I purchased an AC adapter with a USB connector at Wal-Mart thinking any adapter would work to charge my Sansa Clip as long as it had the USB connector. The adapter was “generic” for cell phones and electronic devices, and was the only one they carried with a USB connector. While the adapter did work satisfactorily to energize and run the player without depleting the existing battery charge, it did NOT work to charge the player. I returned the AC adapter for a refund and was reluctant to purchase and try a car adapter thinking it would probably work in the same manner. The only way I have found to charge my Clip is with my computer – definitely not very efficicient!
The Sansa Clip User Manual infers that I should be able to charge and listen to my player at the same time with an AC adapter. However, it also states “Some low-power USB ports may not be able to provide enough charge power.” Can anyone tell me:
1. What specifications I should look for in purchasing an AC adapter and/or what kind to purchase that will work?
2. Is this a charging voltage / milliamperage issue or is it perhaps a firmware issue?
I sure would like to be able to charge my Clip (and my wife’s Clip) without having to start and run my computer for six hours. Will greatly appreciate any suggestions…Thanks!