7 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2012 5:53 PM by PigtailsNFreckles

    Design of Nook Tablet USB power charger vs. Kindle Fire ac adapter

      I know there have been some complaints about the nook color and nook tablet not charging properly with another non-nook generic micro USB cables (from another phone or device) when on a computer, but personally, I really like the unique design of the nook tablet power charger and microusb... Not only does it have a unique cool looking power ac box with a folding plug that can be folded in when not in use, but both the box and the USB cable that plug into it are designed with nook brand elements, the curved back of the adapter is the same as the nook "n", and the micro USB cable's head has a glowing LED nook "n" logo that lights up to let you know it is connected... Looks way better than the kindle fire power adapter which is just a generic ac adapter, and *does not double as a USB cable*... with the Kindle Fire, you have to purchase a separate micro USB cable independently to be able to connect the device to a computer...
        • Re: Design of Nook Tablet USB power charger vs. Kindle Fire ac adapter
          Doreenpv

          Rob I totally agree...I think it's a cool design. I just wish it was easier to insert.

           

          Speaking of the charger cable...I noticed on my NT charger, while charging the "N" is part yellow and part orange looking. Then turns bright green when fully charged. Is that how yours appears?

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            I charge my Nook Tablet with my Apple iPhone charging brick, HP XW4300 desktop, Dell Studio 15 laptop and a recent model HP laptop (sorry forgot the model number) at work. They all charge the tablet just fine though when plugged in, the charging monitor says Not Charging. I just ignore that and it charges. I've not run a timing test against the supplied Nook charger but it charges fast enough for me.

             

            There are some el-cheapo laptops (probably desktops too) that put so little power to the USB port that it actually won't charge. They won't hurt the Nook, they just won't charge it. An unpowered USB hub probably won't put out enough power to charge it either.

             

            It is easy to test whether your USB port puts out enough power to charge it. With the battery below 100%, plug the cable into the port and the Nook, check the charging %, come back in 15 minutes and see if it has increased. If not, you have a low power USB port that won't charge it.

             

            So why not just use the supplied brick? For me, it is convenience when at home and the size of the brick when traveling. I travel with 2 of the Apple bricks which combined are smaller than the Nook brick. Also the Nook brick is so large that some hotel outlets won't take both the Nook brick and something else plugged into the outlet. This is rare because the Nook brick is well designed but it does happen to me.

             

            Note that I do use the supplied Nook cable, haven't tried a cheaper 3rd party one yet.

            • Re: Design of Nook Tablet USB power charger vs. Kindle Fire ac adapter
              BruceMcF

              robotecture wrote:
              ... the curved back of the adapter is the same as the nook "n", and the micro USB cable's head has a glowing LED nook "n" logo that lights up to let you know it is connected...

              That, however, is a failure point, those two LED's inside the plug. It would be less prone to failure if the LEDs were in the device itself next to the plug.

               

              And the extra long plug means that one cannot use just any standard to micro USB cable, while with the design of shorting out the data lines to let the device know its connected to a charger would allow any standard USB to micro USB cable to be used to connect to the power brick.

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                  Omnigeek

                  BruceMcF wrote:

                  And the extra long plug means that one cannot use just any standard to micro USB cable, while with the design of shorting out the data lines to let the device know its connected to a charger would allow any standard USB to micro USB cable to be used to connect to the power brick.


                  Mmm ... no.  I can and do use standard micro-USB cables to recharge my Nook Tablet or Nook Color.  What I can't do is use the B&N cable to recharge my Android smartphone.

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                  patgolfneb
                  I think most of us are just fine with the nook charger design, just concerned with its apparent fragiliy when compared to standard usb chargers. The charging light and speed of charging are real pluses. FWIW I was having issues with my color charger by the time it reached the 4 month mark. My tablet is not having any issues at nearly 4 months. The little bit longer sleeve and maybe a little care on my part hopefully will make a difference. I do believe BN needs to put a sticker on the charger so that buyers are aware that kinking the cord is more likely to damage the cord due to its added features.
                  • Buy a Kindle next time

                    Cool?  Come on!  I just want to charge the nook, I am not caring what the blasted thing looks like.  So I forgot my cable at home while traveling.  I stopped at an electronics store bought a Duracell device that charges multiple items, one of the items listed...Nook.  Great I get back to the hotel only to find out it does not work.

                    This Duracell mutli charger seemed like a good deal could charge in the house in the car, charge phones, ipods etc. Money hungry idiots get in the way of functionality too often. How difficult would it be to just make these type of devices (mobile phones, mp3 players, tablets) from standard usb power supplies. 

                    I hate having to carry 4 power adapters when traveling companies should be penalized for not adhering to  a standard power supply (mobile phone batteries included) enough of my unCOOLness rant  functionality over coolness any day!!!! Should have bought a Kindle

                     

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                      Although the design of the NT charger looks cool .... the design IS AWFUL! I have already went through 3 cords (not the part that you plug into the wall but the actual usb cord itself)! The micro-plug does not handle any sort of durability and there is no way to protect the end when it is not in use (hide it and hope the kids dont find it and if they do hope like hell that they don't actually do anything to the end because if they do IT WILL NOT WORK). I have tried various whole chargers (is all one unit), various usb micro cords for use with the NT and various wall units with seperate cords! They may charge it but OMG they TAKE FOREVER! Don't plan on using it anytime soon.

                       

                      BN seriously needs to go back to the drawing board with the cord design and give us a more durable one!!!