usb cable with on-off switch


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by mrlinux2u » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:43 pm
Has anyone tried to buy/make a usb cable with an integrated on/off switch?

I've found this : http://coolpc.com/Coolerguys-USB-OnOff- ... VRZPAM.htm but trying to get it delivered to the UK is proving a problem.

Does anyone know of a UK supplier of such a cable (it would save having to unplugging the usb power cable out all the time)?
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by itsonlyme » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:49 pm
I would love one with an IR switch and remote, so I can reboot raspberry from a remote control. If anybody spots one please post.
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by SN » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:58 pm
simple solution to both your problems....
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http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalo ... MUBEPICMAA
And use them to control your Fairy Lights at Christmas Time
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by Reider » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:04 am
Currently £14.99 at Asda, but a different make/model (badged as "STATUS"). I got 2 sets when they were on offer at a fiver a box of three with remote for 4 units. If they ever drop to that silly price again I`m having 2 more. Gave my brother 2 of the units and the spare remote so I use all four with one remote now. Fantastic idea they are and my RPi works off onr of them. They are worth £14.99 of anyones money, I`m just a cheapskate waiting for the fiver offer again. :D :D :D

EDIT: EBay has the same model as mine listed right down to £9.99

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by strawberrytau » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:29 am
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by itsonlyme » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:24 am
Thanks all. I had looked at these in various stores recently but the ones I saw were all RF not IR. I prefer IR as I have line of sight to the socket and can program it on an existing remote.

However following your links I found this which is much better for my purposes.

http://www.cable-universe.co.uk/5-gang- ... ntrol.html

Available from many sources, will order later today.
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by SN » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:19 am
Darn I do like this one - another £20 to squeeze past the financial controller....
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by jairuncaloth » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:45 am
That's a really good idea. If you know how to solder or know someone who can, building one would be pretty trivial.
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by raven_squire » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:28 pm
Hello,

I just received my extension cable from eBay to butcher.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Micro-usb-mi ... 4ab9496344

I will let you know how it goes
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by DJ_Enigma » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:31 pm
I've made one of these just this minute from an old USB iPAQ Hotsync/Charging Cable I found in the loft with a switch that changes between data and charging. I've just cut the end off and replaced it with a Micro USB one.

There are 5 wires inside, I've cut off the 3 that relate to "hotsync" and just used the red and black ones for the power. So when I switch it to hotsync the Pi turns off :)

I've just bodged it together for now so it's about 3 meters long lol, but I intend to cut it down to a shorter length and tidy up the join at some point. It's quality because it just happens to have a red led on it when it's off (in hotsync) and a green one on it when it's on (in charging) :)

Works really well using an old 5v 1A USB mains plug that I got with my HTC Touch Pro 2 :)

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