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Reika

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« Reply #3315 on: December 07, 2012, 04:27:55 AM »
I found a charger for my "antique" electronic keyboard this way - bet you could find one this way too:

Google "charger [name/model of your tablet]" - it was just that easy, and cheap.

Tried that, no luck. Thank you, though. :)

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« Reply #3317 on: December 07, 2012, 09:16:09 AM »
Not sure what model you have but when I searched Amazon, they had a couple of wall chargers for Craig tablet computers.

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« Reply #3318 on: December 07, 2012, 12:07:12 PM »
I've tried universal adapators and they didn't work. The ones I found on Amazon weren't for my model and Craig's customer service couldn't tell me if one for another model would work or not. Believe me, I went crazy trying to find a charger that would fit and work.

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« Reply #3319 on: December 07, 2012, 01:23:11 PM »
If you know the charging requirements (usually it will be something like "Output: 5V ---- 1A"), then you can search for the exact power requirements.  As long as the charger you buy has the proper connection, and has the exact power output you need, you'll be set.
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« Reply #3320 on: December 07, 2012, 02:13:53 PM »
If you know the charging requirements (usually it will be something like "Output: 5V ---- 1A"), then you can search for the exact power requirements.  As long as the charger you buy has the proper connection, and has the exact power output you need, you'll be set.

Or a lower output. We're having this problem with our Kindle Fire--Amazon's power adapters never last long and we need yet another new one. Our Fire is still under warranty so it should be free, but since they introduced the second generation Fire they don't make those chargers anymore--the second generation Fire comes with a mini USB cord and you have to buy a wall charger separately, which is "currently unavailable" from Amazon. They tried giving us a second generation Fire but I hated it, plus I thought it was stupid to replace a $200 tablet instead of a $20 charger. So they're sending a second refurbished charger (even though they assured me that they're all quality tested, the first refurbished one was so loose it literally fell out of the Fire) and I have to use my cell phone charger for now, which is half as powerful. It works, just much much more slowly. Not really a "never shopping there again" offense (yet), but I probably couldn't say that about Amazon anyway since we order so much stuff from them.

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« Reply #3321 on: December 07, 2012, 02:22:01 PM »
If you know the charging requirements (usually it will be something like "Output: 5V ---- 1A"), then you can search for the exact power requirements.  As long as the charger you buy has the proper connection, and has the exact power output you need, you'll be set.

I tried that, I really did, but the blasted thing wouldn't charge with the charger that wasn't made by the company. I tried 3-4 different chargers (once I found ones that would actually fit). And unlike any other device I've dealt with (including mom's cheapo smart phone), it won't charge off the computer.

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« Reply #3322 on: December 07, 2012, 03:06:48 PM »
If you know the charging requirements (usually it will be something like "Output: 5V ---- 1A"), then you can search for the exact power requirements.  As long as the charger you buy has the proper connection, and has the exact power output you need, you'll be set.

I tried that, I really did, but the blasted thing wouldn't charge with the charger that wasn't made by the company. I tried 3-4 different chargers (once I found ones that would actually fit). And unlike any other device I've dealt with (including mom's cheapo smart phone), it won't charge off the computer.

Yeeeah, that's definitely a deal breaker for me.  If the company goes out of business, I have a plastic brick.  NUH UH.
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« Reply #3323 on: December 07, 2012, 03:14:52 PM »
I have a Belkin surge suppressor with both regular plugs and usb outlets on it. I use it to charge all of my devices. It is less than $12. I have had mine for nearly two years and use it all the time. We love it so much we bought another for DH and DS.

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Mini-Surge-Protector-Charger/dp/B0015DYMVO
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« Reply #3324 on: December 07, 2012, 03:17:32 PM »
That's crazy, Reika. No wonder you're frustrated!! My DD's Nook Color charging cable broke after just 4 months and of course it's just slightly different from allll the many other micro USB chargers we have. The replacements are $20 and the reviews are full of people complaining how easily they break. Meanwhile my Kindle charger is still like new after 3 years and even if it broke all the standard chargers fit it just fine. Ten points for Kindle!

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« Reply #3325 on: December 07, 2012, 04:45:18 PM »
That's crazy, Reika. No wonder you're frustrated!! My DD's Nook Color charging cable broke after just 4 months and of course it's just slightly different from allll the many other micro USB chargers we have. The replacements are $20 and the reviews are full of people complaining how easily they break. Meanwhile my Kindle charger is still like new after 3 years and even if it broke all the standard chargers fit it just fine. Ten points for Kindle!

Have a Kindle 3G, I love it and hope it lasts my lifetime, including the original charger which just says "bring it!" ;)

I would have gotten a Fire, but for some reason I didn't like it anywhere near as much as the 3G, so wanted to get something different. I did like my cheapo tablet, but the charger thing has driven me insane for almost a month now. A coworker even brought in his box'o'chargers. That's where I found some random ones that fit, were the same power output and it didn't power up.

Whenever I hook the blasted thing up to a USB cable of some sort (it has both regular and micro), and it turned on and off reproachfully that it didn't have power so couldn't connect to the omputer. While I had it hooked up to a usb charger in the darn wall outlet.

So I basically have a plastic brick, but one I don't dare get rid of because it does have some of my info on it and with my luck whatever scavenger found it would have a charger that would work.

However Newegg is my best friend and I got a replacement that was superior, but the same price thanks to the Holiday Whacky Season specials. And free shipping.

Unfortunately, it's being shipped by one of the banes of my existence: UPS.

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« Reply #3326 on: December 07, 2012, 04:54:21 PM »
Reika wrote:

"So I basically have a plastic brick, but one I don't dare get rid of because it does have some of my info on it and with my luck whatever scavenger found it would have a charger that would work."

If you're planning on discarding it, just destroy it before you do and your data is safe.  It won't give up your secrets if you crush it with a hammer or drvie your car over it.

Virg

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« Reply #3327 on: December 07, 2012, 04:57:56 PM »
Reika wrote:

"So I basically have a plastic brick, but one I don't dare get rid of because it does have some of my info on it and with my luck whatever scavenger found it would have a charger that would work."

If you're planning on discarding it, just destroy it before you do and your data is safe.  It won't give up your secrets if you crush it with a hammer or drvie your car over it.

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That sounds very therapeutic, Virg!  Been tempted to do that with several electronic gizmos over the years.

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« Reply #3328 on: December 07, 2012, 05:44:44 PM »
Look for free microwaves on Craigslist.  Film and Youtube.
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« Reply #3329 on: December 07, 2012, 06:07:58 PM »
Reika wrote:

"So I basically have a plastic brick, but one I don't dare get rid of because it does have some of my info on it and with my luck whatever scavenger found it would have a charger that would work."

If you're planning on discarding it, just destroy it before you do and your data is safe.  It won't give up your secrets if you crush it with a hammer or drvie your car over it.

Virg

That does not work for iPads though - I know someone whose iPad was run over by a large pickup truck. You could see that it was slightly flatter where it got run over, and the display was broken, but it still worked.
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