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I need to stack charge a USB device I have. That means plugging it in to a USB port or wall charger for no more than 2 minutes then taking in out and repeating this over and over again.

I may need to this MANY - MANY times.

Has anyone any ideas to automate this?

Is there any freeware, shareware or script I could use that would turn on / off my USB port for say 2 minutes on 30 seconds off for a certain number of times?

I could do this on Windows XP (my preference) or Window 7 or a friend’s Raspberry Pie.

Many thanks in advance.

Happy Christmas
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by:Korbus
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If you use a wall charger, then you could probably use somthing like this wall outlet timer:
http://www.grainger.com/product/TORK-Timer-6WPA0?s_pp=false

Looks like it has a minimum ontime of 1 minute.
Has a max of 24 on/off cycles you can program (per week).  Is that enough?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
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I'm a huge fan of NirSoft's (free!) utilities, which I've been using for many years:
http://www.nirsoft.net/

One of them is USBDeview:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

You have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the download links...and note that there are separate ones for 32-bit and 64-bit. It works in XP and W7 (and 2K, Vista, W8, and some others).

It is a stand-alone/no-install executable...simply run the EXE file that is in the downloaded ZIP file. It has a command line interface with "enable" and "disable" options. So use whatever your favorite scripting language is (or just a simple batch file) and call <USBDeview.exe> with the "enable" option, then pause/sleep/wait for 120 seconds, then call <USBDeview.exe> with the "disable" option, then pause/sleep/wait for 30 seconds, then loop back...run the loop as many times as you want. Regards, Joe
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by:mytext
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I have been looking at wall outlet timers as well. Seems to be an option.

A software solution is my preference as I could just set it to run at intravels all night.

But will look in to gettting a phyicial one after Christmas if there is no other option. The ones we have around the hourse are all old fashioned 15 min intravels.

Many thanks.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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> A software solution is my preference as I could just set it to run at intravels all night.

In case you missed it, see my (free!) software solution right above your last post. Regards, Joe
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by:mytext
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We must have been typing at the same time going to check it out now
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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OK, let me know how it works out for you. Regards, Joe
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi mytext,
Where do things stand on this issue? Regards, Joe
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by:mytext
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Hi Joe,

I ended up buying a digital timer. Setting for 20 programs and then resetting the time so the program would run again and over and over again. No a meg out of the tablet.

I feel the  NirSoft's (free!) utility was the answer but abit outside my coding ability.

Many thanks.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You're welcome. And thanks to you for posting your solution. Regards, Joe
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