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Accessories Specialized charging port! WTF!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by johngaltky, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. johngaltky

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    Now I have to purchase yet another array of chargers!

    WTF Motorola!
     

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    It was mentioned in every review, the leaked user guide, and disclosed by Moto. This wasn't a secret.
     
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    so it won't even slowly charge off the usb port?
     
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    It will if you use one of the docks apparently it can but they explicitly said no usb charging. Where a dock can do it I suspect a special cable could be made to mimic it.
     
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    What's the voltage on the a/c adapter?
     
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    This is wrong. Some review mentioned it but it is misinformation. The charger they're looking at has a USB connector but it also has two pins that touch contacts on the underside for charging.

    The charging voltage is 7.4V.
     
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    That's why. usb is ~5v. sure you could step it, but amps are probably not there on a usb cable.
     
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    USB is not even connected to the battery internally on the PCB. Even trying to force 7.4V in there wouldn't work (and really isn't a good idea anyway).
     
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    Right, there's no way to connect it, otherwise you'd fry anything on the usb wire.
     
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    But if you really felt motivated, you could remove the T5 screws, slide off the back plate, pop off the battery cover, remove the battery clips, attach a 7.4V power supply, and give yourself a pat on the back ;)
     
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    OK - cool. I had read the review earlier that said the dock would do a trickle charge, I thought maybe it had some special connection or something.
     
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    It's not a trickle at all. It charges the device normally.
     
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    At least the charger plug could have been a 90 degree plug. I can forsee this thing being broke off in the future.
     
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    It's just so thin that I am afraid that I am going to break it.
     
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    I know! Motorola should of at least given us a decent charger.
     
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    My complain is Having no USB charging, and the USB connected to the computer os not a mass storage class device. There is no drive letter assigned. Thus i can use my regular sync program. Motorola just made lots of stupid design decisons.
     
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    I find it odd that my Nook Color has a special USB cord with 2 extra prongs on one side that allow it to charge. My normal Micro-USB cords don't do anything as the packaging stated. Seems like that sort of technology could have been added to the Xoom as a sort of backup. Even if it wasn't AS fast as the standard charger.
     

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