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jmpage2
Apr 6, 2010, 10:15 AM
I have ordered the in-wall U-socket 5V USB charger for my iPad but I see it only provides 600mah of charging current.

Does anyone have one and know if it will charge the iPad?

This is the product;

http://store.fastmac.com/product_info.php?products_id=458



MisterMe
Apr 6, 2010, 10:42 AM
I have ordered the in-wall U-socket 5V USB charger for my iPad but I see it only provides 600mah of charging current.

Does anyone have one and know if it will charge the iPad?

This is the product;

http://store.fastmac.com/product_info.php?products_id=458Would you mind explaining the logic of asking this question after you purchased the product?

Mark Booth
Apr 6, 2010, 10:49 AM
If it truly provides 600 milliamps of current, it should charge your iPad. However, it won't charge it as quickly as the supplied power adapter that comes with the iPad. It will probably take about twice as long with that 600mah wall plug. I've been reading that the supplied power adapter takes about 4 hours to fully recharge an iPad. Personally, I have no interest in a device that would take up to 8 hours. But I'm sure there are lots of folks that will just leave it plugged in overnight and be happy. Just don't go needing to recharge it in the middle of the day. :)

Mark

Gav2k
Apr 6, 2010, 11:08 AM
It will only charge with the screen off. A pc USB port is 500ma and will just about hold the ipad at it's current charge with the screen on and a by slow charge with it off. An iPhone power plug is 1amp which is better than the 600ma your looking at.

Mark Booth
Apr 6, 2010, 11:15 AM
It will only charge with the screen off. A pc USB port is 500ma and will just about hold the ipad at it's current charge with the screen on and a by slow charge with it off. An iPhone power plug is 1amp which is better than the 600ma your looking at.

And the iPad's charging adapter is 2.1amp, even better (and faster)!

Mark

jmpage2
Apr 6, 2010, 12:06 PM
Would you mind explaining the logic of asking this question after you purchased the product?

Yes, the manufacturer has not yet had time to respond and the item has not yet shipped, hence my question. :rolleyes:

jmpage2
May 22, 2010, 07:26 PM
Looks like this thing has been delayed until possibly October, this is the email I received today on my pre-order;



Thank you for pre-ordering the TruePower U-Socket. The response to our pre-announcement of this product has been overwhelming, as has been the numerous industry awards we have won for it :-)

I wanted to email you to give you a progress update on our development. As you know, we have been working with the UL/ Safety Agencies to get this product certified and approved for sale in the US & Canada. They have asked us to make a number of changes, starting with a new look: see http://fastmac.com/usocket

In addition to relocating the USB connectors, the safety boards have also requested some other internal changes which will make the U-Socket safer & easier to manufacture. Since we were asked to redesign the U-Socket, we've gone back to the drawing board and rebuilt the product from the ground up to incorporate the following additional features:

a) USB 3.0
b) 10W Charging support so you can charge 1 iPad at full speed or 2 iPads @ half speed. This also means you can charge 2 iPhones at the same speed as Apple's AC adapter.
c) Energy Star- U-Socket meets and beats the EPA's Energy Star requirements by more than 10x their minimum when compared to the energy savings achieved by a typical Energy-Star compliant AC Adapter FYI, only 2 mobile phone manufacturers (Nokia & Samsung) make Energy-Star compliant AC adapters.
d) TruePower Technology- custom 'TruePower' energy efficient AC/DV converter and power management ICs
e) Custom UL-approved transformers that are smaller than even those found inside Apple's impossibly-small iPhone AC Adapter

All of these modifications/ upgrades will result in a reschedule of the shipping date to October end at the latest.

We apologize for the delay and understand that the new shipping date may alter your buying decision. We are committed to providing the safest, most compatible & highest quality products & this delay is necessary to comply with those goals. Should you wish to cancel your order, please let us know; as a thank you for your patience & keeping your order unchanged, we would like to offer you an additional U-Socket at half price! We'll add it to your order automatically and bill you for the difference when your order is ready to go out.

Thank you again for supporting FastMac and the U-Socket product line. As you know, we are one of the few, if only, accessory manufacturers left in the United States. You'll be glad to know that the U-Socket is not only designed in California, it is also built in California in our very own factory right here in San Francisco. We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to contacting you within 2 months with a firmer ship date.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


Sincerely,


Abbi Vakil
President
Fastmac Corp
408-850-3377
Sales6@FastMac.com
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