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    I've been thinking about this for a while. How well does the USB hotsync cable / charger work? I'm specifically interested in whether it charges as fast as the wall unit. I would assume that it doesn't....

    Also, when I'm on the phone, and it's plugged it, would it still charge, or would the charging just sort of 'stay still' for that period of time (I'm trying to avoid asking "Will it still drain the battery" )?

    btw, I did see this post in the meantime:
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...light=replaced

    but some of that was posted a while ago. What's the current verdict?

    Thanks!!
    Last edited by ziphem; 05/28/2004 at 03:03 AM. Reason: Saw another post on this, but some of the info's a few months old...
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    I use a USB cable/charger, it doesn't charge anywhere near as quick as the wall charger (takes 3 times longer). It's good for topping up your battery
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    I keep my AC wall charger at home and use it to "really charge" my phone but have a USB synch/charge cable at work and use it to synch with Outlook and leave it plugged in for an hour or so each day just to "top" off the battery. Its also handy to carry in your laptop case when you travel so that you don't have to carry the AC charger as well, just charge my laptop and cellphone in the evenings in the hotel room using my laptop A/C charger.....all in all works well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziphem
    I've been thinking about this for a while. How well does the USB hotsync cable / charger work? I'm specifically interested in whether it charges as fast as the wall unit. I would assume that it doesn't....

    Also, when I'm on the phone, and it's plugged it, would it still charge, or would the charging just sort of 'stay still' for that period of time (I'm trying to avoid asking "Will it still drain the battery" )?

    btw, I did see this post in the meantime:
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...light=replaced

    but some of that was posted a while ago. What's the current verdict?

    Thanks!!
    ziphem ~ USB C / S Cable Verdict = YES ! and NO!

    If your USB Charge / Sync Cable is delivering 4.7 Volts to your Treo, charge rate will not increase via another method. Why? . . . because the charge circuit requires 4.7 Volts and delivers 4.2 Volts to your battey. This is required for proper charging of Lithium-ion Batteries. It is referred to as "Constant Voltage" charging. We use 3 Treo 600s and 1 is always charged via the Handspring OEM USB 24" Charge / Sync Cable. I use the HS OEM 24" C / S Cable most of the time.

    Why do some Treo 600 users have unsatisfactory results w/USB C / S Cable?
    • USB Output Voltage varies - Computer Model / Computer Mfg.
    • Voltage Drop across Connectors
      • Computer=>Cable
      • Cable=>Treo
    • Voltage Drop of Cable
    • Possible External USB Hub use.
    Handspring's Power, Battery, Charging & External Battery Interface Engineering is robust and comprehensive.


    Treo Manual - "authorized accessories only" Explained: Ω

    HS OEM USB C / S Cable is only 24" Long. When used with a "proper" USB port - works fine.

    This information is abailable at the following link to National Semiconductor:

    http://www.national.com/appbriefs/files/AppBrief101.pdf

    In general - living with your Treo Battery is covered at this post:

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...34&postcount=3

    ~ Carl
    Last edited by ArcBody; 06/02/2004 at 09:15 AM.
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    Hey, I followed all your links - very helpful! Thanks for all the info!
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    Oh hey, I have another question - about the chargers too - it doesn't really matter what manufacturer makes these - as long as they supply the right voltage (i.e., mayde for Treo) it's ok, right?

    I see Belkin on ebay - how are they for this USB charger? In general, is it ok to buy whatever chargers for the Treo on ebay - or is there any risk of their like, I don't know, spontaneously combusting, causing sudden implosion, or degrading all atomic mass in a square radius of 1 mile....(you get my drift) ?

    Thanks!!
    Last edited by ziphem; 06/04/2004 at 09:30 PM.
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    I've just bought the Treo Central charger/synch cable. It charges OK, but when connected to the computer with the synch software, it screws up my E-mails in Outlook (won't send any) very strange. It not a huge deal as I bought the cable to charge the Treo when I'm not in the office (where the charger stays). I have one of these kits with a USB socket to car socket and one to a mains socket. The cable charges fine with these, and my laptop, with very little smoke from the Treo.
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