“…On the Daily Giz Whiz episode 507, Leo Laporte showcased the JerkStopper. It looks like a great way to keep the AC power connector from getting damaged because of tugging on the power chord. My wife and I had to throw away a laptop a few years ago because the power connector broke. Note: We tried everything!?! At the time the laptop was worth about a thousand dollars. The connector was worth less than fifty cents. We lost the expensive laptop because of a silly fifty cent piece of hardware. Grrr! I am definitely going to buy one of these JerkStoppers gizmos soon for our new laptops. Thanks Leo and Dick for a great suggestion. 78g.”
“…JERKSTOPPER … It’s a good idea. Check out this little item and see if this is something that you might need to save that laptop power connector from being damaged. It’s a great idea!”
from Experience Mobility
“…Have you stumbled across your laptop power cord while it was lying on the floor, jerking your computer off the desk? I have, and although no damage was done to my laptop, it did loosen my power connector inside the computer. If you are one of those unlucky ones who did some damage, chances are you spent between $100 and $200 for getting the power connector fixed. Ouch.”
“… Have you ever forgotten your laptop was plugged in and started to walk away with it? That’s a stupid question really, because everyone who has a laptop has done it at least once. Today I’ve got the JerkStopper Cable Retention Device for review, it’s a very simple and useful product that will protect the AC Adapter on your laptop from possible damage when accidentally pulling or tugging on it.
The JerkStopper works by utilizing a free USB, RJ11 or RJ45 port, it’s two pieces that clip together to lock your AC adapter cable in place, so if you do accidentally move your laptop while it’s still plugged in the force of the action is taken by the JerkStopper instead of your adapter’s plug. What’s nice it that you can use it for other cables as well like phone, USB or ethernet”
from Dragon Steel Mods
“…the third product I tested were the JerkStoppers. These incredibly handy devices secure your cables to your computer and to your camera body. JerkStoppers come in all shapes and sizes for different cable types such as Ethernet, Firewire, and telephone, but the ones I used were for USB connections. Again, the genius of the product lies in its simplicity. JerkStoppers plug into an open USB port on the computer, while the other side has a plastic clamp that grabs the USB cable. If someone accidentally yanks on the cable, then the force is transferred to the frame of your computer, rather than the cable itself.”
from Out There Images, Inc.
“…Field Tested: JerkStopper – Macbook users have the MagSafe adapters, PC notebook users have… the Jerkstopper . If you are worried about ripping the power cord violently from your notebook, thus damaging your notebook’s power plug and possibly more, the Jerkstopper is the right product for you.
Each order comes with three plugs — one each for USB, modem and network ports. Installation is easy — put the plug into the desired port, slide the end part to the side, align the cable with the plugged in part and push the end part back. Very easy, takes less than a minute.
Once installed, the device does exactly what it’s supposed to do — it keeps your power cable in place. We tried to jerk it off, but it was impossible to do. ”
from Photography Gadgets
“….. No ladies – this JerkStopper is not a device that stops the human variety, but is actually a 2-part clip that snaps into an open port (be it USB, Ethernet or even RJ11), preventing your connector from snapping in half just in case you trip into a long wire that is connected to the said port. Considering the package costs $9.95 (comprises of USB, Ethernet and RJ11 clips), it is but a cheap investment compared to purchasing a whole new cable whenever it gets ripped off by accident. ”
“… I wish I had heard about this product 4 months ago because then would I not have to spend close to $100 replacing my laptops power cord (I don’t have a Mac…duh!!). Anyways the idea of JerkStopper is to prevent non-Mac users from accidentally destroying their computer or its cord if they should accidentally step on the power cord or any such accident.”
from Laptop Advisor
“… Of all the laptops I’ve owned over the years – at least a dozen or so – I’m proud to say that I’ve never, ever dropped one of them or violently yanked an AC adapter out of its port. I realize, though, that I’m in a very small minority and that it’s also only a matter of time before some sort of laptop catastrophe is brought about by my own human error.
If you’ve had bad luck with laptop power cords and you don’t own a fancy “Mac” with its magical “magnetic” power cord, perhaps you’d be in the market for a $10 device called the JerkStopper that’ll work with your current laptop. It doesn’t stop human jerks, though, ROFL!
The idea is actually very simple, consisting of a two-part clip that snaps into an open USB port, Ethernet port, or RJ11 modem port on the side of your laptop. Now, granted, if you tug hard enough, you could still rip even the JerkStopper out of whatever port it’s clipped into, but it should work well for preventing the cord from being kicked out by your self-absorbed toddler or your oblivious dog. Psssh, toddlers and dogs – no respect for handling laptops carefully.”
“…Laptop users have probably experienced the annoyance of knocking the power cable out once in a while. Who would have thought a small, simple piece of plastic could solve the problem? The JerkStopper is a simple but incredibly well built solution – it feels solid and does the job. What else can you say about a small bit of black plastic?”