Locking battery and USB connectors

Locking Battery connectors or improved technology: Current is the Tamiya. There are better options like the Anderson Powerpole that FTC recommends switching to: FTC Wiring Guide PDF page 10
http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FTC/Team_Resources/FTC_Robot_Wiring_Guide.pdf

Locking USB connectors. Ex: [https://www.coolgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/sc-u2mab-3.jpg

Maybe allow modification in the competition rules to allow more flexibility with securing electrical items.](“https://www.coolgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/sc-u2mab-3.jpg”)

The tamiya plugs work perfect for me and i have never had a problem with them.

After a few years of not so gentle use, the Tamiya plugs’ female connect side can expand in the cortex making for sporadic power losses.

Pressure on the USB connection can wear that out too.

I would agree that it would be nice to have better connection ports, but until then we have been using the battery extension cables to ensure that the female ports in the cortex and the expander are not damaged. its easier and cheaper to swap out a $5 wire than a cortex or expander, especially in the heat of a competition.