Source for laptop power adapter tips?

I am looking for a source for a laptop power tip.   Children are hard on equipment, and I have a perfectly good power adapter and no tip.  I'd like to find specifications for each tip plus a source to purchase them.
charles_gilleyAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

jdietrichCommented:
Not sure where you will get only the tip.  My kids have killed 3-4 adapters, I have had good success getting them here:

http://www.sparepartswarehouse.com/

But it is the entire adapter.....
0
charles_gilleyAuthor Commented:
Like you, my kids kill their adapter on a regular basis (in fact, the broken one now I ordered from spareparts.  

I have a hard time spending $30 for a new adapter when I know the tips are out there.

:)
0
jdietrichCommented:
Only other thing is to get extras when you can.  In NJ we have these computer shows.  They used to be a big deal until the Internet availability of parts killed them.  I go to them and browse the junk.  I have gotten 1 or 2 extra used adapters for like $5 at the shows.  Problem is that it is hit or miss....
0
Hey MSSPs! What's your total cost of ownership?

WEBINAR: Managed security service providers often deploy & manage products from a variety of solution vendors. But is this really the best approach when it comes to saving time AND money? Join us on Aug. 15th to learn how you can improve your total cost of ownership today!

MarkCommented:
They are referred to as a Barrel plug, or DC power jack.
You will have to know the dimension of the outside barrel and the inner pin connector in order to get the proper fit.
You may also be able to get a reference from the laptop model as well. If you post the model number of the laptop or also the model of the original power supply, we may be able to give a more precise answer.
http://www.laptopjacks.com/index.php?source=google&spcid=526&gclid=CO7c1vTl1JYCFQ60Hgodpwyw2Q
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
charles_gilleyAuthor Commented:
Barrel plug!  I should have known.  All of the EEs I work with never used that phrase.  I see all the hits now on google.  thanks
0
charles_gilleyAuthor Commented:
For what it's worth, once you start looking for barrel plugs, you can find the connectors in various catalogs.  I ordered two for .90/each from DigiKey.  They are a PITA to solder, but 90 cents is a lot better than a complete charger.

Once I found the type of part, I borrowed a micrometer at work to measure the inner and outer dimensions.  
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Hardware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.