Droid Charger/Data Cable


  1. Droid421

    Droid421 Active Member

    Is the cable that comes with the Droid just a standard micro USB cable or is the phone end of it a Motorola specific type of connector? I was going to order a third party car charger and extra data cable and want to make sure I get the right ones.

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  2. nightelvesreasy

    nightelvesreasy Well-Known Member

    yes its a standard micro usb cord
  3. eraser

    eraser Well-Known Member

    And it's too short :(

    It is not long enough to browse the web and stuff in bed while it is charging :(
  4. nightelvesreasy

    nightelvesreasy Well-Known Member

    anything to save them money i guess, probably the same reason why they never included a real instruction booklet in the box
  5. sjg

    sjg New Member

    I just tried plugging a mini USB cable into my Droid. It DID NOT fit.
    I then tried plugging in the mini USB cable from my wife's new MOTOROLA phone. It DID fit. I suspect they are using a proprietary cable end that looks almost like a mini USB cable. :confused:
  6. jdk2

    jdk2 Well-Known Member

    It's a micro USB cable. The mini USB won't fit.
  7. sjg

    sjg New Member

    Thanks, my old eyes could not see the difference, even with my glasses on. :eek:
  8. jdk2

    jdk2 Well-Known Member

    :p Mine aren't any better!
    Braille classes are looking like an alternative :eek:
  9. Artis

    Artis Member

    And being so cheap to make a power cable only 3 feet long? WTF is UP with that, might have cost a CENT to make a reasonable length cable?!?

    That's a disservice to a customer paying for a flagship phone.
    I'm just sayin'.

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  10. dougwilson2000

    dougwilson2000 Well-Known Member

    That is strange because I ordered the free manual from their web site. I got it a week and they had to pay shipping. Verizon store did not have a copy of it either. I mistakenly order two and gave one to the store. They acted like it was a huge present.
  11. clintiepoo

    clintiepoo Well-Known Member

    Monoprice has cheap cables. You can buy a 15 ft cable for like $2. I bought two. Shipping isn't bad either.
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  12. (G)

    (G) Well-Known Member

    I bought a longer cable from Radio Shack that works just fine.
  13. Artis

    Artis Member

    Got a cheap eBay 10 foot extender. Works great. It was from hong kong, and took about a week to get it.

    And yes, I would prefer to buy US made, but could not find one.

    It works, and now have 13 feet of power cable to snooze with. nice.
  14. droidpcguru

    droidpcguru Well-Known Member

    Here's one.. Anyone know where to find a USB charger that puts out 0.8 Amps like the Droid's charger(maybe even more than 0.8A)? I ask because mine blew out yesterday..and the techs at the local Verizon outlet couldn't get me a replacement..luckily they had an extra they were nice enough to give me(along with my fried one back). They told me to call Motorola themselves for a replacement.

    Any of the one-piece chargers they had, and I have found elsewhere(including USB chargers) output less current, and therefore will take longer to charge the battery:(
  15. deftdrummer

    deftdrummer Well-Known Member

    Also, I've found that using standard cheapie USB extenders like those found on Monoprice.com and ebay charge less quickly depending on the material they are made out of. The cables on Mono actually look pretty decent, as they are made out of gold for conductivity.
  16. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Monoprice FTW - Bought a 10' cable and a Car Cigarette Lighter adapter, including shipping was under $5.

    I now use the short cable in my car with the adapter and the long one at home with the Electrical outlet adapter / computer.

    Thinking of buying a couple more short ones so I can carry one with my laptop and leave one connected to my computer 24/7 and not have to worry about disconnecting cables and moving them....
  17. brettlewis

    brettlewis Well-Known Member

    Oh nice, monprice has really good prices. I just baught two 6ft cables on amazon, but Im pretty sure the monoprice price is better.

    Edit: i got two 6 foot cables on amazon for $6.76 with shipping, on monoprice it was two 6 foot cables for $5.09. Thats a really low price, and it says the monprice ones are gold plated, which sounds fancy. my amazon ones aren't gold plated :(
  18. PridgNYC

    PridgNYC Well-Known Member

    Monoprice.com has a couple of 1000ma chargers for $2.16 (in white or black) HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more! They also have cigarette lighter usb chargers that put out 1000ma for $1.16, you could probably get a couple of cables, wall warts, and cigarette lighter adapters for less than 10 bucks shipped.
  19. jkandah

    jkandah New Member

    The monoprice reviews say to avoid using the wall USBs with the droid. Does anyone know of a wall usb that will work with the droid? One that won't make the screen go crazy.
  20. anjoga

    anjoga Well-Known Member


    I use the wall usb chargers from Monoprice with no problems. I bought both the 6 ft ferrite core micro usb cable and wall usb charger from monoprice, and it works great. Just make sure you buy the 1000mA charger, and not the 500mA one.
  21. Artis

    Artis Member

    usb wall-wart, even with a 10 foot extension cable plugged in between it and the original cable, works just fine for me.
  22. aclos3

    aclos3 Active Member

    I too was a little confused by this at first because I didn't know there were too standards for the small USB cable (mini vs. micro). In this link you can see the differences in sizes up close.

    Picture: Mini vs Micro USB

    Kind of a bummer, I was hoping my camera cables would work interchangeably with this phone. Oh well, hopefully micro over takes mini and these cables become more common. I loved that I could charge my old blackberry with so many different cables.
  23. PridgNYC

    PridgNYC Well-Known Member

    That only applies to the 500 milliamp chargers, the 1000 mA (milliAmp) chargers work great. Check the specs, make sure that the output power is 800 mA or above for the droid, this limits your choice to the 1000 mA charger in black or white, make sure you pair it with a Usb A to micro USB cable like this one

    500 mA is not enough to power the droid, causing the wonky screen behavior, let alone charge it at the same time.
  24. philbert

    philbert New Member

    I have been using the gomadic lighter/wall combo charger for about two months now with no problems, including browsing/emailing/phone calls while charging.
  25. DROID using SPARTAN

    DROID using SPARTAN New Member

    I bought a second battery and a stand alone battery charger, so now I don't have to put the phone on the charger unless I want to. The only draw back is the long boot up time, but that isn't too bad either.
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