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MP1820 User Guide

 


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USER GUIDE

Contents

Overview .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .2

Getting Started  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .2

  Unpacking TekCharge MP1820 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .2

  Getting to Know TekCharge MP1820   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .3

  Storing TekCharge MP1820 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .4

  Prolonging Battery Life .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .4

Using TekCharge MP1820 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .5

  Charging TekCharge MP1820  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .5

  Viewing the Power Capacity   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .6

   Charging   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .6

   Discharging   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .6

  Charging a Device Using an Adapter    .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .6

  Charging a Device Using Your Device USB Cable  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .7

Troubleshooting   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .7

Limited Warranty   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .8

  Disclaimer of Warranties   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .8

Customer Support   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .9

 


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Overview

TekCharge

TM

 MP1820, a pocket-sized rechargeable battery pack, provides emergency charging 

and power for many popular portable devices making it a versatile solution for the power needs 
of most of your mobile products, on the road, and at home . 

TekCharge MP1820 connects to your device in two ways: The power pack can connect to a 
device using the user’s own USB device cable . In this case, the USB connector plugs into the 
battery, and the opposite end into the mobile device, like iPad, iPhone or iPod . 

As a second option, mini USB and micro USB adapter tips are included for connection to any 5V 
devices that uses a micro or mini USB cable to charge, including current models of most popular 
mobile phones, e-Readers and other portable devices . Additional adapters not included with 
TekCharge MP1820 are available from Tekkeon for a nominal fee .

As an added bonus, TekCharge MP1820 includes a flashlight so you have emergency light at 
your fingertips . 

Getting Started

Unpacking TekCharge MP1820 

Your TekCharge MP1820 package includes the following: 
TekCharge MP1820 
Retractable input/output USB cable 
Micro USB Adapter Tip
Mini USB Adapter Tip
User guide (not shown) 
Registration card (not shown) 

Retractable input/output USB cable

Mini USB

Micro USB

TekCharge 

MP1820

 


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USER GUIDE  

Getting to Know TekCharge MP1820

Power Switch

To power USB 
port, or turn on 
the flashlight. 

Capacity Indicator

Indicator color indicates 
the battery capacity of 
the rechargeable battery. 

Emergency
Flashlight

Mini USB Port (5V IN)

For connection to USB 
port on a computer or 
power adapter to charge 
the rechargeable battery. 

Mini USB Port (5V OUT)

For charging and syncing 
your portable device.

 


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Storing TekCharge MP1820

Lithium ion batteries must be used consistently for maximum performance . Therefore, if you do 
not use the battery often, once a month you should discharge and recharge the battery to 40% (if 
it will be transported) or 70% (for long term storage), and store it in a cool and dry environment 
at a temperature between 50° and 86° F (10° and 30°C) . You may permanently damage your 
battery’s capacity by storing the battery without any capacity in the cell . It is important that 
you do not leave the battery in the interior of a vehicle parked in the sun, or exposed to direct 
sunlight for extended periods of time . 

Prolonging Battery Life

Extreme heat and cold will affect your battery’s performance . At temperatures above 80°F 
(27°C), the battery will discharge more quickly, and in colder temperatures, the battery won’t 
charge well . Therefore, it is recommended that the battery is used at room temperature, or 
between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) . The battery must be used at temperatures between 32°F 
to 104°F (0°C to 40°C) . It is not recommended that the battery is charged in temperatures above 
104°F (40°C), and the battery capacity may be permanently damaged if you use your battery in 
temperatures higher than 140°F (60°C) . You may damage the battery even more if you charge 
the device in these temperatures . You may find that using the battery in a very cold environment 
decreases the battery capacity . Unlike the effects of a hot environment, this is a temporary 
condition . Once warmed, the battery will return to its previous capacity .

 


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USER GUIDE  

Using TekCharge MP1820 

TekCharge can power or charge any portable device that requires 5V . If your device has a DC 
jack with center negative polarity, do not power the device with TekCharge as it does not support 
center negative polarity . 

Center Positive

Center Negative

Charging TekCharge MP1820

TekCharge should be charged when initially removed from the package, or when the capacity 
indicator lamp turns orange to indicate that the battery has less than 20% capacity . As an option, 
you can simultaneously charge both TekCharge and the connected device . 

1 .  Plug the included mini USB adapter tip into the retractable input/output cord .

2 .  Plug the mini USB tip into the mini USB port (5V IN) .

3 .  Plug the USB plug on the opposite end of the input/output cord into a USB port on a computer 

or a USB power adapter, and connect to a wall socket .

4 .  To charge only TekCharge, slide the power switch to OFF . If the battery level is less than 80%, 

the lamp will be orange . When the battery is more than 80% charged, the lamp will change to 
green . The battery will be fully charged after 8-10 hours .

 Or

  To charge both TekCharge and the connected device, slide the power switch to ON . 

TekCharge will be charged first, and will in turn charge the connected device . This connection 
will work only for devices that charge slower than the input power (500mA) . If the connected 
device draws more power than the input power, TekCharge will be depleted at some point . 

5 .  When the battery is fully charged, unplug the input/output cord from both TekCharge and the 

computer or charger .

 


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Viewing the Power Capacity

 

Charging 

When TekCharge is being charged, the capacity indicator lamp will light to indicate the amount 
of power in the battery: 
  Orange:   0% - 80% capacity
  Green:   80% - 100% capacity

Discharging 

When TekCharge is connected to and charging a device, or when the power switch is ON and 
TekCharge is not connected to a device, the capacity indicator lamp will be constantly lit to 
indicate the amount of power remaining in the battery: 
  Green:   20% - 100% capacity
  Orange:   0% - 20% capacity

Charging a Device Using an Adapter

 

1 .  Select the adapter that fits securely into the power jack on your portable device and plug it 

into the input/output cord . 

2 .  Insert the USB plug on the input/output cord into the USB port on the end of TekCharge . 

3 .  Connect the adapter plug into the power jack on your portable device . 

4 .  Slide the TekCharge power switch to ON to provide power through the USB port . 

5 .  Turn on the portable device and use it as you would normally . While connected, TekCharge 

will power and/or charge your device .

 Or 

  Leave the portable device turned off and TekCharge will charge the device battery . 

6  When finished, slide the power switch to OFF and unplug the power output cord from 

TekCharge and your device . 

NOTE: 

If none of the included adapters fits snugly into your portable device power jack, please 

go to our web site at www.tekkeon.com/MP1820adapters to determine which adapter plug 
you need for your device. You can obtain most adapters through the web site, or by contacting 
Tekkeon by phone at 

888-787-5888

 or 

949-788-9228

. If available through Tekkeon, the adapter 

will be sent to you for a nominal fee. 

 


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Charging a Device Using Your Device USB Cable

You can use your own device USB cable to connect to your device . However, for devices with 
mini or micro USB power ports, it is highly recommended that the included mini or micro USB 
adapter tips with retractable cable are used in place of the device USB cable .

1 .  Insert the USB plug on the device cable into the USB port on TekCharge . 

2 .  Connect the USB cable into the power jack on your  

portable device . 

3 .  Slide the TekCharge power switch to ON  

to provide power through the USB port .

4 .  Turn on the portable device and use it  

as you would normally . While connected,  
TekCharge will power and/or charge your device . 

 Or

  Leave the portable device turned off and TekCharge will charge the device battery . 

5 .  When finished, unplug the USB cable from TekCharge and your device . 

TIP: 

You can use the emergency flashlight while charging your device.

Troubleshooting

If TekCharge does not power your portable device or charge the device battery, take these 
steps:

1 .  Check that the input/output cord is connected to both TekCharge and the portable device,  

and that the adapter plug fits snugly into the power jack on your portable device . If not,  
try another adapter . 

2 .  If connecting TekCharge to a device with a DC jack, verify that the polarity of the device 

power jack is center positive . If the polarity is center negative, do not power the device with 
TekCharge as it does not support center negative . 
 

  

 

Center Positive

Center Negative

 


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3 .  Determine if your device is designed with charging circuitry that limits the input voltage . If 

so, TekCharge may not be able to power or charge the device . (For example, if a device is 
designed to accept only a 4 .2V input, then TekCharge may not be able to power or charge  
the device .)

If your iPad, iPhone or iPod does not sync while TekCharge is connected to a computer:

1 .  Ensure that TekCharge is connected to your computer using a USB to mini USB data cable . 

(The included retractable cable provides power only, and does not support syncing .) 

If TekCharge shuts down for five seconds to five minutes after you connect a device:

1 .  Connect TekCharge to a USB power adapter or to your computer . 

2 .  Check the power capacity on TekCharge . If the battery is empty or too low, recharge the 

battery . 

3 .  If the TekCharge capacity indicator is green, check the connected device to ensure the output 

current does not exceed 1A .

Limited Warranty

The product enclosed herein is warranted to be free of operational defects for a period of one 
year from the date of purchase . In the event of a defect in operation during the warranty period 
Tekkeon, Inc . will replace the defective product when the owner returns all product contents . 
The limited warranty will be considered void if the unit is tampered with, subject to misuse, 
negligence or accidental damage, has been improperly serviced, or if the security seal is 
removed . This warranty is limited to replacement only and shall not cover any other damages . 
Any product returned to Tekkeon, Inc . with no fault found will be returned to the owner at the 
owner’s expense . 

To obtain warranty coverage, please complete and submit the enclosed registration card . 

Disclaimer of Warranties

Any user of this product does so at the user’s own risk . To the maximum extent permitted by 
applicable law, Tekkeon, Inc . and its suppliers provide the hardware and any support services 
related thereto “as is” and with all faults; and hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions, 
whether express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to implied warranties of 
merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, lack of negligence or 

 


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correspondence to description, except for those warranties specifically and expressly provided  
in the Limited Warranty . 

With respect to the use of this product, in no event shall the company be liable for any loss 
of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, 
consequential and other damages . 

Customer Support

Customer support for TekCharge is available at: 

Tekkeon, Inc . 
c/o TekCharge MP1820  
30 Mauchly, Suite A 
Irvine, CA  92618

888-787-5888 / 949-788-9229 / www .tekkeon .com 

Tekkeon, Inc . must issue a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number for all exchanges  
or refunds .

www.tekkeon.com

© 2012 Tekkeon, Inc . All Rights Reserved . TekCharge

 is a trademark of Tekkeon, Inc .  

Specifications are subject to change without notice . 

iPad, iPhone, and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc ., registered in the U .S . and other countries .  

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