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DevCake

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!UPDATE!

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.

usb-pinout1.jpg


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.

DIY ADAPTERS
--------------
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.

44140b862d0384b42cf5f6df19fbffac.jpg


UK Equivalent
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

2010913184441PCAC362-1A.jpg
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

51zKd8w1qeL.jpg


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

$(KGrHqMOKnIE1SlRlRT6BN(eiQGlHg~~0_12.JPG


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.

5281-1.jpg


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 =]

bench.jpg


~DC
 
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Rumbleweed

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try to get a scope, it is possible that the charge controller is in the tf while the charge circuitry is in the charger. the two middle pins might be control signals which would explain why touching them stops the charger. the lack of signals on the middle pins may explain why when using the dynex charger you lose the battery meter.
 

DevCake

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try to get a scope, it is possible that the charge controller is in the tf while the charge circuitry is in the charger. the two middle pins might be control signals which would explain why touching them stops the charger. the lack of signals on the middle pins may explain why when using the dynex charger you lose the battery meter.

DONE

It's voltage people, all voltage. No fancy communicating with the charger. Right now I have a DC power supply use for powering DV voltage devices connected directly to pins 1 and 4 supplying it with 13.8 Volts and it is charging. All other pins are disconnected. This is why the Dynex works, because it is 11 V.

Back to the OP with a follow up.
 

Rumbleweed

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Something is still missing. If only pins 1 and 4 are used by the charger, then a usb 2.0 cable with four pin/conductors should work as an extension, but it doesn't.
 

DevCake

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Something is still missing. If only pins 1 and 4 are used by the charger, then a usb 2.0 cable with four pin/conductors should work as an extension, but it doesn't.

True but my goal is to come up with more charging options. I've been charging my tablet for about 45 mins now, voltage and amps have been steady, 13.8 and 1.6.
 

SlimDan22

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Someone should disassemble there Asus charger, i couldn't figure out how to pry it open, so i gave up before i broke the plastic shell :p

Someone needs to get an oscilloscope going on the cable , there has got to be a reason Asus chose USB 3.0 connectors, which i think it is for some accessories down the road, who knows
 
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DevCake

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Someone should disassemble there Asus charger, i couldn't figure out how to pry it open, so i gave up before i broke the plastic shell :p

Someone needs to get an oscilloscope going on the cable , there has got to be a reason Asus chose USB 3.0 connectors, which i think it is for some accessories down the road, who knows

Not going to argue with you on that one. The dynex is working for people and so is my rig.
 

DevCake

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Updated OP with parts needed to make a wall and car charger for under $14. Posting pics of custom versions made with spare parts.
 
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cbxcarl

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Hi Devcake
Icant seem to find the USB /power lead could you give another link please. I am in the UK.
Many thanks for your article just what was needed.
Carl
 

Meltn

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Ebay item #270571233814 is the 5.5 to USB adapter

UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item20b735a891
 
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    !UPDATE!

    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.

    usb-pinout1.jpg


    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.

    DIY ADAPTERS
    --------------
    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.

    44140b862d0384b42cf5f6df19fbffac.jpg


    UK Equivalent
    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

    2010913184441PCAC362-1A.jpg
    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

    51zKd8w1qeL.jpg


    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

    $(KGrHqMOKnIE1SlRlRT6BN(eiQGlHg~~0_12.JPG


    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.

    5281-1.jpg


    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 =]

    bench.jpg


    ~DC
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    18000 Mah for the " User on the Go"

    Hello All,

    New here but I figured I would share my experience with the Energizer XP18000 Portable battery.

    I made this custom cable from the cable part # WI-12 from Xpal. It was $ 6.99 US. It steps downs the output of the XP18000 from 16-19 volts to a solid 12.3 volts.

    I tested over the last several days and found the following results:

    1) The XP18000 can fully charge the Asus TF from a dead battery to full in 2.75 hours.
    2) The XP1800 can charge the Asus TF 2.5 times before needing a recharge itself.
    3) If both the XP18000 and the Asus TF are fully charged you can get approximately 23 hours straight usage out the two before both batteries are completely spent. (Auto Brightness, Wifi on and a movie playing.)

    I hope this helps some of the road warriors like myself out there.


    Mike.
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    Included are:
    - A standard cigarette adapter that I cut off of a splitter "Y" adapter. I used this because I knew the adapter would not have a current-limiting circuit inside and would thus feed the full 12-14 volts DC (in my case @ 3.0A but I fused @ 1.8)
    - A standard USB 2.0 extension cable, male end cut off
    - Connected red-to-red, black-to-black, cut and ignored white and green in the usb cable (signal wires)
    - Soldered, shrink-wrapped
    - Tested to make sure polarity was correct, amperage & voltage correct and stable
    - Plugged in my transformer and charged perfectly - even with screen on. No heat, no other issues.
    - Standard disclaimer - not my fault if you do this and cook something.
    - Total spent: $0 (I had the adapter laying in my tool chest and the Y adapter in my pile of miscellaneous computer junk)
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    Found another working power supply which needs NO DIY at all.
    Vivanco PAH3. Verified the thing myself and it worked flawlessly.
    This is a link to it: amazon.de/gp/product/B003B20VAI/ref=oss_product
    You need to add the www in front yourself (sorry, but I am still not allowed
    tp post links).
    Can be used for mobile, digi cam etc. as well, because it provides USB, Mini-USB
    and Micro-USB.
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    For those looking for a neat and easy solution, i found this on ebay...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINI-BULET-...?pt=US_Tablet_Accessories&hash=item3a6a0cc9a3