Targus Ships V Series USB Charger/HotSync Cable

Targus has introduced the USB Charge-Sync Cable for the Palm V series, which, when connected to a USB port, can both charge the Palm and perform a HotSync. It transfers data at up to 12Mbps and offers a HotSync button and an LED to indicate power, transmit, and receive. Supporting Palm OS 3.1 and greater, the cable is compatible with Windows 98, ME and 2000. It costs $50.

Darren Lee, Targus Sr. Product Manager, PDA Accessories, said "It can save the business traveler the frustration of carrying multiple, and sometimes incompatible, syncing devices and power cords. Because the USB Charge-Sync Cable offers an immediate power source from virtually all notebooks, there is no need for Palm V users to worry about carrying the bulky AC adapter."

There are a couple of other products that perform this same function. The Billionton USB Sync Charger costs $52 and the Palm V USB HotSync + Charger Cable costs $39.

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USB Speed

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2001 1:43:02 PM #
I've heard that many of these Palm USB cables are merely emulating serial connection ie. it's actually not exploiting the speed of USB. Can someone confirm which of these cables is 'proper' USB and which are just a convenient alternative to serial cables?

Andrew McCartney

RE: USB Speed
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2001 1:49:44 PM #
The serial port on the V is the limitation so no cable can give it full USB speed. We'll have to wait for the m500 series for this. The advantage of connecting it to the USB port on the laptop is the USB port can both HotSync and charge the battery, which the serial port can't do. This means one cable not two.

Can anyone who has any one of these tell me how quickly it can charge the Palm?


I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2001 3:36:15 PM #
$50.00, are you nuts??

Powerbook compatible?

davidzwang @ 4/26/2001 6:09:59 PM #
Anyone tried this with a Powerbook?


RE: Powerbook compatible?
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/16/2001 10:35:25 PM #
Drivers for Mac are available at


I haven't tried it yet, I just found it today, and am about to buy the cable.

RE: Powerbook compatible?
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/17/2002 2:09:55 AM #
The link to the mac drivers for the usb:

is not working.

do you have another link where the drivers are available?

Thanks for your help

Danny Tynes

RE: Powerbook compatible?
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/23/2002 1:15:57 AM #
RE: Powerbook compatible?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 5:03:39 AM #
Did the driver work on the MAC finally? If so, please tell me how. I tried the the driver but it did not work.


Can't do 12 Mbps

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/26/2001 8:47:54 PM #
Palm V series has an RS232 serial port, so it's limit is 115,200 or 115 Kbps. With this cable, your max throughput will be 115Kbps.

high margins!

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 10:23:03 PM #
feeefty dollars! do they put on a mask when they sell you this thing!


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