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Charging Cell Phone through PC Power

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Fijbak Efferzin

Jan 1, 1970
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I've been charging my cell phone using a cigarette lighter socket wired into
my computer's power supply, positive connected to the +12V line, negative
connected to the chassis. It seems to be working perfectly.

Is there any reason why I *shouldn't* do this? It's a 250W power supply
running an Athon 950 processor. I only have one hard drive, two CD drives,
and the cell phone connected, so the power consumption doesn't seem to be an
issue. Is there a chance that hot-swapping devices could produce a damaging
surge? If the phone is transmitting, is there a possibility of interference
being generated by the phone, traveling through to the power supply and
mucking things up?
 
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Ian Stirling

Jan 1, 1970
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Fijbak Efferzin said:
I've been charging my cell phone using a cigarette lighter socket wired into
my computer's power supply, positive connected to the +12V line, negative
connected to the chassis. It seems to be working perfectly.

Is there any reason why I *shouldn't* do this? It's a 250W power supply
running an Athon 950 processor. I only have one hard drive, two CD drives,
and the cell phone connected, so the power consumption doesn't seem to be an
issue. Is there a chance that hot-swapping devices could produce a damaging
surge? If the phone is transmitting, is there a possibility of interference
being generated by the phone, traveling through to the power supply and
mucking things up?

To be ultra-safe, you might wire a one ohm resistor in series with
the positive line and a .1uf capacitor from ground to the PC side,
to reduce the effect of any spikes on the PC.
 
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Ian Stirling

Jan 1, 1970
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Fijbak Efferzin said:
Thanks for the reply.

A 0.5A fuse in series with the 1 ohm 1W resistor too, in case someone plugs
a lighter in, or the cable to the phone shorts, but ...
 
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