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Here's the scoop, without the drivers, the USB controller doesn't know the power requirements for the device, it give 100mA. With the driver it knows the power requirements for the device and gives it 500mA of power.
The answer is no, you don't need the driver, but be prepared to be charging your device for 20 hours.
Install the desktop software, it takes 5 minutes and will greatly improve the time it takes to charge the device via the USB cable.