I bought a car and wall charger for my clip, but the clip gets really warm with both. Could someone please recommend what to get, I really don’t want to fry my clip. Thanks!
Batteries get warm, even hot, when you charge them. It shouldn’t be a problem. The charging circuit in the Clip should take care of it.
There are many posts on this–you may want to do a search using the search box above left.
Basically, a charger with a mini-B USB plug to fit the Clip should be fine. It should have a 5V power output (more will fry the Clip); amperage should not be an issue as the Clip will take what it needs (amperage at or a bit below 500 mAmp. would be enough; higher is fine). Macally and DLO, among others, make chargers that will work; Wal-Mart also sells a variety of chargers that are fine, as reported in posts here. There also are scads of no-name chargers out there which should work (available on eBay, at Amazon.com, etc.), although there may be greater quality control issues with no-names.
Many car cellphone and GPS chargers work just fine as well.
Thanks for the tip about voltage. Buying a generic charger saves a ton of money but makes me nervous (I too fear frying my clip). Knowing output recommendations makes me more confident to purchase a basic charger rather than the Sansa Store version. Glad I’m not the only one worried by this.
I got mine over Amazon–the wall charger output is 4.5-9.5V max 600mA and the car output is 4.8V-10V max 800mA. So these would too high? Let me know if I’m understanding you correctly.
It sounds to me like the charger has variable voltage output. Is there a switch there to set voltage, and can it be set to 5V? The amperage is just fine.
No, there is not a switch. I need to go to WalMart tomorrow anyway and I’ll just pick up a different charger. Thanks for the help.
I got an Ipod usb to wall charger on clearance and it works great, just wish I had got 2.