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(See final build pics below)

WARNING: This could fry your Touchpad if you set this up wrong.

5v Step Up Link: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8290

I attached the 5v step up's (The step up is used to increases the battery's voltage from 3.7v to 5v) in directly to the battery, the step up's out to a USB extension cable and then the extension cable to the USB OTG adapter. Works great.

It's a little ugly right now, but really all I have to do is move the 5v step up to the SIM card slot (which in most Touchpads is not used) and attach a female micro USB port (a standard USB port is too large for the SIM slot) to it and then modify a Y cable with a male micro USB port.

The only downside of using this step up is it only supports 300mA, not the standard 500mA, so some devices may not work properly. Keyboards, flash drives and mice should have no issues.

Update: Final Pretty version
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaI0QdFd7xk
I cleaned it up and made it pretty, here are some build pics.

I had to sand the micro USB PCB to fit it in the SIM slot. Sparkfun part number: 9614

Side shot to show you about the width you need to sand it to so it fits in the SIM slot snuggly.

Placement of the 5v Step Up.

Placement of the micro USB PCB.

Side shot of the SIM Slot with the micro USB in it.

My modified male micro USB Y cable connected. The Y cable is just a Charge only micro USB cable attached to a USB extension cable.
 

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Wow looks good. How did you get the 5v connection from the battery? Is there a tutorial for that somewhere? I assume you have to open it up?

Sent from Touchpad running CM9
 

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have you tested the effects on the battery level detected by webos and android? webos seems too rely on stored info to measure the battery (usually webos will read a higher percentage battery than android so there is evidence that the OS has it's own way of reading the battery)

does prolonged power draw that the OS cant measure impact the battery readout in a way where it will shutoff before hitting 0%?
 

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Wow looks good. How did you get the 5v connection from the battery? Is there a tutorial for that somewhere? I assume you have to open it up?

Sent from Touchpad running CM9
The 5V Step up changes the battery's 3.7v into 5v.
There isn't a tutorial really, but I suppose i could write one in the next few days.
Yeah I opened up the Touchpad and disassembled the majority of it to get the the battery connector to wire the step up, as it is on the underside of the motherboard.
 

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have you tested the effects on the battery level detected by webos and android? webos seems too rely on stored info to measure the battery (usually webos will read a higher percentage battery than android so there is evidence that the OS has it's own way of reading the battery)

does prolonged power draw that the OS cant measure impact the battery readout in a way where it will shutoff before hitting 0%?
I haven't done any type of battery drain testing yet, I'll take a look at that tomorrow and see if it shutdown properly when the battery gets low.

Edit 5/14 2am EST: Testing this now in WebOS, although my battery is full so it will take a while to drain it to see how and when it shuts down.
 

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have you tested the effects on the battery level detected by webos and android? webos seems too rely on stored info to measure the battery (usually webos will read a higher percentage battery than android so there is evidence that the OS has it's own way of reading the battery)

does prolonged power draw that the OS cant measure impact the battery readout in a way where it will shutoff before hitting 0%?
I tested the low battery shutdown feature using a USB drive and then having ping echo to a file on the USB drive to keep it in constant use, both Android And WebOS shutdown properly with zero battery percentage left.
 

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cool, looks pretty good.

if the touchpad were a little bit thicker, I wonder if there would have been a way to install a full sized USB host port that used the data pins from the charge port and allowed a device to be plugged directly into the side of the touchpad.
 

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It does look good.

I would suggest that you do go back and track the USB data lines and reroute those as well. That way you would have a USB host port and a USB data out port.

Realistically, you could fit a full USB port there, it just has to be a hybrid half port (think those USB sticks that have no pin covers). Essentially, you take off the metal shield of the full USB port and just use the bottom piece. The pins are large enough for direct soldering (even in a surface mount package). Actually, I might have to do this. Need some double stick tape for putting it back together first. I has a PCB mill...hmmmmmm
 

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with that FULL USB port you are right. I think that it could be possible to make even for those with metal shield. if you will get USB female connector inside, just to the cover, and on one side of SIM slot do a 2mm bigger place for plugging full usb port with shield. hm, maybe i can do that too.

Data pins would be great if so :D but... i wold rather like to have there a SIM card slot, a real one, even if half-self-made
 

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Even without a metal casing on the standard female USB port, a full size male USB wouldn't be able to plug in, unless you stuck the port all the way out of the side of the SIM port, which would then risk damaging it.

I did think about wiring the SIM micro USB port with data, but I figured that I would need a micro to standard USB port adapter anyway, it was just easier to go with a Y cable.
 

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It's been near a month now since this topic was last spoken about. I would like to ask (ften) again How did you get the 5v connection from the battery? Is there a tutorial for that somewhere? I know that you would likely have to open your HP Touchpad so I wanted to offer an alternative. Do you think that you could possibly go to Google Picutres and google a pic of HP Touchpad Breakdown search for the pic and the spot where you made the connection and then be able to complete the tutorial. I myself would love to perform this hack on my HP Touchpad also. I'm sure that others like myself would not hold you responsible since we are asking you to complete the information so others also know how to do this. This is an extremely useful hack especially for techs.

Best regards.
 

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is it possible to hook up the 5V directly to the default micro usb port?
 

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It's been near a month now since this topic was last spoken about. I would like to ask (ften) again How did you get the 5v connection from the battery? Is there a tutorial for that somewhere? I know that you would likely have to open your HP Touchpad so I wanted to offer an alternative. Do you think that you could possibly go to Google Picutres and google a pic of HP Touchpad Breakdown search for the pic and the spot where you made the connection and then be able to complete the tutorial. I myself would love to perform this hack on my HP Touchpad also. I'm sure that others like myself would not hold you responsible since we are asking you to complete the information so others also know how to do this. This is an extremely useful hack especially for techs.

Best regards.
I used a 5v Step Up from Sparkfun, which I connected directly to the battery terminal. Basically it takes the 3.7v power from the battery and changes it to 5v. I've circle in red the points that I solder the IN side of the Step Up to the motherboard.


5v Step Up labeled;


Macauman: You could solder the 5v/ground lines to the default micro USB port but you would have to add diodes in-between the port and the step up to prevent electricity from flowing back into the out of the step up when you were charging the Touchpad.
 

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Macauman: You could solder the 5v/ground lines to the default micro USB port but you would have to add diodes in-between the port and the step up to prevent electricity from flowing back into the out of the step up when you were charging the Touchpad.
So, a simple diode will simply do the job? And I have one more question. If I set up like that, will there be a charging loop: Battery --> 5V step up --> micro USB --> charge up the touchpad (back to the battery)

Sorry if I didn't explain clear enough
 

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Its essentially a flyback transformer.

The sparkfun one you used would not be my choice. I would use one more designed for that kind of purpose:

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10255
LiPower - Boost Converter

The LipoRider from SeeedStudio would also work if you remove some of the connectors.
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/lipo-rider-p-710.html?cPath=155

Both of those will spill out about 500ma when needed (more than enough to charge or use any accessory... even portable HDDs!). They are current boosted, so they will only put out what is asked of them.

Sweet huh?
 

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Its essentially a flyback transformer.

The sparkfun one you used would not be my choice. I would use one more designed for that kind of purpose:

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10255
LiPower - Boost Converter

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Sweet huh?
Very sweet, don't know how I missed that on Sparkfun. I might actually switch out the one I used with this one.
 

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Very sweet, don't know how I missed that on Sparkfun. I might actually switch out the one I used with this one.
I would also just use a dremel to cut off the extra space given for the connector. Scrape off those thick traces to get your contacts. Save space!

Pick up some of this while you are at it: http://www.ebay.com/...5#ht_500wt_1413

28AWG silver plated teflon stranded wire. More durable, great power and data transfer....best of all it is easy to use and will take up almost no space. Power transference is much closer to the spec for chassis wiring which is up to 1.4amps for that short of a distance.

Get those data lines transferred while you are at it. BTW: What double sided tape did you use to put it back together?
 

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Is there theoretically a way to make the second usb port essentially a second otg port? I ask because I'd really like to be able to charge the tablet while using something plugged in OTG. On a related note, could this be used to add a MicroSD slot as well?
 

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What would be really cool is to take a 32 GB or bigger USP Thumb Drive, take out the innards, and hardwire it into the touchpad as a second USB drive that is internal.


Has anyone done a step by step guide to installing the power port and making the Y cable?
 
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