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Is it ok to charge mp3 players on any plug with USB?

by Mr_redglass / January 6, 2012 1:39 AM PST

I have been wondering if it would be ok to charge an mp3 with plugs of mine like for my phone that have a USB slot for charging something. I have a bunch of plugs like that with just a USB you can plug into to charge something like for my Bluetooth and one for my smartphone etc. I also have a bunch made for car power outlets but I'm afraid to because I'm afraid if its not the right plug than it might do something to the device or to its battery or something. I don't know.

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No one will write it's OK with every device
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2012 1:43 AM PST

But for now if my player has some USB cable I use my USB wall charger on all of them without any ill effect for many years. That may not be a good answer for some folk but that's my choice.
Bob

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not sure
by Cola56 / January 31, 2012 11:39 AM PST

so far,I have not foun any problem as what you do ,and I think it is not other effects on the battery in short time.

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As far as it fits, no prob
by soursjohnny / January 31, 2012 1:15 PM PST

As far as it fits, no prob

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It should be fine
by Slackenerny / February 3, 2012 4:22 PM PST

From what I understand the USB plug carries a certain standard which says the voltage is 5V and the current doesn't exceed 1.5A. This piece of information has formed the basis of my usual practice when it comes to USB chargers, "unless proven otherwise, it is OK.".

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by Slackenerny / February 3, 2012 4:25 PM PST
In reply to: It should be fine

Sorry, it should have been 0.5A.

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Look out for any extra steps when not connected to a PC
by Jelly Baby / February 4, 2012 7:09 AM PST

Basically yes -however, my old Creative MP3 player needed me to move the power switch to the "lock" position to get it to charge from a phone type charger so there might be an occasional trick needed to get it to work but your players manual should tell you what to do.
It certainly won't do any harm - at worst, it just won't charge

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