Price of the Freerunner spare parts

steve steve at
Thu Mar 27 21:53:40 CET 2008

Thanks, At one point I suggested that an ingenious person might change this
particular resistor check so that other chargers would work in fast mode (
if they were capable)  I can't recall where that discussion ended up.

So for example, My moto mini usb is 850ma,  So I would just turn off the
software resistor check  plug it into my moto charger and ?? not blow it

The open source aspect of this, of course creates opportunities and dangers.

lets keep the discussion going. My goal is not to turn Openmoko into a
supplier of expensive chargers. We would rather leverage what is already out
there.  my moto charger was outrageous; I got the Igo for free a long while
back when they first started, so hey cant beat that. 

your thoughts, always appreciated 

-----Original Message-----
From: joerg [mailto:joerg.twinklephone at] 
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 11:59 AM
To: community at
Cc: steve
Subject: Re: Price of the Freerunner spare parts

Am Do  27. März 2008 schrieb steve:
> Hi Kevin,
> Libertarian as well here. The first charger I want to test is my iGo as
> well.
> A while back I discussed the fast charging issue with Engineering. I'll
> revisit that issue and get back to you guys. My understanding ( rememeber
> I'm marketing and have been appropriately lobotomized) is that our device
> checks the ID of the charger and then determines whether or not we can
> charge. ( greater than 750ma I think... ) 
> Steve

Correct, it checks for 48k-OHM resistor on ID-pin of mini-USB, then enables
instead of 100/500mA USB-standard.
You also may enable 1A-mode (and 500mA mode) via some small GUI-app IIRC.


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