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Old December 30th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For anyone interested in quality chargers, the best quality chargers I've come across:

Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable This is the stock Samsung charger that came with the phone. For $6 to get it WITH a MicroUSB cable is pretty darn good. I ordered two of these. Note the MicroUSB is an older model not the same glossy plug one included with the phone, but a cable's a cable as long as the charger is the right 1amp output!

Verizon Wireless Branded Dual Cigarette Lighter (No Link sorry :L) I order these at work all the time as an IT manager. They're basically the same as the below Griffin model. I **believe** they output 1amp as well from both USB ports. (I'm a big fan of straight USB ports from the cigarette lighter jack so no matter what device you have if you've got the right cable it will work in any car etc) The nice thing is they sit "flush" in the jack and don't stick out much.

Griffin Technology PowerDuo Universal Micro for Smartphones - Black $16.82 on Amazon Comes with a cigarette lighter AND an extra wall brick (brick is a loose description it's rather small like the OEM Samsung charger) It's a micro edition of the older PowerJolt Duo I own which is only 500amp output and chargers so slow!

I'm still on the hunt for a really thin and flexible USB-->MicroUSB charger. In the winter when it gets super cold thicker cables/plastic get really touch to bend etc so the thinner the better. Haven't found a great one yet, although I was considering Best Buy's RocketFish brand, albeit the overpricing. ($19 for JUST the cable) The ones I'd been using were from either MonoPrice or CablesToGo.

Any suggestions for excellent cables of this sort?

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UPDATE:

Received my chargers. Cigarette lighter dual works flawlessly.

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Technology-PowerBlock-Universal-USB-Charging/dp/B004EYH5WY/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325816503&sr =1-5

Wall charger only outputs .5 amps. From the comments I read in the amazon customer reviews the wall charger has issues recognizing which phone is capable of the full amp...so the little power block is basically worthless as it charges so slowly. Ugh
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As far as car chargers with USB ports go, most of them aren't wired correctly to allow an Android phone to pull the current that it should to take advantage of the charger's capacity. The data pins should be shorted together inside the charger, but in most cases are not, so the phone identifies the charger as a USB source, rather than an "AC charger", and subsequently limits the current draw.

You can verify this if you go to Settings, About Phone, Status. The "Battery status" will either show USB or AC. If it shows USB, your charger sucks and is causing your phone to draw less than it could. This is a problem if you're running it in your car with the display on, navigation on, and bluetooth on. Sometimes the charger will not keep up with all of this.

The solutions are:

1. Get a proper charger.
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2. Crack open your crappy charger and solder the data pins together and cut any traces that lead elsewhere from the pins.
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3. Buy this cable: Amazon.com: Naztech Micro USB Charging Cable - BlackBerry, Cal-Comp, HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson: Cell Phones & Accessories It shorts the data pins internally, so any charger will appear as AC and you'll charge accordingly.
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I ordered the dual usb car charger that the op posted earlier this week. I hope it gets here soon.


has anyone tried this charger? It has great reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-PowerBlock-Universal-Charger-Players/dp/B0014YGAN2/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1325859109&sr =1-1-catcorr
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For anyone interested in quality chargers, the best quality chargers I've come across:

Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable This is the stock Samsung charger that came with the phone. For $6 to get it WITH a MicroUSB cable is pretty darn good. I ordered two of these. Note the MicroUSB is an older model not the same glossy plug one included with the phone, but a cable's a cable as long as the charger is the right 1amp output!

I bought this exact one a little bit ago and I can confirm it works flawlessly for charging and also data transfer.
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I've been using the same Motorola chargers from my D1 and D2 and they seem to charge up the Nexus faster than the charger Samsung provided.
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I've been using the same Motorola chargers from my D1 and D2 and they seem to charge up the Nexus faster than the charger Samsung provided.

I don't see how. What output ratings are printed on them? The GN's is 1.0A. Motos are usually in the 750mAh. range. But you never know eh?
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So weirdly the Griffin cigarette charger charges at full 1amp, but the wall unit doesn't detect as greater than USB :L It's a defect inherent in the product as you'll see on the reviews on Amazon...for some reason the Galaxy Nexus doesn't view the charging block as an AC charging device but a USB...and not even at the full amperage :L
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So weirdly the Griffin cigarette charger charges at full 1amp, but the wall unit doesn't detect as greater than USB :L It's a defect inherent in the product as you'll see on the reviews on Amazon...for some reason the Galaxy Nexus doesn't view the charging block as an AC charging device but a USB...and not even at the full amperage :L
I'm not sure how you or the Amazon sources are coming up with the lesser than claimed charge rate or output of the GN's supplied wall charger but mine seems to charge pretty darned fast leaving me to believe its outputting the full 1.0A as printed on the side of the block. From 10% to 100% in under 1.5 hours is not too shabby. Unless one puts a meter on it how does he know?

As for the car I found a dual cigarette lighter socket USB 1.0A per port @ Wal-Mart for $12.00. There are some dual USB socket chargers out there online with 1.0A & 2.0A ports.

Another option is a Proclipusa.com charging car cradle that pumps 2.0A.

I'll report that with 2.0A powere source connected while wireless tethering to laptop with two browsers open to two live GPS tracking sites loading large map tiles and running Google Maps navigation on 4G all at the same time impressed me. I started at 95% battery and was @ 100% when I checked about 30 minutes later.

Loving this thing! I waited through the bionic and the SGII rumored for Verizon and am glad I did. Mine has been some real smoking fun.
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Well the easiest way to tell was the following:

-Battery Info - On the PowerBlock Universal Micro wall AC plug, the SGN lists as "charging USB" not AC, like with the standard Samsung plug.
-My standard full extended battery charge takes roughly 2-2.5 hours. The charge on this device lists 6-7 hours.
-When plugged in over the weekend to test it out I also found out that the phone WASN'T charging on the AC micro unit...it listed the phone again as charging on USB, and there was an estimated *seven* hours to charge from empty. (It actually seemed to be DRAINING more than charging...)

Something definitely has to be up-On the Samsung branded charger and two of the samsung ones I purchased last week they work flawlessly, but not the Griffin. (Again the car micro half of the package worked fine, not the AC one for some reason...)

This is the amazon page, and here is the review from the user.

Amazon.com: Griffin Technology PowerBlock Universal Micro for USB-Charging Devices (Black): Electronics

"I have an iphone 4 and a T-Mobile GS2. Before buying this Universal charger, I bought the Griffin 2A wall charger for iphone/ipad in the hope that it would work for both. It did for the iphone, but would only charge the GS2 at 0.5A, half that of the OEM charger. So I bought this Universal version for the GS2. No luck either, still charges at 0.5A only.

To see if the charger I recieved was defective, I borrowed my friends' HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid for testing. Still 0.5A for the Nexus, but 1A for the Droid. It has something to do with how the phone senses the charger and draws the appropriate current. I wish Griffin would supply a device compatibility list ... hence, just 3 stars."
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To clarify for anyone following or just catching up:

This is the product I bought:

Griffin Technology PowerDuo Universal Micro for Smartphones - Black (Includes PowerJolt Micro Universal and the PowerBlock Universal Micro, both output 1amp I've verified) Cigarette charger works at full 1amp charge, wall unit doesn't seem to for some reason.

I also bought two of these Samsung branded ones: (They work perfectly)

Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable
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Ah! I misread you. I was thinking you said the Sammy supplied was not putting out as rated. Sorry. That little block does great for me.
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Ah! I misread you. I was thinking you said the Sammy supplied was not putting out as rated. Sorry. That little block does great for me.
That's why I figured I'd clarify I originally had the older Powerjolt which definitely only output 500maH. The new micro is great. The Sammy ones are also great, but the idea for the Griffin one was that the plug spokes are retractable so that it can't scratch anything it's stored with...I may put in a ticket with Griffin and see what they say about it.
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Ticket submitted to Griffin. Hope they have some kind of solution or info on this, as it's an "updated" product that the sole purpose of was to be smaller and output a full amp lol.
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I found the original charger that came with the phone on eBay for $6.25: eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

I'm looking for some Samsung travel chargers without the detachable USB cable, but the only one I can find is only 700mAh.
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I found the original charger that came with the phone on eBay for $6.25: eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

I'm looking for some Samsung travel chargers without the detachable USB cable, but the only one I can find is only 700mAh.
Get this.

Amazon.com: Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable: MP3 Players & Accessories

For $7 you get the charger AND the cable, and you can never have enough microUSB ones.
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My eBay link is the same exact one and its a bit cheaper. I just don't like the separate cable because the port points outward and you can't fit it behind something in a tight spot.
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I need a good charger for my car, so would this cable work just fine?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044UHUFA/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VYBCAY/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details


or this car charger seems to have good reviews as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Vehicle-Adapter-micro-USB-Charger/dp/B000S5Q9CA/ref=sr_1_2?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1326095880&sr=1-2
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Just want to bump Monster's query... We're in the market for a new car charger as all we have no is some POS RocketFish one that rarely even charges my Nexus. The first one seems to be just the charger but not cable?
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Just want to bump Monster's query... We're in the market for a new car charger as all we have no is some POS RocketFish one that rarely even charges my Nexus. The first one seems to be just the charger but not cable?
Is this the one you're talking about? I bought that one when I had the Droid. It worked for the Droid, Epic 4G, and Droid X but for some reason it won't work with my GN. It works about 1/4 of the time.

Rocketfish™ - USB Vehicle Power Adapter - Black - RF-M357
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The Griffin PowerJolt Duo Micro Universal USB works fine for charging nexus I can confirm. I bought the PowerDuo pack which was both the car adapter and a wall one. (No cables included) The wall one didn't charge at full speed which is a large portion of my posting in here but the solitary car one is fine.

Both don't come with a cable, but you can get any microusb cable super cheap.
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The Griffin PowerJolt Duo Micro Universal USB works fine for charging nexus I can confirm. I bought the PowerDuo pack which was both the car adapter...
That's peculiar, because my PowerJolt Dual (12v car) only shows USB charging, even though it's rated at 1A per port. I've tried it with a variety of USB cables, including the once included with the Nexus.
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That's peculiar, because my PowerJolt Dual (12v car) only shows USB charging, even though it's rated at 1A per port. I've tried it with a variety of USB cables, including the once included with the Nexus.
Oh yes mine only shows USB charging as well, but it charges much faster than my old single port one which was likely only 500volts out. I believe the PowerJolt Micro is rated for 1amp so while it shows as USB it's still charging at a higher voltage.
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would this Amazon.com: New USB to Micro-USB Cable - 6 Ft. -- Ship From USA: Electronics work for the GNex? I think I broke my OEM one that came with the phone... ;(

The oem cable was made form a very hard plastic, and the construction was really thin... I like the ones that are thick and with a more pliable plastic on the connectors... seem more stable...
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Oh yes mine only shows USB charging as well, but it charges much faster than my old single port one which was likely only 500volts out. I believe the PowerJolt Micro is rated for 1amp so while it shows as USB it's still charging at a higher voltage.
...but mine discharges if I have Google nav open while charging. I have a battery app installed that estimates charge rate, but includes the current draw of the screen & processes, so it's hard to tell how accurate it really is. In any case, I'm desiring a charger that keeps up with usage.

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would this Amazon.com: New USB to Micro-USB Cable - 6 Ft. -- Ship From USA: Electronics work for the GNex? I think I broke my OEM one that came with the phone... ;(

The oem cable was made form a very hard plastic, and the construction was really thin... I like the ones that are thick and with a more pliable plastic on the connectors... seem more stable...
Or, in theory, you could get any old USB cable, split it open, short the two data connections (phone-side), and use it as a pigtail connector to any other standard USB cable. BUT BUT BUT if the wire is too thin, it may not handle the higher current AND MELT. So make sure that whatever you're doing, you are using a higher quality, heavier-gauge cable.
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I've posted this in another thread on Car Chargers, but I also found the Griffin one to be seen as "USB" by my GNexus, and returned it.

I ended up buying this one:

HTC Mobile MyTouch 3G Charger

$3.12, free shipping.

Using my cheap, Monoprice cable, it is seen as "AC" charging on my GNexus. Ran it with bright screen, running a Podcast, Google Maps, and Bluetooth, last night, and it was able to charge the phone in a positive direction while I drove.

Works for me fine!
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would this Amazon.com: New USB to Micro-USB Cable - 6 Ft. -- Ship From USA: Electronics work for the GNex? I think I broke my OEM one that came with the phone... ;(

The oem cable was made form a very hard plastic, and the construction was really thin... I like the ones that are thick and with a more pliable plastic on the connectors... seem more stable...
That would work fine but having owned a ton of them if you bend the end where the connector meets the cable a lot it will fray/crack and break eventually exposing wire. I would say try to get the Samsung one in this link. Comes WITH a charger too. It's Samsung branded, not the new thicker head one that comes with the Nexus but it's awesome I own like 4.

Amazon.com: Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable: MP3 Players & Accessories
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I've posted this in another thread on Car Chargers, but I also found the Griffin one to be seen as "USB" by my GNexus, and returned it.

I ended up buying this one:

HTC Mobile MyTouch 3G Charger

$3.12, free shipping.

Using my cheap, Monoprice cable, it is seen as "AC" charging on my GNexus. Ran it with bright screen, running a Podcast, Google Maps, and Bluetooth, last night, and it was able to charge the phone in a positive direction while I drove.

Works for me fine!
So it's important to note that the cable doesn't dictate what the device charges at but the actual charger As long as it's rated for the 1amp out you should be good!
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Nice, but not tidy enough for me. That damn Griffin tucks away so nicely in my (closed) ash tray that I'm going try try the shunt trick with the USB cord. I'll definitely be reporting back.
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Nice, but not tidy enough for me. That damn Griffin tucks away so nicely in my (closed) ash tray that I'm going try try the shunt trick with the USB cord. I'll definitely be reporting back.

The Griffin PowerJolt Duo Micro is tiny, it sits FLUSH with the AC port. Verizon Wireless sells one but not sure if it supports 1amp out.
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So it's important to note that the cable doesn't dictate what the device charges at but the actual charger As long as it's rated for the 1amp out you should be good!
Actually, it's not just the "rating" unfortunately. The Griffin is "rated" at 1 Amp, but doesn't actually deliver this. Apparently, the two data leads in the charger need to be shorted together in order for the phone to see the source as "AC" and therefore draw as much current as it needs. Otherwise it's limited to 500 ma.

Some people have actually just soldered these in a 'regular' USB charger, and that fixed the problem. Apparently the HTC device has them connected the proper way, so it is seen as an "AC" source without further modification.
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So it's important to note that the cable doesn't dictate what the device charges at but the actual charger As long as it's rated for the 1amp out you should be good!
Not entirely correct. The IC charging chip in the phone conforms to USB standards, and won't event attempt to draw more than 500mA (probably less) unless the data cables are either shorted or have a resistor across them to indicate they are something other than a USB port on a PC.

I believe the USB spec calls for a certain resistor value for cables to indicate they are rated for a certain current, and the USB port itself itself can be shorted or resistored to conform to either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 specs.

The phone will control from there, and attempt not to melt the cord or catch a PC on fire (I believe because some USB 1.0 ports were unregulated and would try to match the 1.0A current draw of a high-current phone if given the chance).
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Actually, it's not just the "rating" unfortunately. The Griffin is "rated" at 1 Amp, but doesn't actually deliver this. Apparently, the two data leads in the charger need to be shorted together in order for the phone to see the source as "AC" and therefore draw as much current as it needs. Otherwise it's limited to 500 ma.

Some people have actually just soldered these in a 'regular' USB charger, and that fixed the problem. Apparently the HTC device has them connected the proper way, so it is seen as an "AC" source without further modification.
How easy is it to do this? I really want to have a set of 3 AC cables that charge at FULL capacity. It kills me my Griffin one doesn't because it's the most company charger I have with fold in prongs.
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How easy is it to do this? I really want to have a set of 3 AC cables that charge at FULL capacity. It kills me my Griffin one doesn't because it's the most company charger I have with fold in prongs.
I guess it depends on your tools and your experience.

You can take a look at this photo from an Amazon/review by Aaron Deutsch, where he shows a small picture of what he did:



Not rocket science, but probably easy to screw up without the relevant tools and experience.
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Found other pics/info here:

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Hmmm... Cool, but how reliable are those numbers the phone is sensing, I wonder? 400-something mA seems low for a fast charge.
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Hmmm... Cool, but how reliable are those numbers the phone is sensing, I wonder? 400-something mA seems low for a fast charge.
400ma is less than half the speed you'd charge the OG Droid at lol
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How easy is it to do this? I really want to have a set of 3 AC cables that charge at FULL capacity. It kills me my Griffin one doesn't because it's the most company charger I have with fold in prongs.
You don't have to modify the charger. If you get this cable, that I mentioned earlier, it shorts the data pins for you:

Amazon.com: Naztech Micro USB Charging Cable - BlackBerry, Cal-Comp, HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson: Cell Phones & Accessories

I got one to use with one of the Griffin car chargers and my phone reports AC charging when using that cable. Keep in mind, that cable will only charge. You can't use it for data.
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Gapi said: "There are some dual USB socket chargers out there online with 1.0A & 2.0A ports. Another option is a Proclipusa.com charging car cradle that pumps 2.0A."

I believe it's a bad idea to charge a 1.8 Ah GNx battery with a 2.0 A current. Smart-phone batteries are really high-energy density cells that have high internal resistance--and very low rate capability. They are designed to be discharged (and charged) over hours, not minutes. When you try to discharge them at a 1.6-1.8 A/1C current, the cell voltage drops by more than 0.3 V, a large value. This also means that charging them with the same high current may shorten their life by possibly plating lithium on the anode by pushing lithium faster into the anode than the graphite is capable of absorbing it, especially if an older cell is being charged, or if the charging is being done at lower temperature--and making them less safe in case of any trouble. As they write on big tricks, don't push!
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Gapi said: "There are some dual USB socket chargers out there online with 1.0A & 2.0A ports. Another option is a Proclipusa.com charging car cradle that pumps 2.0A."

I believe it's a bad idea to charge a 1.8 Ah GNx battery with a 2.0 A current. Smart-phone batteries are really high-energy density cells that have high internal resistance--and very low rate capability. They are designed to be discharged (and charged) over hours, not minutes. When you try to discharge them at a 1.6-1.8 A/1C current, the cell voltage drops by more than 0.3 V, a large value. This also means that charging them with the same high current may shorten their life by possibly plating lithium on the anode by pushing lithium faster into the anode than the graphite is capable of absorbing it, especially if an older cell is being charged, or if the charging is being done at lower temperature--and making them less safe in case of any trouble. As they write on big tricks, don't push!
I don't think the phone's charging circuit would pull anywhere near 2 amps, even if 2 amps were available. It will regulate to a safe level. That said, I prefer to have a charger and appropriate cable to make all the current available to the phone that it may try to pull. I've got a 2 amp charger, perhaps I'll hack up a USB cable so I can measure the actual current draw.
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I've ordered some of the shorteds. I rarely USB connect to my PC and I have standard micro USB cables all over work as an IT guy should I need them.

Mainly I use 2 home chargers, a travel one, one at work and the car to charge so it's all power all the time really.
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You don't have to modify the charger. If you get this cable, that I mentioned earlier, it shorts the data pins for you:

Amazon.com: Naztech Micro USB Charging Cable - BlackBerry, Cal-Comp, HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson: Cell Phones & Accessories

I got one to use with one of the Griffin car chargers and my phone reports AC charging when using that cable. Keep in mind, that cable will only charge. You can't use it for data.
Thank you for repeating this. I have a soldering iron, I just don't want to have to bother with it!
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You don't have to modify the charger. If you get this cable, that I mentioned earlier, it shorts the data pins for you:

Amazon.com: Naztech Micro USB Charging Cable - BlackBerry, Cal-Comp, HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson: Cell Phones & Accessories

I got one to use with one of the Griffin car chargers and my phone reports AC charging when using that cable. Keep in mind, that cable will only charge. You can't use it for data.
Thanks, need one for my car. I'm pairing that one with the Griffin Powerjolt Dual.
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Thank you for repeating this. I have a soldering iron, I just don't want to have to bother with it!
No problem. I wonder if amazon sold out of the cable because of this thread?

I would have soldered all of my chargers, but molded plastic widgets don't tend to be easily taken apart and put back together. The cable is the easy solution.

Shorted charging only cables like that one are incredibly hard to find, the Naztech was the only reasonably priced one I could find. I haven't measured, but it's at least 48 inches long for those wondering. The dimensions listed at various sellers vary wildly.
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Hello,

Thanks for your email. I'm sorry you are having this trouble with your device. Unfortunately, the Samsung you have is not compatible with the charger you are using. The PowerBlock Micro is compatible with some of the older smart phones, but that that particular one.

For some smart phones, including my Samsung Galaxy 2S, in order to charge as fast as the Samsung chargers, or chargers created for them, they have to have something called quick start installed in the charger. None of our chargers have this option, and that is why we do not have compatible chargers for the newer phones, and most Blackberry's have to have this as well.

You will not be able to charge this Samsung quickly with our chargers.

Sorry for your inconvenience.

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Geeee. Great lol. So it sounds like I'd have to crack open the PowerBlock and short the circuit to make it charge at full capacity?
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Ended up buying this one, will report back on it once I get it.

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Vehicle-Adapter-micro-USB-Charger/dp/B000S5Q9CA/ref=sr_1_2?s=wireless
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Any battery packs that charge well?
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This one your ordered works great -- shows up as Charging (AC), no problem.
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This one your ordered works great -- shows up as Charging (AC), no problem.
Awesome, might just get this one instead of the powerjolt usb. How long does it take to charge from empty to full?
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