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Subject: Need a powerkit for my nook color--any ideas?
Date Posted: 3/13/2014 5:17 PM ET
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The cable on my Nook Color power kit broke :(  As Barnes and Noble doesn't sell them anymore, I was wondering if anyone has bought a non-B&N one and which one?  I see that I can buy a B&N power kit on Ebay but most are asking around $30 for it.  I see non-B&N power kits for anywhere from $5 to $20.  I'm leery of some of the reviews I've read (people saying that the seller says it's compatible with an NC only to find it is not).

I could get by with buying just the cable.  My Nook Simple Touch seems to work okay with the NC Power kit.  But, I'd like to have another power kit as a backup.

Any ideas?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/13/2014 5:30 PM ET
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If the Nook Simple Touch could use the Nook Color power kit, then they both use an adaptor which has a microUSB connector.  The only real difference in any such adaptor, whether it is Kindle, Phone, Nook or Walmart is the amp output.  The Nook Color probably has a higher Amp need than the Touch.   Probably on the back of the Nook, you'll find its electrical needs listed.    It will say about 5V (5 Volts) and maybe 1.5A to 2A (2 Amps).  As long as the adaptor you buy has an amp rating as high as the listed Amp rating on the Nook, it should work.  Even a lower amp rating will work, but it will charge slower.  A higher than needed amp rating is not a problem.   So just make sure it has a microUSB connector, and the proper amp rating.

Date Posted: 3/13/2014 7:41 PM ET
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Actually, I have had problems with higher than listed power chargers.  If you leave them in too long, they can overheat your device.   The power ratings might be listed on the B&N website if they list the tech specs for previous models.  

B&N has an eBay outlet store.  You might want to watch there.  



Last Edited on: 3/13/14 7:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/14/2014 9:49 PM ET
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Yes, you are right that the Simple Touch uses a lower amp than the NC or Tablet. 

I did check Ebay.  I didn't specifically note a B&N outlet store.  But, most of the NC power kits were going for $25-$35, which seems high to me.

At this point, I really need the USB cable since we broke the end on it.  I could buy a Simple Touch power kit and use only the cable, but I'm wondering if I could buy a cable only for cheaper.  Of course, if the power kit on my NC dies, then I'm back to square one.  UGH! 

Date Posted: 3/14/2014 10:40 PM ET
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The charger cord of a Motorola cell phone worked on my NST. See if one of those gas station $7.99 specials will work.

Date Posted: 3/15/2014 2:45 AM ET
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i don't think the cables themselves don't matter at all, as long as they have the right connectors to plug into the wall unit and the device.  ours get swapped around here all the time depending on where we need a longer one.  if you've got a spare cable from another device (camera, phone?) it should work.

i don't know if $25 is too out of line for the branded charger with cable - amazon's 5W adaptor for Kindle (but says works with other stuff) is $15, with the cable an extra $10 if you don't have one already.

Date Posted: 3/15/2014 8:04 AM ET
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And as far as the wall plugs and car plugs with the USB ports, we flip them around all the time. Apple charges in a Nook plug, Nook charges in a Motorola- nothing has ever broken. The only time where the cheapie didn't work was the USB cord for Apple. It worked, but it broke.

Date Posted: 3/19/2014 2:25 PM ET
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Neil, would that amp rating be listed as Output?  I have the adapter from my Nikon camera.  It's output is .55 amp.  I plugged it in as a test since it has a USB connector and my Nook NC started to charge.  If that is the number you're talking about, I suspect it would be a very slow charge then?

I do have 2 cables now that work.  My Nook First Edition cable will work, though it won't charge with the adapter that came with the 1st Edition.  But, I found out that it will charge through my computer.  So, we have a second option.

Date Posted: 3/19/2014 7:20 PM ET
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I've often charged one of my ereaders via my computer with the USB cable.  Just make sure if you're charging off of a laptop that the laptop is plugged in so you don't end up draining the laptop's battery.

Date Posted: 3/19/2014 9:36 PM ET
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Melody, yes it would be the output listing.  And I suspect that the Nikon camera charger would give a slow charge as the Nook Color most likely needs more than that for a swift charge.  The Nook should charge faster if wireless is turned off, and if you power it off while charging.