EP121 AC Connector Plug Farce

Discussion in 'EP121 Slate' started by gradyg, Jun 4, 2011.

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Asus EP121 Charger Connection Issues?

Poll closed Jul 4, 2011.
  1. Just Replace Original Chargers if Damage Occurs

    50.0%
  2. Re-Design Using a Larger Diameter Round Plug

    66.7%
  3. Re-Design using a Flat Connector similar to Mini-USB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Re-Design Using a 2 Prong Thick Blade Connector

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. ChrisRS

    ChrisRS Scribbler - Standard Member

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    It is possible that this particulay unit had a manufacturing flaw.
     
  2. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...possible...manufacturing flaw...>>

    ...My thought, too. The plastic grip is none too large on this connector, and it's easy to believe that a simple molding flaw could result in the failure described...
     
  3. gradyg

    gradyg PO'd EP121 Owner

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    I personally believe the defect was in the portion of the connector where it makes the 90 degree bend since the break occurred very close to it, inside the molded plug. In addition to that I still believe that the insertion male plug is simply too small in diameter for mobile use. Let's not forget how durable even the micro USB plug is and it carries charging voltages as well (albeit at a lower amperage and voltage)
     
  4. CF77

    CF77 Love Tablet. Senior Member

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    should be moved to Ep121 forum
     
  5. Rob_Oppie

    Rob_Oppie Pen Pal - Newbie

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    FYI, You can buy a replacement/2nd A/C adapter for your EP121 Slate on EBAY for as little as $25.

    I bought one from Seller utopiadreamglobal. Search for auction:
    AC Adapter Cord 4 ASUS Eee Slate EP121-1A010M Tablet PC

    The brick is black and slightly larger than the original and w/o a USB charging port and a bit ugly but it makes a great 2nd adapter that I leave by my living room lounger.

    The first adapter they sent me was defective - the connecter plug jiggled and the power cut in & out. Cost me another $3 to ship it back but they cheerfully replaced it with one that works well. They commented that they had sold many of these w/o any problems. So it probably won't happen to you.
     
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