Tips from an idiot: Charge your smartphone with your Surface RT

We’ve all done it.  Working in IT requires an analytical mind, and sometimes we end up producing a solution that is larger than the problem.  Or, we may get distracted by the breadth of possibilities and decide upon a resolution that could have been so much simpler.  I don’t know about you, but this happens to me frequently where the quickest and best solution is staring me right in the face.  Many, if not all, of you know what I’m talking about, and it takes a strong person to admit when they have spent an idiot’s paycheck.

Since this happens to all of us at one time or another, I may even turn this (Tips from an idiot) into regular series.  As Red Green would say: “We’re all in this together.”  So, if you see a convoluted solution here on myITforum that you can do quicker and better, or you think we’ve taken the goat path instead of the paved highway, let us know.

Fortunately, I’m not one to keep ideas to myself and we have a great community here at myITforum, so yesterday one of these idiot moments surfaced and someone submitted a solution that I hadn’t even thought about for some reason.  It was a definite idiot moment.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro over the weekend (February 9th, 2013).  As many of you know, I own a Microsoft Surface RT and also a Windows Phone 8 device.  Truly, the only thing that the Surface Pro had over the Surface RT that enticed me was the dual charger.  In, Think dual charging is just for the Pro version of the Microsoft Surface? Think again, I talked about how the Surface Pro power supply is compatible with the Surface RT and can be purchased separately as an add-on.  Talking about this in the community, someone suggested that I simply use the USB port on the Surface RT to charge my smartphone.


Yeah, it was one of those moments.  Of course!

So, today I’m charging my HTC 8X using the USB port of the Surface RT, and it’s working famously.  There’s additional value in doing it this way, too.  Instead of purchasing the $80 Surface Pro power supply that only charges your device, I get a charge plus the smartphone creates the Surface software connection, allowing me to browse files and transfer media anytime I want.



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