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1. WO2020194194 - SELF SHORTING CONNECTOR

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A system, comprising:

an electrical header connector assembly, comprising:

an insulated body comprising a mating body portion and a strain relief portion; and

a first self-shorting contact and a second self-shorting contact, each of the self-shorting contacts comprising:

a contact tail with a wire receiving recess;

a contact blade extending opposite and substantially parallel to the contact tail; and

a shorting beam extending opposite the contact tail and comprising: a curved portion extending away from the contact blade; and a bent tip portion extending toward the contact blade;

wherein the shorting beam of the first self-shorting contact is configured to touch the shorting beam of the second self-shorting contact when the electrical header is in a neutral position.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the contact blade and the shorting beam of each of the self-shorting contacts are located within the mating body portion of the insulated body.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the contact tail of each of the self-shorting contacts is located at least partially within the strain relief portion of the insulated body.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein each of the self-shorting contacts further comprises a retention feature located between the contact tail and the shorting beam.

5. The system of claim 4, wherein the insulated body further comprises an insulating wall located within the strain relief portion.

6. The system of claim 5, wherein the retention feature of each of the self-shorting contacts is configured to grip the insulating wall to prevent decoupling of the self-shorting contacts from the insulated body.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the insulated body further comprises a latching body portion located above the mating body portion, the latching body portion configured to receive a latch feature of an electrical receptacle connector assembly.

8. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

an electrical receptacle connector assembly, comprising:

an insulated body comprising a main body portion and a mating body portion; and

a first receptacle contact and a second receptacle contact, each of the receptacle contacts comprising an upper prong and a lower prong located within the mating body portion.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the contact blade of the first self-shorting contact is configured to be electrically coupled with upper prong and the lower prong of the first receptacle contact and the contact blade of the second self-shorting contact is configured to be electrically coupled with the upper prong and the lower prong of the second receptacle contact when the electrical header connector assembly and the electrical receptacle connector assembly are in a fully mated position.

10. The system of claim 8, wherein each of the receptacle contacts further comprises a keyhole-shaped slot configured to receive a first wire and an oval-shaped slot configured to receive a second wire.

11. The system of claim 8, wherein the mating body portion of the electrical receptacle connector assembly further comprises an insulating interrupting wall.

12. The system of claim 11, wherein the shorting beam of each of the self-shorting contacts and the insulating interrupting wall are in contact when the electrical header connector assembly and the electrical receptacle connector assembly are in a first break position or a fully mated position.

13. The system of claim 8, wherein the insulated body of the electrical receptacle connector assembly further comprises a latch, and wherein the insulated body of the electrical header connector further comprises a latch recess, the latch configured to fit within the latch recess to prevent decoupling when the electrical header connector assembly and the electrical receptacle connector assembly are in a fully mated position.

14. A self-shorting contact for an electrical connector, comprising:

a contact tail with a wire receiving recess;

a contact blade extending opposite and substantially parallel to the contact tail; and a shorting beam extending opposite the contact tail and comprising:

a curved portion extending away from the contact blade; and

a bent tip portion extending toward the contact blade.

15. The self-shorting contact of claim 14, further comprising a retention feature located between the contact tail and the shorting beam.

16. The self-shorting contact of claim 14, wherein the shorting beam is configured to be deflected toward the contact blade when the self-shorting contact is in a mating position.

17. The self-shorting contact of claim 14, wherein a terminating end of the contact blade extends past a terminating end of the bent tip portion.

18. The self-shorting contact of claim 14, wherein the self-shorting contact is fabricated using a forming process.

19. A method of electrically coupling a header connector assembly with self-shorting contacts and a receptacle connector assembly, comprising:

moving the header connector assembly and the receptacle connector assembly to a first contact position, wherein the first contact position comprises:

a first contact blade and a second contact blade of the header connector assembly aligned with a first receptacle contact and a second receptacle contact of the receptacle connector assembly, and

a first shorting beam and a second shorting beam of the header connector assembly in contact with each other;

moving the header connector assembly and the receptacle connector assembly to a first break position, wherein the first break position comprises:

the first contact blade in contact with the first receptacle contact and the second contact blade in contact the second receptacle contact; and

the first shorting beam and the second shorting beam in contact with each other and an insulating interrupting wall of the receptacle connector assembly;

moving the header connector assembly and the receptacle connector assembly to a fully mated position, wherein the fully mated position comprises:

the first contact blade electrically coupled with the first receptacle contact and the second contact blade electrically coupled with the second receptacle contact; and

the first shorting beam and the second shorting beam spaced apart from each other and both in contact with the insulating interrupting wall.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein each of the first shorting beam and the second shorting beam comprises a curved portion and a bent tip portion; and

wherein the bent tip portion of each of the first shorting beam and the second shorting beam is in contact with the insulating interrupting wall in the first break position.