Starting a Barrel Charger keyboard Dock MOD Thread. If you want yours done for free I'm looking for a volunteer to send me a keyboard dock to modify with standard barrel charging adapter. Stay tuned for the tread link
Covering 3 popular charging topics
1. Why you can't use a USB 2.0 extension cable with the factory charger
2. Testing data proving the Tablet needs 11V or higher to chartge
3. Off the shelf parts and spare parts to make a Wall charger
4. Off the shelf parts and spare parts to make a Car Charger
1.Why you can't use a USB 2.0 with the factory charger
Because the charger is looking for termination of Pin 7 from the Tablet to start sending 15 Volts. Pin 7 is a USB 3 pin, not available in usb 2.0 so the charger never sees termination and continues to send 5V. This is why if you connect your phone or other 5V usb device to the charger it will charge at 5V.
The only way to trick the charger into always sending 15V so that you can use a 2.0 extension cable is to take it apart and bridge ground with pin 7. But you will not be able to use the charger for any other device, not worth it IMO.
Here you can see that pins 5-9 are USB 3.0 only.
2. Testing Data
-The Tablet looks for more than 11V to start charging
-With a source other than from the ASUS charger I supplied pins 1 (RED HOT)and 2 (Black Ground) with 13.5 volts and it charges. My source was a 12V AC to DC power supply I use for testing DC devices.
-My power source was pushing 1.5 Amps during the charge
-All other pins were disconnected on the USB extension.
Its all about voltage. Any AC to DC adapter that supplies at least 11 Volts that has a female usb adapter with ground to pin 1 (RED HOT)and 2 (Black Ground)
CONFIRMED: I Connected my 13 V source to pins 1 and 4 on a USB 2.0 extension cable and it worked.
The Asus charger does need a 3.0 cable extension to work. But with a DIY charger you don't need USB 3.0 cables or connectors.
WARNING! Please know your technical limits and understand that any instructions you follow in this thread are at your own risk.
Wall charging - Any Voltage selectable DC wall adapter that supports at least 11 Volts 1 Amp will work. You will need to add a female DC barrel to USB Female cable which are available cheap or can be made which I will post pics.
Off the shelf Parts $13.99 Total
!IMPORTANT! PLEASE BE AWARE OF POLARITY WHEN USING THESE UNIVERSAL ADAPTERS. YOU WILL DAMAGE YOUR TABLET IF THE POLARITY IS WRONG.
Check this SITE for information on setting up the tips for the correct polarity.
I check polarity every time I connect and disconnect my tablet when testing. If you have basic voltage meter and one USB cable you can sacrifice I suggest you test the polarity by creating a test cable. Cut the cable, expose the bare wire on red and black then test with your meter while connected to your generic charger. If your meter shows a "-" while showing the voltage your polarity is WRONG. If it doesn't show a "-" or in some cases a "+" your polarity is right.
Adjustable Voltage DC wall charger -EBAY $11 shipped.
Generic AC/DC Adapter Up to 12V and 1500Amps
5.5mm DC Female Barrel to USB Female cable - EBAY $2.99 Shipped EBAY UK LINK
EBAY UK LINK
Plug the adapter cable into the 5.5 connector on the DC adapter, set it to 12V , connect the factory Asus cable to the adapter cable and you are charging. Your 3.0 extension cable will work with this as well as any 2.0 extension cable. I'm waiting for the adapter cable and will post pics of the components connected together.
Or you can get an adjustable charger that comes with a USB Female adapter like this one
Building with spare parts
I'll be taking a 12 or 14 volt DC adapter I have and wiring a USB end directly to it. If you are a gadget person you might just have some spare DC adapters. Pictures soon. I'll also be making a version that includes the adapter cable from above.
Charging in the Car - Any Voltage selectable Car DC adapter that supports at least 11 Volts 1 Amp will work. You will need to add a female DC barrel to USB Female cable which are available cheap or can be made which I will post pics. You will be able to use the same adapter cable as above, you just need the car adapter
Off the shelf Parts $10.98 Total
Auto DC adapter Adjustable starting at 15V - EBAY $7.99 Shipped
5.5mm DC Female Barrel to USB Female cable - EBAY $2.99 Shipped
Plug the adapter cable into the 5.5 connector on the DC car adapter, set it to 12-15V , connect the factory Asus cable to the adapter cable and you are charging. Your 3.0 extension cable will work with this as well as any 2.0 extension cable. I'm waiting for the adapter cable and will post pics of the components connected together.
Multi function Car & Wall charger,
This is interesting, it has input for AC and DC so you can use it in the Car and at home.
Generic adjustable Car and Wall charger
For charging on a PC. - Not possible, There is no way to double the voltage from one power supply, connecting 2 cables together will not increase volts only AMPS.
OTHER KNOWN CHARGERS THAT WORK
Dynex DX-UA - Universal laptop/camera charger. $29
Radio Shack 12V adapter Comes with a free USB tip $30
X1 PST-1200UF NOTE: Even though this one comes with a USB tip you still Need to add the USB adapter cable because the manufacturer limits 5V to that one USB tip in the package.
UNTESTED BUT SHOULD WORK
PowerLine 90304 Need to add USB adapter cable
Generic adjustable Car and Wall charger Need to add USB adapter cable
My mess of a test bench =]