Tesla Amazing Magnetic Notes

I kickstarted Tesla Amazing's Magnetic Notes a while ago, and they arrived really soon after the Kickstarter campaign ended. They sat on my desk for a while because, here's the thing: they're actually kind of nice, and I don't have that many of them. I didn't want to waste them on things like 'Get milk' when, let's face it, I never write notes like that anyway. Manufacturing reasons to use them just seemed like double wastage.

Yesterday, I decided that I really should get the plan sorted for the book I've been working on. It's been an idea for about three months now, one which directly relates to a post I did a while ago. I got everything down on a piece of A3 paper which quickly became a cramped, grubby, slightly creased, mess. And also, I ran into a plothole right in the middle of the paper, and not enough room to expand on it.

So, this morning, I decided it was time.

 Purposefully low-res image, because the camera on my phone is good enough that you can zoom in and read the plot straight off the photo. We live in the future.

Purposefully low-res image, because the camera on my phone is good enough that you can zoom in and read the plot straight off the photo. We live in the future.

I kickstarted at a level which gave me a book of white 20cm Notes, a book of clear 10cm Notes and a book of yellow 7cm notes, which are the ones I've used. Each book has maybe 100 Notes in it, and the sheets themselves are extremely thin.

First, some pros!

 I promise I kickstarted this because I was genuinely interested in the product, not just because my cat is called Tesla.

I promise I kickstarted this because I was genuinely interested in the product, not just because my cat is called Tesla.

  • Magnetic Notes work using a static charge. They stick to my kitchen wall no problem, but they'll stick to just about any surface. Or the cat. As long as there's a solid connection between the Note and whatever you're connecting it to. 
  • Writing on them is pretty much like writing on paper. I've tried with pencil, ball-point, fountain pen and Sharpie marker, and the effect is good either way.
  • They don't peel off like Post-it notes do. I'm not sure I've come across a traditional Post-it note that doesn't peel off the surface after about ten minutes. I get the feeling I'll come down tomorrow morning and these things will still be stuck there.
  • I can move them around easily. This was initially a con; taking them off the wall is very difficult because they're so thin. But putting my finger flat onto them and just dragging does work quite effectively. It's even easier if I use the eraser end of a rubber.
  • They cut easily. The labels at the left of the picture were one of the large white Notes that I cut into 6. Because the static charge is consistent over the whole back surface, each piece sticks separately.
  • They can be stuck either side down; the reverse of the Notes is apparently a dry-wipe surface, which I can see being incredibly useful in teaching. Maybe I should be getting these for use in lessons?
  • You can recharge the static, same way you'd stick a balloon to the ceiling. Or to a cat. Simply rub it on something like hair or fabric to build up the charge.
 Also pictured: The terrible quality of the painting in our kitchen.

Also pictured: The terrible quality of the painting in our kitchen.

And a couple of cons:

  • I wrote the labels on the white Note at about 10am this morning, and they're still wet. Still smudging. I used a Sharpie, so I'm not sure what I've done wrong; it's possible I've used the dry-erase side by mistake, but I wrote the labels before I took the Note out of the book, so they're all that way round if so. It's a shame, because pencil works great on them. And that's also a shame, because...
  • ...erasing anything on these is a little bit of a nightmare. Several times I made mistakes and had to erase the pencil. The Notes crease very easily, much like a paper note. However, often the eraser seemed to leave a rubbery residue. Even worse, when I went to write over the area I'd erased, the pencil didn't make a mark as well as on the virgin surface.

EDIT: I've been in touch with Tesla Amazing and they suggested that it might be because I'm using an alcohol-based pen. I don't have any water-based pens to test it on, but apparently they dry much faster and do away with the smudging issue.

Those are all the grumps I have about the notes; they've served me very well today, and I look forward to finding things to use the other ones for! I'm particularly interested in the transparent ones, because I think that's a really interesting concept. I'll definitely look out for other Tesla Amazing products.