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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Michael C, Jul 6, 2006.

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  1. Michael C

    Michael C Guest

    that the majority of mobile phones, mp3 players etc can't all use the same
    charger that puts out 5v and uses the same plug as one of those small usb
    connectors? This would have many advantages such as only needing one car
    charger, being able to charge off a PC and reducing cables as a lot of
    devices come with usb cables anyway. The other advantage is of course that
    chargers would be interchangable and easier to replace. It could also be
    good for the environment as the chargers could possibly be sold seperately.
    Is there any reason this hasn't happened?

  2. Friday

    Friday Guest

    Because if you could use a standard charger then you wouldn't buy THEIR
    charger and they wouldn't make any money which is the whole point of
    being in business in the first place.

  3. Michael C

    Michael C Guest

    I've never heard of a USB manufacturer blaming the USB port.

  4. Michael C

    Michael C Guest

    I think you're right, although I don't see how their profit would be
    effected that much. Surely the first manufacturer to start doing this would
    sell more products and make more money.
  5. swanny

    swanny Guest

    I suspect that some Chinese operator would rip off the design and
    produce them in such large quantities and at such a low price that
    no-one could compete. Then nobody would bother.
  6. Rick Measham

    Rick Measham Guest

    Whilst this will not relieve your frustration, a Douglas Adams essay is
    always a good read. Your post reminded me of one of my favorite DNA

    Rick Measham
  7. dmm

    dmm Guest

    The first question to ask is "What is a *standard* charger?"
  8. dmm

    dmm Guest

    The chargers for my Motorola V3i and Bluetooth headset are both made in China.
    The phone and headset are probably made there as well. Check the labels on
    your own gear to see how much is made in China these days.
  9. Peter

    Peter Guest

    My O2 atom charges while plugged in to the USB port, though it would be nice
    if all phones had a standard charging port and all cars used the same

  10. two bob

    two bob Guest

    Well... for one, if you bought something off me and it broke down...
    This boy is quick!
  11. two bob

    two bob Guest

    My O2 atom charges while plugged in to the USB port, though it would be
    Would you like to drive the same car as everyone else. Would you like to
    live in a house that was identical to everyone else's?

    If one factory made everything, where would we all get jobs to pay for all
    the identical products?

    It's called consumer choice.
  12. Michael C

    Michael C Guest

    There's a huge difference in this case though, consumers don't need the
    choice of different chargers for different electronics. This choice is only
    to profit manufacturers (although I think it is a false economy for them).
  13. Michael C

    Michael C Guest

    5V 500ma with a USB plug on the end of it.

  14. KeithR

    KeithR Guest

    No its not, currently there is no choice, you have to use the charger that
    the manufacturer provides. If there was a universal charger interface, you
    would be free to choose the charger that best suited you. Now THATS called
    consumer choice.
  15. KeithR

    KeithR Guest

    There already is a wall wart that has a USB socket mainly aimed at the IPod
    market. I would be surprised if it isn't made in China.

    If all the units used this sort of charger then there would be no need to
    include a separate charger with each piece of equipment, manifacturer's
    cost would go down, packaging would be simplified, and transport costs
    reduced. All in all the consumer's price should drop. Also, if you lost
    your charger or it died, you could just drop into any electrical shop and
    pick up a new one. Try doing that now.
  16. Well why dont i get a choice in the design of my 240v power point?
  17. two bob

    two bob Guest

    My O2 atom charges while plugged in to the USB port, though it would be
    The choice is in the equipment. You choose the equipment, the manufacturer
    supplies the charger. What more could you want? If the equipment didnt come
    with a charger, then you would have something to complain about.
  18. two bob

    two bob Guest

    My O2 atom charges while plugged in to the USB port, though it would be
    High level of intelligence on this group tonight, isn't there?
  19. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Great for the environment isn't it? It's called waste.

  20. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Yes though I think it started this afternoon.

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