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Message #1 - Posted 2012/01/28 - TaliesinSoft

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.
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James Leo Ryan - Austin, Texas

Message #2 - Posted 2012/01/28 - Barry Margolin

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.
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Apple's power bricks come with a corded plug. You unplug the little built-in plug, and plug in the cord, and the brick no longer plugs directly into the socket.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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Message #3 - Posted 2012/01/28 - Gerry

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.
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You could also get a surge suppressor that is built to handle power bricks.

Message #4 - Posted 2012/01/29 - Nelson

On Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:43:41 -0500, TaliesinSoft wrote (in a previous article):

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.
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Get yourself some "pigtail adapters", for example

http://www.woot.com/blog/viewentry.aspx?id=12214

Nelson

Message #5 - Posted 2012/01/29 - TaliesinSoft

On 2012-01-29 09:55:40 +0000, Nelson said:

On Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:43:41 -0500, TaliesinSoft wrote (in a previous article):

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.

Get yourself some "pigtail adapters", for example

http://www.woot.com/blog/viewentry.aspx?id=12214

And if the manufacturers of the power adapters had any concern for their customers such "pigtail adapters" would be built in!

James Leo Ryan - Austin, Texas

Message #6 - Posted 2012/01/29 - Jolly Roger

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

On 2012-01-29 09:55:40 +0000, Nelson said:

On Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:43:41 -0500, TaliesinSoft wrote (in a previous article):

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.

Get yourself some "pigtail adapters", for example

http://www.woot.com/blog/viewentry.aspx?id=12214

And if the manufacturers of the power adapters had any concern for their customers such "pigtail adapters" would be built in!

I prefer having a choice, personally.

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JR

Message #7 - Posted 2012/01/30 - Fred Moore

Previously, TaliesinSoft wrote:

On 2012-01-29 09:55:40 +0000, Nelson said:

On Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:43:41 -0500, TaliesinSoft wrote (in a previous article):

I hate to think of the number of times I've had to deal with a power brick that has an integral plug that positions itself across two and sometimes three plugs. Wouldn't it make much more sense to have the plug fastened to a short cord which would prevent the brick from taking more than a single plug. But I suppose that would add slightly to the cost of the brick. a cost the true price of which wouldn't be noticed until one tried to plug the brick in.

Get yourself some "pigtail adapters", for example

http://www.woot.com/blog/viewentry.aspx?id=12214

And if the manufacturers of the power adapters had any concern for their customers such "pigtail adapters" would be built in!

Another alternative -- PowerSquid:
<http://www.amazon.com/Accell-PowerSquid-D080B-007K-R-Multiplier-Connects /dp/B004LZ5XMU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327942417&sr=8-1-fkmr1>

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment, wall warts do have the advantage of not leaving a large lump on the floor to get kicked or to trip over. While I do prefer inline warts to wall warts most of the time, each has advantages for certain circumstances.

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