Modded my x270: Now I can charge it via USB-C and still have the built-in USB-C port available for other stuff.
It’s this mod by mikepdiy:
(It fits perfectly fine, the gap is from my broken bottom cover.)
@vidister I can also totally recommend this for even older ThinkPads, I modded my X220 with the same kit
@discordia I wouldn't call that flimsy, the new connector is acutally mechanically more stable than the old one. Also, current notebooks have moved on, and I don't want to carry an additional power supply when I decide to carry my X220, as every other device of mine has USB-C jacks, including my work and private notebook.
@discordia Okay, repairability is a point, I can't say anything against that. SMD mounted connectors without external stabilization are prone to break and a pain to fix, jacks in old Thinkpads are available as drop-in replacements with an internal connector.
Dedicated power connectors may be more mechanically stable, but if every device I carry had a dedicated power supply, I'd carry a lot of them. A unified connector and power protocol were merely a dream 10 years ago, and now they're real.
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