Portable battery pack for the Surface Pro?

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  1. Sgl9x

    Sgl9x New Member

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    This may be a stupid question but:

    Does anyone know if the Pro can be charged through the USB port or does it have to be charged through the usual power port?

    I'm trying to find a portable battery pack for it.

    Thanks
     
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    Nope, not supported.
     
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    I think the PowerGorilla team are working on an adaptor for the Surface. PowerGorilla powers any laptop.
     
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    "One of the multiple Microsoft engineers on the AMA, which was led by Surface general manager Panos Panay, replied that such an accessory would only be possible if the magnetic accessory connector was designed to transfer high current between the peripheral and tablet's battery.

    Then he wrote, "Which we did..."
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    Great news... I hope they hurry up and come out with it.
     
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    Anyone knows if there a third party car charger from china? Perhaps DIY and cut solder to make a portable charger? Or simplest one is goalzero sherpa 50
     
  7. J515OP

    J515OP Super Moderator

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    Try looking at ebay. There are some standard plugs showing up so maybe there is a car charger too.
     
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    I believe we can charge pro with usb based battery portable, as you can see it has options of 12v 3,6A or 5v, 1A.
    I guess it wont fully charge it but it will extend battery life for pro.
    As soon as i can get a cheap generic charger i will cut it and connect it to a regular brand portable battery. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1360878604.467874.jpg
     
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    The 5v @ 1A rating is for the usb slot on the charger (standard usb power).

    The 12v @ 3.6A is to charge the Surface. The Important part is going to be to match the 12V. The Amps will determine how quickly it will recharge (3.6A regular time, 2A ~1.5 times longer and 1A forever).
     
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    That statement was in regards to the extra connectors on each side of the keyboard connectors that the RT doesn't have. It was hinted that they might releases keyboard with extra battery capacity in it. That might be an option for a third party accessory as well but doesn't really address what might be available for the normal power charging port.
     
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    There are alot of battery out there with 12v and 2.1A for ipad or tablets.
    Im sure there are modified 12v 3,6A out there too?
     
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    Hi im from europe, i have a friend who is bringing me a surface pro from US, i want to now if i can charge it into the wall socket with simple adapter, i was looking at the tansformer power input , it has writen on it
    input 110v/230V 50/60Hz. my voltageHere is 220/50
    thanks in advance.
     
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    Sounds like a "yes" to me.
     
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    BTW I bought a couple of these, and returned them, for nothing related to the Pro. I actually had the newer one - the 18000A.

    Turns out, they put out a maximum amperage of 3.5...which was too low for my Dell XPS (4.2 amps) and my Sony VAIO (5 amps).

    Those represented rather big gaps; the laptops would not charge or be powered by the Energizers.

    Does anyone here know whether the modest gap of 3.5A vs 3.6A might be allowable?
     

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