09
Feb
image

Since the Nexus 10's launch, users have been itching to make use of the device's pogo pins. No word has yet emerged from either Google or Samsung about the dock we spied last Christmas or the pogo charger many assumed was in the works, but in mid-December, a thread sprung up on XDA opened by a person who claimed to have the fabled pogo charging cable in the works and nearly ready for sale. After much hurried speculation, it turned out the poster was telling the truth – the MagNector pogo cable (from Town Communication) began selling on eBay, with an official web front following close behind.

Whether the original poster's claims of being the original provider of the cable "to S in Korea" are true is yet to be determined, but after a few weeks of waiting, I finally got a hold of the cable and – naturally – had to give it a quick write-up.

What Does it Look Like?

There's really very little to say about the cable in terms of form factor. From end to end, the cable is four feet, two inches long (that's about 1.26 meters). On one end is a male USB plug that fits nicely into the block that came with the Nexus 10. On the other is what counts – six pogo pins and two magnetic chunks that snap into the Nexus 10's port like a hand in a glove. For those hoping to use the pogo cable as a night-time charging solution, the pogo head has a subtle groove on top, allowing for correct orientation in the dark.

wm_POGO_LS-2wm_POGO_LS-1

While the cord snaps securely to the tablet, it's pretty easy to disconnect, so if you trip over the charging cable, your Nexus won't go flying across the room.

Does it Work?

This is the big question. So far, Nexus 10 owners seem to have two primary reasons for wanting a pogo charger – one, to save wear and tear on the device's built-in microUSB port and two, to charge the device faster. Whether the former works is obvious. The latter is the question that remains important to many would-be buyers.

In an extremely unscientific test, I charged the Nexus 10 from 14% (the normal warning level, when I would normally plug the device in for some juice) once with the pogo cable and once with the bundled microUSB charger. In both cases, the device's screen was turned off, only occasionally flicking on to check notifications or take a peek at the battery level.  Charging to 100% with the pogo cable took around four hours, twenty-seven minutes. At the same time mark using microUSB, the Nexus 10 was up to 90%. For reference, that's about 22% per hour vs 20% per hour.

imageimage

Top: With pogo charger Bottom: With microUSB

I also tried charging while using the tablet for ordinary purposes like watching video and browsing the web. Whether I was watching an HD movie with Google Play or downloading a couple of files while catching up on the news, the cable still charged the tablet (rather than draining the battery further, as sometimes happens with the microUSB cable), albeit at a slightly slower pace (about 1% every 3-4 minutes).

Those interested in following (or joining) discussion around exactly how much faster the pogo cable charges – and why – would be well-advised to check out this XDA thread.

One other concern that I had before using the cable was whether it would interfere with Google Voice Search – after all, the magnetic elements would be covering up a microphone at the bottom of the device. Happily, Voice Search works unhampered by the cable.

wm_connectorwm_now

One thing your Nexus 10's microUSB cable has over the pogo cable, though, is data transfer. The MagNector cable is strictly for charging – no data transfer of any type. Additionally, users have reported that using an OTG cable in conjunction with the charger may cause the cable to stop charging until the OTG is disconnected.

Where Can I Get One?

Good question. Availability of the pogo cable is a little tricky depending on where you live, so here's a quick breakdown.

  • United States: $19.99
  • United Kingdom: £15.99
  • Germany: EUR 19,99
  • Australia: $19.99

Final Thoughts

So, is the pogo cable worth its price? It's by no means a must-have accessory for every Nexus 10 owner, but if you want marginally faster charging, want to keep your microUSB port clear of any potential damage, and you've got about twenty bucks to burn, go for it. In the mean time, if you've got a burning question about the cable that wasn't answered here, ask away in the comments below.

wm_icon

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://markus.birth-online.de/ Markus Birth

    Germans can order one at Amazon, too: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00B2166BS/

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Missed that one, thanks for the link!

    • georjamdak

      but absolutely no mexicans or jews, only germans.

  • Freak4Dell

    This needs to just become the standard on everything that has a charger. The magnetic charging port/cable is one of the things I like about Macbooks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      It's nice to have it in addition to the standard micro USB charger, but I wouldn't want it to become the standard now - especially if that means we would lose micro USB charging. Nothing beats the convenience of being able to charge your devices pretty much anywhere since micro USB chargers are so common nowadays. Almost anyone with a phone has one.

      Considering these devices will always need a port for data transfer, I'm not too worried about them going away. Of course, they could disable the ability to charge devices through micro USB ports, but I'm not sure why they would do that.

  • Slyck

    Pogocable took three weeks to deliver my cable,and that too after i filed a claim through paypal!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It took three weeks to get to me in the US as well, but that's understandable considering it shipped from South Korea (I ordered before they got a US-based distributor).

  • Aaron quevedo
    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Yep, unfortunately it's been that way for about a week now, so I didn't include it in my list. If the listing does open back up though, I'll add it to the post.

      • Aaron quevedo

        Ah ok.

  • victor

    Can you please do more testing on it? For instance, we all pretty much use the n10 while charging, and you now with the micro usb while on charge and in use it still drains? From your experiences can you confirm that it doesnt do it with the pogo charger?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I can confirm that while doing things like watching video or browsing the web, the tablet still charges, rather than further draining. I'll update the post with more information in a moment.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

        Awesome bro..thanks :)

    • Rabid Rotty

      How about you buy one and test it yourself? Why rely on others when you can do it yourself

      • Some guy

        Just as your name suggests, it seems you are rotten and have rabies..

        • Rabid Rotty

          Really on a 3 month old post?
          Stalk and troll much?

          • georjamdak

            why would he buy it just to test it? he wants to know something before making a purchase that he may have to return, and no one is stalking dont flatter yourself. he probably was looking into the cable on google and this came up just how i found it. your a real prick and u wonder why people attack u on here. lighten up help others and maybe this world would be a better place.

          • Sal King

            Rotty =
            8====D

  • Rohin Galhotra

    It'd be interesting to see how much the magnets effect the microphone--one way you could do that is to open easy voice recorder and play back a noise and see if the bar goes higher without the cable.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'm not sure how much voice recording would be effected by the magnetic bits, but as I said in the post, voice search works just fine. Then again, the Nexus 10 also has a microphone on the back that could likely hear me.

  • Trevor Cummings

    The fact that the charging icon remains on when an OTB Cable is attached but the battery does not charge is a setback. I had hoped that I would no longer have to be plugging and unplugging at the USB Jack. Anyone with a solution for this issue please bring it to the public as soon as possible. This solution will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • David Tempero

      I've got the same issue. Did you find a solution?

  • cece

    But the downside is its placement at the bottom, often not practical when you have the tablet on your lap, or standing with some cases.
    With my galaxy tab 10.1 I have a case allowing to turn the tab upside down, and I usually have to when I plug the cable...

    • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

      EASY fix for tablet on the lap..Download rotate from GOOGLEPLAY, Im hoping you can figure out the rest?

      • Rabid Rotty

        Forward thinking, that is what makes one succeed in life.

      • Dave_w_h

        No need to download anything the nexus 10 already rotates 360 degrees. Turn it upside down and put the pogo cable in the top. I have had my cable for 4 days now works great and took 10 days from date of order before I received it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

          However some apps force auto rotate not to work.. the rotation that I mention forces any rotation and locks it.. Please first,(ex.) If you have spotify you don't be able to go on landscape mode without the app that I mention. :-)

  • Rabid Rotty

    $20 to burn? lol if you don't have a20 in your pocket, time to get a better job.

    • Bojan Gutic

      I'm sorry not everyone has money to burn on things they don't need?

      • Rabid Rotty

        if you don't need it don't buy it. but if you need it what is $20 on top of the $500 device you just bought? In the grand scheme of things, nothing. It is only 4% of the device cost.

        • Itai Raccah

          $20 is $20, it doesn't matter if you buy an accessory to a $500 device, or a $20,000 car.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Well save that 20 and get a better education so you can stop flipping burgers and get yourself a grown-up job or find a $9.99 or less blog to post your woes on. What most people here expect this for free?

          • Jacker

            You're an idiot.

          • Rabid Rotty

            I'm the idiot? For what, speaking the truth?

    • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

      I have to agree with you LOL

      • Rabid Rotty

        Thanks Vic. Finally someone that thinks like a mature adult.

        • SetiroN

          yeah, you and him are the only "mature adults" around here.
          douche.

          • Rabid Rotty

            You kiss your mother with that mouth, child?

          • georjamdak

            its not thinking like a mature adult its being an opinionated asshole. see its people like u that are born into a money or a good job and u think everyone can just find a great paying job easily. if it wasnt for the "burger flippers" you mock who would serve your fat ass food? you are talking down to people who work their ass off just to get by and i am sure all the adults in here can afford the $20 cable if they truly needed or wanted it that bad but they are probably saying its not something u really must have. just be a litte more understanding instead of being condescending, your probably a republican many of them i know are opinionated assholes too

          • Rabid Rotty

            Oh wow replying on a post That is 3 months old, stalk or troll much? If you can't afford a $20 accessory on a $500 device shut the fuck up. If being born into a lower class family that could barely put food on its table and for me to have to work full time while living on my own and going to university to get my degree and eventually work for companies such as IBM, Cisco, the City of Edmonton, an now my own successful company, is silver spoonish. Go fuck yourself. Have you ever gone to bed hungry? I have. A thousand times.

          • georjamdak

            I won't respond again but my point is your being a jerk to everyone. If u don't see that then me pointing it out should make u a better person if u care at all. There is no need to be a jerk to people who ask questions online or talk about not wanting to blow 20 bucks. I don't know how u can wonder why people are being jerks back to u' u get what u give. I also don't need to know where u worked or what u do and u pointing out that is arrogant too. I'm tired of people like u being rude in posts for no good reason just because your behind a computer. Even your avatar here is a guy giving the middle finger so I guess I'm not dealing with a decent human with compassion anyway. If u want to contribute then fine, if u are going to make smart ass'comments and put people down then expect to get it back. Try being nicer and more understanding and see how much nicer most people can be.

          • georjamdak

            how funny so I clicked on your avatar and I saw your previous posts and it looks like you always make smart ass comments and put people down plus Talking about bush being blamed on things. I had u all pegged down just by your comments and my republicans being opinionated a holes proved correct again. U remind me of some prick I went to school with so now I know to ignore u, u probably to go church on Sundays to judge others too. Well sir I am an atheist and I treat people online how I want to be treated and I am the One who will go to hell according to your beliefs probably haha. Just ignore this guy everyone he feeds off comments and contributes nothing but insults here

          • Rabid Rotty

            Fuck off you little troll. You are the one that ASSumed I was born with a silver spoon, so I gave you a bit of background. You are nothing but the typical whiny little Obama government "where is a my food stamps" ass licker that thinks everything should be givento him or her( I don't want to be transgendered hateful) but instead of occupying a park, get an education and a job. Grow a set of balls, or ovaries, whatever your gender maybe, and make your own way in life.

          • the one

            20euro on a rubber and 4 wires .... Wtf ???

          • Rabid Rotty

            20 American 15.24 euros

          • Rabid Rotty

            Feeds off comments and contributes nothing here, hmm sounds like a stalking troll named geotard or whatever the fuck that responds to 3 month old posts.

  • Matthew Fry

    Only three months after launch...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Even now, the cable isn't available officially from either Google or Samsung, which is a little disappointing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

    What i want is a docking station?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      That's on my wishlist as well. Given the timing of the Nexus 7 dock, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      Yes. Yes, that is what you want. I know this because I want one as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.borup Nate Borup

    What would happen if you used both the pogo cable and the micro usb to charge? Do you guys think it would fry it?

    • georjamdak

      the world would end and puppies and kittens everywhere would grow giant tumors, but hey if u want to charge it faster go for it

  • Rabid Rotty

    I spread a little logic and I get all the hate LOL, what is everybody here a "99%er"? Think that things should come for free? A bunch of whiners and complainers, grow up

  • http://www.google.com/s2/profiles/103338075079186757111 jlariviere

    does anyone know if this would work well with the Nexus 7?

    • Shiraz Siddiqui

      It won't connect to the Nexus 7, use the official Nexus 7 Dock from Google Play for that

  • sailirish7

    Does it give you faster data transfer rates?

    • Shiraz Siddiqui

      It doesn't do data, charging only. For data you will still need to use the Micro USB... or just download the AirDroid App from Google Play

  • Gunjan Sahay

    Does what its supposed to do. I expected the magnet to be a little more strong. They came off easily even if the cable is twisted. Can't go 2ways-not a big deal but I do have to flip sides each time I get it wrong.

  • bulletremedy

    Pity there's no data transfer. I would have liked it for a Head-Unit swap in my car if only is transferred data for audio and other purposes. Just slip it in and you're all good to go.

    Come on GOOGLE and Samsung, ffs there's a tone of Ipad installs in cars but close to non Android installs, HARDWARE SUPPORT IS BAD WITH ANDROID.

    • oxguy3

      I have never heard of mounting a tablet of any kind in a car. What is it for; bigger GPS?

  • max1312

    can you charge it with pogo in addition to the micro usb? i feel like that would be too good to be true?

    • georjamdak

      no, if you do that a nuclear explosion happens and we all die

      • Sal King

        Damn. I was afraid of that.

  • Khoi Tran

    Maybe they disable the micro usb port when the pogo is connected they fear someone trying to "double charge" their tablet lol.

Quantcast