Tiny USB car charger

by Volker Weber

belkinmicrocharger

This made it quickly on my wishlist: a tiny USB charger that sits flush in your dashboard. As I understand, not yet in the stores, but should be Real Soon Now.

Comments

There's already such a product by Hama, which is sold for serveral months for about 14€.
The one from Belkin only adds an indicating light and has a nicer surface.

Kai Nehm, 2009-04-21

Excellent. Thanks for the heads-up Volker, I've been looking for something like that for ages.

John Lindsay, 2009-04-21

Did not know that, Kai.

Volker Weber, 2009-04-21

Hama "Pico": http://www.amazon.de/Hama-00014094-USB-Kfz-Ladegerät-Pico/dp/B001AFUIQK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=ce-de&qid=1240332384&sr=8-5

NoName mit hervorragendem Ausgangsstrom: http://www.amazon.de/Ladegerät-Adapter-schwarz-Apple-iPhone/dp/B000ZZ7J4K/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=ce-de&qid=1240332384&sr=8-6

Ich habe länger gewartet bis es sowas mal in dieser Größe gibt. Kann es nur empfehlen. Es bleibt - aufgrund der Größe - bei mir im "Aschenbecherfach" und ich kann den Deckel darüber problemlos schließen. Also kein rein/raus mehr.

Wolf Mc Ewen, 2009-04-21

Will it use power if the car is off and no device is plugged into it, I wonder? Nice find.

Kevan Emmott, 2009-04-21

will it work with Blackberrys ?

Sean Cull, 2009-04-21

Reichelt hat das "Hama" auch. Danke, Rolf.

Volker Weber, 2009-04-21

OK, ein bisschen größer, dafür aber auch gleich mit zwei USB-Anschlüssen:
http://webstore.gravis.de/Detail.aspx?path=zubehoer_kabel%2fladegeraete_batterien%2f&pid=170000000000003079

Erfolgreich getestet mit iPod Touch (Gaming für die die Kleinen im Fond) und BlackBerry Bold (Gaming für den Großen am Steuer) ...

Peter Meuser, 2009-04-21

Do we follow this through to the logical conclusion? In the future, all cars will have USB power ports as standard equipment, and we need to go to Belkin for a USB-powered cigarette lighter adapter?

Adam Gartenberg, 2009-04-21

Kleiner tip für bastler:

das teil kann man auch selber basteln für unter 2 euro! ok, mal abgesehen von versandkosten und mindestbestellwert ;-)

im conrad katalog gibts für 0,57 euro einen IC7805 (IC 7805 TO 220 - Artikel Nr 179205 - 62) und eine USB einbaubuchse (0,80 euro). der IC hat drei anschlüsse: masse (-), eingang (12 volt von der autobatterie) und einen ausgang geregelt 5V für an die USB buchse.
hab das ganze zb bei mir im auto mit dem dremel direkt ins armaturenbrett eingebaut da der zigarettenanzünder sowieso schon belegt war durch sonstige gadgets.. funktioniert prima und ist dezent versteckt.

grüsse

Richie Schmid, 2009-04-21

d'oh, forgot to switch to english:

cheap USB port charger DIY: order a 5 volt regulator IC 7805 ($.25 at radio shack), solder it all together connecting the positive from the cigarette lighter (12V) to the 7805 input pin, the positive usb pin to the 7805 output pin (5V), and the negative (-) from cigarette lighter and the usb ground pin to the 7805 ground pin. then install the usb socket directly in the dash with a "dremel" tool.

Richie Schmid, 2009-04-21

Im Auto steckt im Zigarettenanzünder leider bereits ein Belkin Tunebase (Nachteil: Radio hören geht jetzt gar nicht mehr, zumindest nicht vor 20:00 Uhr). Das Rauchen aufzugeben hat sich wirklich gelohnt.

Henning Heinz, 2009-04-21

Unfortunately it's still for the cigarette lighter port - I'd wish this were really integrated into the dashboard. Car manufacturers could easily provide that for less than $5 in every car - I wonder when we'll see that...

Frank Koehntopp, 2009-04-22

You already do. Of course it goes beyond simple charging. Those USB plugs let you mount thumb drives and play them over the radio. Plug in your BlackBerry and play its music over the stereo and charge it at the same time.

Volker Weber, 2009-04-22

Frank, i guess we will see that in every new car as soon as there are radio controlled clocks in every car.

Stefan Opitz, 2009-04-22

eg. http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.19561
You can get things like that at all times at dealextreme. For round about $6 is is clear that this will work several times, but those gadget you need not all the time...

Henrik Heigl, 2009-04-23

Hab ich als NoName für 1 EUR 2005 bei eBay gekauft. Versandkosten aus Hong Kong ca. 5 EUR.

Detlev Buschkamp, 2009-04-24

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