Could this damage my iPod?

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XboxGuy15

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Hmmm, I just found a new hardware trick with my iPod, but the thought just occurred to me that I could be damaging it.

I have an old Pentium 4 PC with my iTunes, so it takes iTunes awhile to unmount/eject my iPod when its plugged it. I found, if I have the USB cord that connects to my iPod in about half way, its enough for the power to reach, so I can recharge my iPod without having Windows or iTunes recongize my iPod.

This is handy when I don't want to add or remove songs, but just need to recharge it, but, can I harm it or its battery if I do this?
 
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Yes, possibly. I mean, it's meant to be plugged in all the way, right, and even though it's only 5v, who knows what might happen if it shorts or similar cause it's only in a little bit?

If you want to be safe, but not have the hassle of trying to disable auto-recognition, then buy yourself a powered USB hub like THIS for $12.00 + shipping, and then just don't plug it in to computer...it'll charge the ipod from the power adapter.

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The standard connectors on a USB plug are slightly longer on the 5V power than the data.

It's only a tiny amount of differenece, designed to ensure power is applied before data is connected.

You are using that "feature" to apply power with no data.

Any problems would only *possibly* come about if an intermittent data connection occurred, and as you only have about 1mm of difference it is a fine judgement on plug insertion to avoid that.

You would be better off to sacrifice an old USB extension cable and disconnect the data leads, making it a power only cable if you are worried.
 
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