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Wall charger only sony model or psp charger. NEVER had a problem with charging 505. 25 35.21%
USB only. NEVER had a problem using the usb connection to charge 505. 19 26.76%
I use both usb and wall charger to charge 505 and never a problem. 23 32.39%
USB only and I sometimes get problems on 505. 1 1.41%
Charger only and I sometimes get problems on 505. 1 1.41%
USB and Charger and I sometimes get problems on 505. 2 2.82%
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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505 battery charging Vote your method and tips.

I'm trying to figure out what most people in this room do to charge the 505.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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I'd say because the 'charge' it self will last for many many weeks of continuous usage . . . it's not anymore the worth getting an extra wall charger than it is to simply just use the USB port.

External charger takes 2 hrs
USB charger takes 4 hrs (while you sleep)

If it was an ipod or mobile phone that needs charging "all the time" and fast. . .
then i'd understand. Otherwise just use the USB and get a wall charger later
if you feel that you really need one.

If you have a SONY PSP, I believe it can use the same charger btw.
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When I was using a 505 heavily I almost always used a PSP charger which I bought for $5. Of course it also charged some when I was transferring books.
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I bought a PSP charger and it worked quite nice. But nowadays I just use one of those double cable for PSP, so that I can use an adapter for recharging and the usb tip for data transfer- it works and it spares me the joy of having a million cables lying around!

(The change was prodded by a couple of incidents when I was left out of juice by the PSP charger. Haven't investigated much about it, though.)
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I find myself using the Sony recharger for the vast majority of the time (240V 50 Hz works fine and falls within spec; just changed the US cable that came with it with some handy Australian cable).
I haven't experimented with USB charging much but was told that USB doesn't recharge unless it is in active communication with a computer - is that the same for the 505?
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:22 PM   #6
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I use just the usb, it usually only takes about an hour, two tops for mine to be fully charged. But the battery doesn't last a month. It's lasted probably about three weeks on that though.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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I experimented with many different cables and charging methods when I first bought my Sony. I ended up with a cheap off-brand PSP wall charger that works very well. I let my reader get down to the last bar if not further before I charge, and it takes about 2 hours to top it up once again. I don't often connect it to the USB port as I usually upload 10-20 books at a time and always have at least 150-180 books in the read waiting to be read.

As for length of service of one charge, I can't say by date, but I seem to get 2-3 books from one charge. That's more than adequate for me!

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I bought a PSP charger and it worked quite nice. But nowadays I just use one of those double cable for PSP, so that I can use an adapter for recharging and the usb tip for data transfer- it works and it spares me the joy of having a million cables lying around!


Yes, this is a great solution, which I also use. (I sometimes use a PSP charger too, and get some charging when I load books occasionally.)

300com-It DOES matter, if your Reader ever unexpectedly drains when trying to charge thru the usb port! Mine drained once while I slept (and my computer also decided to take a nap apparently!)

I don't see any reason to spend $30 on the Sony wall charger. The PSP chargers are much cheaper (and available in a lot more form factors). But the PSP power/data cable is the best option of all--reliably charge from any usb port or any usb charger!
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I don't see any reason to spend $30 on the Sony wall charger. The PSP chargers are much cheaper (and available in a lot more form factors). But the PSP power/data cable is the best option of all--reliably charge from any usb port or any usb charger!
The Sony wall charger didn't come with the 505?
The 500 I bought had the wall charger bundled.
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The Sony wall charger didn't come with the 505?
The 500 I bought had the wall charger bundled.
Nope, the 505's don't come with a wall charger.
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Nope, the 505's don't come with a wall charger.
Quite shocking! Makes you wonder what the wall charger situation is with the other Sony models. They really need to come with one as standard IMHO.
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Quite shocking! Makes you wonder what the wall charger situation is with the other Sony models. They really need to come with one as standard IMHO.
As far as Sony's Readers, the 500 is the only one that came with a wall charger. It is an "accessory" for the other models that can be purchased for $30. Of course as we all know, PSP chargers can be found much cheaper and they work great with the Readers.

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Quite shocking! Makes you wonder what the wall charger situation is with the other Sony models. They really need to come with one as standard IMHO.
Walkman has its own cable, but I do the same trick and charge with my iPod power adapter (sans, of course, the iPod cable!). Really unnerving.

Reminds me of one thing I really would love about the EU: they want to standardise AT LEAST the cell phone chargers. That would be an improvement!
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A, One of my 505s came in a box that included the wall charger. Another one didn't.

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