- 12-17-12, 09:48 PM #26
- 12-18-12, 10:32 AM #28
Long story short: Hence, TWO Travel Chargers and TWO normal usb-chargers.
The Travel version does not go on sale in the States much either.
- 12-18-12, 02:37 PM #30
- 12-18-12, 03:21 PM #31
A charging stand with HDMI, USB and magnetic charger would lead to broken HDMI and USB ports.
Most of us would have no problem but a few would.
How many complaints have we seen from people that can't manage to connect the USB without breaking the port? I wonder how these people manage to charge a phone?Z30, Nexus 4, Kobo Arc 64GB, Playbook 16GB
- 12-18-12, 04:24 PM #32
sitting on it's charger stand. It has connectors on the bottom that both charge and allow allow communication with computer usb port. This is late 90s vintage and it hasn't broken yet despite main connector being as miniature as micro usb, except has a lot more contacts.
No reason why RIM couldn't have had usb & hdmi connectors on charging stand with power/hdmi/usb connections on back that you use or not. Just needs some guides to properly position.
One could thing they did for usb and hdmi, was use industry standard connectors (although not for mag charge connector). My iPaq uses a special connector. Luckily they sold gazillions of them, so there were many aftermarket parts available.
I found a US company that is selling the Travel Charger for $23 or $30 incl shipping to Canada. May just buy one.
- 12-18-12, 05:21 PM #33
One contact point is fairly easy to center and connect but there would be three with the Playbook.
It would have been nice to have the standard connections plus an all in one magnetic connector for USB, HDMI and Power.Z30, Nexus 4, Kobo Arc 64GB, Playbook 16GB
- 12-19-12, 04:40 AM #34
The problem with the USB connector is that while it is keyed to only go in one way up, it is barely so. In a poor light, or in a hurry, or (like me) without the reading glasses on, it is all too easy to offer the plug up to the port upside-down resulting in a chewed-up port.
A pro-tip I read here a while back is to blob a small drop of white typing correction fluid on the top of the USB connector plug to prevent mistakes. The raised blob means it can even be inserted correctly just by feel, and I now routinely "add the blob" to the USB chargers for all my gadgets to minimise the chances of error.Proud Member of the PlayBook Beta Test Team (Since June 2011)
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-19-12, 06:05 PM #36
- 101 Posts
I bought the stand/charging dock a while back,its good......not as rapid as i thought it would be though,takes about 3 hours....is that right ?...no big issue as i have 2 Playbooks.....had a rapid travel charger delivered today for £18.99 from Amazon UK....have not tried it yet.
- 12-20-12, 06:37 AM #37
AFAIK, internally the dock charger and travel charger are the same, so I doubt you'd see any difference in charging time between them - I don't!
For me, the travel charger wins because I don't have to remove the PB case, but they are both fine products.Proud Member of the PlayBook Beta Test Team (Since June 2011)
- 12-20-12, 01:56 PM #40
- 12-20-12, 01:59 PM #41
Seeing I already have a rapid charger stand, one thought that came to mind, was that all I need is a cable with the magnetic connection at each end and I could charge the PB without putting it on a stand.
Doubt it is possible to buy those ends?
Maybe I could get RIM to send me the cables off two returned rapid wall chargers!
PS: Just ordered the rapid wall charger from an Amazon.com vendor that would ship to Canada. $15.98 plus $8.99 shipping ($2.98 in usa)
Hope they have stock!
Last edited by kwelamnp; 12-20-12 at 02:30 PM.
- 12-20-12, 02:14 PM #42
- 12-20-12, 03:45 PM #43
- 12-21-12, 09:17 AM #44
The best thing for anyone else trying to get one would be to go to a local Futureshop or BestBuy and get them to price match staples.ca What a way to start the day!
- 12-24-12, 05:50 AM #47
No, rapid chargers are not harder on battery life. In theory they should be but in real life it would be very difficult to prove.
Maybe you get 999 recharges instead of 1000. Prove that.Z30, Nexus 4, Kobo Arc 64GB, Playbook 16GB
- CrackBerry Master
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