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Old October 5th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #201 (permalink)
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Something else must be in the original HTC cable, and I hope to be able to measure it soon. Strange that nobody else has measured it yet, although the question has been open for quite a while.
What doesn't help with that theory is:
1. I've not found a HTC cable long enough to reach around the dashboard to my cradle (longest I've seen is 1.2M)
2. the HTC cables are very poorly made, I've always bought Blackberry USB cables as replacements. Will let you know how I get on with the bodge on my cable.

Incidentally I'm using a Belkin F8Z445 (original in blister, not the 'ea' aftermarket OEM version, which might not even be genuine Belkin, it is built to slightly different specs and doesn't fit my 12V socket).

I recently bought a 1.2A/2A dual output adapter via eBay and it is a very solid unit indeed. I'm intending to use instead of the Belkin, as I've also got a Bluetooth visor hands free device to power, thankfully that only needs 500mA supply to charge, but still it's another metre of cable I need!

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I've got the 1A Maplin adapter and have it apart ready for soldering the middle pins together. A little OT, but does anyone know of a way to re-route the LED so that it comes on when the USB cable is plugged in and not just when it's plugged into the car?

Maplin do a 2.1A one as well I noticed when I was in there, anyone know if that will work without modifying?
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Could I, for instance, put the LED across pins 1 and 4 so that when the connector goes in in completes the circuit for the LED... No, that won't work as the LED will light as those are the power pins and will be 'live' already... How about the 5V+ pin and the shorted pins 2 and 3? But then where's the ground? I'm making this up as I type as you may have noticed
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... Maplin do a 2.1A one as well I noticed when I was in there, anyone know if that will work without modifying?
Solid guess is no, because 2.1A is for the iPad which doesn't need this HTC modification
The Apple modification is at the iPad cable (in the plug at iPad end of the cable, not in the USB plug).

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Could I, for instance, put the LED across pins 1 and 4 so that when the connector goes in in completes the circuit for the LED... No, that won't work as the LED will light as those are the power pins and will be 'live' already... How about the 5V+ pin and the shorted pins 2 and 3? But then where's the ground? I'm making this up as I type as you may have noticed
I will not say "no way with simple rewiring" because you will it try anyway

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Question Measurements with inconclusive results, need ideas

It took a while, but now I have a micro USB socket with 5 wires soldered to the microscopically small connectors.

To recapitulate, I had measured a whole range of different car chargers with two different charging cables, one from HTC, which came with the original HTC charger and is curled, and one that I made myself by cutting open the cable and shorting the two data lines, as described in: How to make a car charging cable for HTC smartphones | Windows Problem Solver

The result was that all combinations of chargers and cables led to a "Charging (AC)" indication in my Google Nexus One phone. However, with active Google Navigation, the original HTC cable led to a rising battery charge while navigating, while my self-made cable led to a slowly sinking battery charge. This happened consistently with all chargers, HTC or other, in several experiments. This means that the difference must be in the cable.

Measuring the cables, between the data lines I find 0.3 Ohm in the HTC cable and 2.6 Ohm in mine. Apparently the HTC cable's data line shortcut is in or very near the plug, while in mine it is half way down the cable, which explains the difference.

Since the resistance is very low in both cases and way below the prescribed limit of 200 Ohm, I am sure that this cannot explain the difference in behavior.

The extra contact in the micro USB cable, between ground and the two data lines, which I thought could be the culprit, is not connected to anything, neither in the HTC cable nor in mine, so this is also out of the question.

Since the data lines in my self-made cable go through to the USB A plug, while the ones in the HTC cable may not, I also measured whether there is any measurable resistance between the data lines and the power lines when a charger is connected, but I always measured infinite resistance. So this also seems to be out of the question.

In other words, these cables are essentially not different.

I cannot easily explain the results of my measurements. The cables are no different, the chargers all behave equally.

One highly unlikely explanation I can come up with is that the phone arbitrarily pulls a little more or a little less current, and I was extremely unlucky that this coincided with my cable changes.

Another equally unlikely explanation is that there is something in the HTC cable that I cannot measure, but the phone still detects. I have no clue what that could be.

What else could I measure? Any ideas, anyone? I would never have thought that this would happen. I was sure I would discover a clearly measurable electric difference between the cables. Alas, reality is always good for a surprise.

I will repeat my experiments with charging my phone while navigating a few more times, but I expect nothing new now.

If you have seen the same phenomenon, namely the phone showing "Charging (AC)", yet the battery level going down, please report here.

All ideas are welcome.
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New member, here. I'm thankful I came across this thread! I just got a Galaxy Nexus and was having problems getting my (supposedly) Dual 1A Griffin PowerJolt to be recognized as an AC charge source. I shorted the pins as described and it worked!

I then proceeded to do the Palm Touchstone Inductive charge mod. Works great then touchstone is plugged into my Wall charger that came with the nexus so I know the cable works and the touchstone works. I could not however get it to charge on the 12V car charger modded to show itself as an AC charge source. I opened it up again and measured resistance between data pins and power/gnd. On the 12V charger there was a few kOhms between data and power pins so the data lines are being pulled to 2.5V. On my wall charger the data to power is open. So I found the 4 resistors on the 12V charger pulling the pins to 2.5V and verified they were now floating (open to pwr/gnd) and the 12V charger now powers the touchstone. I have not been able to verify if this will yield a faster charge on the phone directly connected but I thought I'd share because it did make a difference not having the data pins tied to pwr/gnd (despite being shorted to each other)

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The car charger might had a mod for Apples devices

To charge them rapidly with high current the data pins have resistors to power and to ground. With different proportions of the resistors for each of the data pins, the data pins will pulled to different potentials, which is the indication for Apple devices that they can charge rapidly with high current.

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Old February 23rd, 2012, 09:10 AM   #209 (permalink)
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In other words, these cables are essentially not different.

I cannot easily explain the results of my measurements.

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Another equally unlikely explanation is that there is something in the HTC cable that I cannot measure, but the phone still detects. I have no clue what that could be.

What else could I measure? Any ideas, anyone?

...

All ideas are welcome.
Hi hgmichna,

Regarding your investigation into different cables influencing the charging rate, it may be that the power wires in the different cables have different resistances. If the HTC cable has only two wires then they can be thicker than those of normal USB data cables (for a given cable size), and hence have lower resistance (someone hinted at this earlier in the thread).

For HTC to go to the bother of making a special cable with shorted pins they must have had a reason to do so. It would have been cheaper for them to use a standard cable (since the PSU will probably already have the shorted pins).

USB charging uses only 5 volts so the voltage drop due to excess resistance in the power wires matters more than if it were say 12 or 19 volts. At 1 amp even a few tenths of an ohm will drop a few tenths of a volt. This may be significant, particularly if the phone uses a series regulator (as opposed to a DC to DC converter which could be more tolerant of a low input voltage) and the fully charged battery voltage is around 4.2V (as my HTC Desire S).

You can't reliably measure the resistance of the power wires directly using a multimeter. Instead you need to plug one end into an AC charger, put a load resistor of around 5 ohms (and 5 watts or more) across the power pins of the other end (e.g. using a spare micro USB socket) and measure the voltage across the resistor.

You may find that your cable drops more voltage than the HTC cable.

You could try making a cable with just two thick power wires, plus the "AC charge" short at the device end. Mark it "Not for use with computers" or similar.

I hope that helps. I've not tested it. Thanks for your detailed investigation. I need a solution to the problem myself.

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(First post. I appreciate that this thread is a few months old. However I don't think the issue was resolved).
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Thanks for your response! You are right. I just tried to measure the resistance of my cables, and it is, indeed, too high. I measure about 2 Ohm along one wire, i.e. about 4 Ohm altogether, which makes me wonder how it could ever charge the phone at all.

I will look for better cables. Too bad that cables with data shortcut don't seem to be available, so the available data cables still have to be converted with tedious manual work.

Another problem is that the manufacturers generally don't hand over complete technical data, so the only way to find out is to order a cable, measure it, and return it, if it is bad.
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Most microUSB cables have 28AWG wires for data and power.

My HTC microUSB cable has 28AWG/26AWG for data/power.

DeLock has micoUSB cables with 28AWG/24AWG for data/power.
DeLock shows that specs on its product sites.

Thicker wires for power I only found with USB A cables.

The resistances for the wire gauges are shown here ...
http://diyaudioprojects.com/Technical/American-Wire-Gauge/

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Thanks for the good info!

It seems that my cables are very poor, compared to what you describe.
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Does anybody know if the TOMTOM USB Car Charger works properly with the HTC Desire?

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Does anybody know if the TOMTOM USB Car Charger works properly with the HTC Desire?

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Yep. I have it here, and it works very well with any smartphone needing up to 1 A current at 5 V. Recommended.

However, it does not have the data lines shortcut, so you still need a special, modified cable or a special adapter that shortcuts the two data lines.
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Hi there,

I have been noticing stuff like some of you.
Cables are very important and the HTC one give me good result when new. My phone usb female connector being weak it does not connect very well when the male usb is a bit worn (less insertion force).
So far my best charging cables are some "retractable" charging cable. The connector enclosure is pretty weak. I have been opening some (they are in two parts, not molded), put some glue in and close back. As it is a charging cable, there is only two wires, therefore there is not much to do on the charger side.
On the micro usb side, there is a 200kOhms resitor between the blue wire (which I guess is the ground but I did not verify yet) and another point. The problem is to be sure to what pin it is linked is a bit complicating without using a broken cable...
I can take a pic if you are interested, anyway I guess the resitance is connected to the fourth pin ID (the one thta does not exist on regular usb).
I am moving house at the moment, and my iron is already moved. Anyway I hope to be able to more experiment this month.
Identify to what pin is connected this 200k Resistor.
Try a resitor bridge to provide 2V to D+ and 2.8V to D- (for my normal cables).
Try to shunt charger side D+ and D- (for my normal cables).
Find more charging cables that are easy to mod (ir not molded connectors). I cant find my weak cables anymore!
Then when I have a conclusion, modify all my charger and or all my cables.
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OK I have been checking, there is a 200K resistor between pin 4 and 5, I will modify my cables this way, using this if needed (to replace molded connector):
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I have found various tutorials that say more or less the same except about the resistor value 619k and 301k. I highly doubt on the 1% stuff! I would recommend 400k +-50%!

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Default Car Dock Cable.

I have an HTC One X. Given the price of the HTC CAR D110 (cheapest at 36) I looked around and saw an ad for a car dock unit on the internet. The guy was using a special charging cable available from HTC apparently (unless this is the CC C200) that the phone detects and automatically goes into car dock mode. I quite fancy this although don't fancy paying 36 for the privilege. The CC C200 chargers seem to be available all over the place (from large online retailers) for around 5 instead of the near 16 retail and wondered if there are two versions?

How long is the genuine cable anyway?
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I have the CC C200.
It charges the One X properly while using power consuming navi apps, but it doesn't put the phone in car mode.

The cable of the CC C200 is a coiled cable, I think more than 1m long.
If you want to know the exact length I'll measure it in the car tomorrow.

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I just converted a Kodak USB AC adapter rated at 5v 1amp. It was only showing USB charging. Pins 2 and 3 showed opened. The adapter was disassembled and a small surface mount resistor was soldered between pins 2 and 3. The HTC Desire phone now shows AC charging. The adapter is rated for 1 amp and all of the components and PC board looked like it could handle 1 amp continues and maybe a bit more depending on the drive transistor and wires in the transformer and running frequency. I am using the HTC USB cable. I am pleased that I now have a fast charger for work when the phone decides to drain the battery every once in a whille. I plan on going through all of my USB chargers and seeing what's what on them.
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I know that this thread has been going for a long time and am wondering if you can now buy a car charger that works out of the box other than a genuine HTC car charger?

Can anyone recommend one that they know works well even when using satnav on the phone?

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Why not buy the original HTC charger, like this one: Genuine HTC CC C200 Micro USB Car Charger: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics (no guarantee—there are some fakes on the market).

Or buy this adapter, which makes all good chargers workable:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004IFQZ9S

In fact, I have bought this from the German site:
http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B004IKTYXM

I can attest that it solves the problem. I suppose this is the same one as that on the Amazon UK site, but cannot be sure.

What you can do is buy a charger first and test it. If it gives you only "Charging (USB)" then buy the adapter.
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I know that this thread has been going for a long time and am wondering if you can now buy a car charger that works out of the box other than a genuine HTC car charger?

Can anyone recommend one that they know works well even when using satnav on the phone?
I bought and have used a couple of other chargers from Amazon UK - you can see my reviews of each charger here:

Amazon.co.uk: dj.si's review of Prepaymania In Car Micro USB Charger for H...

Amazon.co.uk: dj.si's review of totaldigitalstores - In-Car Windscreen Suc...

Both chargers provided adequate current out-of-the-box to increase the charge in the battery of my HTC Desire even while using the Google Navigation app constantly.

But some points to bear in mind:

- Both chargers have a curly cable with a micro-USB plug on the end, i.e. neither is a universal charger with a standard USB socket - these chargers can be used only for devices which have a micro-USB socket.

- Once the phone is charging with any charger, find the battery information (somewhere in the phone's Settings) and check whether it says "Charging USB" or "Charging AC". If it says "Charging USB" then it won't be enough to stop the battery gradually draining while using Google Navigation. And if the charger was advertised as a high output/1 Amp charger then you're legally entitled to send it back for a refund (including any postage costs) because it's not doing what it claims to do, i.e. it's been mis-sold/mis-represented.

- Buying from Amazon Marketplace means you're covered by Amazon's Marketplace guarantee ...but always read the smallprint!

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I bought and have used a couple of other chargers from Amazon UK - you can see my reviews of each charger here:

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Both chargers provided adequate current out-of-the-box to increase the charge in the battery of my HTC Desire even while using the Google Navigation app constantly.

But some points to bear in mind:


- Once the phone is charging with any charger, find the battery information (somewhere in the phone's Settings) and check whether it says "Charging USB" or "Charging AC". If it says "Charging USB" then it won't be enough to stop the battery gradually draining while using Google Navigation. And if the charger was advertised as a high output/1 Amp charger then you're legally entitled to send it back for a refund (including any postage costs) because it's not doing what it claims to do, i.e. it's been mis-sold/mis-represented.
Do both of these show as "charging AC" when plugged into the car cigarette lighter? Thanks
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Yes, as mentioned, "Both chargers provided adequate current out-of-the-box to increase the charge in the battery of my HTC Desire even while using the Google Navigation app constantly" - this is true only for "Charging AC" chargers, i.e. the ones that really do provide a high output, as opposed to the ones which are advertised (mis-represented) as high output but in reality only provide low output (the same low output as any computer's USB sockets).

If you're in any doubt, it's worth e-mailing the seller and asking for confirmation that a specific charger will definitely provide high output/adequate output to increase the battery's charge while using the phone's sat nav. Then their reply will be written confirmation, so if it then turns out after you've bought the charger that it's actually not providing high output, they can't argue and must give you refund, including their postage costs for sending it to you AND your postage costs for sending it back, because it was their mistake in selling you something that doesn't do what they said it would do. Though many retailers/online sellers try to wriggle out of their legal obligations, that's UK consumer sales law - it's there to protect us, the shoppers!
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You are probably right. But the formulation may not always cut sharply enough. There are too many factors that influence energy consumption.

With Google Navigation using tricks like screen dimming to reduce consumption, perhaps used with WiFi off and a phone connection that needs only minimal power, or no phone connection at all, some thrifty phone may just scrape by at 500 mA and even charge up a little bit.

That's why the original question may still be useful: Does it show "Charging (AC)" and not "Charging (USB)"?
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As I said, it's worth getting written confirmation from the seller, because then it's a simple case of mis-selling if the charger doesn't do what they said it would do - though both the chargers I bought showed up as "Charging AC", there's no guarantee that the sellers haven't changed suppliers and/or are now selling a slightly different model of charger from the ones I received.
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I bought a Belkin Micro USB Adaptor (F8Z445ea) rated as 5V/1A and it cost less than 5:

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The device registers as "Charging (AC)" and I just use either my Desire's cable or the spare cable from an Xperia X10, both achieve the same result.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 08:14 PM   #229 (permalink)
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Heres my 2 cents in this odd behaviour of charging AC vs USB mode:


My 2A wall charger that came with my phone will charge my phone on AC with the micro usb cable that also came with the phone.
This same wall charger will not charge the same phone in AC mode but only USB mode with a $20 rocket fish micro usb cable?


I also bought a dual output 3A rocketfish cigarette lighter charger and with my original cable that came with my phone it charges AC no problem.
This same 3A cig lighter charger will only charge USB mode with the $20 rocketfish micro USB cable.

The AC/USB dilemma is definitely cord related in my case.

How do I find another cable that can handle AC charging?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:58 AM   #230 (permalink)
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... How do I find another cable that can handle AC charging?
The coiled cable of the HTC car charger C200 is a pure charging-only microUSB cable ... and will charge your phone in AC mode.

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Old October 3rd, 2013, 10:13 AM   #231 (permalink)
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If anyone is looking for an AC charging cable (modified to force AC charging) then I've made a few up. They're available on eBay (EU only).
Fast Charge Power Only USB Cable - Android - Type A to Micro-B - 1m - NO DATA | eBay

They seem to work quite well, allowing charging of my Nexus 4 from my PC at about 1A. I can also charge my Nexus 7 at 2A from a car charger that doesn't have the data lines shorted, so with an ordinary USB cable it only charges as 500mA.

This isn't likely to be an ongoing thing, so get em while you can.
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I have a really easy homebrew fix without any soldering, but it may not work on the HTC desire. I can't see why it wouldn't work with the one but I can't try, since I don't have one. This is tested on my Samsung galaxy tab 10.1. Since the data connectors are shorter just slowly plug the cable in to the charger until the phone says charging(AC), then press it in completely. Bam! Please leave feedback if it worked.
Edit: Obviously first plug the cable into the phone.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #233 (permalink)
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This is the HTC Desire forum though, so questions about whether it would work on the HTC One don't really apply here.
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This is the HTC Desire forum though, so questions about whether it would work on the HTC One don't really apply here.
I know, I read wrong. I didn't mean the HTC one

Long story: I was looking on the Internet and stumbled upon a thread on this forum regarding the HTC one, so I joined and downloaded the android app a d searched for the thread, but this time I came to the HTC Desire thread, not the HTC one thread, without realizing it. Later I saw that I was on the desire thread, and edited my post.
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