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US6176716: Interchangeable electrical connector

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Gregory A. Mercurio · Richard N. Marsh · Demian T. Martin ·
Assignee(s) Monster Cable Products, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Lariviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP ·
Primary Examiner Lincoln Donovan ·
Assistant Examiner Kyung S. Lee ·
Application Number US9405727
Filing date 09/24/1999
Issue date 01/23/2001
Predicted expiration date 07/11/2017
U.S. Classifications 439/166  · 439/891  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 439166 · 439168 · 439170 · 439172 · 439173 · 439174 · 439175 · 439891 ·
Related U.S. Application DataRELATED APPLICATIONS
This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/890,695 filed Jul. 11, 1997.
8 Claims, 6 Drawings


Abstract

An interchangeable electrical connector includes a connector body and an adapter body. The connector body includes electrical contact means, such as a banana plug tip, for engaging an electrical terminal. The connector body includes a conical portion and a threaded portion which is coaxial with the conical portion. The adapter body includes a conical portion which is shaped for co-operative engagement with the conical portion of the connector body, and a threaded portion which is coaxial to the conical portion of the adapter body. The threaded portion of the adapter body is for cooperative engagement with the threaded portion of the connector body, such that cooperative rotation of the connector body relative to the adapter body draws the conical portion of the connector body into engagement with the conical portion of the adapter body. The wedging action of the two conical portions frictionally engages the connector body to the adapter body.

Independent Claims | See all claims (8)

  1. 1. An interchangeable electrical connector, comprising: a connector body having a front end, a rear end, and a longitudinal axis, the rear end of the connector body having a bore, the bore defining a female conical portion being axially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the connector body, and the bore further defining screw threads to the rear of the female conical portion; and an adapter body having a front end, a rear end, and a longitudinal axis, the rear end of the adapter body being adapted for engagement with an electrical conductor, the front end of the adapter body defining a dowel, the dowel defining a male conical portion being shaped for cooperative engagement with the female conical portion of the connector body, the dowel further defining screw threads to the rear of the male conical portion, the screw threads of the dowel being formed for co-operative engagement with the screw threads of the connector body, rotation of the connector body relative to the adapter body drawing the female conical portion of the connector body into engagement with the male conical portion of the adapter body, said connector body female conical portion being defined by a taper in an angular range of 7° to 45°, said adapter body conical male portion being defined by a taper in an angular range of 7° to 45°, said connector body female conical portion taper being less than said adapter body male conical portion taper by a taper difference in an angular range of at least 0° to 3°, whereby a wedging action is effected, and thereby providing an interference fit between said connector body female conical portion and said adapter body conical male portion.

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