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Old 02-28-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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Charger problems

So I'm hoping someone here will have an idea for me.

Today, I noticed my Iliad battery starting to wind down (I only use it for an hour or so each day, so I don't have to charge it very often). So I plugged in my charger and connected it to the Iliad.

No red light. I tried re-seating the connector and got the red light, so I knew it was charging.

After a few minutes of getting sucked into what I was reading, I noticed the light had shut off again. And it definitely isn't charged yet (indicator shows about 1/8 battery charge left).

I tried reseating the connector again, to no avail. I can't get it to respond at all now and upon further inspection, it looks like a tiny piece of the plastic on a corner of the connector has cracked off.

I assume I will need a new charger/travel hub, unless someone has any ideas for me to try. But even if I need a travel hub, I can't seem to find a US retailer that carries them and buying direct from Irex would mean paying $39 for shipping on a $39 dollar item (which I'll do if I have to, but I wish there were another option).

So, 1) anyone have any ideas about trying to get my wounded charger/hub to work? or
2) anyone know of a US retailer that could sell me a travel hub?

Many thanks!

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Old 02-28-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
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Okay, looked further into ereaderoutfitters and find that they do indeed carry the travel hub. This is what happens when I try to fix things instead of eating my lunch.

If anyone has any other ideas, however, I'd still love to here them.

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:00 AM   #3
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It is actually possible to order only the connector, or at least a connector that fits.
So if you're handy you could repair your travel hub yourself.

See also:
http://forum.irexnet.com/viewtopic.php?=&p=2334
The connector can be bought at:
http://www.cypressindustries.com/sho...1%2D562%2D2002
and the wiring diagram is here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7416

I've been thinking about making separate USB, ethernet and charching cables for my iLiad.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:37 AM   #4
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I tried reseating the connector again, to no avail. I can't get it to respond at all now and upon further inspection, it looks like a tiny piece of the plastic on a corner of the connector has cracked off.
This happened to me, too; the high-tech solution was to wrap electrical tape around the plug to hold the little piece of broken-off plastic in place. Works fine now.

Another case of the functionality of the whole item being completely dependent on the smallest, most fragile component...
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