Fix Your Wall Charger

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  1. GLOCK 22

    GLOCK 22 New Member

    I searched for a while and could not find any answers on what was wrong with my wall charger for my Droid. I would have to wiggle it back and forth applying different amounts of pressure until I could find the "sweet spot" to make it charge my phone.

    After searching a good bit on here and Google, I found nothing so I decided to take matters in my own hand. Worst case scenario I was going to have to purchase a new wall charger if I messed up.

    I hope this helps anyone with the same problem, and here is a little mini-tutorial on how I fixed it:

    1. Unplug the charger from the wall
    2. Get a pair of small Chanel-Lock style pliers as seen below. (If you don't have a pair of these you can pick them up for about $1 at Harbor Freight and Tools)


    3. Squeeze the metallic sleeve that surrounds the pins evenly on the top and bottom - but do it at the angle shown below:


    4. When you squeeze, apply small amounts of pressure! Be GENTLE! You only want to bend the top towards the bottom (or vice versa) a tiny bit. The finished product should look like what you see below:


    It may take several attempts before you get it right. Just plug it in the wall, and the phone to test it.

    Voila! You just saved a few bucks, and you can thank Android Forums and Glock22.

    Wish you the best,


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  2. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Very cool, thanks for the tip!

    I have yet to try this but I have one Micro USB cable I was gonna toss because it was having problems connecting to both my Droid and my N1.
  3. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Are you sure that the wall charger is the problem and not the microUSB port on your device? It's generally the latter that tend to develop problems. I'm not saying that this doesn't help...
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  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    For me, when I switched cables everything worked like it was brand spanking new. I was seeing problems on two phones with one cable. Once I switched cables both worked great. It could be something with the devices, but I'm thinking for me it was this one cable.
  5. GLOCK 22

    GLOCK 22 New Member

    It seems the problem is in the metal sleeve becoming deformed over time. It appears to be aluminum, which is pretty weak.

    I refused to throw away all the chargers I had laying around that wouldn't work anymore. I even took and soldered a new tip on to one and it worked like new. It turns out I was over thinking the problem.
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  6. SuperWoman

    SuperWoman New Member

    Pure Genius! I actually used my wooden desk and a thick fork to bend the aluminum. Then it got bent a little too much, so I just used the nail scraper of my finger nail clippers. I plugged it in and it worked! I've been throwing away chargers and buying new ones so thanks!!
  7. justanotherguy

    justanotherguy Well-Known Member

    I crimp it with the slightest of pressure with my teeth, it really is very slight pressure.
    Makes a big difference
  8. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;) VIP Member

    ^ this! Me too :D
    (Unplug it first if you dont like the tiny electri

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