Coupling Part Convertible To Different Format By Substitution Of Different Contact Patents (Class 439/518)
  • Patent number: 10996695
    Abstract: A travel power adapter system includes a base unit and a plurality of adapter assemblies. The base unit provides an integral prong configuration associated with an intrinsic electrical plug standard. Each adapter assembly provides a prong configuration associated with a different extrinsic electrical plug standard. The base unit provides a base recess that the integral prong configuration can pivot into in a nested condition. Each adapter assembly provides coupling sleeves dimensioned to slidably receive, in a first direction, the plurality of prongs in the nesting condition, forming an operative association between the base unit and the prong configuration of the adapter assembly, enabling an electrical connection to a receptacle or socket associated with the extrinsic electrical plug standard. The adapter assembly provides a locking unit that engages a locking slot of the base recess, thereby preventing the adapter assembly unintentionally moving in the reverse first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Min-Hung Chien
  • Patent number: 10535964
    Abstract: A power cable adaptor includes a casing that has a receiving space, a retaining sleeve disposed in the casing and conductive members disposed within the retaining sleeve. The conductive members respectively define conductive channels. A cap is detachably connected to the casing and covers the receiving space. A wire dispenser is detachably received in the receiving space. The cap has an opening communicating with the conductive channels through the receiving space. The wire dispenser has wire passages communicating with the conductive channels and the opening of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amphenol Fiber Optic Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Lt
    Inventors: Jun-Bei Yan, Xing-Fu Mo, Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9601887
    Abstract: A switching module including a body, a first interface assembly, and a second interface assembly is provided. The body has a first end and a second end opposite to each other. The first interface assembly is disposed at the first end. The second interface assembly is disposed at the second end and electrically connected to the first interface assembly. An electronic device including the switching module and a storage unit is provided. The switching module has a first interface assembly and a second interface assembly electrically connected to each other. The storage unit has a third interface assembly, wherein the third interface assembly is electrically connected to the first interface assembly through the second interface assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hung-I Chung, Chang-Chih Chen, Hung-En Huang
  • Patent number: 9454182
    Abstract: A flash drive suitable for being electrically connected to an electronic device is provided. The flash drive includes a storage module and a first connector. The storage module is a plate and has a main surface. An area of the main surface is not less than areas of other surfaces of the plate. The first connector stands on the main surface and is electrically connected to the storage module. The first connector is electrically connected to the electronic device along an axis, and the axis is not parallel to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: U-Hou Sam, Shu-Min Liu
  • Patent number: 9136658
    Abstract: Provided is a cable connector with a switching structure, including: a plug with a plug rubber core having a plurality of pin terminals and a rib; and a plug holder having a grip portion with ridges, a switch ring disposed around the grip portion, and a fastening nut abutting against the switch ring, wherein the plug holder is disposed around the plug, and the plug holder is coupled to sockets of different types by means of the switch ring. Therefore, the cable connector is hermetically sealed, fixed in place, prevented from loosening, easy to connect and assemble, convenient to change, repair, and disassemble, easy to operate, and for use in engaging with two different types of cable sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: T-Conn Precision Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Chang, Chien-Yi Yu
  • Patent number: 8944845
    Abstract: An exemplary plug assembly includes an accepting assembly and a power plug which is detachably inserted into the accepting assembly. The power plug includes a base body and an inserting assembly. The base body includes at least two blades with a specification adapted to a socket providing external AC power. The base body includes two conductive pads electrically connected to the blades. The inserting assembly includes a plug cover and two conductive connecting blades fixed to an inserting portion of the plug cover, the plug cover being detachably mounted to the base body. The accepting assembly includes a charger cover and two conductive pins fixed to an accepting portion of the charger cover. Each conductive connecting blade comprises a first conductive contact portion electrically connected to the conductive pad and a second conductive contact portion electrically connected to the conductive pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Wei Yu, Che-Yu Chou, Qun Huang, Tai-Shan Zhu, Tao Jiang, Wen-Chih Lan, Zhi-Jun Shi, Jun-Liang Zhang, Ji-Bing Guo, Hua-Yong Wang, Hai-Qian Ge, Zhou Chen
  • Patent number: 8936490
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to an adjustable power plug, which includes an insulating base, a pair of first pins, and a second pin. The insulating base has a main portion and a central portion movably engaged thereto. The main portion and the central portion are linearly movable with respect to each other. The first pins are disposed on the main portion, while the second pin is disposed on the central portion. When the main portion and the central portion are displaced with respect to each other, the second pin remains parallel to the first pins. The first and second pins may be arranged in an operating state or a non-operating state. The instant disclosure also discusses an electronic device having the adjustable power plug and a holder for accommodating the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Hui Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140273613
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connector cable for multiple connectors comprising a base plug, an adapter plug and first and second pivot arms, so that the base plug and the adapter plug are movable between electrically engaged and electrically disengaged positions. The base plug has a first end, a second end, and first and second opposing sides with a first connector disposed in the first end of the base plug. The adapter plug has a first end, a second end, and first and second opposing sides. A first reciprocal connector disposed in the first end of the adapter plug is configured to mate with the first connector. A second connector, different than the first connector, is disposed in the second end of the adapter plug. The second connector is electrically connected to the first reciprocal connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SCOSCHE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher MCSWEYN, Vince ALVES
  • Patent number: 8764466
    Abstract: An electrical device comprising a housing for electrical circuitry, the housing defining a cavity opening to the exterior of the device. The cavity includes a first and second fixing arrangement capable of mechanically interlocking with a power connection insert to fix the power connection insert in position. The power connection insert provides a power cable or power connector that couples the electrical circuitry to an external electrical power supply for the device. The use of different power connection inserts allows a wide range of connector types to be provided using a single design of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Stephen Million
  • Publication number: 20140148047
    Abstract: A power cord apparatus includes a first body section having at least one power prong, and a head section having at least one receptacle for receiving the power prong. The power prong has a first section adapted for insertion into a hot slot of an electrical outlet, and a second section adapted for engaging a complimentary member operatively connected to a hot wire of an electrical cord. A neutral prong is carried on the body section. The neutral prong a first section adapted for insertion into the neutral slot of an electrical outlet, and a second section adapted for engaging a complimentary member operatively connected to a neutral wire of an electrical cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Gaither
  • Patent number: 8579656
    Abstract: A power supply includes a plug including a base having an accommodating space. Two conductors are provided in the accommodating space. A positioning cover connects a body and further covers the accommodating space. The positioning cover is provided with guiding slots, and a braking ring is arranged between the conductors and the positioning cover. The interior edge of the braking ring is provided with a plurality of positioning grooves, and the plug can rotate on the body. Conductive connecting terminals slide in the guiding slots and are positioned in the positioning groove to be in contact with the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Chin Chu Huang
  • Patent number: 8556642
    Abstract: A power supply structure includes a main body and a plug. The main body has a circular containing space, a cylinder and a plurality of conducting plates. The cylinder has a retaining plane and at least one annular groove. The plug has a plug seat and a first cylinder. The first cylinder has a protrusion and at least one elastic device on an inner side of the bottom of the first cylinder. The elastic device has a resilient arm and a pressing member. The annular groove has a stop block and a fixing space. The protrusion is provided and placed into the annular groove, so that the plug can be fixed into the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Asian Power Devices Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Ci Lai, Chuei-Hang Ciou, Da-Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 8552339
    Abstract: A system and method for powering a welding-type device from a plurality of distinct outlet configurations is disclosed. The power cord system includes a power cord having a plurality of conductors extending therethrough. An end of the power cord is constructed to engage an individual adapter of a plurality of adapters. Each of the plurality of adapters has a prong configuration that is different than a prong configuration of the other adapters such that each of the plurality of adapters is constructed to electrically connect the power cord to a uniquely configured outlet. A welding-type device according to the present invention is quickly and efficiently adaptable to operate at a plurality of different input power signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Yunk, Albert M. Nowak
  • Patent number: 8382526
    Abstract: There is disclosed a power adapter which comprises an adapter body and a modular connector. The adapter body has a cavity forming a first opening and a second opening respectively disposed on two adjacent lateral walls of the adapter body, a first connecting member disposed on one of the lateral walls and adjacent to the first opening, and a sliding plate member having a sliding plate embedded in a slide and protrusible in said second opening. The connector is interchangeably coupled to the cavity and blocked by the sliding plate to form an electrical connection with the adapter body, and comprises a second connecting member engaged with the first connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Chen Chen, Wei-Kai Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20120329316
    Abstract: A cable assembly (100) comprises a first connector (1), a second connector (2), a housing shroud (3) positioning the first connector (1) and the second connector (2) and a cable (4) connecting with rear ends of the first and the second connectors (1, 2). The cable assembly (100) further comprises two resilient members (15) abutting against an outside of the first connector, a gap (30) is defined between the housing shroud (3) and the first connector (1) so that the first connector can float under a condition that the resilient member resists the first connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: JERRY WU
  • Patent number: 8313335
    Abstract: The invention provides a power adapter assembly including an adapter body, a replaceable plug and a rotation locking collar. The adapter body comprises a cylindrical casing and a circular plug receiving base fixed on top of the cylindrical casing. The plug receiving base has a recess on the top thereof and a circular peripheral surface. The circular peripheral surface has a flange with an indentation on the top edge thereof, and a guiding groove formed from the indentation and extending downward to the bottom edge thereof. The replaceable plug is detachably mounted onto the plug receiving base. The rotation locking collar is detachably sleeved onto the plug receiving base and the support base, wherein the locking collar has a tab member on the inner top edge thereof adapted to enter the guiding groove and said one end of the elongated engagement groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignees: Well Shin Technology Co., Ltd., Dongguan Well Shin Electronics Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Hsiung Wu
  • Patent number: 8308496
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical charger including a base unit and an adaptor unit. The base unit is configured for being coupled to an electronic device. The adaptor unit is configured for being coupled to a power supply. The base unit includes an electrical connector plug. The external surfaces of the base unit and the adaptor unit include co-operating external geometries that provide a visual indication whether the electrical connector plug is disposed, relative to the adaptor unit, in the electrically coupled state or in an electrically uncoupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Kasra Youssefi-Shams, Felipe Oliveira Simoes, Leonardo Aldana
  • Patent number: 8215976
    Abstract: A power adapter includes a base with a cord, an internal circuit electrically connected to the cord and first terminals connected to the internal circuit, and a locking member with a connection portion fixed to the base and an elastic portion connected to the connection portion. The elastic portion comprises a protruding latching portion. The power adapter also includes a plug with second terminals exposed at a first side thereof and a chamber defined in an opposite second side. Each of the second terminals includes an end portion received in the chamber, and the chamber includes an internal sidewall defining a recessed portion snappingly engaging with the latching portion, thereby detachably securing the plug to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiu-Cheng Peng, Ping-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 8047853
    Abstract: A printed circuit board including a P1 connector, a P2 connector, and a first common connector configured to connect an application-specific connector to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Slaton
  • Patent number: 8029303
    Abstract: A multi-in-one connector has a casing and a plug assembly. The casing has a cavity and a front opening communicating with the cavity. The plug assembly is mounted in the cavity and extends through the front opening and has a first plug and a second plug. The second plug is separately stacked with the first plug and mounted slidably in the cavity through the front opening, wherein the second plug moves relative to the first plug to extend out of or retract from the front opening. Hence the multi-in-one connector is compatible with at least two connection interfaces of connector sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Taiwin Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jui-Tu Chiang
  • Patent number: 7946884
    Abstract: A converter has a casing and a plug. The casing has a mounting recess, an engaging tab and multiple mounting protrusions. The mounting recess is formed in the casing. The engaging tab is formed on and protrudes from the mounting recess. The mounting protrusions are formed on the mounting recess. The plug is detachably mounted on the casing and has an escutcheon, an engaging protrusion, multiple terminals and a pinhole. The escutcheon covers the mounting recess. The engaging protrusion is formed on the escutcheon, is mounted in the mounting recess and has an engaging hole and multiple holding grooves. The engaging hole is formed in the engaging protrusion to engage the engaging tab. The holding grooves are formed on the engaging protrusion and engage the mounting protrusions. The terminals are formed on the escutcheon. The pinhole is formed through the escutcheon and communicates with the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: Buffalo, Inc., Unifive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yung-Hsu Chiang, Hiroshi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 7946868
    Abstract: A power adapter having a replaceable and rotatable plug has a body having an annular chamber, two conducting elements inside the annular chamber, four channels recessed on a top thereof to communicate with the annular chamber, and an engagement slot abutting each of the four channels; and a hollow plug having two intermediate conducting elements, a cylinder protruding beyond a bottom of the plug and received in the annular chamber, four arced holes communicating with an inner portion of the plug, four engagement blocks protruding from a cylindrical periphery to respectively correspond to the four channels and four engagement slots, and at least two prongs mounted on a top thereof, one end of each of the two prongs penetrating through the plug to electrically connect with corresponding intermediate conducting elements. Given the aforementioned structure, the plug can be replaced and selectively oriented with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Leader Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kuan-Chih Chen
  • Publication number: 20110117766
    Abstract: A power adapter having a replaceable and rotatable plug has a body having an annular chamber, two conducting elements inside the annular chamber, four channels recessed on a top thereof to communicate with the annular chamber, and an engagement slot abutting each of the four channels; and a hollow plug having two intermediate conducting elements, a cylinder protruding beyond a bottom of the plug and received in the annular chamber, four arced holes communicating with an inner portion of the plug, four engagement blocks protruding from a cylindrical periphery to respectively correspond to the four channels and four engagement slots, and at least two prongs mounted on a top thereof, one end of each of the two prongs penetrating through the plug to electrically connect with corresponding intermediate conducting elements. Given the aforementioned structure, the plug can be replaced and selectively oriented with respect to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Kuan-Chih Chen
  • Publication number: 20110053410
    Abstract: A power adapter having a replaceable plug has a body having a recess formed in the body and an engagement mechanism inside the recess; a plug slidably mounted inside the recess, having a bottom board having an engagement mechanism thereon, and slid so that the engagement mechanism of the plug engages or disengages the engagement mechanism inside the recess; a fixing cover mounted inside the recess and slidably moved to a first location and a second location. When located at the first location, the fixing cover is located inside the recess, the bottom board abuts the plug fixed inside the recess, and the plug is retrained from moving; when located at the second location, the fixing cover is partially moved away from the recess and maintains a distance to the bottom board, and the plug can be removed from the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Seiji Namiki, Wei-Sheng Chao
  • Patent number: 7806727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connector (10), in particular, for telecommunications and data-systems-technology connections, comprising a housing in which a connector jack (20) is disposed around which a mating face is disposed, wherein the housing has a front section (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d, 44e) and a rear section (42), wherein the mating face (30a, 30b, 30c, 30d, 30e) is disposed on the front section (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d, 44e), while the connector jack (20) is disposed in the rear section (42) or in the front section (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d, 44e), and wherein the front section (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d, 44e) is disposed on the rear section (42) in a detachably connectable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: MC Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Dold, Werner Rösch
  • Patent number: 7762837
    Abstract: A male connector, including: a body having a proximal end and a distal end; and an elastomeric member disposed around an outer surface of the distal end of the body, wherein the distal end of the body is configured to be received into a female connector interface in a medical device, and wherein the proximal end of the body is configured to receive an electronic block connector therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Medconx, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold B. Kent, James J. Levante, Thor Roff, Joseph R. Layton, Aaron T. Fine
  • Patent number: 7753721
    Abstract: An electrical adapter with a replaceable plug structure includes an adapter housing and a plug mounting/dismounting structure mounted to the adapter housing. The plug mounting/dismounting structure includes a carrier, at least one set of contact plates, and at least one releasable fastening structure. The contact plates are in electrical connection with a circuit assembly accommodated in the adapter housing and are exposed on the carrier. The releasable fastening structure is mounted to the adapter housing and includes at least one pair of pushbuttons and at least one pawl section, which is set at a locked position when the pushbuttons are not depressed and is set at a released position when the pushbuttons are depressed in a predetermined operation direction. A plug structure is coupled to the carrier of the plug mounting/dismounting structure with a coupling surface thereof and the plug structure is selectively locked/released by operation of the pawl section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Formosa Electronic Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Wu
  • Patent number: 7665997
    Abstract: A rotatable electric plug has a bottom case, a rotatable brace, a plug head, a limit cover and a top cover. The rotatable brace is rotatably mounted in the bottom case and has a top surface and two connectors being mounted on the top surface of the rotatable brace. The plug head is detachably mounted on the bottom case and is connected with the rotatable brace. Two pins of the plug head is electronically connected to the connectors respectively. The limit cover is mounted in the bottom case to position the rotatable brace. The top cover is mounted on the bottom case to hold the rotatable brace and the limit cover inside the bottom case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: GME Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Tang Lin
  • Patent number: 7632137
    Abstract: A power adapter has a main body of cylindrical shape. A top of the main body defines a recess and an annular sidewall enclosing the recess. A rotation-proof component received in the annular sidewall of the main body defines a rotation-proof portion extending into the recess. A plug is rotatably mounted in the recess, and a side of the plug defines at least one rotation-proof recess. The plug is rotatably secured in the recess then the rotation-proof portion is elastically pressed against the plug and finally the rotation-proof portion is released into the rotation-proof recess for restraining the plug from reverse rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Rong Ma, Hua-Hu Wei
  • Patent number: 7601023
    Abstract: A power adapter has a main body. A top of the main body defines a recess and an annular sidewall enclosing the recess. The annular sidewall has a sliding recess extending along the circumference of an inner surface thereof. A rotation-proof component defines a rotation-proof portion received in the sliding recess. A plug rotatably and detachably mounted to the main body defines a protruding portion at one side thereof. The protruding portion is capable of reciprocally sliding in the sliding recess and elastically pressing the rotation-proof portion for passing through the rotation-proof portion and then being restrained from reverse rotation because of restoration of the rotation-proof portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Rong Ma, Shou Jun Du
  • Publication number: 20090227122
    Abstract: An external AC power adapter is provided in a compact form factor that utilizes an AC plug that swivels about the body of the adapter and that includes prongs (i.e., electrical contacts or terminals) which can fold into the body for transport or storage. The swiveling AC plug enables the body of the AC power adapter to be rotatably oriented in a user-selectable manner in order to fit in tight spaces when plugged in to maximize the utilization of available outlets. The foldable prongs help to minimize the overall size of the AC power adapter for easy portability and storage. When folded, the prongs are protected against damage and are prevented from damaging or scratching other articles when the AC power adapter is packed in a bag or suitcase during travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Jubelirer, Gary Rensberger, Jeffrey A. Griffis, Carl Joseph Ledbetter, William J. Lauby
  • Publication number: 20090197460
    Abstract: A male connector, including: a body having a proximal end and a distal end; and an elastomeric member disposed around an outer surface of the distal end of the body, wherein the distal end of the body is configured to be received into a female connector interface in a medical device, and wherein the proximal end of the body is configured to receive an electronic block connector therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Harold B. Kent, James J. Levante, Thor Roff, Joseph R. Layton, Aaron T. Fine
  • Publication number: 20090117765
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a main body, a plug and a fixing member. The main body includes a plug-receiving portion and a plurality of conductive portions. The plug-receiving portion is defined by a first sidewall, a second sidewall and a bottom surface. The first sidewall is opposed to the second sidewall. The bottom surface is connected to the first sidewall and the second sidewall. An inclined angle between the bottom surface and at least one of the first sidewall and the second sidewall is smaller than 90 degrees. The plug includes a plurality of conductive terminals, a first slant corresponding to the first sidewall, and a second slant corresponding to the second sidewall. The fixing member is used for facilitating fixing the plug in the plug-receiving portion of the main body such that the conductive terminals of the plug are electrically connected to the conductive portions of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ping-Hung Wen, Chun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 7507114
    Abstract: A male connector includes a body and an elastomeric member. The body has a proximal end and a distal end. The elastomeric member is disposed around an outer surface of the distal end of the body. The distal end of the body is configured to be received into a female connector interface in a device. The proximal end of the body is configured to couple with an electronic block connector selected from a plurality of electronic block connectors, each of which has a different pin arrangement but a common coupling interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Medconx, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold B. Kent, James J. Levante, Thor Roff, Joseph R. Layton, Aaron T. Fine
  • Patent number: 7445513
    Abstract: A power adaptor equipped with multi-plug and multi-outlet comprises more than one different specification plug and more than one different specification outlet. The respective plugs can be pushed out of a body of the adapter via a rotary pillar. The rotary pillar is disposed in the center of an area defined by the different specification plugs and is rotatable relative to the respective plugs. The surface of the rotary pillar has helical grooves, each plug a flange toward a corresponding groove in the rotary pillar, and the flange can slide into and along the corresponding helical groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Dongguan Ahoku Electronic Company
    Inventor: Anthony Lee
  • Patent number: 7241169
    Abstract: An adapter for power supply is disclosed. The adapter comprises a body containing a peg module connected a connector of a plug, characterized in that one side of the body of the adapter is a common socket engaged with an engaging slot formed on the housing, the top portion of the engaging slot is a peg slot for the peg element at the bottom of the connector to align with the peg module at the interior of the body. The peg module is positioned within the interior of the body and the connector of various specification has a common plug for connection with a protruding peg of the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Hsien-Lin Yang
  • Patent number: 7232335
    Abstract: A watthour meter socket adapter carries rigid conductors extending from a connection to jaw contacts in a housing, the conductors mounting the socket adapter between the lower load mounting connections and the upper line mounting connections in a meter fitting to define an in-service metering position where the socket adapter and the watthour meter are disposed in the normal out-of-service, non-metering position in the meter fitting. The socket adapter housing is spaced from a ground terminal insulating block mounted over a ground terminal in the meter fitting. In another aspect, a plurality of current transformers are carried on a plate which mounts in an existing K-series meter fitting line and load terminal connections footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Ekstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen V. Preuhs, Darrell Robinson, Christophor D. Napier, Gregory L. Zook
  • Patent number: 7179105
    Abstract: A power supply with a changeable plug element includes a plug housing and a plug element mounted moveably on the plug housing. The plug housing includes a front cover (1), a circuit board (2), a rear cover (4) and a pair of connecting sheets (5). The rear cover (4) and the front cover (1) engage with each other and contain the circuit board (2). The plug element includes a plug lid (6), a pair of elastic sheets (7) and a base (8) with pins. The plug lid (6) is mounted on the base (8) to form a receiving space, and the elastic sheets (7) are received in the receiving space and connect with pin wires. The plug lid (6) can insert into the plug housing and the connecting sheets (5) may engage with the elastic sheets (7). The present invention has simple structure and low cost and can be operated conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: K. Y. Hung
  • Patent number: 7168968
    Abstract: A plug adapter includes a holder and a plug. An adaptation ring is provided on the holder; the adaptation ring containing multiple gaps. A mounting plate from the plug is snapped into the adaptation ring and turns in a given direction. The mounting plate is secured in place by pressing a push for the plug to engage with the holder. The push may also be pressed to turn the mounting plate in an opposite direction, causing the plug to disengage from the holder to facilitate replacement of the plug with another plug of differing specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: SPI Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 7168969
    Abstract: An adjustable right angle electrical plug with an interchangeable plug assembly has a casing, an interchangeable plug assembly and an electric cord. The casing is hollow and has a base, a cover and two resilient contacts. The cover is mounted on the base and has a plug recess. The plug recess is symmetric. The resilient contacts protrude into the plug recess. The interchangeable plug assembly is mounted detachably in the plug recess has a body, two prongs and a bottom cover. The body is hollow, corresponds to the plug recess and has an open bottom. The prongs are mounted through and protrude from the body and may be flat blades or cylindrical prongs. The bottom cover has two curved contacts. Each curved contact extends through the bottom cover at two places separated by 90°, makes contact with one of the resilient contacts and is connected to one of the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Leader Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sword Wang
  • Patent number: 7118399
    Abstract: An electronic device with a replaceable plug is disclosed. The electronic device comprises a main body, a fixing element and a plug. The main body has an upper casing and a lower casing, and a plug-receiving portion is disposed at the bottom of the lower casing. The fixing element has a hook portion and a press portion, in which the hook portion is protruded in the plug-receiving portion, and the press portion is disposed on the surface of the upper casing. The plug has plural conducting terminals and an engaging plate. Via the engagement between the engaging plate of the plug and the hook portion of the fixing element, the plug can be assembled in the plug-receiving portion of the main body. Furthermore, the plug can be easily dissembled from the main body by pressing the press portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Wen, Chun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 7035126
    Abstract: A power supply capable of receiving an AC or DC input power signal and converting the received input power signal into a DC output power signal includes retractable AC and DC input plugs as well as a retractable output cable. One or more interchangeable tips may be attached to the end of the output cable to change a characteristic of the output power to meet a power requirement of an electronic device to which power is being supplied. The tips may be stored in a recess in the outer housing of the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Comarco Wireless Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Lanni
  • Patent number: 6997739
    Abstract: A device includes a housing assembly that has a first housing member having an inner periphery defining an opening and a second housing member having an outer periphery. The second housing member is mounted within the opening such that the outer periphery and the inner periphery define a contact slot therebetween. A contact member extends through and away from the contact slot. The contact member is captured in the contact slot by the first and second housing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Vladimir Hoxha
  • Patent number: 6969276
    Abstract: A metal terminal has a terminal body having a crimp part crimped to a wire and a fastening part connected to the terminal body through breaking parts. The fastening part has a through-hole for passage of a bolt. The metal terminal further includes a co-fastening part formed in the terminal body. The tip side of the co-fastening part is fastened to a vehicle body by the bolt, together with the fastening part. When detaching the terminal body from the vehicle body, one side of the one terminal body is pulled up in a direction opposite to the fastening direction of the bolt under condition that the fastening part and the co-fastening part are together fastened by the bolt. Consequently, the co-fastening part is released from its fastened condition and a breaking force is applied on the breaking parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Ono, Hiroaki Arai, Hiroki Goto, Masahiro Takamatsu, Koji Nomura, Shyunsaku Takeuchi, Keiichi Ito, Yoshihide Tsukamoto, Masanori Wakui, Isao Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 6902441
    Abstract: A connector system for use with first and second wire harnesses and including a male housing sub-assembly and an engageable and female housing sub-assembly which defines an open interior therebetween. First and second pluralities of terminal pins are associated with each of the male and female sub-assemblies, individual wires associated with each of the first and second wire harnesses extending to selected ones of the first and second pluralities of terminal pins. Each of the male and female sub-assemblies further include any plurality of individual and stackable terminal retaining layers, and to which subset pluralities of the pins are secured. The stackable pin retaining layers provide the ability to adapt the capabilities of the connector system to allow for unique wire harness subsystems to be quickly assembled and to minimize unwanted “giveaway” of excess capacity in a base connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Alcoa Fujikura Limited
    Inventor: Neil Sablatzky
  • Patent number: 6863560
    Abstract: An electrical plug includes at least one contact prong defining a longitudinal axis, and a carrier plate having an aperture for receiving the contact prong. The contact prong is provided in the direction of the longitudinal axis with a first stop and a second stop, which acts in opposition to the first stop, for force-fitting engagement of the contact prong with the carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Feller GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Brandstatter, Walter Hammer
  • Publication number: 20040110413
    Abstract: An electrical plug includes at least one contact prong defining a longitudinal axis, and a carrier plate having an aperture for receiving the contact prong. The contact prong is provided in the direction of the longitudinal axis with a first stop and a second stop, which acts in opposition to the first stop, for force-fitting engagement of the contact prong with the carrier plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Dietmar Brandstatter, Walter Hammer
  • Patent number: 6733329
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a USB flash drive includes a mobile storage device and at least one interconnector. The mobile storage device is provided with a built-in circuit board having a connector at one end thereof. The connector is in connection with a controller and a flash memory to create an electrical connection. Moreover, the connection interface of the connector juts outside the housing. The interconnector includes a socket at one end thereof which corresponds to the connector of the mobile storage device. The outer end of the interconnector is constructed as a USB interface fastened into the inside of the housing. Besides, the outer end of USB interface juts outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Fu-I Yang
  • Patent number: 6720527
    Abstract: A power cord assembly for a welding-type power supply includes a power cord and a plurality of adaptors. The power cord is adapted for attachment to the welding-type power supply and is capable of providing any of a plurality of input voltage signals to the welding-type power supply via the plurality of adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Gadamus, Richard Mark Achtner, Michael A. Sammons
  • Patent number: 6699052
    Abstract: A power converter includes a transforming unit having pins outwardly projecting from the transforming unit, and a socket. An adapter in the power converter includes a first plug mounted on a first side of the adapter, and a second plug mounted on a second side of the adapter, wherein the socket on the transforming unit receives the first plug or the second plug. Pin cavities on the first side of the adapter, opposite to the second plug, provide a contact to receive the pins to allow the transformer unit to convert an input voltage to an output voltage. Pin cavities on the second side of the adapter, opposite to the first plug, provide a contact to receive one of the pins of the transformer unit to allow the transformer to convert the input voltage to the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Epilady 2000 L.L.C.
    Inventor: Yehuda Poran