a big part of our project.
Frank David Baxter from literary/comics agency "Killing the grizzly" is our expert on design of manuals and on preparation and execution of international shipments- which hopefully will be a big part of our project.
                                                                                              

Magnic Light History

Before my Magnic Light life I was software developper (some years ago even semi professional duathlet which is cycling and running). Magnic Light started on June 18th 2011. Here I give a short review of the story you also find in the previous Magnic Light project: After a nice pasta party at home in preparation for a local 6 miles night race the next day (Die Nacht von Borgholzhausen) we made some experiments with eddy current brakes for bicycles. Talking about the mechanism behind and especially the nice fact that aluminium rims can be used although aluminium is just paramagnetic but not magnetic we got a cool idea: If eddy current brakes work with aluminium wheels the opposite should be no problem either! Shouldn't it be possible to build a bicycle dynamo that absorbs magnetic energy from the wheels? Fortunately we have masses of magnets in our house to make experiments : All those medium strong toy magnets of the children that can be used to build nice magnetic creatures. These were strong enough to make some encouraging experiments. .... 

The best way to start a business from this idea was our Kickstarter project in February/Mach 2012 so details can be found there.
We could gain huge interest and enough money for the start. 
Before launching Magnic Light on Kickstarter we planned to do most of the production by manual work. We had a concept for the handmade carbon tubes we showed on Kickstarter but due to the success of the project I was convinced it would be best to invest in injection molding instead of doing too much things by hand- (and now I know it was a good decision). But it was a hard fight and still a lot of manual work, too:
Dirk embedding the generator cores with 2K glue (March 2013)
Dirk embedding the generator cores with 2K glue (March 2013)

We started the production at home. Here you see me in front of our barn, where we have started the production of Magnic Light. I am filling the generator cores with glue before I carry them to final assembly in our neighboring city Bielefeld, at company Osnitron. They made the soldering and insertion of LEDs and lenses, because it was too much work for me after I tried to do it on my own in the beginning.

Our self-made station for coil-winding. First generation was made here (precisely but slow)- next generation will be on faster machines.
Our self-made station for coil-winding. First generation was made here (precisely but slow)- next generation will be on faster machines.

In the last months we got great feedback and many requests for a steady light version. Standard solutions with rectifier & capacitor would cost too much efficiency for Magnic Light. So we decided to do it better and keep efficiency high by using ananoWatt microprocessor technology. 

We are convinced that a good product needs fair conditions for employees and for its customers. For you, as a Kickstarter backer, this means we can offer rewards at prices far below the market level (approx. 40%), because we can ship to you directly.

The Rewards

Read more about the story with all its ups and downs.
Read more about the story with all its ups and downs.
Get a postcard written and signed by me.
Get a postcard written and signed by me.
Get the magnetic Magnic Light logo. I use it as a paper knife or for sticking letters to the wall.
Get the magnetic Magnic Light logo. I use it as a paper knife or for sticking letters to the wall.
Get a functional T-Shirt with your name on it. The design will be updated for the new version. I use it for running & cycling.
Get a functional T-Shirt with your name on it. The design will be updated for the new version. I use it for running & cycling.
Get a Magnic Light iC frontlight with an adapter of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
Get a Magnic Light iC frontlight with an adapter of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
Get a Magnic Light rearlight with an adapter of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
Get a Magnic Light rearlight with an adapter of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
Get the Magnic Light iC complete set consisting of two front lights & one rear light with adapters of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
Get the Magnic Light iC complete set consisting of two front lights & one rear light with adapters of your choice (Vbrake system, caliper brakes, Magura brakes, disc brakes).
At the end of the project we will send out a survey to all backers and ask you for your configuration. There you can tell us which adapter type you need, and in case you have pledged for more than on set how many front-/ rearlights you need. 

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This little video shows the different adapter types currently available.

For different types of bikes and brake systems different adapters are available: Vbrake, caliper brakes (roadbikes), Magura brakes, disc brakes (no brakes), full suspension forks without brake mount. After one-time adapter installation lights can be fixed and removed in a second:

Quality & Reliability

Magnic Light has more than proven its reliability throughout the last 9 months. More than one million kilometers have been illuminated with Magnic Light by the growing community. Out of the thousands of Magnic Light sold, only 9 units were exchanged, mainly due to mounting / adapter problems, which we improved in the new version.

Timeline

We have succesfully produced Magnic Light in 2013. Most of the tools for injection molding can still be used for Magnic Light iC. This means there only remain a few uncertainties in the scheduling. In a worst case scenario, delays in production or transport may be a question of a few weeks, but not months.

January/February: Finish test of electronic circuits

January/February: Mass production of injection mold pieces, magnets, circuit boards, lenses, adapters, packages

February/March: Coil winding, assembly, soldering -> Quality control 

March/April/May: Packaging & Shipment of rewards#

Reports on Magnic Light iC (December 2013 - January 2014)

gizmag.com Magnic Light iC brings new features to touchless dynamo bike light
road.cc Tech Roundup: Garmin, De Marchi, Craft, Torq... | road.cc
treehugger.com Contactless bicycle dynamo light gets intelligent upgrade : TreeHugger
7headlines.com 7Headlines - Magnic Light iC 智慧型免接觸 免電池自行車車燈
techdirt.com Awesome Stuff: Bike Lights | Techdirt
digitaltrends.com Awesome tech you can't buy yet, for the week of January 5, 2014 | Digital Trend
nutsonews.com Contactless bicycle dynamo light gets intelligent upgrade | Nutso News
crowdfundfusion.com Crowd Fund Fusion - Magnic Light iC - Intelligent Contactless Bicycle Dynamo
unternehmenswelt.de Crowdfunding für einen Fahrraddynamo aus Borgholzhauen - Magnic Light iC
cleanthinking.de Crowdfunding-Kampagne für Fahrraddynamo Magnic Light iC › CleanThinking.de
techbloggers.de Erfolgreiche Crowdfunding-Kampagne für Fahrraddynamo Magnic Light iC – In vier Tagen bereits 65.000 Dollar eingesammelt / Cleantech-Startup Magnic Innovations aus Borgholzhausen - TechBloggers
green.wiwo.de Fahrradtechnik: Wie ein Tüftler den Dynamo neu erfunden hat - WiWo Green
ideaconnection.com Interesting New Products and Inventions: Magnic Light iC Contactless Dynamo Bike Light
indiespring.wordpress.com Indie Spring | The uncommon among Video Games and Technology
technews24h.com Kickstarter project: Magnic Light Launching Today ~ Tech News 24h
news.silobreaker.com Magnic Light iC brings new features to touchless d... - Silobreaker
buzztrick.com Magnic Light claims new form of no-contact bicycle dynamo lighting | Buzztrick
reportcrowd.com Magnic Light iC - Intelligent Contactless Bicycle Dynamo - Kickstarter Project Reviews
bicikel.com Magnic Light iC - nekontaktna dinamo svetilka | Novice | Bicikel.com
wordlesstech.com Magnic Light iC - wordlessTech
antyweb.pl Magnic Light iC – oświetlenie do roweru, które nie wymaga ani baterii, ani dynama
itstartedwithafight.de Magnic Light iC | It started with a fight... straightoutthegate.com Magnic Light iC brings new features to touchless dynamo bike light 
theinquirer.es Magnic Light iC ofrece luces de bici sin baterías ni fricción | The Inquirer ES
metrotvnews.com Magnic Light iC Perkenalkan Dinamo Lampu Sepeda Canggih
hwdio.com Magnic Light iC 智慧型免接觸 免電池自行車車燈 - HWDio
hksilicon.com Magnic Light iC 智慧型免接觸 免電池自行車車燈 - 其他 - 香港矽谷
belgiancowboys.be Magnic Light iC, een intelligente contactloze dynamo - Belgian Cowboys
geekgital.com Magnic Light iC, un dinamo inteligente sin contacto para bicicletas | Geekgital hukd.
mydealz.de Magnic Light iC, Wirbelstrom Fahrradbeleuchtung, auf Kickstarter ab 51 € - Deals » myDealZ.de
dailymaven.net Magnic Light iC brings new features to touchless dynamo bike light | Dailymaven | International and Canadian news | Business | Tech | Entertainment | Sport
motorpasionfuturo.com Magnic Light, iluminación más eficiente para bicicletas
regiondigital.com Magnic Light, iluminación más eficiente para bicicletas 
jiasu.do Magnic Light:能够自行发电的零接触、零阻力自行车灯 | 加速Do
tri-mag.de Material/Aus der Branche | Berührungsloses Dynamolicht "Magnic Light" | Unterstützer gesucht | Redaktion | triathlon
hight3ch.com Touchless Dynamo Bike Light – Magnetic Light iC | High T3ch 
haller-kreisblatt.de Mit Magnic Light iC weltweit weiter aufwärts energyharvestingjournal.com Reinvented bicycle dynamo now intelligent, contactless - Energy Harvesting Journal 
spokemag.de Spoke: Magnic Light iC 
engineering.com The Magnic Light iC Kickstarter Creates Efficient Intelligent Light > ENGINEERING.com
news.easybranches.com Touchless Dynamo Bike Light – Magnetic Light iC - Easy Branches 
berkeleysg.com Crowdfunding Spotlight Magnic Light iC
worldlessTech.com Magnic Light iC
pez cyclingnews Magnic Light Revolutionize Bicycle Lighting At RAAM
Gigazine Magnic Light iC

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We used Kickstarter to launch Magnic Light last year, and found 483 backers who made our dream come true. The experience of our first run will help us in the realization of this project. However, as a small company we are dependent on handful of people. Thus, our timeline depends on good health and the circumstances we are faced with in life. With that in mind, we have left nothing to chance and used and tested all production and delivery routes successfully throughout the past 12 months. We are aware that with the invention of Magnic Light, we have created a technology that will prevail with or without us. With this Kickstarter project, we hope to see this technology be an enrichment in the lives of all involved: employees, suppliers, backers & planet earth.

FAQ

  • To pledge for more than one Magnic Light iC reward, just increase your pledge amount accordingly. If you have already pledged, click on the large blue "Manage Your Pledge" button and follow its instructions. Be sure to do this before the project ends. When we send the "Backer Survey" in February, you can then specify exactly which versions you wanted (for example: "2 Magnic Light iC Sets and 1 rearlight and 1 Tshirt").

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  • Yes, aluminium rims are perfect. Magnic Light iC works with all metal rims- and aluminium performs best. It does not work with carbon rims, but carbon rims with aluminium edge are ok.

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  • No, all shipping costs worldwide are included.

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  • Yes, for a few dollars extra you can buy additional adapters in our webshop and mount on several bicycles. So you can exchange easily. We will update the webshop soon, so you can add these adapters to your Kickstarter reward without additional shipping fee.

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  • Unfortunately this does not work because in the center the absolute speed is too low. It is only a small fraction of the speed you have at the rim (take a 12 cm diameter disc with 37,6cm circumference within a 28'' wheel with 200cm rim circumference - then the generator will deliver less than 19% of the energy you get at the rim)- so you won't get much. For this reason hub dynamos either need gearings or some big, strong magnets. And for this reason hub dynamos are dependent on wheel size while Magnic Light (& old fashioned side runner dynamos) do not depend on wheel size. Good hub dynamos are tailored to wheel size - otherwise they are not efficient in most cases. Magnic Light is independent of wheel size when mounted at the rim.

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  • No, Magnic Light only works with metal/ conductive rims. While pure carbon is conductive the resin in carbon wheels prevents eddy currents in the wheel, so it does not work. If you have carbon rims with metal sides it will work.

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  • In the last weeks we had a lot of requests from biycyle distributors in several countries so it might be possible that we find a distributor who can deliver you. For dealers who order two Magnic Light iC sets within this campaign we offer to deliver directly and to become part of our dealer map on our homepage: http://www.magniclight.com/MagnicLight/index.php/en/dealer-en-i

    In this case please send an additional mail to sales@magnic-innovations.com

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