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1.0 out of 5 stars The most expensive USB charger money can buy...., 29 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Amazon PowerFast USB Charger for Accelerated Charging, UK (compatible with all Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers), 2013 release (Accessory)
USB chargers are rated at a 5 volt output - the device it is plugged to determines the power drawn. The charger is simply a generic plug with a USB hole in it.
There are plenty of USB chargers that will do the job and cost from 99 pence to £1.99. These cheaper chargers do exactly the same. A charger should be included with the device in any case.
Amazon are using their badge to make it appear that this charger is special - Apple do the same.
The lack of knowledge, coupled with the implied threat that using the wrong charger may damage your device takes advantage of those who simply do not understand and are terrified of electricity.
A friend of mine will not listen to this and he has a separate charger for his iPad, iPhone, Kindle etc - a total of approx £100 for chargers that are interchangeable and cheaply available everywhere.
I believe Trading Standards bodies across the world should be informed of this scam.
PS I complained to Amazon that I had to buy a separate charger and had bought what was essentially a well badged item worth a tenth of the price and they promptly refunded me and said I could keep the charger. It's in a drawer.
I use one that I bought for 1.49 from Maplins electronics.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2012 13:29:10 GMT
Rog. says:
Not strictly true - while this product is massively overpriced, it is rated at 1.8A. Most of the dirt cheap chargers are rated at 0.5A, which means if your tablet is running some power-hungry app the charger with the lower current rating could struggle, either charging very slowly or not charging at all. Still a stupid price though!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012 23:04:52 GMT
Correct good example is using Iphone charger on an iPad. There is a reason the iPad one is bigger. I do agree that you can easily get a charger with the correct rating for alot less.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 22:25:57 GMT
You are quite wrong here, although we can all agree that for what it is, it is overpriced. This charger has a number of different specs to a normal charger. It is designed to work and supply a higher electrical load to the kindle battery, using this on other device by the way can be dangerous and damage the battery (just for reference). This higher voltage and amp rating is what allows it to charge the kindle (which is designed to charge at these ratings) faster than your cheaper devices. So there is a difference and that is in the transformer in the device, which steps the voltage to the required level. (The new slim chargers still have a transformer but instead of a classic coil transformer they use an electrical configuration).

Even so i am not purchasing the item due to its price as i am able to leave it charging for the time it take my lower rated device to work, simply thought i would correct your statement. The device might determine the power used as in work done or watts but it doesn't fully determine the rate of charge which is what amazon are selling. Also this device will reduce the wattage you device used (though not by any way considerably), look up maximum power transfer theory, this theory is used by the designers when creating these products hence the high price, they had to get a lot of these things right that people like you just don't know or don't think about.

So finally before saying that other people have a lack of knowledge first make sure that you actually know what your talking about. There are a large number of electrical principle at play even in such a simple device and you clearly don't know these, note the one i mentioned above in particular.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 13:29:11 GMT
This is the best response to all the negatives said about this charger, BUT do ANY cheaper alternatives exist that are rated similarly?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 13:44:30 GMT
I haven't looked around to know, im just happy with my normal one. I would imagine it won't take long but I don't know. Depends what protection e.c.t amazon are using for it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 13:44:40 GMT
I haven't looked around to know, im just happy with my normal one. I would imagine it won't take long but I don't know. Depends what protection e.c.t amazon are using for it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 17:15:01 GMT
"Normal one" being the regular Kindle item?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 18:56:21 GMT
Normal meaning most usb chargers at the minuet. I wasn't going to pay this much as I said originally. :D

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 18:18:36 GMT
I've just been charging it with the iPhone USB (wall socket) charger.

Posted on 6 Dec 2012 10:14:59 GMT
K. L. Smith says:
Amazon sell their Kindle range 'at cost' i.e. they make no profit on the actual devices, so they would like you to buy 'product'...chargers, stylus pens, case etc. On ebay you can buy a charger for £3 post free, stylus for 99p post free and cases for about £7. See here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19907546
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