Customer Review

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great device but not quite universal, 9 Sep 2010
By 
This review is from: iZKAź - 3 Pin USB 1A Charger UK Wall Plug for MP3 MP4 players, iPod, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, Apple iPad, Tablet, Mobile Phones, PDAs, Kindle, TomTom, Navman, Garmin, Blackberry, Samsung, Sony, Nokia and digital cameras etc - Black
Having won a Flip MinoHD in the Pepsi promotion and not wanting spend a lot of money on the right charger I bought one of these to enable me to charge the Flip when there was no PC available ( you get nothing with a Flip, no charger, no cables ,just a cloth case ). As a cheap USB charger I thought this would be ideal. Arrived very quickly ( great service Ibox ), plugged it in and the Flip came to life, the battery symbol came up on the screen but would not charge. Left it for hours to no avail the Flip did not charge.

A bit of research told me that some manufactures frig there equipment so that they will only charge on there approved chargers ( more revenue to them ). However most use the simple method. A USB connector uses 4 wires, the outside ones ( Pins 1 and 4 ) supply the power, the inner 2 ( Pins 2 and 3 )are used for data. For some equipment to charge they need to see something on the data pins. As these are used for data transfer when plugged into your PC it is no problem but unless the charger puts something onto pins 2 and 3 the device won't charge. This charger has nothing on pins 2 and 3 and hence won't work with some manufactures equipment.

Now I don't recomend this for those who are not technically minded and I take no responsibility if anyone tries this and has problems of any kind, but it is simple to take this charger appart ( one screw behind the lable, and of course this will invalidate any warrenty ) and connect pins 2 and 3 on the circuit board by the USB connector ( taking care not to short anything else ).

The mod took minutes and now my Flip charges without problem.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 14 Sep 2011 17:24:04 BDT
Dot-Redditch says:
Hi- Just read your review. I also have a FlipVideo and I use Lithium batteries in mine - amazing and lasts for months and months. Dot

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 08:58:16 BDT
DavidW says:
Steve, when you take the charger apart, what are you connecting pins 2&3 to?
‹ Previous 1 Next ›