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Targus Introduces New “3-Pin” Power Tip Design and Tip System

What:

Targus is introducing a new “3-pin” power tip system for applicable Universal Docking Stations (UDS) and Universal Power Supplies (e.g. AC and DC chargers).

The system includes a 3-pin DC cable and 3-pin power tip to replace the older 2-pin design. It will be included with the ACP71-80/81 and ACP77-80/81 models. The “81” also uses the 3-pin power DC cable and power tip set, but with a new PSU (AC charger) design.

The new 3-pin power tips are NOT backward compatible with the older 2-pin tips. Targus also will release a two-conductor (old design) to three-conductor (new design) converter as model APX006.

The new 3-pin power tips included in the latest Targus UDS versions are shown here. The power tip markings are consistent with the host system that they support. Power tips that begin with the number “3” as in “3W” utilize the new 3-pin design and are used with the same host power connection (e.g. letter) as the “W” 2-pin tip.

The latest Targus UDS, DOCK171 and DOCK177, already come with a 3-pin DC cable (cable from the dock to the host, i.e., PC laptop) that supports the new 3-pin power tips.

In addition, a 3-pin version of the popular ACC1009 (Hydra Cable) for securing multiple power tips and a 3-pin version of ACA44 (USB Type-C Multiplexer) will be available per the table below.

Why:

Targus is making this change to facilitate future-proofing its entire Universal Power Supplies and UDS product lines.

When:

Model Availability
DOCK171 Now
DOCK177 Now
ACP71-80/81 Sampling In July
ACP77-80/81 Sampling In July
ACA44 Sampling In May
ACC1009 Sampling In May
APX006 Sampling In May

What You Should Do:

Please review the new -80/81 tip assortment shown here. If additional tips are needed, please contact your Targus sales representative for resolution. The Targus Power Tip Configurator tool can help you to determine what power tips you may need.

NOTE: This is NOT an end-of-life notice for the ACP71 and ACP77.

Categories: Update

5 replies

  1. Does that also mean that the ACP71-80-81 / ACP77-80-81 docks themselves will get new power jacks?

    The power jacks on the previous ACP71/77 looked like circular DIN connectors with four female holes in them. The power jacks on the new DOCK171/177 look completely different though.

    Will the ACP71-80-81 / ACP77-80-81 get the same power jacks as the DOCK171/177?

    And will the new ACC1009 Hydra cable be compatible with the DOCK171/177?

    And speaking of jacks:

    Why have you used a USB 3 Micro-B SuperSpeed connector for the uplink port of the new DOCK171/177? USB 3 Micro-B SuperSpeed is such a fragile connector, it makes for a very loose connection.

    The ACP71/77 is using the bigger USB 3 Type-B SuperSpeed connector for it’s uplink port. USB 3 Type-B SuperSpeed is so much more sturdy, which makes for a much more secure and robust connection.

    Having a USB 3 Micro-B SuperSpeed connector on the new DOCK171/177 feels like a downgrade compared to the USB 3 Type-B SuperSpeed connector on the ACP71/77.

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    • Hello Q.P., The POWER IN connection to the docks will not change, so no new power jacks for any of the docks. Yes, the ACC1009 Hydra will work with the DOCK171, DOCK177, ACP71-80/81 and ACP77-80/81 and up. The USB 3.0 Micro-B was used on the DOCK171/177 for spacing reasons including keep-outs, the larger USB 3.0 Type-B wouldn’t fit. I suspect you will see Targus, and the industry move forward with USB Type-C connectors for Up-Stream facing ports going forward.

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      • Thanks Kevin. Will the new ACC1009 Hydra adapter be 3-way like the old ACC984? Or will it be 4-way now? Or 5-way? Maybe even 6-way?

        More than 3-way would be nice ;).

        Also: Are you going to do a video on the new ACC1009? There’s no video for the Hydra adapter anywhere on YouTube. The only place it’s being explained is on this blog: https://targusblog.com/2014/10/13/disappearing-power-tips/ . Maybe you could make a Hydra adapter video on your YouTube channel? And maybe also a video of the new DOCK171/DOCK177? The last time you posted a video was a year ago.

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      • QP, The new ACC1009 Hydra is three headed like the ACC984. Thanks for the feedback requesting more. I also agree that a video would be nice. I’ll see if Targus will let us make one 🙂

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