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This may be more of a mechanical question, but does anyone know what these magnetic power connectors are called? You see these on Fitbits and other IoT devices.

I'm building an IoT board, that has a waterproofing requirement so a USB connector is out.

Typically there are these magnetic "dots" insert molded in a plastic enclosure, and then the DC adapter has a custom molded connector with matching "dots" that magnetically link to the unit.

Here is a image from a device that has the "dots" I am talking about.

Is there a name or manufacturer/s that are selling these pieces off-the-shelf, for designing electronics with these magnetic "dots"?

I'm thinking someone must sell a premade cable, like USB male end to "dots" on the other end, that you can put in a USB female end wall wart.

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    \$\begingroup\$ magnetic+pogo+pins. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Oct 13, 2017 at 17:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Boom goes the dynamite. Thanks, that's EXACTLY what I was looking for! \$\endgroup\$
    – Leroy105
    Oct 13, 2017 at 17:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know of any USB cables that use magnetic pogo pins for the USB-male connector, but there are a number of micro-USB cables where the male micro-USB connector uses magnetic pogo pins. \$\endgroup\$
    – jamesdlin
    Oct 14, 2017 at 1:05

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You are looking for magnetic+pogo+pins.

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Figure 1. One of many types available.

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Don't immediately discard a convenient usb connector, there are several waterproof options out there.

One of many types available.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I am using a similar waterproof connector, but without USB... \$\endgroup\$
    – Leroy105
    Oct 27, 2017 at 20:26

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