There was a time when one had to perforce charge their MP3 player or iPod only through a USB device, on the computer. Then came the AC adapters for these devices. But these accessories turned out to be quite expensive, thereby discouraging the potential customer from purchasing them. Enter the latest USB wall chargers, which are very popular in the market today. Not only are they reasonably priced, they are also efficient work-wise, which works as a huge plus.
The AC to USB wall charger is a great convenience for those constantly on the move. It is not always possible to find a computer to charge your device with, unless of course, you move around with your laptop. Even in such a case, it becomes rather inconvenient opening up the laptop and then charging the MP3 player or iPod.
There are many USB wall chargers available today. We would recommend that you go with a compact or foldable one, such as Sima, which also comes with a car charger. Most of these products cost just about $25, so that is no big deal at all. There are brands which come with universal adapters and European plugs as well. These may be a little more expensive, but will serve your every purpose. So you see, you have a really wide choice out here.
In this article, we will also tell you how to make you own USB wall adapter. Following these steps will ensure that you spend much less than the market price to obtain an equally good product. Here is how you go about it:
How I made my own iPod USB wall charger
I own a nice little iPod Nano, for which I was looking around for an AC charger. But going for an original Apple accessory would be quite expensive, so I kept postponing my decision to purchase an AC adapter and instead, kept charging it through the computer.
Incidentally, I also use an HTC smartphone, that comes with a AC to USB adapter. One day, I tried connecting my iPod’s data cable to the adapter and was thrilled to find that it actually worked perfectly for my iPod, without my needing to work with wires and the like.
An AC charger makes things far simpler because the device takes far less time to achieve full charge this way. The process is definitely much slower on a PC or laptop.
Certain things to note while using a USB to AC adapter
Though a USB wall charger works with most MP3 players, iPods and such, it is always desirable to take the following precautions:
- If the battery feels too hot to touch while charging the device, turn it off immediately and let it cool down for some time. It is natural that your device may turn slightly warm while charging, but it should never get too hot. This may indicate some trouble with either your USB cable or device.
- Never go for very cheap cables, as they may end up ruining your device in the long run. That way, it is worth spending on a brand name.
- If you are using your USB wall charger on your iPhone, do not use the device until it obtains full charge. Otherwise, it will never charge to the maximum extent.
- Take a look at the voltage range. USB adapters should show a value of 5V. Most adapters do have this as a default value, but check this out before use. A different voltage value could end up ruining your device.
- Always keep a backup of your device data, just in case your USB wall charger decides to conk off.