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Pete G.
post Mar 1 2018, 08:14 PM
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Just a question for those who have already got their Gemini. Is the charger universal voltage? I mean, the plug is different for different regions, but I'd expect that otherwise it would accept both 110 and 240 volt supplies. (One advantage of my US plug -- I already have a 13-amp adapter!)
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post Mar 2 2018, 01:01 AM
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QUOTE(Pete G. @ Mar 2 2018, 04:14 AM) *
Just a question for those who have already got their Gemini. Is the charger universal voltage? I mean, the plug is different for different regions, but I'd expect that otherwise it would accept both 110 and 240 volt supplies. (One advantage of my US plug -- I already have a 13-amp adapter!)


The UK charger I got says:

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Input: 100-240V - 50/60Hz 0.6A
Output: 5V 2A/7V 1.67A/9V 1.67A/12V 1.25A

Looks pretty flexible.
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Pete G.
post Mar 2 2018, 01:25 PM
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QUOTE(pakman @ Mar 2 2018, 01:01 AM) *
QUOTE(Pete G. @ Mar 2 2018, 04:14 AM) *
Just a question for those who have already got their Gemini. Is the charger universal voltage? I mean, the plug is different for different regions, but I'd expect that otherwise it would accept both 110 and 240 volt supplies. (One advantage of my US plug -- I already have a 13-amp adapter!)


The UK charger I got says:

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Input: 100-240V - 50/60Hz 0.6A
Output: 5V 2A/7V 1.67A/9V 1.67A/12V 1.25A

Looks pretty flexible.


Thanks -- that's what I hoped/expected.

From the photos it looks as if the 13-amp pins are integral. My old Maplin catalogue (sigh) shows some adapters, but they're a bit clunky.
Might have been nice to have some kind of intermediate connector, but I suppose it would have increased the price.

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post Mar 2 2018, 04:42 PM
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First post here: hello to all the innovative, creative and talented Gemini makers, fellow backers and interested people!

According to backers Daniel and James on the FB support page,
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From the comments I’m reading here, it seems that the Gemini does not support USB PD, so this should mean that it is only Pump Express 2.0+ compatible. So this should limit the compatible chargers to:

- Pump Express 2.0+ (and probably the 3.0 ones are backward compatible too)
- Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0

I wonder if the Pump Express compatibility can be upgraded via software, I hope so.

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I agree, it looks like they've used an old charging implementation that was never designed for USB C.

This means any standard USB C PD charger won't work currently. I also hope that this is fixable in software!

I've reached out to Planet through Twitter but they haven't responded except to say that they use "FastPump".

From what I understand it means our Gemini will be limited to above chargers for quick charging, yet still chargeable with any USB compliant standard charger --though at a slower rate? Could some person with knowledge in this matter please correct my conclusion above (speculative)?

Note the FB requires no login -which I appreciate.
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post Mar 4 2018, 01:22 AM
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QUOTE(tuk0z @ Mar 3 2018, 12:42 AM) *
From what I understand it means our Gemini will be limited to above chargers for quick charging, yet still chargeable with any USB compliant standard charger --though at a slower rate? Could some person with knowledge in this matter please correct my conclusion above (speculative)?

Note the FB requires no login -which I appreciate.


That is almost correct. The Gemini will not charge from standard USB C chargers. The Gemini will charge from a standard USB A charger with a USB A-to-C cable connected to the left port of the Gemini. This charges at about 2.5w and will take an estimated 8-10 hours for a full charge.

PC have since confirmed that the Gemini uses PumpExpress, but not which version. I think based on the specs of the charger (the output voltages specifically) that it uses the 2014 version PumpExpress+.

So far we have not identified any chargers other than the supplied one that will charge the Gemini at a faster rate but it should be compatible with other PumpExpress+ chargers. Unfortunately, these seem hard to come by and limits options for car chargers, battery packs and charging USB C docks.

What's worse is that standard USB C chargers (including those certified by the USB-IF) will not charge the Gemini. It is unclear if this can be fixed.
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