Originally Posted by MidTNJasonF
The proprietary connection for the coils rules out utilizing it with another controller unless you are comfortable voiding your warranty by hacking off the end of the cord.
Are you even sure the black power cord is sold with the BoilCoil or the RIMS coil? It may be that the black cord is hard wired into their new "Tower of Power" like their old versions of the "Tower of Power". That would make sense given that in the video they mention that you would unplug the power cord at the RIMSCoil and plug it into the BoilCoil when you're ready to boil. In other words, there's one power cord.
This means that you could not purchase their RIMS Coil or their BoilCoil without also purchasing their new Tower of Power because of the hardwiring on the control panel side and more importantly the proprietary connection on the kettle / RIMS side.
I would bet good money this was done on purpose. Not only does adding a good standardized locking NEMA plug and receptacle at the back of the "Tower of Power" control box cost a lot of money that you don't have to spend at all if you hardwire, but hardwiring to the control box and using a proprietary connection at the kettle side completely stops people from buying their BoilCoil and RIMSCoil and using them with other control panels. Nobody's going to spend ~$600 on a Tower of Power just to get their hands on the proprietary heating element power cord.
Tying the control box and heating elements together with proprietary connections means that you can't switch out one without switching out the other as well. It's a system. You can't use their BoilCoil with a different control panel, and you can't use their "Tower of Power" with a different heating element.
It may be a smart marketing move (and possibly done for liability reasons), but it's bound to annoy many as anything proprietary marries you to a single manufacturer. I guess we'll see as more information rolls in as to how it all works.
EDIT: Watched the video again and they do mention that the two items will be available separately. Anyone have any pictures from the event that show the back of the "Tower of Power"?