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  1. #11
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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amulet View Post
    Another quick thought - in you choose to disregard my warning there are still good reasons for not creating a 5v circuit around your boat. The lower the voltage the higher the current needed create the same power. That means thicker cables or more power loss along thin cables.
    I agree with that. And the higher the current drawn by the device, the greater the voltage drop in the wiring.

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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    My boat devices lag well behind the bleeding edge of USB

    Anyway, really doesn't matter much if they charge a bit slow, not like there's a hurry..
    OK, up to you, but at some point you will get a phone or a tablet that expects USB C and be annoyed at how slow it charges, or a laptop that you want to use on the boat. I can now plug my laptop into any socket and have no need of a dedicated charger. It is to all intents impossible to charge a computer from USB A. I'd advise you to put several of those horrible cigarette lighter sockets in and accept that you plug in chargers - they are cheap and can be tiny. This means that:
    a) you don't get the power loss of a 5 volt circuit
    b) you can buy a USB C PD charger when the time comes and plug it in
    c) if you invite me on to your boat as a visitor I can bring a PD charger for my toys

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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amulet View Post
    i'd be reluctant to tool up for the USB A standard with USB C on the rise. All my devices are USB C and I have 12v to USB C PD chargers
    But USB D is on the way, so you could say wait till then, which is pointless as you want to use the appropriate socket for the USB plugs you already have.
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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amulet View Post
    OK, up to you, but at some point you will get a phone or a tablet that expects USB C and be annoyed at how slow it charges, or a laptop that you want to use on the boat. I can now plug my laptop into any socket and have no need of a dedicated charger. It is to all intents impossible to charge a computer from USB A. I'd advise you to put several of those horrible cigarette lighter sockets in and accept that you plug in chargers - they are cheap and can be tiny. This means that:
    a) you don't get the power loss of a 5 volt circuit
    b) you can buy a USB C PD charger when the time comes and plug it in
    c) if you invite me on to your boat as a visitor I can bring a PD charger for my toys
    Seems pointless to source and fit 12v USB C just to run a cheap fan and maybe trickle charge a mobile overnight after falling asleep to Audible...

    If the comes a need then one will get fitted somewhere, otherwise no point at the moment for what's required. But your boat, do what you feel is best. Ciggy sockets are long gone, XLR where any power is needed like DC converter for the laptop.

    If you did happen to be onboard desperately wanting faster charging for the toys you'd probably be told to chill out and enjoy the real world

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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    Seems pointless to source and fit 12v USB C just to run a cheap fan and maybe trickle charge a mobile overnight after falling asleep to Audible...

    If the comes a need then one will get fitted somewhere, otherwise no point at the moment for what's required. But your boat, do what you feel is best. Ciggy sockets are long gone, XLR where any power is needed like DC converter for the laptop.

    If you did happen to be onboard desperately wanting faster charging for the toys you'd probably be told to chill out and enjoy the real world
    There is no lack of chill on my boat. Might even be able to run a fridge off my USB sockets. Most phones now come with USB C and it's even Apple compatible. The ability to take 100W out of your USB sockets is bound to win out. And no, I don't believe it is going to go out of date any faster than USB A (which hasn't yet after 20-25 years). Since I can't afford a real nav system, my IT setup does my navigation. Never really let me down and it's all very relaxing. Luckily I don't have to remember to charge my phone that often cos I can put enough charge for a couple of days into it in an hour.

    However, if you are unconvinced by the technical arguments, USB C has a final winning feature. It doesn't matter which way up you put the plug in!

    Oh, and ps... one thing we agree on: ciggy sockets are an abomination. I have my own idiosyncratic robust solution. Can we not have a sensible marine standard for 12v plugs? And I want 25 amps out of it - enough to inflate the dinghy.

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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amulet View Post
    The ability to take 100W out of your USB sockets is bound to win out.


    Well, was never going to be type c anyway but that's killed any idea stone dead. couple hundred mA off something nearby is one thing but pulling 8A isn't going to happen without some much more serious thought, maybe even pen to paper!

    Anyway, here's some boat porn for you in the meantime, cor, look at the terminals on that!!!


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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    A standard USB outlet, something like this

    s-l1600.jpg
    will charge a USBC gadget via a suitable cable, albeit more slowly than a dedicated smart charger and it's the standard for generic USB outlets. Seems to me that the USBC kerfuffle is a red herring. It'll also run a fan, but I still think 12 fans would be a better bet
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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    I'd fit a dedicated charging/power circuit, with some good quality USB sockets of this style https://www.asap-supplies.com/double...-socket-715661

    Don't fit cheap and nasty ones, i've had those output 12v. A USB voltage checker is a good buy, loads on Ebay for pence https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...tester&_sop=15

    You can charge USB C devices from those sockets, albeit slower. Most modern USB C phones can be charged wirelessly, the wireless charger has a USB A cable to power it and does the smart charging itself, so no need for a USB C socket. It may be a bit lower with some USB A sockets, due to current limitations, but it's simple enough to make a USB A socket with higher current output by digging the insides out of a cheap Ebay socket and wiring it to a DC-DC converter. Of course, you can buy higher output USB A sockets, but they cost more and this is PBO

    As for talk of not being able to charge a laptop from USB A, can you charge any laptops from USB at all ? Tablets, sure, but laptops ? With a dedicated charging/power circuit you can add in anything you want (make sure the cable is big enough, i'd use 2.5mm, should run anything you throw at it). If you need to charge a laptop you could fit a dedicated 12v socket and plug in a car charger, or hardwire the car charger to a switch. I do this to run a 19.5v Dell laptop, no problems and it charges fast.

    If you have a tablet that needs a smart charger, such as some of the newer iPads or Samsung tablets, these can still be charged from the same circuit by fitting a dedicated socket, powered by a travel charger.

    If all you have now is Olde Worlde tech, a circuit of standard USB A sockets, with power sockets of your choice, will suffice. It will be simple to add in different sockets as required in the future.
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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stemar View Post
    A standard USB outlet, something like this
    As per the first post, there's a stash of 12v - 5v converters onboard already, what will take much longer is digging out the half finished adjustable constant current load/amp/voltage logger to see how they fare. Then try to figure ouy some objective way to measure the noise they kick out. Messing around with a multi meter I suspect one of the cheap ebay offerings actually does much better than those dual pre built ones.

    Try sleeping under a noisy 12v fan then a nearly silent 5v one running on low

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    Default Re: 5v around the boat?

    Curiouser and curiouser.......

    So samsung, so they say, want to see 1.2v between D+/D- and ground to charge fast - bit there's something going on in the cable as well it seems, on my galaxy tab s2 anyway..
    So with a cheapo 12v - USB ebay little board, 5.1v between power and gnd, 2.7v between D+/D- & gnd. Normal cable same the other end, samsung cable it somehow knows this and sets both D+/D- to 0v to gnd...
    Also needs a samsung cable to fast charge from the wall wart even though a different cable will test continuity exactly the same & pin voltages exactly the same..

    Not that it matters that much, no rush to charge but far too interesting to leave unfiddled with get on with some jobs instead

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