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Registered: ‎12-03-2007

AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

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! 
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Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

search or scroll down just a little for answers to this exact quest...
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Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

Thanks for the reply.  Believe it or not, I actually did read the other info before I posted my message.  I don't really want to spend $30 for a Zen adapter.  The link provided in the other message shows a neat little AC adapter, but the responder doesn't state if he/she has actually successfully used it for charging a Clip.  I'd like someone to be able to tell me a specific, reasonably priced adapter that they actually use for charging or what voltage / amperage I need to use so I don't buy something off ebay and inadvertently fry my player.
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Registered: ‎11-26-2007

Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

fair enuf.. before i posted, i found info on other sites.. absolutely successful w/clip as well as other devices--zen etc..

if you click the link, look at the output, that is close enuf.. chargers that have usb on output aint gonna fry anything made for usb--anything.
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Posts: 229
Registered: ‎07-24-2007

Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

I've been using a ZIP-LINQ AC to 5V USB adapter.
Model ZIP-PWR-AC
Works great with the Clip and all my other mp3 players.
Looks like they have European and Australian versions also.
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Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

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After doing a little more investigation, it looks like a power adapter (home or auto) for a Sansa Clip should have an output range of 5 to 6 VDC and 400 to 500 mA.  I saw some acceptable ones on eBay for $.99 each plus $3 to $5 shipping.  That's not too bad.  Seems like I was the only one to have a problem with the one from Wal-Mart.   Maybe I should have researched first - then purchased. Smiley Wink


Message Edited by bgunner01 on 12-04-2007 10:38 AM
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Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

for usb . all i have ever seen is the 5+- output..youre the only one who said it didnt work
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Registered: ‎12-04-2007

Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

I bought this A/C adapter
 
and this car cigarette lighter adapter
 
for about $10 including shipping. So far they seem to be working great.
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Registered: ‎12-18-2007

Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

Hello!
 
OK - A few of us have tossed this one around on another board for a while.  Your thoughts on the following?
 
I have a wall to USB charger that has INPUT: 100-240V - 0.50 - 60Hz, 0.2A  OUTPUT: DC 5V === 1A  For I.T.E. use only. 
 
After reading the rest of this thread (and several others which are closely related), my charger seems to differ only in the amperage, with it being 50mA higher than the others.  Does this matter?  Would I damage my player if I use it?  Also, is it OK to leave it plugged in to charge, say, overnight or should one be diligent and unplug it as soon as it is fully charged?
 
I would really appreciate any insight!  Also, this same adapter came with a car end, which (of course) has no specs on it at all.  Do you think that it would be safe to use?  Oh, and don't worry, I won't come to sue any of you if I do fry my player.  Just wondering if you all had any ideas.
 
Thanks!  Merry Christmas!
 
Melody
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Registered: ‎10-24-2007

Re: AC Adapter for Charging Sansa Clip w/o Connecting to Computer

The Adapter should be fine.

The clip regulates the charging current, and will shut it off when its done charging.  So no harm to leave it connected, and no issue as long as the Amperage is at least 200 ma,  should be fine.  Voltage needs to be 5 V.