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Cinq5 The Plug III Hub Dynamo Powered Charging Device

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Please note : The pictures show the Plug III connected to several devices to demonstrate intended use including a Cinq 5 Smart Power Pack, Garmin GPS, Nokia Phone, these are not included. Package includes : Plug III Top cap/USB output, Top cap weather seal and fixing ring, Expander wedge and bolt (replaces your bicycles star nut), PAT II module and cable, user instructions.

After a successful product launch over one year ago (at time of Summer 2011) the Plug was continuously developed further. One of these evolutions is the extended functionality of the TopCap, which allows charging the Apple iPhone without a special cable. The possibility to connect the Plug II directly to an E-Bike battery also needs to be mentioned.

In a revolutionary manner however is the integration of the entyre electronic, which has been in the head tube cartridge so far, in the TopCap. The aluminium housing is totally enclosed with a sealing liquid and therefore protected from humidity in the best possible way. The assembly becomes a piece of cake - the cable must be connected with the dynamo hub and the USB port with the TopCap - that simple!

Especially touring cyclists (Trekking / MTB / E-Bike), commuters and messengers benefit from The Plug II features such as:
- Eco-friendly power supply for USB-devices (GPS, MP3-Player or mobile phones) via dynamo hub
- Full integration offers a clean bike design, easy retrofit as well as a very good theft protection
- E-Bike Ready: the possibility to connect the Plug II directly to an E-Bike battery brings the USB-port to the handlebar
- Meets USB Specification: The Plug converts power from an existing dynamo hub in USB 5V standard
- Rugged, Repairable Aluminium Housing: The rugged aluminium housing does not only look good, but also withstands even serious crashes onto hard ground
- Salt Water Resistant Housing: The aluminium housing is totally enclosed with a sealing liquid and anodized to make it corrosion-resistant. Since scratches cannot be avoided during the long lifetime of the Plug II, Tout Terrain have also used a corrosion-resistant 6061 aluminium alloy

This package includes the PAT system (+ part!)

Through P.A.T. (Power Amplification Technology) system, that is used, the power output of the Plug II can be optimized. This is particularly useful for users of smart phones or rechargeable batteries that want to maximize their power output on the road. Concealed, the extra power module is attached in the fork tube, so there are no other cables necessary outside.
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Product Reviews (2)
Overall Product Rating 1 / 5
Very Disappointing
By
20 Apr 2015
1 / 5
Consminimal charge current
ProsNone
Sadly, despite SJS strong verbal recommendations this product is just not suitable for todays modern devices. Most new devices demand 1A to 2.1A for the majority of the charge cycle and the plug 3 will only realistically supply 0.5A from a heavy touring bike. The result is the Plug 3 attempts to charge the device every 10s, but immediately switches off, so no charge delivered.

I can get the plug 3 to work if I fully charge the iphone 6 or external battery pack first, thereby drawing a considerably reduced current, but that rather defeats the objective. Another option is to find an external battery that charges at 500mA, but they are near impossible to find these days, and I'm not prepared to pay £80 for the cinq5 version of a very small battery capacity.

My other critism is the plug comes with a non water tight cover, and you need to pay another £10 for a suitable version.

I'd strongly recommend avoiding this product and consider a solar charger instead (I strongly recommend the Anker 8W panel, which charges my iPhone 6 and a whopping 20,000mAh external battery), or the B&M light, which with the internal battery can handle the external battery and is a lot cheaper.
Plug Iii Unreliable Product, Dreadful Warantee Service
By
28 Feb 2015
1 / 5
ConsPoor product, warrantee service hopeless
ProsNone as it doesn't work
This product lasted about 1 month in service then stopped working in my main race for the year. I returned it to the manufactures in Germany as requested, almost 2 months has gone by with no response to emails or any idea of when I will have this item returned. It was less than 4 months old when it failed. I would suggest looking for another product to charge your devices on the go. Exposure dynamo hubs and Revo lights are a good alternative
Questions & Answers (6)
Plug Iii On Slammed Stem?
By
06 Aug 2015
Hello, do I need to have steerer tube available above the stem in order to use The Plug?
SJS Customer Service:
Hi, as long as your system is 1 1/8" Ahead then the plug will fit fine as it replaces the top cap & star fangled nut with a new one with a longer bolt. Thanks
Plug Iii Compatibility
By
19 May 2015
People seem to have had mixed experiences with the Plug. There are some very positive recommendations but also stories where it didn't work well (including on this site). Have you formed a view (based on customer feedback) about under what circumstances (or with what devices) it works well and where it doesn't?
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

In our experience the Plug has been very good, from the large number we sell we get a lower percentage of issues than with any of the other charging devices, we still highly recommend these and fit these to our bikes regularly. We have found them to be compatible with most devices providing that device is capable of being charged from a standard USB output and doesn't require anything more powerful. If there is a large amount of draw from the hub (say if you had a light on at the same time) then at slow speeds (like when climbing) the charging can sometimes be affected, but as soon as it flattens out or points downhill then it should be absolutely fine.

Thanks.
Is The Plug Iii Compatible With A 1 Inch Steerer Tube?
By
28 Oct 2014
I have a steel framed Roberts with Ahead stem attached to a 1 inch steerer tube can I use the Plug III?
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

Unfortunately not, even if you were able to find a 1" expanding wedge that allowed you to pass the cable through, the top cap would still not fit safely to the top of the steerer tube.

Thanks.
Wiring The Plug Iii
By
09 Jun 2014
Following on from the first question, I've got a Schmidt SON 28 hub but I'm not clear on how I would wire this to allow me to use the charger and also a light?

Can I leave both connected at the wheel but then unplug the phone (or whatever) when I want all the power to go to the light, or would the charger use up power and hence take brightness away from the light as long as its connected.

I'm assuming there's not going to be enough power to use both unless there's a very big hill.
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

The Schmidt Son 28 hub is designed to be used for lighting and charging at the same time, even at slower speeds. To fit them both to the hub you need to use a piggy back spade connector which will allow both to take power from the hub, these are SJSC part number 28876. If you were to unplug anything from charging then in theory more power would be available for the light.

Thanks.
Wiring The Plug Iii
By
05 Apr 2014
I have a Supenova Hub dynamo and a E3 Pro 2 light. Can the plug make use of the rear light cable coming from the E3 Pro 2. Or does it need to be wired directly to the hub. And if so, how do you wire both the front light and the Plug III to the front dynamo?

Many thanks

Jon
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

You will need to wire both into the hub, un-fortunately as with all dynamos and lights that use the Shimano style connectors there is no easy way of doing it. The only way of doing it is to disconnect the cable from the end plug and then fit both the cables from the light and the Tout terrain into the plug, you can do this by wrapping the un-coated ends of the cables around each other and fit them into the plug. This isn't the prettiest way of wiring the cables but unfortunately it is the only way.

Thanks.
Will Tout Terrain Work With A Exposure Pd8 Dynamo Hub
By
22 Feb 2014
the plug 3 tout terrain
SJS Customer Service:
Hi,

Yes, the PD8 hub can be used with a charging device like the Tout Terrain Plug.

Thanks.