WO2006035289A1 - An accessory for an electrical wall socket - Google Patents

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WO2006035289A1
WO2006035289A1 PCT/IB2005/002852 IB2005002852W WO2006035289A1 WO 2006035289 A1 WO2006035289 A1 WO 2006035289A1 IB 2005002852 W IB2005002852 W IB 2005002852W WO 2006035289 A1 WO2006035289 A1 WO 2006035289A1
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Sean Pike
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/60Means for supporting coupling part when not engaged

Abstract

The invention relates to an accessory for an electrical wall socket that includes a body and mounting means whereby the body can be mounted on a support wall near a wall socket. The body, when so mounted, projects from the support wall and defines an aperture therein that includes an entrance slot that leads from a free edge of the body to a plurality of cord receiving slots, via an aperture part in which a cord is freely displaceable. The plug carrying end segments of a plurality of cords of different appliances can thus be trapped in different cord receiving slots in a configuration in which the plugs are neatly suspended and the plug of an appliance to be used can thus be easily identified and plugged in the wall socket while the cord is still trapped in its slot.

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AN ACCESSORY FOR AN ELECTRICAL WALL SOCKET

THIS INVENTION relates to an accessory for an electrical wall socket.

It is well known to provide an electrical appliance with a cord and a pronged plug at the end of the cord remote from the appliance. Such a pronged plug can cooperate with a matching electrical wall socket, either directly or via a suitable adaptor, to be plugged into the socket and provide thereby for the supply of electricity to the appliance for its operation. Where a plurality of such appliances are alternately used in association with the same wall socket, the pronged plugs which, at a particular time, are not in use, may become scattered. As such, a user may have to first search for the plug associated with a particular appliance to be next used, before inserting it into the wall socket. Having plugs scattered clearly also does not provide a neat appearance and the current invention aims to at least ameliorate these problems.

Any reference herein to an electrical cord or to a cord must be interpreted as a reference to an electrical cord of the type referred to above, whereas any reference to an electrical wall socket must be interpreted as a reference to a conventional wall socket as mounted in a support wall, which may have an adaptor plugged therein. Any reference to a pronged plug must be a reference to a conventional electrical plug having either two or three prongs that can be plugged into the socket formations of an electrical wall socket, by which is meant herein that the prongs are plugged directly into the said socket formations, or are plugged into the socket formations of an adaptor plugged into the wall socket.

According to the invention there is provided an accessory for an electrical wall socket including

a body defining a receiving and holding formation for receiving an end portion, including a pronged plug, of each of a plurality of electrical cords and releasably holding the cords in a trapped configuration with respect thereto; and

mounting means for mounting the body in a location near the socket formations of an electrical wall socket to permit the pronged plug of an electrical cord, operatively releasably held by the receiving and holding formation defined by the body, to be plugged into the said socket formations.

As such, if a plurality of electrical appliances, each having an electrical cord and plug, are to be used alternately in association with the same electrical wall socket for the supply of electricity thereto, an accessory, in accordance with the invention, may be mounted on a support therefor in the near vicinity of the electrical wall socket, this support for the accessory either being the wall in which the electrical wall socket is mounted, a face plate of the electrical wall socket as such, or a combination of the said wall and face plate. An end portion of each cord, including its pronged plug, may then be held in a trapped configuration with respect to the body of the accessory, thus providing for the pronged plugs to remain conveniently accessible for alternate plugging into the socket formations of the electrical wall socket. The location of the accessory clearly will be such that all the plugs are conveniently contained, particularly in a location from where they can be easily plugged into the electrical wall socket. It is envisaged that the configuration of the accessory of the invention will be such that it can provide for the receiving and holding formation defined by the body of the accessory to operatively engage each associated cord at a position along the length of the cord near the end of the cord carrying the pronged plug. In a preferred mode of use of the accessory, the receiving and holding formation defined by its body is disposed below the socket formations of an associated electrical wall socket, with each cord engaging the body via the receiving and holding formation in a configuration in which, upon manually straightening the portion of the cord between the body of the accessory and the pronged plug of the cord, the pronged plug will be raised above the body to a level from where its prongs can be conveniently plugged into the socket formations of the electrical wall socket.

The body of the accessory of the invention particularly is a plate-like body and, as such, the receiving and holding formation defined by the body may be an aperture defined in the body that includes a plurality of cord receiving slots and that permits an electrical cord to be received and releasably held in each of the cord receiving slots. The aperture defined in the body may include an entrance slot leading from an operative exposed edge of the body, through which a cord can be displaced to enter the aperture and be located in a cord receiving slot.

A preferred embodiment of the accessory of the invention provides for the aperture to include at least one aperture part between the entrance slot and at least some of the cord receiving slots within which an electrical cord is freely displaceable. The displacement of a cord in the said one aperture part particularly facilitates required manipulation of a cord during use of the accessory, as is explained hereafter.

For the above preferred embodiment of the invention, each cord receiving slot may be a blind slot and may be profiled along the length thereof in a configuration in which a predetermined sized cord can be effectively trapped in the slot. Further according to the invention, at least some of the cord receiving slots may define a different width to permit a different sized cord to be trapped therein. The accessory of the invention can thus be conveniently used in conjunction with different sized cords associated with different appliances, it being particularly envisaged that the cord associated with a cellular telephone charger also could be accommodated by the accessory.

The mounting means of the accessory of the invention may be configured to permit mounting of the plate-like body on a support wall in which an electrical wall socket is located, in a configuration in which the plate-like body extends substantially perpendicularly with respect to the support wall. As such, the mounting means may be integrally formed with the plate-like body, the mounting means particularly being a plate segment extending integrally from the plate-like body at right angles to the plate-like body, the plate segment permitting mounting of the accessory on a required support wall.

The plate segment as above envisaged particularly defines holes therein that permit securing of the accessory to a support wall with securing screws, or the like. It is envisaged, however, that mounting of the accessory of the invention on a support wall can be effected by many different means and in different configurations.

A particular embodiment of the invention may provide for the body of the accessory and the mounting means to be formed as an integrally moulded synthetic plastics unit although, clearly, the accessory of the invention also can be a fabricated unit formed of various different materials.

The invention is described below by way of an example of an accessory for an electrical wall socket, in accordance with the invention, which is illustrated in the accompanying diagrammatic drawings. In the drawings: Figure 1 shows a plan view of an embodiment of an accessory for an electrical wall socket, in accordance with the invention, the accessory being shown in its operative configuration with respect to a support wall and having a plurality of electrical cords trapped with respect thereto;

Figure 2 shows a side view of the accessory of Figure 1 in its operative configuration with respect to an electrical wall socket mounted in the wall on which the accessory is mounted; and

Figure 3 illustrates diagrammatically in perspective view an arrangement including the accessory of Figure 1 , an electrical wall socket with respect to which the accessory is mounted and a plurality of electrical cords of appliances trapped by the accessory.

In the drawings, an accessory for an electrical wall socket, in accordance with the invention, is designated generally by the reference numeral 10. The accessory 10 includes an injection moulded synthetic plastics material body 12.

As illustrated clearly in Figure 2 of the drawings, the body 12 includes a plate-like member 14 and a mounting formation 16. The mounting fomnation16 is a plate segment that extends from one edge of the plate-like member and that permits the accessory to be mounted on a wall 18 by means of securing screws 19 engaging the wall 18 via apertures (not shown) in the mounting formation 16. The accessory 10 particularly is mounted on the wall 18 immediately below an electrical wall socket 22 carried by the wall 18. Clearly, the accessory also can be mounted on a wall by alternative means such as double sided adhesive tape, and the like.

With reference particularly to Figure 1 of the drawings, the plate-like member 14 defines therein an aperture 24. The aperture 24 comprises an entrance slot 26 that leads from the operative front edge of the plate-like member 14 and that leads to two aperture parts 28 within which electrical cords are freely displaceable. Each aperture part 28 has four slots 30 extending therefrom, each slot 30 being a blind slot and defining substantially parallel side edges that are profiled from the entrance end of each slot to the blind end thereof. Figures 1 and 3 illustrate cords 34, each having a pronged plug 36 (only two shown in Figure 1 ), attached at an end thereof, each cord being located in one of the slots 30.

It will be understood that in order to locate a cord 34 within a slot 30, the cord, at a location spaced from its plug 36, will be threaded through the entrance slot 26 towards an aperture part 28 and then into a slot 30. While located in an aperture part 28, the cord will be freely displaceable. As such, required manipulation of the cord during use of the accessory is accommodated. For example, before location of a cord in a slot, the effective length of the cord, between its location where it passes through the aperture 24 in the plate-like member 14 and the plug secured to the free end of the cord, is freely adjustable, typically to ensure that once located in a slot this length is such that the plug can be easily plugged into an associated wall socket without removal from its slot. Where the spacing between the accessory and a wall socket is substantial, the adjustment of the said length of the cord will permit, while the plug of a cord is not in use, to be reduced so that a neat appearance is provided for a set of such plugs that are not in use, while the cord of a plug to be used will be released from its slot and the said length extended, to permit plugging into the wall socket. The free displacement of cords as described clearly can accommodate various other requirements also.

The width of the slots 30 are variable in order to accommodate different sized cords (see Figure 1 ), the slots 30.1 as shown particularly accommodating cords carrying three conductors and the slots 30.2 as shown particularly accommodating cords carrying two conductors. It is thus envisaged that cords will fit relatively snugly into particular slots 30, the profiled configuration of the slots enhancing the secure location of the cords within the slots and, as such, effectively trapping the cords within the slots. Figure 3 illustrates a particular application of the accessory of the invention where the cords 34.1 , 34.2, 34.3 and 34.4 are associated respectively with a mixer 38, a microwave oven 40, a toaster 42 and a mixer 44. As is apparent from Figure 3, the various plugs 36 at the end of the cords 34 are rendered easily accessible and easily identifiable with reference to the appliances with which they are associated, thus facilitating greatly the selection of a plug to be plugged into the associated electrical wall socket for the operation of a particular appliance. The plugs 36 clearly are within easy reach of the electrical wall socket 22, the accessory of the invention clearly creating a neat arrangement in association with the various plugs and effectively accommodating the use of various different appliances in conjunction with a particular electrical wall socket. As shown in Figure 1 of the drawings, the slots 30.2 can be associated with the thinner cords usually associated with cellular telephone chargers, one such cord 34.5 and charger 46 being illustrated.

It will be appreciated that the exact configuration of the accessory of the invention is greatly variable, it being particularly envisaged that the number of cords that can be associated therewith is variable, as well as the number of different sized cords to be used therewith. The accessory of the invention also can be formed of different materials and the invention extends to all such variations of accessories which still incorporate the essential principles of the present invention. Particularly also in association with the mounting means of the accessory as above described, different mounting means are envisaged that can provide for the effective location of a body defining a receiving and holding formation that can trap electrical cords as envisaged in a required location with respect to an electrical wall socket.

Claims

1. An accessory for an electrical wall socket, including
a body defining a receiving and holding formation for receiving an end portion, including a pronged plug, of each of a plurality of electrical cords and releasably holding the cords in a trapped configuration with respect thereto; and
mounting means for mounting the body in a location near the socket formations of an electrical wall socket to permit the pronged plug of an electrical cord, operatively releasably held by the receiving and holding formation defined by the body, to be plugged into the said socket formations.
2. An accessory as claimed in Claim 1 , in which the body is a plate-like body and the receiving and holding formation defined by the body is an aperture defined in the body that includes a plurality of cord receiving slots and that permits an electrical cord to be received and releasably held in each of the cord receiving slots.
3. An accessory as claimed in Claim 2, in which the aperture defined in the body includes an entrance slot leading from an operative exposed edge of the body, through which a cord can be displaced to enter the aperture and be located in a cord receiving slot.
4. An accessory as claimed in Claim 3, in which the aperture includes at least one aperture part between the entrance slot and at least some of the cord receiving slots within which an electrical cord is freely displaceable.
5. An accessory as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 4, in which each cord receiving slot is a blind slot and is profiled along the length thereof in a configuration in which a predetermined sized cord can be effectively trapped in the slot.
6. An accessory as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 5, in which at least some of the cord receiving slots define a different width to permit a different sized cord to be trapped therein.
7. An accessory as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 6, in which the mounting means is configured to permit mounting of the plate-like body on a support wall in which an electrical wall socket is located, in a configuration in which the plate- like body extends substantially perpendicularly with respect to the support wall.
8. An accessory as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 7, in which the mounting means is integrally formed with the plate-like body.
9. An accessory as claimed in Claim 8, in which the mounting means is a plate segment extending integrally from the plate-like body at right angles to the plate- like body, the plate segment permitting mounting of the accessory on a support wall.
10. An accessory as claimed in Claim 9, in which the plate segment defines holes therein that permit securing of the accessory to a support wall with securing screws.
11. An accessory as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the body and the mounting means are formed as an integrally moulded synthetic plastics unit.
12. An accessory for an electrical wall socket substantially as described in the specification with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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