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Neo-Plug, an "attractive" and new way to charge your iPhone, iPad or Smart phone with the power of magnets. Read more

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Neo-Plug, an "attractive" and new way to charge your iPhone, iPad or Smart phone with the power of magnets.

Chicago, IL Hardware
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About this project

Neo-Plug is a new and convenient adapter that consists of 2 parts. The first part, the “adapter” slips over your existing data cable or charger and has very strong rare earth magnets on the end, neodymium magnets. These magnets allow the data cable or charger to effortlessly snap into place with the second part, the “plug”, which resides inside your iPhone, iPad or Micro USB device.

The Story Behind the Idea:

I came up with the idea while driving my car and trying to plug the charger into the phone. I said to myself wouldn’t it be great if the charger could just snap into place by itself when it comes close to the port. When I returned home that night I couldn't sleep, because I immediately started thinking of how to design something like this, which parts to use, and how to build a working prototype.

1st Prototype:
1st Prototype:

I knew the working prototype wouldn’t be pretty, but at least it will help people visualize the concept. I knew I needed to show a better representation of the project, so I hired a 3D CAD designer and we closely worked together in order to make Neo-Plug come to life and produce a first rapid prototype.

Rapid prototype 3' Neo-Plug
Rapid prototype 3' Neo-Plug

Actual 3' Neo-Plug for Micro-USB, Apple Lightning and Apple 30 pin devices. Neo-Plug is intended to be used with your existing data cable or charger. Neo-Plug simply extends your existing cable another 3' or 6' and makes connecting your device a snap.

Additional Videos

Above video demonstrates the installation of Neo-Plug in an iDevice. A 3' 30pin with extension Neo-Plug was used in this video.

Above video shows wire frame CAD drawings of the 3 Neo-Plug models.

Please visit our youtube channel neoplugconnector for additional video footage.

Neo-Plug in Your Device

Neo-Plug in Micro USB Port (side view)
Neo-Plug in Micro USB Port (side view)
Neo-Plug in Micro USB Port (bottom view)
Neo-Plug in Micro USB Port (bottom view)
Neo-Plug in iPad 30 Pin (side view)
Neo-Plug in iPad 30 Pin (side view)
Neo-Plug in iPad 30 Pin (bottom view)
Neo-Plug in iPad 30 Pin (bottom view)
Neo-Plug in iPhone 30 Pin (side view)
Neo-Plug in iPhone 30 Pin (side view)
Neo-Plug in iPhone 30 Pin (bottom view)
Neo-Plug in iPhone 30 Pin (bottom view)

Neo-Plug, a Fun Play on Words.

I’m sure many of you are wondering, Neo-Plug, the plug part makes sense, but neo? Well, it’s a fun play on words. What makes Neo-Plug work are tiny rare earth magnets which are extremely strong and are made of a material called neodymium. Unfortunately, neodymium itself is a poor conductor and therefore doesn’t pass electric current very well, which doesn’t make it a great candidate for electrical connectors. After doing research I found some great news! Neodymium can be plated with gold, since gold is an excellent electrical conductor; I incorporated gold plated neodymium magnets into the design to serve as contacts for not only charging the device, but also passing data to or from the device.

No More Poking Around.

Have you ever been frustrated by the process of plugging in your devices charger or data cable? You first twist it, look under it, aligned it properly, and finally plug it in. Neo-Plug will eliminate the frustration and tedious steps, since each Neo-Plug has uniquely placed magnets to make it impossible to plug the charger or data cable in the wrong way. It’s natural. The magnet won’t allow it.

Say Good-Bye to Smashed Cords, Broken Contacts, and Terminals.

Broken terminals inside a device are a thing of the past. So many devices need to be sent in for repair, because the charging port was damaged from too much pressure being applied to the charging connector. In some cases the terminal is beyond repair and a new phone must be purchased. Connectors themselves can become damaged from too many reinserts, but Neo-Plug eliminates the likelihood of damaged hardware by simply inserting the “plug” carefully into the devices port and it remains inside the terminal. That’s it!

Moving forward.

I know the idea is great. Also, I absolutely love the concept and application of the design. I have the technical knowledge and experience to make my idea a reality, which will ultimately, bring Neo-Plug to your device. Even though I love the idea and so does everyone else here at Lola Wireless, I don’t know if everyone else in the world will love it as well, which is why I’m glad Kickstarter is here to help me. Not only does Kickstarter allow me to share the idea with you, but also allows me to identify if people are interested in Neo-Plug. All the funds will be used to bring Neo-Plug to you. We are ready for a production run, only challenge at the moment is funding. Your support will allow this final step to be completed and bring Neo-Plug to your device and into the market for others to enjoy.

Why we need your help

Mass production and manufacturing is expensive and requires minimum commit levels. The $167,000.00 we are asking from the community is a carefully calculated number that will allow us to have the molds, parts, assembly, packaging and shipping accomplished. We even calculated the percentages that get taken out by the funding platform and worked it into the number. I have funded this project and idea up to this point with my company Lola Wireless Inc, and the next step unfortunately is way out of budget for me. This is the absolute minimum we need to bring Neo-Plug to you and to the market. We love the idea and so does everyone we show this too, but we can’t make this project a product without your help.

Legal and Licensing

We are aware similar technology has been developed, which already uses magnetic connectors. We are also aware the concept is patented by another distinguished corporation. During patent research our legal team has advised us Neo-Plug does not appear to directly violate any patents; however, in the circumstance Neo-Plug is found to be in violation of any patents, we have provisioned allotted time for licensing. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our team.

Meet the Team

The Neo-Plug Team
The Neo-Plug Team


From left:

Brittney Harmon - Customer Service Representative

Briana Harmon - Sales Representative

Logan Nichols - Project Manager

Jacob Brozek - CEO / Developer

Project Timeline

Every possible effort has been made to estimate the project completion date. This timeline will help you understand the current progress of the project. For updates on the whole project itself please visit the project progress blog.

February 2013

  • Make technical drawings for Neo-Plugs
  • Make a rough working prototype for proof of concept

March 2013

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Shooting final video footage and editing

April 2013

May 2013

  • Receive funds from kickstarter.com
  • Contact pledgers and collect contact details
  • Update website with pledgers information
  • Order customized pens for pledgers
  • Legal and licensing
  • Sign contract with the manufacturer and have them produce samples

June 2013

  • Start the manufacturing process
  • Check quality and test samples

July 2013

  • Provide feedback to factory and make adjustments if needed
  • Check quality of second samples

August 2013

  • Start mass production of Neo-Plug

September 2013

  • Receive manufactured product.
  • Pick random Neo-Plugs and have our staff test them to assure quality

October 2013

  • Start shipping Neo-Plugs to kickstarer pledgers

Rewards Explained

$2 - Your name, part of your name or nickname will be listed on www.neo-plug.com under the "Pledgers" section. We will gather the information from you once the project is funded.

$10 - You will receive one of a kind pen that will be custom made upon the project funding acknowledging that with your support Neo-Plug came to life. You will also be acknowledged on our website.

$20 -  ***Early Bird Special*** ONLY 50 Available! You will have an option upon successful funding of the project to select a 3' Neo-Plug of your choice for your device. The 3' Neo-Plug will extend your existing cable another 3', how cool is that? We will also acknowledge your support on our website and send you the one of a kind pen with the Neo-Plug.

The 3' Neo-Plug choices are:

  • Micro USB - Black color only
  • Apple Lightning - white color
  • Apple Lightning - black color
  • Apple 30 pin - white color
  • Apple 30 pin  - black color

$30 - You will have an option upon successful funding of the project to select a 3' Neo-Plug of your choice for your device. The 3' Neo-Plug will extend your existing cable another 3', how cool is that? We will also acknowledge your support on our website.

The 3' Neo-Plug choices are:

  • Micro USB - Black color only
  • Apple Lightning - white color
  • Apple Lightning - black color
  • Apple 30 pin - white color
  • Apple 30 pin  - black color

$35 - You will have an option upon successful funding of the project to select a 6' Neo-Plug of your choice for your device. The 6' Neo-Plug will extend your existing cable another 6', how cool is that? We will also acknowledge your support on our website.

The 6' Neo-Plug choices are:

  • Micro USB - Black color only
  • Apple Lightning - white color
  • Apple Lightning - black color
  • Apple 30 pin - white color
  • Apple 30 pin  - black color

Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

Risks and challenges

Every project is expected to face obstacles at one point or another during the project completion journey. With my extensive knowledge in electronics, business, and time management I will be able to keep risks to a minimum and conquer any obstacles I face along the way. The biggest obstacle I will face is making sure the product will start shipping when promised. I will personally be involved in every step of the project; from mold development to the manufacturing process in order to ensure each backer receives a top quality neo-plug by the expected deadline. Project updates will be posted on our website www.neo-plug.com and we welcome backers’ involvement and comments as the project progresses.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $2 reward

    9 backers

    Every dollar counts. Pledge two bux if you like the idea and just want to help bring it to the market. Every backer will be recognized on our website http://www.neo-plug.com/pledgers/

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  • You selected
    $10 reward

    0 backers

    You will receive a "I Made Neo-Plug Possible" pen in the mail upon successful funding of the project, and be recognized on our website.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $20 reward

    50 backers All gone!

    ***Early Bird Special***
    Receive a 3' Neo-Plug adapter of your choice; Micro USB, Apple lightning (white or black) or Apple 30 pin (white or black), be recognized on our website and receive a "I Made Neo-Plug Possible" pen.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $30 reward

    123 backers

    Receive a 3' Neo-Plug adapter of your choice; Micro USB, Apple lightning (white or black) or Apple 30 pin (white or black), and be recognized on our website.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $35 reward

    57 backers

    Receive a 6' Neo-Plug adapter of your choice; Micro USB, Apple lightning (white or black) or Apple 30 pin (white or black), and be recognized on our website.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    1 backer

    It’s a party! You and a guest (continental US airfare included) will be flown in to Chicago for a 2 night 3 day stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago, for a dinner with the Neo-Plug crew and other backers at this level. Transportation to and from airport is included. You and a guest will also receive one of each Neo-Plugs and be recognized on our website as top backer.

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Funding period

- (28 days)