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USB Power - The basics

I am new to designing something to be powered by USB. Ideally It can either be plugged in to an adapter to a UK wall plug, or a powered USB port on another device. I have the circuit design in place ...
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How does a USB 2.0 Wall Charger negotiate current output?

I'm trying to use a mobile phone charger for my projects, and want a high current output. I have read this, however my measurements show something else. Here is a link to the Battery Charging ...
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How to adapt a string of 10 LEDs powered by 3 AA batteries to work off a USB port?

I have a string of Christmas lights made up of 10 warm white LEDs. The lights are connected in parallel (not in series). The string works with 3 AA batteries (that is, 4.5 VDC). And all that stands ...
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Max current for USB powered Arduino?

My plan is to use a Teensy logic output pin to switch a transistor to switch an infrared LED The LED handles up to 1A peak current. I will use it as a computerized IR remote transmitter so the duty ...
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USB PC Current Limit

I want to build a USB device that can draw 1A. Some of the PCs at my office can supply 1A, some only 800mA. The USB 2.0 specification says a device can only draw up to 500mA. I cannot build a ...
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Creating Li-Ion charger with step up to 700mA from 500mA?

Canon apparently hasn't ever herd of something called USB-charging. The factory AC adapter for this battery(NB-5L) output's 4.2V's at 700mA. Most standard USB chargers output 5V at only 500mA. Would ...
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Best way of making a battery powered USB charger?

I recently made a USB charger that takes a 9V battery. I've noticed it doesn't work with a lot of devices though. It was very simple though, just a 5volt regulator hooked to a USB plug and 9V battery ...
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Voltage requirements for charging Nokia phone

I have an old Nokia phone which charges fine from the adaptor, but refuses to charge using a USB charging cable. Note that this isn't a normal USB cable, as you can see from the picture, it's got a ...
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What's needed to get 100 mA from a USB port?

I'm trying to build a stereo speaker system for use on a laptop. I want to keep it as simple as possible, so I'm thinking of using laptop's audio output to for the audio signal and a USB port for ...
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Connecting a higher-current power supply to a lithium-ion charger will damage the battery. Why?

I am not asking how the battery gets damaged, because that answer is straightfoward. What I am asking is why lithium-ion chargers allow batteries to be damaged by excessive charge current in the ...
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Feeding 2*5V to a 12V fan?

How would I amend a 12V fan to take 2*5V? The 12V fan has 2 wires on it. one would take 12V the other GND. I'd like to be able to feed it 5V and 5V, instead of just 12V. What do I need to do it? ...
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USB 2.0 High-Power Circuit

Is there are special circuit that says to USB socket how much current the device needs? Our device needs at up to 200mA or little bit more. I have been searching but I do not find a clear answer ...
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Why USB wall chargers don't reach their amperage rating? [closed]

recently I bought a power bank that requires 1,6A of charge current. I tried charging it with a 2A Samsung charger, which came with my tablet. Unfortunately it charges very slow. Then I tried another ...
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Three-prong / USB power outlets in wooden desk [closed]

I am trying to mount a strip of three-prong outlets and a strip of USB charging outlets on an old wooden desk. I can handle the carpentry aspect, but I am struggling with the electrical aspect. I ...
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Critique of my Data logger's Power circuit design

I am laying out my first full device, a fairly simple sensor-data logger, with these specs in mind: I'm running microcontroller and sensor @ 3.3V, with load varying from 10 mA to 400 mA device will ...

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