Universal Power Connection
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
This article discloses a universal power connection which includes a power cord and a universal product connector (UPC). The power cord is customized at the time of construction such that it does the proper voltage selection for a product. The UPC becomes a multi-pin connector with enough contacts to allow handling a total product line. Many products today use a removable power cord with a universal product connector at one end and a standard 110 VAC or 220 VAC plug on the other end depending upon the application. This allows the manufacturer to build its products with one common power interface while using different power cords for products which employ different voltages. The UPC normally employs two (hot and neutral) or three (hot, neutral and ground) connections.