USB Receptacle – FastMac U-Socket Review
The USB Receptacle is one of the most common devices found in modern computers. It’s purpose is to provide power to your computer from another device or from a wall outlet. The USB receptacles are usually located near the ports on the back of your PC. They’re made up of two parts: a male connector and female plug, which you connect with a cable when using it.
In the past, USB sockets were often difficult to find and expensive, but nowadays they’re available at almost any electronics store. You may have seen them in the hardware section of stores like Best Buy or Radio Shack. If not, you’ll probably see them in the computer accessories department.
You can use a standard screwdriver to open up a USB receptacle, but sometimes it doesn’t always work right. Sometimes the screws inside are too small, so you need to use a larger screwdriver. Other times, there’s no way around it. For example, if you don’t have a Phillips head screwdriver (which is pretty much required these days), then you might want to consider getting one.
Once you get to the USB socket, you’ll see a small board with a bunch of tiny components attached to it. There are also six screws holding this board in place. Unscrew these screws and gently pull the board away from the USB socket. On the underside of the board, you can see several thin copper strips running across it. These strips are actually the wires that connect to the components on the other side.
Now, you’re going to need to solder new wires to the copper strips. To do this, you have to cut the strips with a small knife and then strip about an eighth of an inch of plastic off the ends using wire strippers. Once you’ve done this, tin both ends of the wires (by putting a thin coating of solder on them) and then tightly twist them together. This ensures there is good connection between the different wires.
Now, before you start connecting the wires to the different USB components, make sure you have a reference point to follow. Basically, any wire that you connect should go from the same component on the underside of the board to the same component on the top side of the board. Also, keep in mind that there are two sides to the board: a front and a back.
Sources & references used in this article:
- In-wall multi-voltage AC/DC delivery system with AC outlets receptacles and at least one USB power outlet (H Chen, J Chan – US Patent 8,384,241, 2013 – Google Patents)
- Electromagnetic harvesting to power energy management sensors in the built environment (E Sordiashie – 2012 – digitalcommons.unl.edu)
- Catalog of DC appliances and power systems (K Garbesi – 2012 – escholarship.org)