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Richard A Faulk: AC/DC portable power connecting architecture. Compaq Computer Corporation, Robert Groover, Betty Formby, May 25, 1999: US05907197 (109 worldwide citation)

A portable computer system which includes a modified C-7 power cord socket, which can receive either an AC power cord with a standard C-7 connector or a DC power cord with a modified C-7 connector. (However, the modified C-7 connector cannot be inserted into a standard C-7 socket.) Microswitches in ...


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Steven C Cohn, Michael A Kelly: "Smart" AC receptacle and complementary plug. B E C, Bauer & Schaffer, April 10, 1990: US04915639 (103 worldwide citation)

An intelligent AC outlet is adapted to mate with a plug. The plug carries coded information as to the power which it draws. A microprocessor, a switch and a sensor are carried in the outlet. The switch is interposed between the outlet and AC power lines and is operated by the microprocessor. The mic ...


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Steven A Burkhart Sr: Locking electrical outlet. Richard C Litman, September 3, 1996: US05551884 (70 worldwide citation)

A lockable electrical socket has a pair of grasping jaws which can retain an electrical plug in place. The plug can be released by pushing in the plug and then allowing the plug retaining assembly and the plug to be thrust out under spring pressure. In a second embodiment a key is required to thrust ...


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Eiji Fukuda: Connector structure. Yazaki Corporation, Sughrue Mion Zinn Macpeak & Seas PLLC, January 12, 1999: US05857857 (65 worldwide citation)

A connector structure, having a short-circuiting member, includes a housing, terminal receiving chambers formed in the housing, a short-circuiting member receiving chamber communicating with the terminal receiving chambers, the short-circuiting member having resilient contact plate portions formed t ...


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William A Howard: Torsion spring shorting connector. Delta Systems, Watts Hoffmann Fisher & Heinke, January 16, 1990: US04894019 (62 worldwide citation)

A shorting connector for engaging a switch. A connector housing encloses two spaced apart contacts that form part of a circuit controlled by a switch. In the event that the switch is separated from the connector a torsion spring shorted element moves within the connector housing and bridges the spac ...


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Kersman Jorge Eduardo: Protective electric coupling. Ross Karl F, Dubno Herbert, February 25, 1975: US3868160 (62 worldwide citation)

Two complementary couplers, i.e., a socket and a plug, are provided with mating connectors whose interengagement completes a circuit connection between a supply line and a load, the connectors of the socket being normally made ineffectual or inaccessible by a safety mechanism which is deactivated on ...


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Wayne Samuel Davis, Robert Neil Whiteman Jr: Electrical connector with switch. The Whitaker Corporation, Anton P Ness, October 7, 1997: US05674085 (59 worldwide citation)

An electrical connector (10) having contacts (16,18) extending from a mating face to a rear face, and including a switch contact (70) mounted along the rear face with a spring arm (76) adjacent the mating face. The spring arm (76) includes a contact-engaging section (80) proximate a deflectable lead ...


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Ofer Bengal: Hermaphroditic self-shorting electrical connector. Rit Rad Interconnection Technologies, Ladas & Parry, October 1, 1991: US05052940 (56 worldwide citation)

A hermaphroditic self shorting electrical connector including a housing, a plurality of electrical terminals supported within the housing and electrical shunt apparatus including at least one resilient conductive member, positioned and configured such that when the connector is in an unmated conditi ...


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Richard A Dussault: Electrical connection system for electrochemical sensors. Ciba Corning Diagnostics, Arthur S Morgenstern, Nicholas I Slepchuk Jr, Judith A Roesler, June 6, 1995: US05421189 (53 worldwide citation)

An electrochemical/gas analyzer providing a rugged contact system for removable sensors capable of withstanding inexpert sensor insertion or removal, providing protection for high impedance input electronics against electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage, and providing automatic connection to diagnost ...


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James E Cahaly, Brian R Pitstick: Electrical connection system with safety interlock. TRW, Fay Sharpe Beall Fagan Minnich & McKee, January 4, 1994: US05275575 (53 worldwide citation)

An electrical connection system comprises a first component carrying a pair of male connector elements releasably mated with a pair of female connector elements carried by a second connector component. A shorting clip is associated with the first component for providing an electrical short between t ...