The charging port on mobile devices is arguably the device’s most critical component, as its function is to charge the battery of the device. Measurable and consistent forces for insertion and extraction of cables are required in order to simulate user interaction. Mechanical testing in compression is important to understand how much force is required to insert the cable and engage the electrical signal without damaging the device.
Instron’s single column electromechanical testing systems are designed for low-force testing. Adjustable and custom fixtures are available to test any size device in any orientation. These offerings include both manual and fully automated solutions. Manual setup is often used in research and development as tolerances are being designed and human forces are simulated. Automated solutions are often seen in production and quality environments to ensure forces are within the lower and upper boundaries as defined in the specifications.