Question about Targus Chill Mat PA248U Laptop Cooler
I have a targus chill mat that hooks up to the usb but the usb cable has to be held on withtape in order for it to work
This problem is being caused by a wire becoming disconnected from the switch in the usb power cord. The easiest way to solve this problem is to open the switch using a flat blade like a knife, and either reconnect the loose wire yourself or to completely remove the switch and connect the wires together completing the circuit and allowing the fan to operate. I hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 03, 2009
As others have stated the power supply circuit is pretty shabby. I've had two of these breakdown in my household. The components are fine, but their not fixed on the board well enough and neither is the wiring in place very well. All the above described the same problem i've had and there's two options.
Option 1: Saw, tear, or chew through the plastic to reveal the circuit board. Pull the power socket off the board and reattach it yourself; probably replace the wires as well.
Option 2: Rest an item [u]underneath[/u] the power cable to maintain a pressure which pushes it upwards. I emphasise underneath and not above as while you may find keeping a downward pressure on the power cable will work for a time, its pressure acts in a "see saw" like fashion and pulls the power connector off the board, away from the wires. If you keep an 'upward' pressure it 'see saws' the piece towards the board which shouldn't cause any harm at all.
Note: its not a distance problem where the socket is falling back into the unit, i.e. its not like when a usb connector starts 'falling into' your computer and you gotta carefully slide them in; the socket will remain at the same distance whether you open the board or not.
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
If your Targus Chill Pad/Mat is still under warranty (1 year) call Targus Customer Service at 1-877-482-7487 and they will replace the the mat and or USB Cord. But be aware once its out of warranty they won't help you.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
Are you sure the problem is at one of the plugs? My Targus chill mat also just quit working and I found it is one of the connections to the in-line switch that has come undone. You can open the switch easily with a straight razor blade or paring knife blade (it is not glued so it comes apart easily). You can re-solder the wire to the switch if that is where the problem is. If not, I guess I can't solve this!
Posted on May 05, 2009
Has to be held on with tape? Does it fall out of the usb port?
Or is the usb port broken and require the cable be held in a certain position to make contact? Or is it the end on the mat itself?
May need to have your usb ports resoldered, or possibly a new cable, but never seen a cable go bad. What happens if you use the usb port for other things?
Posted on Oct 30, 2007
Same problem here. Defective (cheap) cable on Targus chill pad. Definitely not the USB port.
Posted on Jul 14, 2011
Hello i know just how u feel i have a sultion ok so look on the bottom of the air bord pick off the little rubber circles and use a srewdriver u will need small scotchape and tape the cord down if u have any mor ?'s u can reach me at [email protected]
Posted on Jun 18, 2011
My fans will not work
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
The plug going into the chill mat???
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
Send me $12 + S&H, and your unit and I can cure this USB cable problem.
When I am done you'll have a "pigtail" out of the chill pad to plug into your PC.
Contact Zeke at 512/863-7570 - My Office phone - leave a message if needed.
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
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