Lots of broken chargers in Nicaragua

John Watlington wad at laptop.org
Thu Jan 28 20:45:26 EST 2010


Ismael,
    Please provide percentages, not adjectives like "BIG".
Uruguay has reported problems with the adapters in the past,
but the complaint was that the pins that plug into the wall outlet
were breaking off, not that the cords were breaking.

Regards,
John

On Jan 28, 2010, at 1:41 AM, ismael schinca wrote:

> Hello everyone! Here at Uruguay broken laptop chargers is also a  
> BIG problem, and I would dare say (personal opinion, not fact data)  
> that over 95% of those chargers have broken cables, and from those  
> over 80% break at the connection between the cable and DC barrel  
> plug. Actually, it's the positive cable (the white one running  
> inside) that almost always seems to be the problem. It gets cut at  
> that point, it's not a soldering issue or similar.
>
> I realize it's best to have a broken charger rather than a broken  
> laptop, but it would be really good if that part of the connection  
> could be improved. It would be really difficult to ask all the  
> users to always pull the cord from the connector rather than from  
> the cable and to also properly wrap the cable after using the  
> charger. They are kids after all :)
>
> Cheers,
>
> Ismael Schinca
>
> 2010/1/26 Richard A. Smith <richard at laptop.org>
> On 01/25/2010 09:27 PM, James Cameron wrote:
>
> > But my original reading of what you said suggests the failures  
> are at
> > the AC end of the cable ... the power supply housing is a "big green
> > plug" and it goes into the wall power socket.
> >
> > Which is it?
>
> I'll add that we have one other report from Nepal of the cable  
> failing.
>  There we believe its the kids pulling the laptop out of the charging
> rack and forgetting to unplug it first.
>
> For Nepal it fails at both the connection to the power brick and at  
> the
> connection to the barrel connector with the largest number of failures
> occurring at the barrel.
>
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