Charging iPhone from USB mains adapter

  KevinTi 13:35 04 Aug 10

The mains charger for an iPhone is a hefty £25.00! To save moving my charger around the house from socket to socket, can I simply use a mains charger from another device? I have a mains USB adapter/charger for a Samsung camera and one for a Garmin satnav, they should all be the same shouldn't they?

  tullie 13:38 04 Aug 10

They should be,but they are not.

  LastChip 21:14 04 Aug 10

The iphone uses the data lines on the usb connector to determine whether it's an approved device or not.

It's Steve Jobs way of making sure you pay through the nose for everything that has the Apple logo!

click here for a video of what it's all about and if you're technically inclined, how to produce your own charger.

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