Keep Your GE Active Key Charged With Your Phone Charger

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Real Estate Agent with Lanier Partners

The new GE Active Keys are convenient and small and you don't have to use a cradle and connect to your computer to synch, they update via radio. However, the radio's aren't Cell Phone on Charger by Mike Saundersvery efficient and will drag down the charge on the Active Key in a couple of days.

There are several solutions: 1) carry the Active Key in and place it on a home charger every day, 2) get a special car charger for your Active Key at a cost of over $20.00. 3) Use your existing cell phone automobile charger.

Yep, if you have a cell phone that charges via its USB port, you can use that same auto charger to keep your Active Key charge fresh. Whenever you are in your car and your charger is not plugged into your phone just go ahead and plug the charger into your Active Key. While you are traveling, your Active Key will be recharged and you will no longer be embarrassed to have your charge run out in the middle of showing multiple homes to your out of town buyers. And, if your vehicle has an accessory charging port that works even with the ignition off, your Active Key will be charging while you are in your office or at home. It will never have to leave your vehicle other than when you need it to access a lock box. Active Key on Charger by Mike Saunders

The pictures show both my phone and my Active Key connected, via USB port, to the same car charger that I picked up for $9.99 plus tax at Wal-Mart. I now only have one charging cord in my truck and both my phone and Active Key are charged at all times.

 

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Actually, I have even used the charger for my Garmin GPS device to give my ActiveKey a bit of a boost. Seems to have worked okay. My guess is that GE tried to skimp on the batteries and probably we just have NiCad rechargeables inside them that will not hold a charge more than a couple of days. Probably the batteries that are in cell phones would last longer but would raise the production costs for Supra. They are a pain when they go dead though and always at the worst time. You would think that GE could make them beep constantly when they are on their last legs. But have seen no way of doing that.

July 04, 2010 07:20 PM
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Any standard USB charger should work (not the micro though).

July 05, 2010 10:22 AM
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Lee

I just discovered the car charger for my Garmin navigation system sends out 5.5 volts so it works just fine too (the active key wants no more than 5 volts.

January 23, 2012 12:53 AM
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Troy Le

I have tried several USB chargers on my supra key and they have not worked.  When you loose the charger it impossible to find the replacement to the DC adapter available at any of the stores to replace it.  Do you guys have any suggestions?

March 30, 2012 01:51 PM
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anna

Hello, this is so helpfull info. Garmin charger is working !

THANK YOU

Best Regards,

Anna S. C-21 VS~GP

March 10, 2013 01:04 PM
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