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Car charging My Zen V Plus will not charge using the car charger. I have tried several car chargers that accept the usb cable provided. I can charge the unit the conventional way via the PC or power adapter, the only problem is in the car. I travel often I would like to have a longer access to my music while in the car. Can you help?

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Sorry to not have a solution, but only to post that I have experienced the same problem trying to charge my Zen V Plus using an iGo adapter with a USB2 tip. I can't get my Zen to charge except when I use the wall charger or USB cable to PC. I'm as curious as you are about the reason why.

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