iPod Shuffle ADB Charger

I was wondering if it would be possible to connect the 5v and ground of an ADB cable to the 5v and ground on a USB cable. Would the amperage be a problem? Will I fry my Shuffle.


Not to be rude but, why ADB?

macintoshme's picture

I haven't got a usb laptop. I am going on a trip and would like to use my Duo to charge the iPod with the minidock. I was thinking that the folks down at the 68KMLA would enjoy this simple hack.

moosemanmoo's picture

It looks to me like the maximum power output for an ADB port is anywhere from 200 to 500MAh, which may or may not be enough to charge the Shuffle. I would suggest double-checking your wires and insulating them well, but I can not forsee any damage to be caused by properly making an ADB USB charger.

dankephoto's picture

Rather than chance frying your 'Book, why not just source a USB wallwart and/or car charger? I bought a pair of these for under $10 on eBay.

dan k

macintoshme's picture

Okay, I tried this a while ago, on my PB Duo 2300, and it failed. I remembered reading somewhere that pbs only put out 500ma instead of 1a like the iPod needs. I recently tried this on a desktop mac, and nothing happened, back to the drawing board.

macg4's picture

yes we people(including me) down at 68kmla.net would enjoy this hack