Wednesday, September 5th 2012

Prolimatech Magnetic Pin to Make Shuffling Fans Around a Case Snappy

Prolimatech announced a unique new accessory that makes it easier to attach fans to metal cases, at least those made of steel (and not aluminum). The Magnetic Pin is a conventional rubber fan bolt with a magnet on its head. This allows fans with four of these to snap onto cases' fan frames. The magnet is embedded into a rubber cavity, which dampens vibrations between the fan and the case, minimizing noise. Prolimatech is selling these pins in sets of four. The company did not mention pricing.
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35 Comments on Prolimatech Magnetic Pin to Make Shuffling Fans Around a Case Snappy

#1
natr0n
wow, really cleaver idea.

cleaning will be lot less hassle.
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#2
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
hope it has other colors the blue really doesn't mesh well with alot of color schemes
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#5
ShadowXP
Brilliant idea, really. Strange that nobody has thought about this before.
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Oh nifty. Me like.
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#7
Octavean
I think its an interesting idea. I like it.

Its an idea that makes even more sense since magnetic storage devices like floppy drives are no more (with HDD’s likely too follow soon).

Still it doesn’t address the electrical path / connections needed to power the fan so it isn’t as convenient as it might seem at first.
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#8
xBruce88x
awesome idea. No more needing to ziptie fans in place where there isn't a proper fan mount. Also great for cleaning too. Hopefully pricing is reasonable.

wonder if they'll start making fans with the magnets built in...
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#9
RejZoR
Useless as i have aluminium case...
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: RejZoR
Useless as i have aluminium case...
Bolt some good ol' steel to it.
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#11
semantics
hoping they have a bit better color then bright blue, but yeah my personal computer has an aluminum case so :o
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#13
RejZoR
by: Frick
Bolt some good ol' steel to it.
Don't you think that kind of defeats the purpose of super light aluminium case?
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#14
Therion_I
I know magnets and computers didn't mix in the good ole' days, but are magnets completely safe inside a case nowadays? I'd hate to have my bios wiped because one of these fell off and landed on the rom.
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#15
xBruce88x
^i don't think that's an issue these days... but don't quote me on that

hmm... the issue about aluminum slipped my mind lol. I guess you could stick a magnet on the other side as well, or a small piece of steel/metal.
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#16
Fourstaff
by: RejZoR
Don't you think that kind of defeats the purpose of super light aluminium case?
If you are getting a super light aluminium case you probably want to move the case around quite often, I think you would want to screw the fans down securely instead. Non issue I think.
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#17
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
such a simple idea. that is what makes it brilliant.
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#18
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Wonder if the magnets are strong enough to hold a RAD up if the fan is mounted to it. If so then that would be awesome! Easy water mounting.
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#19
Sinzia
by: brandonwh64
Wonder if the magnets are strong enough to hold a RAD up if the fan is mounted to it. If so then that would be awesome! Easy water mounting.
I was wondering the same thing.
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#20
OneMoar
not a bad idea at all perfect for mounting a fan in places there not supost to go ... like directly on top of my hard drive cage
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#21
Andy77
by: ShadowXP
Strange that nobody has thought about this before.
Are you sure about that?... just because you never saw a commercial product it doesn't mean no one did it. In fact I did try several types of quick mounting mechanisms.

The best one I could come up with, including mounting on aluminum, plastic and relief was the double sided tape mount. All that was needed was some large contact plates, preferably metal, good double sided tape, those rubber pushpins - they didn't exist back then or plastic slit pushpins like those used on stock intel coolers. The large surface plates placed outside of the fan intake area allows one to counter the force needed to take the fans off the pushpins plus it ensures it sticks properly.

The magnet issue is just the EMI issue... for light fans weak magnets are OK, but for heavy fans or mounts which also put out vibrations stronger magnets are needed, but then they also emit a larger magnetic field.
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#22
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: ShadowXP
Brilliant idea, really. Strange that nobody has thought about this before.
Ummm Noctua give out the same thing's with there fans..

Heck last year I believe when I got my 1st noctua fan the rubber mounts were included in the package.

Nice try though,
Im with Crazeyeyes on the colors
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#23
Andy77
by: fullinfusion
Ummm Noctua give out the same thing's with there fans..

Heck last year I believe when I got my 1st noctua fan the rubber mounts were included in the package.

Nice try though,
Im with Crazeyeyes on the colors
Dude, he means rubber mounts with magnetic contacts for quick removal. Not the rubber mounts.
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#24
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: Andy77
Dude, he means rubber mounts with magnetic contacts for quick removal. Not the rubber mounts.
Thanks for underlining it for me, I would have missed that foo sure! :laugh:

But thanks for pointing it out.

So magnets are for the lazy of the lazy hmmm... Fail imo
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