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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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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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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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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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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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Lengthen a AC to microUSB phone charger cord?

Can I effectively take a 3 ft standard cell phone charger (AC to microUSB, 750 mA at 5V) and lengthen the cord to 6 ft by splicing the cord or am I going to lose something in the mix? Do I need to ...
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Make a tea mug heater with a USB power source

For a school project, I have to make a mug heater which draws its power from a computer's USB port, such as this one. I don't mean one that boils the tea, but one that keeps it warm-ish, at at least ...
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How does my phone get charged via laptop USB port at lesser current (compared to wall charger) [duplicate]

Today's typical smartphone chargers are rated at 5 Volt & 1+ Ampere. The laptop USB can supply 500mA 100mA. Why is it safe to charge the phone with 1/2 the rated current? Is it like a slow ...
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connect LEDs to USB keyboard – but they turn off after a second

I have a USB keyboard. As I work many times in the darkness, I put some LEDs into the keyboard case. I connected two pairs of yellow standard LEDs serially to the USB power lines (Vcc and ground, pin ...
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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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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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Risk of overloading a usb charger

I just bought this product: "Jackson PT1USB" as an attemp to get a portable charger for my netbook, ipad 2 and smartphone. Now I am bit worried after reading in the product "total connected load to ...
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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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