5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 25, 2012 8:10 AM by Roger_Ohio

    NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

      Just curious, but why is there one cable for NookColor and one for Nook 3G/WiFi included in the Car charging kit if both use the MicroUSB plug?  Are the pinouts of each cable different, and what, if any, damage might result from mixing up the cables?  Are the devices protected from this occurence?

        • Re: NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

          Interesting....if its anything like my Samsung phone (Android), if I use a "samsung charging cable" and use the the touch screen, its fine.  If I use a knock-off brand charger, I cannot use it while its plugged in.  The touch screen does not repsond and when it does respond it goes haywire(blinking, scrolling, etc...).

           

           

          • Re: NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

            @Capcom,

            The NOOKcolor comes with a wall adapter charger designed for fast charging that will charge your NOOKcolor to 80% in 2 hours, and fully charge your NOOKcolor in 4-5 hours. If you operate your NOOKcolor while charging, then the charging process will take longer (depending on activity).

             When connected to a PC or Mac via a USB cable, NOOKcolor can charge but at a much slower rate and only if the device is not in use. Otherwise using the device will actually consume more power that it receives from the USB cable. 

             NOTE: We do not recommend using any other wall adapter charger including the original NOOK charger.

            NOOKcolor has a custom connector that is compatible with usb connectivity.

            While the NOOKcolor connector may appear the same as a microUSB connector, the connector is slightly longer supporting a second set of pins dedicated for charging at a higher rate for a higher capacity battery (when compared to Nook and other mobile devices). As a result the NOOKcolor connector will NOT work in other typical microUSB ports.

            However you can use a microUSB connector on the NOOKcolor to sync data from a PC/MAC, but not for the fast charging provided by your dedicated NOOKcolor cable.

            One more thing – the NOOKcolor cable should ONLY be used with the provided NOOKcolor AC adaptor. 

              • Re: NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

                Michael-V wrote:

                @Capcom,

                The NOOKcolor comes with a wall adapter charger designed for fast charging that will charge your NOOKcolor to 80% in 2 hours, and fully charge your NOOKcolor in 4-5 hours. If you operate your NOOKcolor while charging, then the charging process will take longer (depending on activity).

                 When connected to a PC or Mac via a USB cable, NOOKcolor can charge but at a much slower rate and only if the device is not in use. Otherwise using the device will actually consume more power that it receives from the USB cable. 

                 NOTE: We do not recommend using any other wall adapter charger including the original NOOK charger.

                NOOKcolor has a custom connector that is compatible with usb connectivity.

                While the NOOKcolor connector may appear the same as a microUSB connector, the connector is slightly longer supporting a second set of pins dedicated for charging at a higher rate for a higher capacity battery (when compared to Nook and other mobile devices). As a result the NOOKcolor connector will NOT work in other typical microUSB ports.

                However you can use a microUSB connector on the NOOKcolor to sync data from a PC/MAC, but not for the fast charging provided by your dedicated NOOKcolor cable.

                One more thing – the NOOKcolor cable should ONLY be used with the provided NOOKcolor AC adaptor. 


                The part I highlighted above...tells me that the NOOKcolor draws more than 500ma (1/2 amp) at 5v when in use, since that is the standard max power draw for a USB device.     That is NOT a problem (to me) but implies a need for a fairly hefty battery in order to get 8 hours of use.  

                 

                8hrs times 500ma = 4,000maH battery....that's about twice the size of an extended power cell phione battery...and since we know from your statement that 500ma isn't enough to power the NOOKcolor....that means the battery is larger?

                 

                So what is the maH rating of the NOOKcolor battery?

                 

                I'm just curious....my purchase decision has been made since the 27th when I placed my pre-order with B&N and I'm not going to cancel it for any reason.

                 

                 

                  • Re: NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

                    donc13 wrote:

                    Michael-V wrote:

                    @Capcom,

                    The NOOKcolor comes with a wall adapter charger designed for fast charging that will charge your NOOKcolor to 80% in 2 hours, and fully charge your NOOKcolor in 4-5 hours. If you operate your NOOKcolor while charging, then the charging process will take longer (depending on activity).

                     When connected to a PC or Mac via a USB cable, NOOKcolor can charge but at a much slower rate and only if the device is not in use. Otherwise using the device will actually consume more power that it receives from the USB cable. 

                     NOTE: We do not recommend using any other wall adapter charger including the original NOOK charger.

                    NOOKcolor has a custom connector that is compatible with usb connectivity.

                    While the NOOKcolor connector may appear the same as a microUSB connector, the connector is slightly longer supporting a second set of pins dedicated for charging at a higher rate for a higher capacity battery (when compared to Nook and other mobile devices). As a result the NOOKcolor connector will NOT work in other typical microUSB ports.

                    However you can use a microUSB connector on the NOOKcolor to sync data from a PC/MAC, but not for the fast charging provided by your dedicated NOOKcolor cable.

                    One more thing – the NOOKcolor cable should ONLY be used with the provided NOOKcolor AC adaptor. 


                    The part I highlighted above...tells me that the NOOKcolor draws more than 500ma (1/2 amp) at 5v when in use, since that is the standard max power draw for a USB device.     That is NOT a problem (to me) but implies a need for a fairly hefty battery in order to get 8 hours of use.  

                     

                    8hrs times 500ma = 4,000maH battery....that's about twice the size of an extended power cell phione battery...and since we know from your statement that 500ma isn't enough to power the NOOKcolor....that means the battery is larger?

                     

                    So what is the maH rating of the NOOKcolor battery?

                     

                    I'm just curious....my purchase decision has been made since the 27th when I placed my pre-order with B&N and I'm not going to cancel it for any reason.

                     

                     


                    Saw the zdnet 'take apart' photos today....answered my question....3.7v 4000mAh Lithium Polymer just as I guessed.

                     

                     

                • Re: NookColor vs. Nook charging cables?

                  I misplaced my special Nook Color charger & cable so had to try something else.  I had a 1000mA standard pin micro USB charger.

                  I learned you cannot run the Nook while it is connected as the screen goes crazy as if you are tapping different aps etc. BUT after shutting the Nook down I was able to get it fully charged (95+%) overnight from its original 18%.

                  Haven't tried to time the charging rate but 1000mA will result in full charge and since B& N claims 4 hrs for their 1900mA charger I would assume that about 8 at 1000mA should work in a pinch.

                   

                  We can only hope someone learns how to make a more durable cable that will work with the B&N wall unit cuz it seems that selling cables is much like selling over-priced ink to offset the low cost of an ink jet printer, we are expected to consider the cable a "consumable" part.