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Can charging the Ipod through USB destroy the port?

post #1 of 8
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Title more or less says it all... I've heard somewhere that USBs really weren't made to charge things like Ipods and that the constant current usage can destroy the USB port... does anyone have an opinion on this topic or can find information that says one way or the other?

BTW: I have a Gmini 400, so the issue really doesn't concern me...
post #2 of 8
Never ever heard of this....

I have been charging my nano through USB since december 06, and nothing has happened to my mobo.
post #3 of 8
never heard such a thing before like that. i been using my laptops usb's to charge my phone, pda, and ipod for about 3 to 4 years now and not once has an usb port gone out on me.

maybe the old usb ports used to go out, but as far as i know...no
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post #4 of 8
If you try and use a USB 1.1 port, you might cause some damage. Anything recent though used USB 2.0, and you'll see no problems from the current draw.
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They didn't make the devices to mess up the port. It draws as much voltage as it safely can and uses it to charge, it won't hurt your port. This is assuming the port is 2.0
    
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No, USB ports are made to draw up to 500mA at 5 volts, so as long as you are running within spec, you're fine for how long you use it.
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post #7 of 8
My USB ports output 500mA, and that's what an iPod requires to charge. If I hook it to the same built-in hub as my mouse, it disconnects after a second or two.
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Some computers use hubs with individually powered ports. I can run 8 full-power devices on my system with no performance loss. Not that I've tried, but I know I can handle 5 for sure.
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