USB Charging

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    I was extremely disappointed about the length of the power cord. I then thought that maybe, just like other devices, I can charge the tablet with the USB. I found the answer right away. I then contacted Acer and asked them if that is something they plan to enable in the future as I am not sure if the hardware is configured to charge via usb. Does anyone know if that is a software fix or we just will never be able to charge the tablet via USB.
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    Given that the charger is 12volt 1500MA and USB is 5volt I doubt it is meant to be charged via USB

    Cen5
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    However, you can always cut the cord and extend it.
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    That makes sense. Thank you both for the feedback.
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    As said in a previous answer in this thread the voltage is different for tablets than for devices that can be charged with USB. It is not just a limitation of the ACER and is most likely the case for all tablets. The three 7" tablets that I have used all cannot be charged via usb.
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    so there is no way to charge it in the car from a 12V source?
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    A quick google search indicates there are car chargers.
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    The ones I have seen so far either have the wrong connector or wrongly quote they are a USB charger, which will not work.

    Do you have links?

    Thanks.

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    To charge my tablet in my car I use a voltage inverter, this also has the advantage of charging faster than a cigarette lighter version, I have the tripplite 375 Watt inverter, it's about US $75.00 but they also have lower wattage models for cheaper.

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    Problem with that is that you have high voltages hanging around in the car.

    Not my preference.

    Peter

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    They have several chargers at ebay. Just search for Acer Iconia and you will get a bunch. Did not read more about them, but try them and see if they work for you.
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    I have one of those inverters in my truck but I have 2 cars too so I have to remember to take the bulky thing with me or buy 3 of them. I was hoping for a smaller simpler cheaper solution like my charger. i have one for each car.
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    Why not? The car's PCM and all other computer modules are running off the same power source. They are equally as sensititve. Most inverters will have a voltage regulater and you should always put one inline as well. When setup properly, it is no different than your house. Your house gets wild 120v and is kicked down to 12v through the transformer, same deal........
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    They don't have to be big or bulky (but it does suck that you have to remember to take your cord with you!)

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    most of the cars run on 12 volts. regular car plug little splicin shouldwork
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    I just purchased the Iconia A500 but also have an Archos 101 tablet.
    I am able to charge the Archos through use of a cigarette lighter adapter that gives you usb power. I purchased a usb cable that goes from the usb in the adapter to the power plug in the Archos.
    The adapter is 2 amps.
    I was hoping to find something similar for the Acer tablet.
    Here is a lighter charger that goes into your power plug, also includes a 6 ft extention cable.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Car-Adapter-Cha...=120722492223&ps=63&clkid=1722251026794139674
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    I use one like this for my AC charging needs in the vehicles.

    This one is from Amazon.com, but you can get them almost anywhere. I was an OTA truck driver for a few years, these work great for small electronics. Powers my laptop without issue.

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    There are car chargers on eBay for a very reasonable price with free shipping. Search Acer A500 charger. I also picked up a spare wall wart there to keep at work.
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    I just bought a charger off of ebay, the seller was supposed to be in California, but the charger shipped from China. I got the charger this morning and I get a flashing pink led in my power button and the tablet doesn't charge. So, a word from the now experienced. ebay chargers may not be the answer to the charging question.
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