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Wall Outlet with USB Charge Ports

submitted on May 8, 2010 by pablos17 in "Products / Gadgets"
Now you can charge USB devices at a wall outlet. It is a replacement for a standard 110v outlet and the USB ports only pull power when something is plugged in to them.



http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/.....rge-ports/
        

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  • 61557
    siggy38
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    Posted by siggy38 on May 8, 2010
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    Cool gadget! shows that the USB plug is becoming as common as the 110 volt plug.
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on May 8, 2010
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    2.0 I assume? Or 3.0?
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on May 8, 2010
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      The 2.0 vs 3.0 (new SuperSpeed) standard refers to speed and bus power between devices and computers. This would be for cables used to charge devices, where there's no data transfer.

      Perfect for charging any USB powered device including- mobile, iPod, iPhone, PDA, MP3, PSP, MP4 player & digital camera.

      Specifications:
      Input voltage: AC 100 to 240V 50/60Hz
      USB input current: 80mA
      Output voltage: USB: DC 5.0V 600mA
      Operation temperature: -15 to 45 Degrees Celsius
      Relative humidity: < 95%
      Air pressure: 86 to 106kPa


      The new 3.0 standard is another interesting topic - see http://www.everythingusb.com/superspeed-usb.html
      I hope 3.0 will help to speed up some USB scanners and printers, or data transfer from cameras.
      In a nutshell, USB 3.0 promises the following:

      - Higher transfer rates (up to 4.8 Gbps)
      - Increased maximum bus power and increased device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices
      - New power management features
      - Full-duplex data transfers and support for new transfer types
      - New connectors and cables for higher speed data transfer...although they are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and computers (more on this later)
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on May 8, 2010
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      I was just going to say the same. When you just need to charge your device the transfer rate doesn't matter, and I am sure all USB standards comply to the same standard related to voltage/power
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on May 8, 2010
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      I'm not 100% about that. As to use the iPad for an example can not be charged on all USB ports. It will provide enough power for use, however it doesn't charge the battery.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on May 8, 2010
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      Apparently the Apple iPad has charging issues.
      This may possibly be a problem unique to iPad, take a look here - http://www.intomobile.com/2010.....ssues.html
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on May 8, 2010
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      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.....us#USB_3.0

      Referring to power of 3.0 vs 2.0

      The bus power spec has been increased so that a unit load is 150 mA (+50% over minimum using USB 2.0). An unconfigured device can still draw only one unit load, but a configured device can draw up to six unit loads (900 mA, an 80% increase over USB 2.0 at a registered maximum of 500 mA). Minimum device operating voltage is dropped from 4.4 V to 4 V.
  • 61565
    outcastplo313
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    Posted by outcastplo313 on May 8, 2010
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    this is really cool, for just 20 bucks even better!
  • 61567
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on May 8, 2010
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    I'd like to see these installed in hotel rooms, it would be great for travelers to charge up devices!

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