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HP and Google to replace Chromebook 11 power adapters following recall

Google replaces micro-USB power adapters for Chromebook 11 following last week's recall.

Although Google/HP's Chromebook 11 had the unique feature of charging with any micro-USB adapter out there, the one that came with the device wasn't very reliable. That power adapter was recalled last week by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission due to safety concerns, but the two companies appear to have promptly come up with a replacement.

Since launch, folks trying to charge their Chromebook 11s have faced overheating problems with the power adapter, leading to a retail recall and an investigation that found the peripheral to be unsafe. Google has subsequently come up with a replacement device that they shipped to the folks at 9to5Google, who found it to be a 5.25v charger made by LITEON in China. 

Preliminary results by the website seem to indicate that the updated micro-USB adapter performs better than the previous version, with the overheating problems seemingly an issue of the past. The updated chargers still haven't made their way into retail sites or Google Play, though they should be coming soon, and current Chromebook 11 owners can at least take solace in their ability to charge from any micro-USB adapter.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-12-20 (Update: 2013-12-20)