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Old 06-24-2008, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got one of those powerstations that holds my 8310 on my desk so that it's easy to charge it. It charges fine in the craddle.

However, I was wondering how to connect the powerstation so that I can "also easily sync the 8310 when it's charging in the craddle."

I obviously need to connect the powerstation to the PC, but how do I do that? There's a standard USB plug in the back of the base of the powerstation -- and I suppose it then needs to be connected to the back of the PC via another USB connection.
If so, then the standard BlackBerry ASY-06610-001 BlackBerry USB charging & datasync cable (the one with a USB on one end and a mini USB on the other end) won't work. I appears that I need a cable with standard USB plugs on both ends. Correct?
That is unless the Powerstation is designed so that the standard USB end of the standard BlackBerry cable plugs into the Powerstation -- and the mini USB end merely plugs directly into the handheld. I hope not. Because then the cable would just be flopping around on the top of my desk between the Powerstation and the 8310 while it's sitting in the craddle. Not a very elegant solution.
I'm confused. Can you please help?

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Are you using the powerstation or the cradle? Can you post a link to a photo/page for it?
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I think that the powerstation is, more or less, just for charging. While I agree that hooking up an unsightly USB cable to the side of the phone while it sits in the cradle doesn't appear too elegant while sitting by your PC or on your desk at work...

... it's perfect for when you DON'T want to sync or transfer data. Let me expand on that:

Normally, for those without a docking station or whatnot, we have to use 2 hands to hook up the Mini-USB plug to the phone, and then the phone sits on it's back like a hooked fish.

But if you have one of these on your nightstand by your bed, in the kitchen, by your living room EZ-Chair, etc. (that is, nowhere near your computer), then it's a one-hand-drop-the-BB-in-the-cradle kinda thing and under those circumstances, it's perfect.

Kind of a bummer that we can't sync and backup via Bluetooth, then that'd take care of the cable problem and give you that elegance you are looking for.

Edit/Add: you can sync and backup via Bluetooth. It can be difficult to set up, depending on your PC and OS and existing BT drivers, but it can be done. Do a search on these forums if that interests you.
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Takeshi,

I am using what BlackBerry refers to as a "Powersation."

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OK. I'm beginning to get the ideas as to exactly what this thing can and cannot do. Very disappointing. My old Treo 650 craddle used to neatly provide BOTH a charging and syncing source.

Anyway, now I'm not exactly sure how to wire this Powerstation so that I can also sync.

If I'm going to have to drape the cable across my desk, then wouldn't it be best to use the standard BlackBerry sync cable (that came with the 8310) and merely connect it directly from the PC to the handheld while it's charging in the craddle? -- thereby "bypassing" the powerstation entirely? If that's true, then what is the standard USB outlet in the back of the base of the Powerstation for?

Am I missing something here?
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Am I missing something here?
Yes, you are missing what I posted regarding Sync and Backups via Bluetooth (wireless). ;)
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I have one of those, also. The mini USB in the back under the rubber plug is supposed to be used to charge a bluetooth headset. It is of no use other than that. My Motorola S9 stereo headset uses a mini USB for charging but it will not fit into the opening on the powerstation. The mini USB cable from my computer still has to be connected to my 8310 in order to sync to the desktop. (my company's BES only sync's mail and calendar over the air - that's another story) To charge the handheld without sync'ing you only need to have it sitting in the cradle.

Regardless of this, the charging cradle is much better for me than having my handheld lying on my desk with the cable connected to it.
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