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Old May 26th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Extending the power cord

Has anybody found a way to extend the power cord? I tried putting a USB extension between the plug and the USB end of the cable but the TF did not show it was charging when I plugged it in. It would be nice to find a way to make it longer (at least until somebody comes out with a longer cable) so you can sit at a desk or table with it plugged in.

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its gotta be a USB 3.0 cable.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 07:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I tried a USB 3 cable and it didn't work
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I'm laughing my head off because I keep reading about people doing all these tricks to figure out how to extend the power cord from the wall charger to the tablet itself. Some people are getting really over the top about it too. This is one of those things that is like the story that goes around the US every April 15th about the different ways the US and the Soviets figured out how to write in space. The US sank A LOT of money into developing a pen that could write in space. The Soviets... used pencils. What is the pencil option here? Use a simple two prong extension cord between the wall socket and the Asus wall plug. It isn't like that thing is a laptop brick. Heck, it isn't even anywhere near the tiny brick on my Asus netbook.
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I tried a USB 3 cable and it didn't work
works for me. I got this one:
NCIX.com - Buy Startech SuperSpeed USB 3.0 6FT Extension Cable M/F A/A - Startech.com Ltd - USB3SEXTAA6 - in Canada
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I'm laughing my head off because I keep reading about people doing all these tricks to figure out how to extend the power cord from the wall charger to the tablet itself. Some people are getting really over the top about it too. This is one of those things that is like the story that goes around the US every April 15th about the different ways the US and the Soviets figured out how to write in space. The US sank A LOT of money into developing a pen that could write in space. The Soviets... used pencils. What is the pencil option here? Use a simple two prong extension cord between the wall socket and the Asus wall plug. It isn't like that thing is a laptop brick. Heck, it isn't even anywhere near the tiny brick on my Asus netbook.
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I'm laughing my head off because I keep reading about people doing all these tricks to figure out how to extend the power cord from the wall charger to the tablet itself. Some people are getting really over the top about it too. This is one of those things that is like the story that goes around the US every April 15th about the different ways the US and the Soviets figured out how to write in space. The US sank A LOT of money into developing a pen that could write in space. The Soviets... used pencils. What is the pencil option here? Use a simple two prong extension cord between the wall socket and the Asus wall plug. It isn't like that thing is a laptop brick. Heck, it isn't even anywhere near the tiny brick on my Asus netbook.
You are correct that this is an obvious choice. However, for travel purposes a USB 3 cable takes up a lot less space and dosn't cost anymore that an extension cord. I bought one from monoprice for about $3 and it fits nicly in my TF case when I travel.
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I would contend that a) the space difference between a usb and a simple two prong extension cord is negligible in most luggage for the same length (I always travel with a couple of cameras and a laptop, there's always room for cords.) and b) you can find the two prong extension cords pretty much anywhere you go and at a cheaper price than a usb cord (Just a quick look turned up plenty at $2 but I bet they can be found for cheaper than that.) which means in a pinch, you can buy one and leave it behind if need be. Also, if you ask at a hotel desk, I'm betting they can get their hands on an extension cord a lot easier than a usb 3 cord. That is if they even know that there are different types of usb cords.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 12:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wait?? So the Transformer uses USB 3.0?
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The charging cord that goes from the wall wart to the tablet or dock uses usb 3 wiring. If you try to use a usb 2 cord, it doesn't work from everything I've read thus far.
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I would contend that a) the space difference between a usb and a simple two prong extension cord is negligible in most luggage for the same length (I always travel with a couple of cameras and a laptop, there's always room for cords.) and b) you can find the two prong extension cords pretty much anywhere you go and at a cheaper price than a usb cord (Just a quick look turned up plenty at $2 but I bet they can be found for cheaper than that.) which means in a pinch, you can buy one and leave it behind if need be. Also, if you ask at a hotel desk, I'm betting they can get their hands on an extension cord a lot easier than a usb 3 cord. That is if they even know that there are different types of usb cords.
The difference in size may be negligable if you are carrying it in your regular luggage. I wanted something that would fit easly in the TF case I have. When I go to meetings out of town I don't lug my luggage along with me. The female end of an extension cord is much larger than the female end of a USB extension cable. And at less than $3 I don't see the small price difference as meaning anything. In the end, this is what I wanted to do. If you chose to do something different, great.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 03:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Also it should be born in mind that there is a whole world of other types of electrical socket. In the UK carrying an extension lead just isn't really practical.
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How long is the standard cable? My Transformer is being delivered today.
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How long is the standard cable? My Transformer is being delivered today.
Just answered my own question. Holy balls that thing is short! Its fine for charging but if you wanna use it while plugged in you gotta get the 6ft usb minimum. I'm going to order the 10ft.
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I got the 6 foot. With the approximate 3 feet you get with the TF charger I figured it would allow me to use it plugged in most of the time. If not I'll move up to the 10 foot.
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