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List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« on: May 03, 2015, 11:53:47 AM »
I think these newer 5V USB batteries ("cellphone/tablet re-chargers") are nice development for tapers.

Impressive run times(even with phantom power), low-heat (IME), you can buy these things everywhere - Quickie Marts, grocery stores and big-box retailers.

Cheap, and many options in capacity.

It's a more obvious feature on newer gear (Like the Tascam recorders), but I was surprised how many other, older pieces of gear use 5V.

Some of these don't have true power on the USB feature - just need custom USB>DC jack-in cable to take advantage of these batteries.

A quick study produced this list - and others/additions? Nuances? Deletions? Probably some preamps that might work too?

Creative Nomad Jukebox 3

Marantz PMD661/ii

Tascam DR-100/mkII, DR-60D/mkII, DR-70D, DR-22WL, DR-44WL, DR-2D

Zoom H4n, H5, H6

M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96

M-Audio MicroTrack II
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 12:59:53 PM »
I use the PMD 661 and I paid more for the cable. The batteries around $8.50 and the cable around $10. The batteries have 2 ports. Can they be connected in series and parallel?

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 02:01:37 PM »

A quick study produced this list - and others/additions? Nuances? Deletions? Probably some preamps that might work too?


Creative Nomad Jukebox 3



Since you're going all the way back to the JB3, might as well add the M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 and the MT-II to the list.

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 03:25:55 PM »
TASCAM dr2d works features with a 5v USB power bank source.
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 10:33:09 AM »
iRiver h120 / 5v / Size H, 3.40mm OD × 1.30mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Known to run on 5v USB w/ no issues
Korg MR-1 / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-)
M-Audio Microtrack / 5v / USB Mini-B / Red wire (+) Black wire (-)
M-Audio Microtrack II / 5v / USB Mini-B / Red wire (+) Black wire (-)
Marantz PMD-620 / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
Marantz PMD-660 / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
Marantz PMD-661 / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity, Known to run on 5v USB w/ no issues
Roland R-05 / 3v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity, Known to run on 5v USB w/ no issues
Roland/Edirol R-09hr / 3v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Known to run on 5v USB w/ no issues
Tascam DR100 / 5v/ Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
Tascam DR100mkii / 5v/ Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
Tascam DR-2D / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
Zoom h4n / 5v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID / Center pin (+)  Ring (-) / Normal Polarity
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2015, 01:51:58 PM »
Good info, thanks.  Marking thread for future reference.

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 12:01:37 PM »
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2015, 03:44:51 PM »
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2016, 10:13:06 AM »
Reviving a dead thread here after my PMD660 died twice during a DMB show. (Good thing I was running a backup!)

Where would one find a cable to go from the USB to the power jack on the recorder? I'm not even sure what to call it to search for it.


Edit: OK, I kind of figured it out, but above it says my PMD660 takes a "type b," but that doesn't seem to exist. Might it be a type M?
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 10:47:08 AM »
Reviving a dead thread here after my PMD660 died twice during a DMB show. (Good thing I was running a backup!)

Where would one find a cable to go from the USB to the power jack on the recorder? I'm not even sure what to call it to search for it.


Edit: OK, I kind of figured it out, but above it says my PMD660 takes a "type b," but that doesn't seem to exist. Might it be a type M?


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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2016, 11:01:56 AM »
I may hit you up for a dual cable once I find a battery that will work. I have several of the USB batteries packs, but I'm a little concerned they won't have enough life in them to power my 660 long enough. I may just take it to Best Buy or MicroCenter (big computer store in Cleveland) and have them help me. It's really confusing.
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2016, 11:07:26 AM »
The Naztech or any of the clones will work well. Powering a pmd660, with phantom on, you would get around 12 hours of record time (although this really depends on the phantom draw of your mics). My Naztech has some miles on it, so a new battery could yield higher run times.

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2016, 11:25:57 AM »
The Naztech or any of the clones will work well. Powering a pmd660, with phantom on, you would get around 12 hours of record time (although this really depends on the phantom draw of your mics). My Naztech has some miles on it, so a new battery could yield higher run times.

Which one do you use or recommend? The PB2800qi looks reasonable.
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2016, 11:44:48 AM »
I can't speak to that one, as I don't have it to test but the PB15000 is a beast ---> http://www.amazon.com/Naztech-PB15000-Universal-Charger-Extended/dp/B007URKIGC

The Naztech or any of the clones will work well. Powering a pmd660, with phantom on, you would get around 12 hours of record time (although this really depends on the phantom draw of your mics). My Naztech has some miles on it, so a new battery could yield higher run times.

Which one do you use or recommend? The PB2800qi looks reasonable.

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2016, 11:55:19 AM »
I can't speak to that one, as I don't have it to test but the PB15000 is a beast ---> http://www.amazon.com/Naztech-PB15000-Universal-Charger-Extended/dp/B007URKIGC

The Naztech or any of the clones will work well. Powering a pmd660, with phantom on, you would get around 12 hours of record time (although this really depends on the phantom draw of your mics). My Naztech has some miles on it, so a new battery could yield higher run times.

Which one do you use or recommend? The PB2800qi looks reasonable.



If you get that unit it most likely has a cable & tip that will run the 660 off the power port instead of the USB power port.
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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2016, 12:15:35 PM »
Nice, marking thread!  ;D

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Re: List of Recorders that can be powered by 5V USB batteries
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2016, 12:20:02 AM »
I wish these 5v USB batteries were around and cheap back in the JB3 days! Back then, I had a Marc Kim aka Leegeddy "Voltage Regulator Box" that took a 12v or 9v or 6v power source[can't remember] like an SLA[this was 2004-2006 mind you, so this was SLAs were still cheapest and most reliable power back then], and its stepped down the voltage to 5v for the JB3! That way, from one battery, I could power BOTH my V3@6v/9v/12v, and the JB3@5v, since it had dual outputs! I could've run a MUCH smaller USB battery for my JB3 and my v3 from the 6v SLA, but that would make two separate batteries :P Still much smaller than the HUGE 12v SLA that I had for Phish Summer Tour 2004, which would power my v3 AND JB3 for like 24+ hrs straight :P

Anyway, I just ordered this cable from China, so that I can power my 70D's from [2] 5v USB batteries at once! This way, I can get over 20+ hours straight, from 2 of my USB batteries, powering the 70d with all 4 channels@24/96,Phantom on 1/2 and Line on 3/4! That's pretty badass IMO ;D
http://www.ebay.com/itm/172151661611?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I run this Left Angle Micro USB>Right/Left Angle USB A cable, from my 70d>directly into the above USB cable splitter! 8) Works GREAT so far! I'll probably pick up another one or two of those USB splitters above, since they're sooooo damn cheap ;D
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