I'm looking to replace the female 5.5mm barrel jack connector on my laptop with a female USB C connector. The replacement USB C port need only provide power and nothing further. I'm not sure how to go about this. I've never modified anything electronic before, soldering is new to me.
The model of the laptop is a Lenovo X230t
My hope is that the scope of the project is just:
- Open up laptop.
- Remove old jack.
- Solder on USB C jack.
- Get USB-C AC adaptor with matching DC output for laptop.
What I want from y'all are:
- An understanding of the difficulty of doing this: the time and money costs of this project. Time covers any time spent doing the actual task and learning skills that I'd need to learn to do it competently.
- Is the project more complicated than the steps listed above? If so, how?
Some suggested contributions to satisfy these goals are:
- Pointing out difficulties that I will face outside of the above listed hopeful project scope. For instance, saying that I'd have to modify something on my motherboard, or I'd have to add something else after the USB C female port so that power from the port can go to the motherboard. This will help me ask further questions about both the time and money costs of dealing with these problems.
- Giving a solution to one of the pointed out difficulties and giving some estimate of the time/money costs involved in carrying out the solution.
- Helping me understand the skills required to carry out this plan (I assume soldering is one). If the project would involve more detailed knowledge than "connect this wire to that other wire", then I'm out of my depth, and I wouldn't know what to do or where to look to gain those competencies.
- Giving a the broad strokes of a plan to work this project, from
start to finish. That's
- The steps of the plan, stated in general terms ("solder this", "buy that", "attach blah blah thing"). I ask only for broad strokes because detailed plans are time consuming to create, and it would be easier to prepare some of these details in conjunction with me, so you can get an idea of the sort of things I can do/learn quickly.
- A list of the materials involved and where to obtain them (as best as you can). If you can't provide a location, please try to provide an approximate price and/or the sort of retailer that may sell the item (like "hobby shop" or "old pc parts store" or something).
This is a somewhat similar question: Replacing a 5V female barrel connector on USB hub with female USB micro
PS: Another possibility might be some sort of adaptor from USB C male to 5.5mm barrel male that would provide the correct amount of power. This is okay, but not desired. I have to replace the barrel jack itself on my laptop anyway. The plug of my AC adaptors doesn't hold well in them. But if this method is significantly easier than replacing the connector altogether... then I'll probably do that.
Edit: My original intent was to get/construct a magnetic connector for an older laptop. To that end, I've found the following sources, which make these connectors for a barrel-jack-style plug:
I was surprised to find these, given that magnetic connectors for power cables are supposed to have a very broad patent on them.