|Yeah, the drive I have works with only 1 cable attached - but not quite as well (and only when the computer is on). |
Ah, I see. I didn't realize that when I heard USB 2.0 only supports 500 mA that was with full data, and that it could handle up to 5 A without data transmission (I think...?)
I also have a power supply rated at 5 V, though I've never had a problem charging phones/tablets off of only 4.8 V...I suppose it might be different for something like a DVD drive.
When I checked on amazon.com I saw several chargers that were rated upwards of 6 A - they also have multiple USB ports, so I'm assuming that the Amp rating is the combined output for all the ports.
To be honest, I don't really care if I damage the charger itself, it was free :)
Oh, and after reading through several pages of documentation (sadly the sticker on the bottom fell off), I finally found the power consumption of the drive. It uses 5 V and 1.5 A...though I don't know if it uses the 500 mA from the data cable (thus requiring only 1 A of power from the second USB).
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