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Michael Tapp
Powering the Zoom H4n over USB
on May 23, 2015 at 1:42:06 pm

Hi there,

Has anyone out there tried powering the H4n with a USB battery? This guy found a setup that goes through the ac adapter cable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6YtYb3TtPw

The only question mark for me is will the H4n still be able to use phantom power with a usb battery. Any ideas? Thank you!


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Matt Wulff
Re: Powering the Zoom H4n over USB
on May 28, 2015 at 8:48:45 pm

I imagine that you could, but the battery life will probably be reduced with phantom power engaged.

-Matt


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Bill Davis
Re: Powering the Zoom H4n over USB
on Jun 6, 2015 at 12:41:18 am

Huh?
USB is a communication protocol. One part of it provides for modest power to trickle recharge low current batteries, but I've never heard of anyone using USB as a continuous power source. And that's precisely what phantom power requires - a continuous power source.
Maybe it's not impossible, only an electrical engineer could tell you that for sure, but I wouldn't spend any time pursuing it.

My 2 cents.

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