Introduction: I Can't Believe That This Is Another USB Power Supply!

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This was inspired by some (read: a lot) tutorials about "How to charge * on USB power", so I reversed the logic and I'm publishing "How to connect *'s charger to USB ports".

As an "added bonus", you can either use the 2 USB ports only with power capabilities...
... or you can connect them to your PC and use them for both power and data transfer.

Step 1: Materials

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USB card with cable (transforms internal USB connectors in the standard A-type (rectangular) connector)
Connector that fits the USB card
Power supply: 4,75-5,25V, at least 500mA (recommended: 500mA*number of outputs)
Soldering tools/Glue/Scotch/Whatever holds wires together

Step 2: Cable Modding

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Identify the power lines, usually the outside pins (In my case there are 2 rows of 5 pins each, but usually you will only find 8 pins or 9 pins, where one is not connected).
Cut off one side of the 2nd cable, and clearly mark the corresponding pins.

Step 3: Connecting the Power Supply

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Since I have a charger that outputs 450mA* at 5,2V it would be a good choice for this project.
Simply connect the power supply to the modded cable... just get the polarity right and there shouldn't be any problems.

*not enough for safe operation!!

Step 4: Test

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Check for 5V on the actual USB port, and test for any shorts.

Step 5: Use in "power Supply Only" Mode

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Plug in the charger, connect the output, everything should be up and running.

Step 6: Use As an Actual USB Port

You can plug the original cable in your motherboard and to the USB card to also get data capabilities.

Comments

MultiViews (author)2009-09-12

Is that a swedish power plug?

cyrozap (author)2009-03-25

I already did this kind of thing with a charger to make it so I can charge my iPod from a wall outlet. Kinda unstable, but it works. Tested it in science class (we were watching a movie, and the lab desks have wall plugs!) and I was able to revive my iPod touch from dead to 3/4-charge. I tested it at school because everything gets very hot and I didn't want to burn my house down (I think I need to add a resistor or two).

Yerboogieman (author)2009-03-25

I added this to the group, yet, to make it eligible, explain why it would be portable, or add a picture of it connected to the motherboard.

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