Finally, the GPS manufacturers realize a common power supply is the right approach

Discussion in 'General GPS' started by sarah bennett, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. As a followup to the two-year old article
    A portable GPS should use standard mini-USB power (but which ones do)?
    http://groups.google.com/group/sci....53d5c67a368/fdc54a0185621cc9#fdc54a0185621cc9

    Note the Europeans finally, two years later, have made the small USB
    connector the standard for power supplies starting next year!

    Micro-USB to be universal EU phone charger
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=1964

    Hopefully this adherance to standards will migrate to the United States so
    that all our portable electronics uses the same port for charging and data.

    IMHO, the following should all use a standard-sized power/data port:
    1. Cellphones
    2. Earbuds
    3. GPS
    4. Cameras
    5. Disks
     
    sarah bennett, Jun 30, 2009
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  2. sarah bennett

    Sam Wormley Guest

    Re: Finally, the GPS manufacturers realize a common power supplyis the right approach

    sarah bennett wrote:
    > As a followup to the two-year old article
    > A portable GPS should use standard mini-USB power (but which ones do)?
    > http://groups.google.com/group/sci....53d5c67a368/fdc54a0185621cc9#fdc54a0185621cc9
    >
    > Note the Europeans finally, two years later, have made the small USB
    > connector the standard for power supplies starting next year!
    >
    > Micro-USB to be universal EU phone charger
    > http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=1964
    >
    > Hopefully this adherance to standards will migrate to the United States so
    > that all our portable electronics uses the same port for charging and data.
    >
    > IMHO, the following should all use a standard-sized power/data port:
    > 1. Cellphones
    > 2. Earbuds
    > 3. GPS
    > 4. Cameras
    > 5. Disks


    I'd rather see the power consumption of all devices reduced to the
    point that the can be operated from solar power and ambient EMR
    without the need to plug into anything.
     
    Sam Wormley, Jun 30, 2009
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  3. sarah bennett

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    On Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:53:43 GMT, Sam Wormley <>
    wrote:
    > I'd rather see the power consumption of all devices reduced to the
    > point that the can be operated from solar power and ambient EMR
    > without the need to plug into anything.


    I think we all would like that. So, when you come up with a way to
    make that happen, let us know. But then again, if you do come up
    with that, you'll be so rich you probably won't even talk to us.


    --
    Larry
     
    , Jun 30, 2009
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  4. sarah bennett

    Mike Coon Guest

    Sam Wormley wrote:
    > I'd rather see the power consumption of all devices reduced to the
    > point that the can be operated from solar power and ambient EMR
    > without the need to plug into anything.


    Unfortunately so much kit these days uses power to pump out EMR as BT, WiFi
    etc that there is no way we are going to be able to glean more than a tiny
    %age of it back again. Most will still add to global warming as low-grade
    energy...

    Mike.
    --
    If reply address is invalid, remove spurious "@" and substitute "plus"
    where needed.
     
    Mike Coon, Jun 30, 2009
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  5. sarah bennett

    danielchtong Guest

    Re: Finally, the GPS manufacturers realize a common power supply isthe right approach

    I would love to see it happen. But it is not mainly because most
    manufacturers only want you to upgrade . And to use common parts does
    not help it.

    The worst part as far as I know in the tech field is printer
    cartridge. Go to any Staples or Office Depot you will be surprised
    with the variety of cartridges all of which can be standardised.
    Nowaday they lose money on selling you the printer but they make up
    the profit more than enough in selling you the cartridge

    Daniel



    sarah bennett wrote:
    > As a followup to the two-year old article
    > A portable GPS should use standard mini-USB power (but which ones do)?
    > http://groups.google.com/group/sci....53d5c67a368/fdc54a0185621cc9#fdc54a0185621cc9
    >
    > Note the Europeans finally, two years later, have made the small USB
    > connector the standard for power supplies starting next year!
    >
    > Micro-USB to be universal EU phone charger
    > http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=1964
    >
    > Hopefully this adherance to standards will migrate to the United States so
    > that all our portable electronics uses the same port for charging and data.
    >
    > IMHO, the following should all use a standard-sized power/data port:
    > 1. Cellphones
    > 2. Earbuds
    > 3. GPS
    > 4. Cameras
    > 5. Disks
     
    danielchtong, Jun 30, 2009
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