Background: I have 2 HP laptops at home and unfortunately, both of the the power plugs that go to the power jack of the notebooks have been loose for a while. My sister who is tired of trying to turn the power plug such that it the AC adapter is able to charge the battery keeps on asking me to buy a new AC adapter. But being a student and being tight on money, I figured I should just hack the old adapter and replace the power plug somehow.
This is my solution to my power plug problem. I think took me less than an hour to fix the plugs, and I blame it on my $10.00 solder iron. Hope you'll enjoy my first and hopefully not last instructable.
Step 1: Things You Need...
So let's get started with the list of materials and tools.
1. Generic AC adapter package with different attachments
- $9.99 ( I bought another for $6.99)
- if the store charge you more than $10.00 I think you are just in the wrong store. I got the $6.99
one from Tiger Direct (on College Street and Spadina Avenue, Toronto) close to my school
- and I got the $9.99 one from one store along Yonge Street, sorry I can't remember the name
- IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK THE SIZE OF THE ATTACHMENTS THAT COME WITH
THE PACKAGE IF ONE OF THE PLUGS FIT YOUR LAPTOP
2. some zip ties
3. empty sharpie barrel/ empty highlighter barrel
- if the marker is still working, please don't waste it. just improvise of how you can substitute
this part genius!
4. electrical tape
5. you laptop's AC
1. solder iron
4. wire stripper
6. hole maker - choose: drill / nail & hammer combo / screw & screwdriver combo / laser ( as long as it can make a hold for the barrel )
Short list eh? Told you this is going to be easy.