Hojo Motor is a Scam!

The Hojo Motor is a scam.  If you purchased the Hojo Motor plans before reading this post, I'm sorry, you got scammed.  If you purchase the Hojo Motor plans after reading this post, you are dumb.  Plain and simple.  I'm sorry to use harsh words here, but sometimes it's necessary to be blunt in order to get your point across.

We've been down this path before, with the Magniwork scam.  In fact, Magniwork has been our most popular post, and has led us to post Renewable Energy Scams.  As you can see from that post, there is no shortage of scams out there trying to take advantage of the energy ignorant.

I don't care that on the web page for the Hojo plan they show some patents (see the bottom of this post for information regarding said patents) for a some kind of magnetic perpetual motion machine.  I'm not even going to get into the discussion on the laws of thermodynamics.  What I will tell you is if some kind of free energy generator was real, I would be the first person to have it.  You wouldn't hear about some free energy generator from some Google ad, you would hear about it because the President is talking about it on the world stage.  It would be the biggest breakthrough in the 21st century.  And you think you are going to buy some plans for $49.97?  (side note: ClickBank sells these plans along with many other scams, and they should be fined by the Federal Trade Commission)

Hank Mills wrote a great "Letter to Hojo Motor Plan Scammers" in which he stated:

Howard Johnson was a brilliant inventor. You got that one fact correct. However, his technologies were never fully developed, and were still very experimental when he died. Even if he was able to create motion in an experimental test rig (after hundreds or thousands of hours of work), it was not ready to power a home, an appliance, or even a very light load like a light bulb. The idea that someone could take plans for his device, and build a system capable of powering their home, is totally absurd. Unless of course, they had tens of thousands of dollars to spend, months to experiment just to make a motor self-sustain, and even more time and money to do the research and development needed to do anything practical with it.

Don't think we know what we're talking about?  Fine, buy the plans and make a fool of yourself.  For everyone else out there, focus your time on conserving energyproducing real clean energy, and living more sustainably.


Regarding the Patent Claims, below is what I received from a friend who is a patent attorney:

First, if he got a patent on this "secret" invention that was just released, then it couldn't have been secret, since getting a patent means publicly disclosing the invention.  Patents don't certify that free energy works, the patents simple certify that his magnetic motor works as a magnetic motor

Regarding the patents: I"ve pasted the first independent claim of each of the patents so you can start learning what patents really cover.  The claims are the legal bounds of the patent and define what the inventor is actually protecting.  As you will so, there is no language in any of these claims that says free energy, pertetual motion, etc.

4,151,431 patent expired in 1999.
It Claims: A permanent magnet motor comprising, in combination, a stator track defining a track direction and having first and second sides and composed of a plurality of track permanent magnets each having first and second poles of opposite polarity, said magnets being disposed in side-by-side relationship having a spacing between adjacent magnets and like poles defining said track sides, an elongated armature permanent magnet located on one of said track sides for relative movement thereto and in spaced relationship to said track side wherein an air gap exists between said armature magnet and said track magnets, said armature magnet having first and second poles of opposite polarity located at the opposite ends of said armature magnet defining the length thereof, the length of said armature magnet being disposed in a direction in general alignment with the direction of said track, the spacing of said armature magnet poles from said track associated side and the length of said armature magnet as related to the width and spacing of said track magnets in the direction of said track being such as to impose a continuous force on said armature magnet in said general direction of said track.

(THIS IS NOT CLAIMING A FREE ENERGY DEVICE, just a specific, very narrowly claimed type of motor)

4,877,983 Patent - expired in 2009
It Claims:
In combination with a movable armature, means for guiding movement of the armature along a predetermined path and a permanent armature magnet having magnetic poles of opposite polarity spaced from each other along said path to establish a magnetic field of limited extent movable with the armature and magnetic stator means for establishing a stationary magnetic flux zone along said path, the improvement comprising flux emitting surfaces of one polarity mounted on the stator means on opposite sides of said path for limiting said flux zone through which said path extends and means mounting the permanent armature magnet on the armature with the poles thereof orientated relative to said flux emitting surfaces on the stator means for unidirectionally propelling the armature along said path through the limited zone in response to magnetic interaction between the movable magnetic field and the limited flux zone, said magnetic stator means including a plurality of magnetic gate assemblies fixedly spaced from each other along said path and respectively establishing stationary magnetic fields, each of said gate assemblies including a plurality of interconnected bar magnets substantially bordering said limited flux zone exposing pole faces of opposite polarity in parallel spaced planes intersected by said path, and magnetic means connected to said interconnected bar magnets exposing one of the flux emitting surfaces of said one polarity perpendicular to said parallel planes for magnetic interaction of the stationary magnetic fields.

(AGAIN, NOT CLAIMING PERPETUAL MOTION, just a different motor configuration)

5,402,021 will expire 2015
It Claims:
A magnetic propulsion system comprising:

a vehicle having a rigidly attached magnetic armature, said magnetic armature including a first series of magnets positioned across said vehicle and extending generally from one lateral side of the vehicle to another lateral side of the vehicle, all of the magnets in said first series of magnets being generally parallel to one another;

a first magnetic wall disposed laterally adjacent said vehicle and extending longitudinally along a desired direction of vehicle travel, said first magnetic wall comprising a second series of magnets, each of the magnets in said second series having a particular size and a North-to-South axis pointing in the same direction as the desired direction of vehicle travel, each of said permanent magnets of said particular size in said second series being separated from the next successive permanent magnet in said second series by a thinner magnet, each of said thinner magnets having a pole-to-pole length which is shorter than the lateral width of said magnets of a particular size in said second series, said thinner magnets further having a North-to-South axis pointing perpendicular to the North-to-South axis of said magnets of a particular size in said second series and pointing generally toward a vehicle side of the first magnetic wall; and

a second magnetic wall disposed generally parallel to said first magnetic wall and laterally adjacent to said vehicle but opposite from said first magnetic wall, said second magnetic wall comprising a third series of magnets, each of said magnets in said third series having said particular size and a North-to-South axis pointing in an opposite direction from the desired direction of vehicle travel, each of the permanent magnets in said third series being separated from the next successive permanent magnet of said particular size in said third series by a thinner magnet, each of said thinner magnets in the second magnetic wall having a pole-to-pole length which is shorter than the lateral width of said magnets of a particular size in said third series, said thinner magnets in the second magnetic wall further having a North-to-South axis pointing in the same general direction as the North-to-South axis of the thinner magnets in the first magnetic wall;

wherein said first and second magnetic walls create magnetic fields which exert propelling forces on said armature and thereby cause the vehicle to accelerate in the desired direction of vehicle travel.

(claim and EXTREMELY narrow vehicle with some sort of magnetic propulsion motor, nothing more)

It is annoying how many people get up in arms about patents when they just take for granted what someone who is clearly also not a patent person tells them.  Always always always read the claims of the patent before making any comments about what the patent supposedly covers.

Click here to learn why perpetual motion free energy machines don't work.  Make any comments regarding perpetual motion on the post in the link.  You can make HoJo scam comments below.

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You should know that A Tesla coil does not generate electricity much less "free". A Tesla coil is an energy converter, DC to high frequency AC. It is extremely inefficient. It is highly improbable that you could charge a 12V battery or any other battery for that matter. A DC battery needs DC charging current which would require rectifying the AC output of the Tesla coil.
Most of the people here display a profound lack of scientific knowledge not to mention the basics of engineering. Many of you have picked up on such notions as "energy in the vacuum". This is just speculation in an attempt to explain so called "dark energy". It is highly unlikely anyone is going to tap this "free" energy. And certainly not by uneducated hucksters, the new snake oil salesmen. Magnets in particular are not some magical thing from which you can extract energy. They are used to transform energy from mechanical to electrical, they do not generate energy. The conversion process always involves losses, requiring more energy in than you can get out. For a good introduction to the science, read Electrical Engineering Science by Clement and Johnson (McGraw-Hill). This book covers everything you need to know and much more. You will need very good math background though. Many will not read it because it requires effort and hard thinking, the two things lacking in the general public and certainly among many commenting here.
Well put Henry. So much easier to talk publicly about something you know nothing about that work privately to learn.
Also there are YouTube videos showing an actual hojo working. But these people actually had to do a lot of tweaking to get it to work, if in fact really working. I still do not believe it works or someone would be mass producing it. Plus some others that are with these links.
PT Barnum's famous dictum proves prophetic once again.
any website that makes outrageous claims, and then proceeds to show the viewer a video sales pitch that contains no scientific evidence whatsoever is obviously a scam As an engineer, it is rammed into you as a student that ' you can't get anything for nothing' , ie any energy source is inefficient whether it is 30% or 90%(very unlikely) efficient, you will always get less usable energy out than you put in. Common sense will tell you that any invention of this nature that actually worked would be freely available and making lots of people happy, not lurking on a sleazy website with vague unsubstantiated claims as to its effectiveness. if something looks too good to be true , it usually is!! It's just a shame that charlatans like Hojo can operate unhindered by the law this thing is not only 'unfit for purpose', its complete hokum!!
People want something for nothing! That is why they lose significant amounts of money playing slot machines, thinking they will hit it big! Only to spend 1000s of dollars to win small jackpots of 100s of dollars. It is easy to tell people that big business will buy out some invention that could save people money to prevent the business from selling overpriced products. I believe in some cases that some businesses have in fact done that very thing. I believe the Hojo Motor item is a Hoax. But, I do know that my uncle sold his invention of an air conditioning cylinder for $20,000 in the late 50s or early 60s to an automobile company outright as he didn't have the money to develop it on his own. He didn't get a royalty either. And, he told me that the device was never employed in any car to his knowledge. He was a self-employed air conditioning mechanic. He had a patent on the device, but decided to sell it outright as he had a previous invention stolen from him by 'so-called' friends. He didn't have a patent on the first invention. He learned his lesson and that is why he sold his patented invention outright. With that money he bought a house. He continued to invent products and patent them, but as a small business person wasn't able to capitalize on his inventions. It is sad that a dedicated individual such as he could not reap more significant rewards for his inventions.
Satellites will not move forever. The orbit is always decaying. The moon is slowly spiraling into the earth, the earth slowly spiraling into the sun. ALL claims of perpetual motion are 'fakes'.
I think you have it backwards. In the entire history of science, no one has ever come up with a way to ignore the established laws of thermodynamics. Nobody. That means everyone should take it as fact, and go about trying to investigate something else... for the benefit of shared knowledge: so that the total of what we 'know' actually increases, instead of everyone wasting time trying to re-prove what has already been exhaustively and skeptically challenged. And THAT means that anyone who claims to have a machine that actually does sidestep these fundamental laws is required to provide working machines as well as be ready to be called a fraud (which they in fact are)... the burden of proof is on the claimant, NOT on established science to disprove every crackpot heretic able to sway the gullible public.


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