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idata
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USB-A charger with STK2M3W64CC stick - possible?

Hi,

I've just started to use an M3 compute stick - amazing performance.

However, I've tried to connect a 2.2Amp USB-A phone charger (supposedly same capacity as the original, rather large charger) with a USB-A to USB-C cable. The stick actually starts booting, but then quickly stops working.

Is it not getting enough power (i.e. I would need an even stronger charger) or will it only work with the original equipment?

Thanks for feedback, regards

Willy

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SHirs
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At least your stick is booting, so there is no reason why it should not work. I asked a similar question a few weeks ago, and support told me that it should work, but you have to use a power supply that match the stick requirements. The original is a 20W power supply (5V / 4A) - I assume 1A is used by the integrated HUB, so a minimum of 3A might do the job.

I also use a custom power supply with 3A and a USB adapter on the older stick generation in high performance mode, wich works very well. Soon I will get my new stick with the core m5, I will test if that will also work.

greetings,

Sebastian

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks Sebastian,

that supports my hope that it should work.

The original supply spec actually mentions 2.2A / 5V on the C plug, so I thought a similarly spec'ed (but much smaller) USB-A supply would work. The stick actually just started booting, then died, so it seems to work in principle, but as you mention, a 3A/5V is needed to carry it through the loads.

I hope I can report success with that setup.

Regards

Willy

SHirs
Novice
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Hi Willy,

please report back if this worked for you :-)

greetings,

Sebastian

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Hi Willy,

The power adapter bundled with the compute stick is required for stable operation. Using other power adapters may effect the systems stability which we have seen in the past. Refer technical product specification, page 24 for details.

Below is the note from Technical Product Specification

The supplied power adapter and cable is required to power the Intel Compute Stick. Powering the Intel Compute Stick using any other power source is not supported.

Regards...Karthi

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Karthi,

thank you for the infos. I understand that Intel cannot guarantee the stick to work with any other equipment.

Nevertheless, after finally getting hold of a USB-A charger with 3.4Amps capacity and a USB-A to -C cable, I've used this setup for a longer period now and it works just fine. That makes for a considerably lighter travel package.

Also, just replacing the rather bulky original USB-C to -C cable with a lighter 3.1 capable version works well.

Now, my satisfaction with the stick is complete-:) It really runs great.

Best regards

Willy

idata
Community Manager
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Hi,

 

 

Thanks Karthi for the help with this case, also Wipi thanks for the information it can help more customers.

 

 

Regards,

 

Hellen.

 

SHirs
Novice
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Hello fellow compute sticker ;-)

I can also confirm that a custom 5V / 3A power supply (in my case a Basic converter from 12V to 5V) also works very fine with the BLKSTK2MV64CC model !

greetings,

Sebastian

EShay
Beginner
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What power supply did you use? We cannot utilize the very large power brick in all areas and require a smaller power supply.

JLloy3
Beginner
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Which aftermarket PS did you use? I have the m5 version & don't really need the bulk & 2 USB ports on the factory PS & would like to use an aftermarket PS.

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