Charging Neo Freerunner via USB port

Michael Shiloh michael at
Sat Apr 19 20:16:57 CEST 2008

Good question. I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Roh, do you recall?

Remember, though, that the charging is all under software control, so 
you can set this in software and in fact there are apps to do just this. 
The hardware only provides automatic detection.


Ortwin Regel wrote:
> That's also something I'd like to know as my Minty Boost supposedly
> does up to ~250 mA and I'd like to use that much if possible.
> The Neo 1973 doesn't have the necessary hardware to detect chargers,
> though, or does it?
> Ortwin
> On 4/19/08, Hans L <thehans at> wrote:
>> Great summary Michael, and a good discussion.  It would be nice to see
>> the ability to support other fast chargers in the future.  That is one
>> of my pet peeves about cell phones is that it seems every single
>> company(and often even every model made by that company) has it's own
>> specific charger which is incompatible with anything else.
>> Michael Shiloh wrote:
>>>  In summary, the Neo can charge at 3 different rates: 100mA, 500mA, and
>> 1A.
>> Just to be absolutely clear, are these 3 rates hardwired into the
>> circuitry?  Or might it be possible in the future to support(through
>> only software changes) some charger that has for example a max rating
>> of 750mA, and get the maximum output from it.
>> The discussion up to this point seems to indicate that the best that
>> could be done with this theoretical charger would be 500mA.  I suppose
>> it doesn't make a huge difference, but something I'd like to know for
>> sure.
>> - Hans Loeblich
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