Connecting Power bricks – Solve the issue

Most of us use one form of consumer electronics item or the other. And almost all of these come with “power bricks”. Essentially they convert our AC main voltage of about 220v into DC power for electronic items. They are bulky and generate a lot of heat. When you try to connect them onto power strips, they often have loose connection issues.

power brick

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But perhaps the biggest issue with them is that they are so huge that putting two power bricks next to each other on a power strip is impossible.

The goal of this post is to tell you how to work around this problem. In the picture above, you can see that the last power brick is connected using a wire to the power strip. This is actually the solution!

If your power brick wont fit into the socket, you can easily do so as shown in the picture. All you need is to buy a small piece of wire (a pair), a male 2 pin plug and a female 2 pin socket. They are readily available in all electric stores. Now strip the wire and connect it to both the plug and the socket. That’s it. Your DIY item is ready to be used.

Plug the attachment into the power strip and gently place the socket onto the pins of the power brick. Switch your system on to check if all connections are proper.

Some of the advantages of using this trick are:

  • Your power brick is not strained from hanging on its own weight. It can now neatly rest on its back with maximum stability.
  • Your power strip is not overcrowded.
  • The risk of loose connections and loosing power to your appliances is eliminated.
  • There are no short circuit or overheating hazards due to crowding effect.
  • Eliminates the need to buy one more power strip!

Try it and let us know if you found this tip useful.

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