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A new type of power-connector that enhances safety and eliminates difficulties found in the traditional three pronged plug. Read more

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A new type of power-connector that enhances safety and eliminates difficulties found in the traditional three pronged plug.

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What is MagnoPlug?

MagnoPlug (Pat. Pending) is the intuitive evolution of the standard power plug – smoothly snaps in place to deliver power and disconnects without effort, turning off immediately.

No more struggling in the winter to plug in your block-heater, no more damage if you pull away without unplugging.

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How does it work?

Take a look below.

The same magnet that attaches the male and female components of the plug together also triggers the MagnoPlug circuit into the power-on position. When the components connect, power flow is initiated by an internal switching mechanism. There are no external moving parts except the protective flap. The components have no friction fitting prongs or openings of any kind where dirt and ice can accumulate

How Do I Install It?

It's super easy to install the MagnoPlug! Just watch the video below.

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How Can I Get One?

By pledging to one of our reward tiers below, you'll be helping bring MagnoPlug to full production and availability. If you decide to pledge for a MagnoPlug, you'll be getting it first and below market price.

 Under the Hood...

From the beginning, the MagnoPlug has been designed to take a beating. Check out this picture of the main circuit working perfectly at nearly 80 below zero (Celsius)!

The male and female plug electrical contacts are arranged symmetrically and the two components only fit together in one way. This complementary fit allows for intuitive connection without a glance. When the components detach from each other, the system immediately turns off making the plug completely safe to the touch.

The male and female components attach with just enough force to get a solid electrical connection, but they detach easily when a pulling force of 3.5lbs+ is applied. This eliminates any potential damage to any of the plug components or the vehicle.

Earlier designs that we abandoned in favor of more robust and compact designs
Earlier designs that we abandoned in favor of more robust and compact designs

Since 2011, we've spent countless hours in R&D to crank out the most robust and safety conscious design possible. We’ve developed a system that’s vastly more convenient than the standard plug, but also safer. The MagnoPlug circuit works on 120V +/- 20V with currents up to 15A and both 50Hz and 60Hz systems. For distribution outside of North America, we are working on a minor modification for 220V operation.

Future Residential and Industrial Versions...

While the current embodiment of the MagnoPlug is designed specifically to replace the extension cords used with block-heaters, many residential and industrial safety hazards can be resolved with the MagnoPlug. Because its coupling force is low (3.5 lbs) and temperature independent, tripping hazards are significantly reduced with the MagnoPlug in comparison to traditional 3-pronged plugs.

We're also setting our sights on residential applications. We know that in the home there are certain devices, appliances, tight corners or hard to reach places where having a MagnoPlug snap into place is far safer and more convenient than the current alternative. That's why a down-scaled version of the MagnoPlug for residential use is one of our top development objectives, pending a successful Kickstarter campaign. 

Scheduling and planning

Here's a snapshot of where we're headed with your help and support.

Why We Need You...

Plans are good, but without sufficient capital all progress stops. We need your help to:

  • Complete regulatory certification (UL and ULc)
  • Create molds for plastic injection molding
  • Secure first production run costs

We’re committed to seeing MagnoPlug through to production, and we’ve proven our determination throughout its development. When we discovered that patenting through a law firm costs thousands, we learned to do it ourselves. When we realized the level of CAD and manufacturing skills required to interface with manufacturers, we enrolled in courses and became proficient in these areas. When we hit major snags, we found the resources to get back on track and somehow keep pushing forward. 

Now we need your help. By backing us, you’ll give us the boost we need to bring MagnoPlug to its full potential, and you’ll receive your own official MagnoPlug months before its first market release.

Risks and challenges

We're a dedicated and tenaciously resourceful team, but some factors are beyond our control. Our multiple design revisions and prototype stages have taken into consideration the relevant safety standards for a product of this nature. But since nothing exactly like the MagnoPlug exists, a comprehensive review and certification process must be completed by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) before production and final sale of the product. With the help of our investors, we've already started the first steps of this process but attaining full certification depends partly on the success of our Kickstarter campaign. Chances are excellent that MagnoPlug will be approved and certified by UL. However, some adjustments may be recommended through the preliminary review of UL and this could result in production delays.

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FAQ

  • When are returning backer pledges the applicable amount, including discount and shipping, and chooses "no reward", they won't explicitly see an option for "returning backer", However, we are ultimately the ones keeping track of all backers and their rewards so we know exactly who the returning backers are. Once the campaign is complete we'll be sending out a survey to all backers to get their mailing address so we can provide everyone with their rewards.

    That said, please feel free to send us a note to indicate you're a returning backer and we'll be sure to fire you a confirmation message.

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  • We're planning to make the Magnoplug in one single low-profile colour, like a medium to dark metallic grey. That way it'll blend in with most cars and be less conspicuous.

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  • The well-known computer chargers, which magnetically connect, retain a voltage across the connector face at all times when plugged in. In contrast, the MagnoPlug immediately and completely powers off when disconnected and is completely safe to touch and handle while plugged in.

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  • Unfortunately offering multiples of the same item is against Kickstarter rules. However, if you do want multiple copies just pledge the appropriate amount and drop us a comment. Any amount that occurs in multiples will be our queue that you've pledged for more than one and we'll contact you and ask if we're not sure.

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  • In short, yes. We performed exhaustive patent searches prior to completing and submitting our patent application, and afterwards. We consulted with patent agents to ensure no there is no conflicts between our patents and existing ones.

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  • It is not the same technology. Some power cables used on kitchen appliances, such as deep fryers, use magnets to hold the female and male ends together. In this way they're similar to MagnoPlug but the similarities end there. Magnetic appliance cables are similar in operation to standard 3-prong cables but use magnetic rather than friction force to couple male and female components.

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Rewards

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    4 backers

    THE BACKER! Our sincerest thank you! We'll send you a link to an amusing video of some of our early prototypes and bloopers. Subscribe to our list, stay tuned!

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    3 backers

    THE KEY CHAIN! For your generous support, we'll send you this sweet keychain embossed with our MagnoPlug logo showing everyone that you're a backer.

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    1 backer

    THE FLASHLIGHT! You'll receive an LED flashlight, made of high quality aluminium and laser etched with the MagnoPlug logo.

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    Pledge $52 or more

    209 backers

    THE MAGNOPLUG! You'll be among the first people to receive a MagnoPlug AND at less than projected retail cost! Connect it with pride, all while helping us get this product onto as many grills as possible.

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    12 backers Limited (88 left of 100)

    THE LIMITED MAGNOPLUG! Give it as a gift or keep if for yourself. The recipient will get a hand-made card letting them know that they'll be getting a MagnoPlug courtesy of you! We'll also include any special message you'd like. Cards sent in May; MagnoPlug in October.

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    Pledge $70 or more

    42 backers

    THE MAGNO-KIT! You'll receive the MagnoPlug, the Flashlight and Key Chain together! This way you can really show your Magno-Pride!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    THE SONG! You'll receive a Magno-Kit AND a made-to-order song written just for you. Give us some details to work with and we'll do the rest. Written and performed by AJ, each song will be unique and feature acoustic finger-style guitar and mellow vocals. The songs will be ready in May.

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    Pledge $350 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    THE INTERVIEW! You'll receive the Magno-Kit and a one hour interview with both Will and AJ! You can ask us anything - from philosophy, to electronics, or we can even help you develop your own crowd-funded project! We will be ready for interviews in May.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    THE HIGH-ROLLER - You’ll get the final production design , cast in a tough and durable housing right away! This will be built as a one-of just for you using CNC machining. We’ll start work on it immediately after the campaign wraps up and have it express posted to you by mid-May. You'll also get one MagnoPlug from the first manufactured batch (estimated Nov 2014). You’re a high-roller so your wheels deserve a little TLC. Plug in with custom-made style!

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Funding period

- (60 days)