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Could this little hardware trick be damaging my iPod?

by KevinWI / January 16, 2007 11:31 AM PST

Hmmm, I just found a new hardware trick with my iPod, but the thought just occurred to me that I could be damaging it.

I have an old Pentium 4 PC with my iTunes, so it takes iTunes awhile to unmount/eject my iPod when its plugged it. I found, if I have the USB cord that connects to my iPod in about half way, its enough for the power to reach, so I can recharge my iPod without having Windows or iTunes recongize my iPod.

This is handy when I don't want to add or remove songs, but just need to recharge it, but, can I harm it or its battery if I do this?

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by t_nguyen206 / January 16, 2007 3:42 PM PST

You could go to your options and turn off the option that has iTunes load when your iPod is connected. You'll then not have to worry about it syncing up until you load up iTunes and tell it to.

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If you don't mind spending a little money
by kellenjb / January 16, 2007 9:10 PM PST

You can also get USB power adapters for the iPod. You plug the adapter into your wall and you got a Powered USB port to charge with. Then you wouldn't even have to worry about your computer being on.

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I think it might be damaging.
by udayan71 / January 17, 2007 3:25 AM PST

What you're doing seems similar to half-connecting a plug to a socket. While not exactly as dangerous (disclaimer: I am so not an electrician) it can be like a loose connection. As suggested, I would deselect 'open iTunes on connection' and just leave it plugged in. It will have the 'Do not disconnect' symbol though..

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reminds me of...
by totosquirt / January 17, 2007 4:10 AM PST

it reminds me of a local story that happened last year when a family's house went on fire because the air conditioner was not plugged in fully...

i recommend being safe than sorry~

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I don't think so
by rtemp / January 17, 2007 4:56 AM PST

I don't think you are damaging your iPod, as it is receiving the correct voltage to charge and such, but I don't think this is a recommended route to take. You are possibly inducing conditons that for some reason may cause a spark to fly across from the power contacts to the signal contacts, causing damage to your USB port. That's the worst case I can think of at the moment. I would recommend following everyone's suggestion of changing the iTunes settings.

Luckily (kind of) for me, I have a USB port that carries power, but not signal, so that's where I plug in my nano when I just want power.


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(NT) i would be careful, you never know.
by kinsella01 / January 17, 2007 5:36 AM PST
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by KevinWI / January 17, 2007 5:59 AM PST

Thanks for all the advice. I think I'll plug it in all the way, just to be safe, since it is the way it is made to be used.

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