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Old 08-12-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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Mains charger

Hi folks. I am new here so please forgive me if this has been asked before and answered somewhere that I have not found yet.
I bought my 505 about a month ago. I did not buy a mains charger but thought I would be OK with just charging from the computer. However, I decided one day that I would like to charge it at work and took my mains iPod charger. To my surprise the battery drained completely instead of charging.
Like most people I want to save taking loads of chargers on holiday with me, so does anyone know the reason why I cannot use the mains iPod charger? And do I really have to buy the expensive Soney mains charger?
I am in the UK so access to UK shops would be advisable.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:51 AM   #2
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Yes, other people have reported their batteries draining with the wrong charger.

The official sony charger is expensive. But a PSP charger will work just as well, and there are lots of cheap generic ones available.

This thread just might help a bit:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21337
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
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This issue pops up all the time. You can use a PSP charger for the reader. USB wall chargers don't work (they drain the battery). Be careful with chargers from other devices: the fact that you can plug the charger to the reader doesn't mean that voltage level and polarity are OK. You may damage your reader.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:04 AM   #4
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Any PSP charger will work fine. You can buy them for a few quid from any video game shop.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:14 AM   #5
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Don't get a cheap generic PSP AC adapter that is not certified. They can do harm to the battery and possibly catch fire. Get a good certified PSP AC Adapter and you'll be fine.
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Any charger sold in a UK store has to be certified to the appropriate EU electrical safely standards, and will be fine. It's the ultra-cheap online ones that you need to watch out for. As long as it has the "CE" safely certification mark on it, it'll be fine.
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