Acer Swift 3 USB Type C Charging

FahrenheitFahrenheit Member Posts: 12

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Just bought a Swift 3 from Amazon (SF314-51-52W2) and according to some people in the reviews the laptop can be charged with the Type C connector. If that is indeed the case what charger do I get for it? I assume my Note 7 charger would be slow as snot with a laptop sized battery. Do I get a pixel chagrger? Would want one with a detabable wire, the pixel charger is hard wired. 

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  • Acer-MaryAcer-Mary Acer Crew Posts: 871 Acer Crew

    This model supports USB-C charging via an adapter with these specifications: 19.5V 2.25A. There is an AC adapter available on the Acer store at https://us-store.acer.com. Just do a search for USB-C adapter and it should come up for you. It also has a separate power cord as well.

  • YnkYnk Member Posts: 1 New User

    Will it support charging itself through its USB type-C port when connecting to a USB-C dock ? (with one external monitor, ethernet network, usb devices connected to the dock).

    (like this one https://us-store.acer.com/acer-usb-type-c-dock or this one http://plugable.com/products/ud-ca1/)

     

    I would like to know if it possible to connect the Swift 3 to a dock with only one USB-C cable, and having display, data and charging working simultaneously through the USB type-C port. (and not having to plug the separate power cord)

     

     

  • PhilomorphPhilomorph Member Posts: 4 New User

    Ynk wrote:

    Will it support charging itself through its USB type-C port when connecting to a USB-C dock ? (with one external monitor, ethernet network, usb devices connected to the dock).

    (like this one https://us-store.acer.com/acer-usb-type-c-dock or this one http://plugable.com/products/ud-ca1/)

     

    I would like to know if it possible to connect the Swift 3 to a dock with only one USB-C cable, and having display, data and charging working simultaneously through the USB type-C port. (and not having to plug the separate power cord)

     

     


    This is exactly my question.

  • jbern25jbern25 Member Posts: 2 New User

    Hi Acer,

     

    Just like to check if the USB Type-C port of Swift 3 will work on a third-party universal charger like below. Based from the manual, USB Type-C charging will work with 45watts  charger. The mentioned charger below is rated 45watts with DC output 20V/2.25A (45watts) or 15V/3A (45watts) or 12V/3A or 5V/3A. But it does not have the same output as the original charger (19V/2.37A).

     

    http://www.myinnergie.com/us/product/99

     

    Please help to confirm is this will work.

     

    Thanks!

  • Acer-MaryAcer-Mary Acer Crew Posts: 871 Acer Crew

    Unfortunately Acer cannot guarantee any charger that does not meet the power requirements for the laptop. You can certainly try it but please note we cannot make recommendations on third party devices.

  • divanguzdivanguz Member Posts: 1 New User

    jbern25 wrote:

    Hi Acer,

     

    Just like to check if the USB Type-C port of Swift 3 will work on a third-party universal charger like below. Based from the manual, USB Type-C charging will work with 45watts  charger. The mentioned charger below is rated 45watts with DC output 20V/2.25A (45watts) or 15V/3A (45watts) or 12V/3A or 5V/3A. But it does not have the same output as the original charger (19V/2.37A).

     

    http://www.myinnergie.com/us/product/99

     

    Please help to confirm is this will work.

     

    Thanks!


     

     

    I bought this charger from amazon and promptly returned it. It does not work.

    Acer refuses apparently to use a standardised USB-C power output, instead it uses its propriatary power output which is the same as the bundled charger (2.37A @ 19V). The innergie charger should offer 45W at two outputs, 3A @ 15V and 2.25A @ 20V but that is not recognised by the laptop. It doesn't even state the message "connected, not charging" which you would typically get if you had a lower powered charger on a laptop.
    This is a big big letdown for me and I'm very dissapointed that acer did this.

    I get that its maybe because that using a standardised USB-C output would require them to add another charging circuit which would in turn ramp up the price, but still, a very bad decision.

     

    I tried charging my swift 3 with the swift 7 charger which is USB C and has the correct 2.37A @ 19V output and that DOES charge the swift 3.

    The downside is that the swift 7 charger is way bulkier than it needs to be and is also very hard to come by. I would really like to carry only one charger in my bag that would charge my phone and my laptop, which also should be a lot smaller than the swift 7 charger, but we are out of luck as it seems.

  • jbern25jbern25 Member Posts: 2 New User

    Thanks for your confirmation. good thing I did not buy this charger. 

     

    And you are exactly right. USB interface is designed to be "Universal" and I don't understand why some devices make it limited to their own brand only. It really defeats its feature. 

  • ReeyahsiReeyahsi Member Posts: 1 New User
    Dear Acer
    i juat brought acer swift 3 and just realise theres no ethernet connect... is it possible if i use ethernet adapter https://youtu.be/ZMSbcm-9tf0 for my laptop? Is it support? 
  • 7626734854476267348544 Member Posts: 1 New User
    The power jack on my Swift 3 (SF314-51) is broken so I just cut off the barrel connector and soldered the power brick to a spare USB-A to USB-C connector. Red on the USB connects to white, black to the other wire.

    Works flawlessly ^^
  • achyutarjun1997achyutarjun1997 Member Posts: 1 New User
    The power jack on my Swift 3 (SF314-51) is broken so I just cut off the barrel connector and soldered the power brick to a spare USB-A to USB-C connector. Red on the USB connects to white, black to the other wire.

    Works flawlessly ^^
    whoa! that's some badass s#it you did there brother! I am not sure I would dare to do that, but I was wondering if the MacBook charger would work on the SF314-55G 52AT?
    Did anyone try that?? Will any type-c charger of 65W output work??
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 12,399 Trailblazer
    As Acer-Mary said back in 2016... You need an USB-C charger that outputs 19.5V 2.25A, so as long as your charger isn't under those specs it will work fine. Note that some charger only do 5V or 10V, or ...
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