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Protective Storgage for an Adapter Plug for a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130510D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

An electric adapter plug on a mobile device power supply is vulnerable to breakage. Certain adapter plugs are removable, consisting of a small thin plasitc base and two prongs (for the North American standard electric plug). It is easily broken by mishandling during travel, and it can poke through thin nylon carrying cases. Furthermore, if it is removed from its usual place on the charger, it can be lost, rendering the charger useless. The proposed solution solves the problems as follows: 1. It provides a means of easily storing the plug in the power adapter to protect it from breakage by shielding the plug's prongs. 2. This storage also prevents the loss of the plug, since it is stored in the adapter. 3. The storage of the North American adapter plug allows other (UK, European, or other) adapter plugs to be used while the North American adapter plug is secure in its stored position. Since it is secured in the storage position rather than being loose, its loss is prevented. The proposed solution provides a means of safeguarding the North American adapter plug that is totally removable from the charger (power adapter). There is now no protected storage method for the adapter plug. It is vulnerable to breakage or causing damage to the case is may be carried in. It is also vulnerable to loss when separated from the adapter. The solution uses a North American adapter plug that is permanently fastened to the power adapter; it rotates from an extended position to a protected position. Cross-section of Adapter Plug (Side View through prongs) Diagram of storage position of North American adapter plug Note: this is just a simplified drawing, showing the outside outline of the charger, The adapter plug is stored by plugging it into a well on the opposite side of the charger from its normal operating location. The well accommodating the plastic part of the adapter plug is at least as deep as the plastic part of the plug is high. There is a “socket” for the two prongs (not detailed in the drawing); a spring retaining system engages the two holes in the prongs so that the plug is securely stored. There is additional space at the two ends of the well, so that the user can pull the adapter plug from its storage spot and slide it into position in the operating side of the charger. The lengthwise dimensions of the well (not seen on the drawing) are great enough so that the plug can be stored in either direction. This is done since the prongs are not positioned midway along the adapter plug length. The components inside the charger will be arranged to provide space for the “socket” and the spring retaining system. The system can also be designed to accommodate other adapter plugs, if desired. But only one adapter plug can be securely stored with a simple system. The North American plug is the ideal candidate since it enables the charger to be plugged into electric razor outlets throughout the world.

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ADAPTER PLUG PROTECTIVE STORAGE

Protective Storgage for an Adapter Plug for a

Mobile

Device

Disclosed Anonymously

An electric adapter plug on a mobile device power supply is vulnerable to breakage. Certain adapter plugs are removable, consisting of a small thin plasitc base and two prongs (for the North American standard electric plug). It is easily broken by mishandling during travel, and it can poke through thin nylon carrying cases. Furthermore, if it is removed from its usual place on the charger, it can be lost, rendering the charger useless.

The proposed solution solves the problems as follows:

   1. It provides a means of easily storing the plug in the power adapter to protect

           it from breakage by shielding the plug's prongs.

   2. This storage also prevents the loss of the plug, since it is stored in the adapter.

   3. The storage of the North American adapter plug allows other (

UK

, European, or other) adapter plugs to be used while the North American adapter plug is secure in its stored position. Since it is secured in the storage position rather than being loose, its loss is prevented.

The proposed solution provides a means of safeguarding the North American adapter plug that is totally removable from the charger (power adapter). There is now no protected storage method for the adapter plug. It is vulnerable to breakage or causing damage to the case is may be carried in. It is also vulnerable to loss when separated from the adapter.

The solution uses a North American adapter plug that is permanently fastened to the power adapter; it rotates from an extended position to a protected position.

 


 
Cross-section of Adapter Plug (Side Vi...