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Notebook Computer Power Port Saver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030274D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This publication covers a device for notebook computers, to save wear and tear of the power port

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Notebook Computer Power Port Saver

Disclosed is a device for notebook computers to save wear and tear of the power port. An identified problem is the degrading of the AC power port on notebook (laptop) computers. There are no known solutions to this problem, except for taking the notebook apart and doing resoldering of the contacts within the notebook AC power port. The only port savers found after researching were for the pin ports, such as 9-pin port savers.

The idea presented is a small hardware piece that is a port saver. The advantage in using this is that it will save the wear and tear of the AC port on notebook computers. The wear and tear of the contact points in the power port may make the laptop unusable except for battery means, and will not allow charging of the battery due to no power transmission into the notebook. The wear and tear can take place now on a disposable piece, which can be relatively inexpensive and save the user money in maintenance or in buying a new notebook computer.

A diagram is shown below. It is a simple hardware piece that can be screwed into the notebook computer AC power port (actual design can vary to fit notebook computer designs or notebooks computers can be redesigned to take advantage of this piece of hardware). The piece will be able to be screwed into the notebook, and the power adapter will plug into the power port saver as it would normally into the notebook power port. The coupling piece will be like the power adapt...