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By MiloTheGreat, Junior Member on 7th July 2010, 08:21 AM
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Its seems the charging standards for USB car chargers have not been ratified so there are two different types out there....

So when you buy a car charger, its a little bit of a gamble to weather it will work or not...

This one does work
Ebay item : 130398121842
(its not me selling them)

I'm hear from some source that pins 2 & 3 need to be shorted, also hearing then need a 200ohm resistor between them. If anyone can clear up the confusion, that would be a massive help.

Apart from that, lovin my Streak...
14th July 2010, 09:34 PM |#2  
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The MotorMonkey doesn't work, although that's not a surprise as it only allows a current draw of 0.7A. The htc branded in-car adapter works fine though...

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23rd July 2010, 04:51 PM |#3  
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Desperately need a car charger. Anyone found anything that works ?

3rd August 2010, 04:30 PM |#4  
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3rd August 2010, 04:30 PM |#5  
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Well, in addition to the motormonkey, the Belkin universal usb car charger doesn't work, neither do any sold at Maplin. As a last resort I bought a slimline Power invertor for £15 . . . which promptly fell apart the 1st time I unplugged my charge. This is pretty ridiculous, Dell will not sell the charger unit without the mount. Has anybody found a working car charging option that doesn't cost £50?!
3rd August 2010, 07:50 PM |#6  
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Had my streak for about 3 weeks now and had not tried it in the car but after reading this post i thought i would go and try the car adaptor i had purchased for the TP2 that i had
and viola it worked no problem charged it very fast i have put the link at the end i purchased it from ebay
3rd August 2010, 10:33 PM |#7  
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Just in case it helps anyone, take your existing 12V USB adapter apart if it's not working with the streak and solder pins 2 and 3 together (the middle two, preferably at the PCB end if it has one). Works

I have gone from non-working to working in about 5 mins flat!! I should point out mine is a 1A charger. Think it needs to be with the Streak?


PS what an AWESOME device. Just awaiting 2.2 now (hopefully)
8th August 2010, 03:22 AM |#8  
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Usb car charger

To anybody having issues with a USB Car Charger, I have managed to solder the 2nd and 3rd Pins in a charger purchased from Ebay, and it works perfectly.

The Item number for the charger from Ebay is # 220605256968

I have taken pictures of a small piece of wire that I used to solder the two points together, incase anybody is wondering how it can be done.

The link for the pics is as follows:
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(delete the spaces between the http above)

Hope this helps!

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18th August 2010, 09:40 PM |#9  
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Tis true you can get any plug and just solder middle pins together, I tried about ten of em none worked, blob of solder job done..
20th August 2010, 12:56 AM |#10  
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I just opened up my USB console I installed on my Harley and soldered pins 2&3 together and now it charges

I already have a bunch of AC powered USB ports and car USB adapters... A bit of surgery there and I'll be set.
21st August 2010, 01:49 AM |#11  
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Just did it on a Scosche plug. It has two adapters. I dropped a bit of solder on the circuit board for the middle pins on one plug. That plug now works and the second doesn't.
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