A crocodile clip (AKA alligator clip or spring clip) is a simple mechanical device for creating a temporary electrical connector, and is named for its resemblance to an alligator's or crocodile's jaws. Functioning much like a spring-loaded clothespin, the clip's tapered, serrated jaws are forced together by a spring to grip an object. The clip is typically covered by a plastic shroud or "boot" to prevent accidental short-circuits. [more]
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