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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by viggs74, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. viggs74

    viggs74 Active Member
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    Hi All,

    Just picked up the evo this morning at RS.

    Was looking to get a extra micro-usb cable for my work and home computer, but am a little confused as to which ones to buy. I would think that any micro-usb cable would work, but I see on places like amazon that some of their micro-usb cables are product specific (i.e. blackberry, palm, etc.)

    I usally ignore this thinking that like a normal HDMI cable, it is universal. But I got nervous when I saw places like merritline listed specific phones the micro-usb cable was compatable with, and no HTC phones where listed and in the comments section, someone with the Incrediable said that it did not work with his phone.

    So, are micro-usb cables not universal (would the same apply to micro-usb car chargers too?)
     

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  2. bigcrab

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    i think they should be, i have an "official" Motorola micro USB, and it works fine with my palm pre. When you plug it into a PC, it negotiates for what voltage it needs to charge etc.

    i would get an official car charger, but usb to micro usb should be all the same
     
  3. viggs74

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    That's what I thought, but the fact that the one guy said it didn't work on his Incrediable makes me nervous still............

    Anyone try out a micro-usb cable that did not come with the Evo yet?
     
  4. Bek

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    Any MicroUSB cable will work. Hop over to Monoprice.com.

    Hop over to our Accessories sub-forum, for more details.
     
  5. viggs74

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    I think I may have figured it out.

    The Merittline micro-usb cable was a micro-usb B cable. Would that account for the issue?
     
  6. MisterEd

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    YES! And it totally failed. It CHARGED fine but I couldn't access the SD card or HTC Sync. I went NUTS for 2 hours until I swapped out the cable with the one in the box. The cable was one of those $1.29 cable off eBay that I was using to charge and update my Jawbone Icon headset. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    That doesn't mean they all won't work but if you have problems try the stock cable.
     
  7. mcapozzi

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  8. dzar

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    micro USB B is fine. Type A will not work (it's square and meant for host devices). Good luck finding a type A cable anywhere... usually supplied with a compliant device, only. I've never, ever seen one for sale (I'd like to find a source, though, if anybody can find one for me!)
     
  9. centdukesfan

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    weird, i bought a micro usb b from ebay, it says its charging immediately when you connect the device, then it disconnects and will not charge... i wonder what the issue is.
     
  10. thelobster

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    ^ that happened to me when i plugged it in my usb extention reader.

    so i just directly plugged it in the computer and all is fine.
     
  11. Synthetickiller

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    I have the monoprice cables ordered. I'll report back when I get them.
     
  12. bamaster

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    My Palm Pre cables work perfectly. Also ordered two extra cables from Monoprice because I'm selling my Palm Pre with the two Palm cables and Touchstones.
     
  13. centdukesfan

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    a coworker has a BB that charges just fine on the cord... just mine wont!? what gives
     
  14. polkadots

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  15. SniperDroid

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    I got mine from Monoprice. Part # 5458 it's 6' length, I needed for the ac charger to reach my bedside. I can confirm it charges as well as data transfer.
     
  16. gabbott

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    I can confirm monoprice micro-usb cables work find on the EVO for charging and data transfer. Can't go wrong with cables at monoprice.
     
  17. neodorian

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    I use my Palm Pre cable at work now and my HTC cable at home. They are the same.
     
  18. binaryblitz

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    Hey guys,

    I know you can get cables cheap online, but for those you out there who are skeptical of those sites, you can do what I did. (I am not personally skeptical of those sites, I just needed something to spend my $20 RS credit on since my store had no cases or screen protectors.)

    Anyways, I bought a Mini-USB to Micro-USB adapter to use with one of the 3000 mini-usb cables I had lying around. It was $12 dollars which is a bit pricy, but the thing is tiny. For those who don't want to carry a cable with them all the time it's a great alternative. Just leave a mini-usb cable at work and take the adapter. If it gets stolen, just grab another from home.

    inb4 not everyone has that many cables....
     
  19. Synthetickiller

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    Google is your friend:

    micro USB type A - Google Search
     
  20. centdukesfan

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    weird, used another microusb from a guy at work and it works now?

    wtf?
     
  21. misterspiffy

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    I have BB micro USB cables. Can anyone confirm these will work for charging and data transfer on the EVO?
     
  22. lordrainkm

    lordrainkm New Member
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    I got my micro usb cables from monoprice today. They work fine. I've also used a micro usb cable that I believe came from meritline, and I've used the cable that came with the barnes and noble nook. They all work fine.
     
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