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Thread: Why won't my ghetto hacked cable work?

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    Why won't my ghetto hacked cable work?

    Goal: Longer charging cable.
    Problem: Got better things on which to spend 12 bucks.
    Solution: On hand, I have at least a dozen USB printer cables, and a box of various adapter.

    So I took 2 printer cables, cut the "square" end off, stripped the wires, spliced 'em together, and slapped a male-to-female adapter on one end.

    No go. Charges a "feature phone" from my junk box though.

    Any thoughts?
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    Spend the 12$.
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    Meh! Twelve bucks is a six pack of Bells Two-Hearted Ale, a frozen pizza, and a gas station vending machine condom! C'mon now, a USB extension cord, or romantic evening with the lady?

    At this point I'm curious about why it's not working. My mouse works plugged into it. It's 10' long, voltage drop perhaps? I dunno. I'm missing something I'm sure. Maybe instructables.com ....
    Last edited by Northbanu; 03-19-2011 at 01:03 PM.
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    I love this thread title...I think it answers the question it proposes.
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    It really does.

    But still...
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    You can buy a $200+ device and $30 a month data charges but you can't afford $12 for a cable?
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    If it doesn't work you don't really have much of a choice other than buying a new cord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang02 View Post
    You can buy a $200+ device and $30 a month data charges but you can't afford $12 for a cable?
    Said I had better things to spend the 12 bucks on, not that I couldn't afford it.

    It's the little details I know....

    Plus I'm a "hack it" sorta guy.
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    But the answer to your question is the connector you spliced on. Higher power devices utilize different wiring in the cable connectors. If you splice on a connector from another cable you know charges your phone, then it will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northbanu View Post
    Goal: Longer charging cable.
    Problem: Got better things on which to spend 12 bucks.
    Solution: On hand, I have at least a dozen USB printer cables, and a box of various adapter.

    So I took 2 printer cables, cut the "square" end off, stripped the wires, spliced 'em together, and slapped a male-to-female adapter on one end.

    No go. Charges a "feature phone" from my junk box though.

    Any thoughts?
    Check out this site for the cheapest cables around. I bought a cable from them for $3.00 and it was $30.00 on Amazon.

    http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
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