From the submitter:
"My laptop charger only works if it's bent in a gentle curve. So I bent some Q-tips and taped them on for support. Works like new."
Power outage? Grab a length of steel automotive brakeline tubing, the straw from a box of Yoo-Hoo, D-cell batteries to make a 6V. Also may require generous amounts of duct tape, electrical tape, bell wire, and boredom.