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Old 09-01-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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No more using PSP chargers...

Did anyone else notice in the pics that the new readers no longer have a charging port for barrel connectors? I guess this is one of the ways they are saving space/weight, but I do hate to see this connector gone, since it is more reliable that USB charging.

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Maybe they'll be switching to the now-standard microUSB?
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:40 AM   #3
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Did anyone else notice in the pics that the new readers no longer have a charging port for barrel connectors? I guess this is one of the ways they are saving space/weight, but I do hate to see this connector gone, since it is more reliable that USB charging.

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Other accessories include a cover with light for use at night-time and AC adapter
I would say it means we still should be able to charge it with PSP adapter...
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No, it's a new adapter with USB socket.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:11 AM   #5
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Yes, I expect that any USB charger will work. Sony, however, was careful to put this note in the manual:
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We recommend the optional AC adapter (PRSA-AC1). The performance of any third party charger is not guaranteed.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:03 PM   #6
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Yes, I expect that any USB charger will work. Sony, however, was careful to put this note in the manual:
That is a standard blurb that nearly all manufacturers place in their docs. As long as the voltage is correct and the amperage is close it should work. However, as I recall with the 300, 600, and 900 Sony used a slightly higher voltage for their barrel charger than some other AC wall warts. So check the specs.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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The guide also says the reader can't be read while it's charging. I hope that's only true when it's connected to the computer...
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The guide also says the reader can't be read while it's charging. I hope that's only true when it's connected to the computer...
Based on my experience with the 300, 600, and 900, if you were charging via the USB cable and your PC then you couldn't read at the same time because the Reader acted like a computer drive. If you were charging via the AC charger then you could read, but the reader was not acting like a drive in that circumstance.

I bought a two headed USB cable that had a standard USB connector on one end and a Y on the other with your choice of barrel charger connector or the micro-USB connector. If I plugged the standard connector into the PC and the barrel connector into the Reader it would allow me to read while charging.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:17 PM   #9
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The prs650 that i have is using a mini usb charger... i guess that the 350 is going to have the same...
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The guide also says the reader can't be read while it's charging. I hope that's only true when it's connected to the computer...
From the looks of the pictures on this review, it seems like you should be able to read while charging. The pictures clearly show readers with a USB cable attached while begin fully operational. If you connect the reader to a computer it's probably a different story though.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:54 AM   #11
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The prs650 that i have is using a mini usb charger... i guess that the 350 is going to have the same...
Nope.
Micro-USB charger. Same as the Kindle 3 and most smart phones.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #12
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Which probably means that the Apple iPod charger will work just fine to charge the new readers too!
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The prs650 that i have is using a mini usb charger... i guess that the 350 is going to have the same...
Wait - how'd you get one already? I'm jealous. Everybody I've talked to said they don't exist until the middle of the month
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Now what do I do with my old charger? I should have sold it with my 600, had I known at the time! Will the old covers for the 600 work with the 650?
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:24 PM   #15
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No, the covers won't fit...the 650's outer dimensions are smaller than the 600.
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