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#1 Placegetter

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 10:38 PM

I have a technology question. It makes complete sense therefore to ask it on a golf forum.

Does anyone use a charging tower and if so would they recommend it. In addition can any of them detect peak capacity and switch off or does the phone / iPad do this itself.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 04:49 AM

What is a charging tower ?

I bought a Kogan thingy with 4 USB ports.
I plug in 2 iphones, an ipad and a kindle.

When I wake up in the morning all are fully charged.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:53 AM

Yep we are on the same page. My question around whether it has peak detection might be one for the salesmen. An iPhone takes a couple of hours to charge I guess so does leaving it in charge overnight (which I do also) cause any long term damage is the question.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:37 AM

Yep we are on the same page. My question around whether it has peak detection might be one for the salesmen. An iPhone takes a couple of hours to charge I guess so does leaving it in charge overnight (which I do also) cause any long term damage is the question.

i believe so
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 10:22 AM

No
The device itself will stop charging once it reaches 100%.
This may or may not affect battery life.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 11:49 AM

Devices are supposed to turn themselves off when charged.  But many have had 'issues', by overheating and bursting into flames.

 

You don't want it flaming while you're sleeping.

 

I check mine periodically and, if charged, unplug them.

 

Lithium ion batteries have built-in charging regulators which limit the input current (supposedly to prevent over-heating) and shut it right down when charged.  That same circuitry stops the battery from going dead flat because it needs some power to keep itself running, or you'd never be able to charge it up again.  That circuitry is built down to a price and is not as reliable as we'd like to believe.


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 11:55 AM

The other question PG didn't ask was about maximum charging current.

Early USB ports would only supply 300mA or 500mA(half an ampere). Newer ones might supply more.

If you have a charging station, you want it capable of supplying at least 2 amps on all ports simultaneously, or you might be waiting all night for your phone to re-charge.


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 12:35 PM

I am leaning to an alternative solution. A power board with individual timers on it. My old man has one and I remember when he got it thirty years ago it was space age. German made of course. This was we Supply at the amp needed and can have it turn off at a predetermined time (charged or not).

Thanks for all your help.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:43 PM

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 11:31 PM

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