Off-Topic: use laptop only as USB power supply

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Fri May 21 09:24:16 CDT 2010


> If you're at all handy with a soldering iron, this is a fun project to
> do what you need : http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/

Tekkeon's TekCharge MP1550 is a beefier version of this; it will work with
two or four AA batteries, and provides USB.  If you put rechargeables in,
it can also charge them via a secondary charging port.  This has become my
solution of choice for backup power for power-hungry cell phones that 
drain their batteries every other day.  The flexibility of being able to
stop at any store and buy a pack of AA batteries in a crisis is great.  For
me, it's passed the pocket-indestructability test of having survived more
than three months unprotected in my pocket, which typically does plastic
thingies in.

... JG
-- 
Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
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