RTLSDR Dongle Getting very hot even with out use.

Müller, Marcus (CEL) mueller at kit.edu
Fri May 25 12:06:43 UTC 2018

Since it gets hot even if you just plugged it in and didn't use it once
(if I read your email correctly), and since there's literally no driver
here that takes automated control of the dongle and sends it any

That's a hardware issue. The RTL28.. contains linear regulators, and
these probably are running continuosly.

Best regards,

On Thu, 2018-05-24 at 18:36 -0500, Bill Gaylord wrote:
> I am having this problem with all of my dongles (from multiple sources) and was wondering if it could be some sort of problem with it not getting closed properly,
> In all cases the chip that gets hot is the actual SDR not the tuner. But I don’t understand why it is heating up when the dongle is not in use and is just plugged in. 
> Or is this just some weird problem with the dongles.
> Sincerely,
> William
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