non HTC Micro USB cable charging - not workingSupport

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  1. sirlylos

    sirlylos Member

    Hi Guys,

    I wonder if anyone's had this. When I charge with a non HTC USB cable the phone wont charge. I've had it on for the last 16 hours and although the light goes orange and the little battery animates as though it's charging it hasn't budged since I put it on...

    I haven't tried it with the official cable yet but does anyone know of any reason why a non-HTC USB cable wouldn't do the same as a HTC branded one?



  2. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    No reason I can think pt. If the battery animates and the light is orange, that suggests the cable is doing what it should. Have you tried this cable elsewhere? Tru the official one too.
  3. speedycolzalez

    speedycolzalez Well-Known Member

    While there are a couple of threads on here suggesting that not all usb cables are created equal the fact its charging a bit suggests it could be a problem with the phone.

    You need to see whether it charges OK with the HTC supplied cable.
  4. sirlylos

    sirlylos Member

    Just checked fellas and the official cable charges - it's the weirdest thing... I always thought all USB's cable where the same.
  5. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    They are, just different ends. Unless its for something specific and its wired differently. It's not like an rj45 or rj11 where many things need different wiring config. U stands for universal ;)
  6. nx1977

    nx1977 Well-Known Member

    You have set usb as charge, haven't you?
  7. solarfusion

    solarfusion Member

  8. kboya

    kboya Well-Known Member

    i have some blackberry usb leads off amazon/ebay (cant remember which), and they work a treat (about
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    At work, I have a mini-a to mini-b usb cable about 1m in length, then an adaptor mini-b female to micro male and that charges fine.
  10. JEL888

    JEL888 New Member

    Just in case you haven't checked this simple option, are you sure it is charging (orange light & battery indicator with lightening bolt remain) during the ENTIRE time? I bought a "The Phone House" (French telecom accessories & phone store) brand micro USB car adapter that came with a standard PC USB to micro USB cord. Depending on the tilt of the micro USB within my HTC Desire (I tested it by using the cord alone in the HTC wall adapter after I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't charge with the car adapter it came with), it either lights up and work or doesn't. I periodically check to see if it is still connected properly (as a slight change in position can terminate the connection) and as long as it remains properly positioned, it works (and I periodically disconnected it to see if the battery indicator on the phone advanced (green battery indicator fills up).

    Now I'll try the same thing in the car! I now this means the cord isn't reliable, but at least for now I have a backup cord. What I really wanted was the USB PC car adapter without a cord, so that was extra for me. Hope this can help someone.

    I have a question though, does anyone know where I could find a micro USB tip that I can connect to a solar dynamo charger? I bought my charger before iPhone and HTC existed and though I have LG, NOKIA, etc, tips, I now need a micro USB 5-pin tip. Thanks in advance for any help!:D
  11. Merk78

    Merk78 Active Member

    I've had my Desire charging through a USB charger for the past 2 hours. Phone shows as charging however when I check the settings the battery charge appears to have plateaud at the level it was at when I started charging.
  12. adza

    adza Member

    I have the same problem - have a number of USB cables I've bought off Ebay. Most do not work with data, but allow charging. (Confirmed this).

    There are a couple of different ones that do work with data as well as charging, but the majority seems to be charge only.

    Looking at the USB cables themselves, I notice that pins 1 & 5 on the cables go all the way to the front but pins 2, 3 and 4 don't go all the way.

    They appear to stop shorter on the cables that don't work. The cables that do work appear to have pins 2, 3 and 4 much closer to the 'end' of the plug than the cables that don't work.

    Maybe the HTC plug on the phone is that little too short for all cables to plug in all the way or only a certain number of cables have pins 2, 3 and 4 the right length?

    Edit - looks like Pins 1 & 5 are for power, and 2, 3 and 4 for data - so that could be the answer.
  13. hgmichna

    hgmichna Member

  14. nafanny29

    nafanny29 Member

    I have the same situation. Only official cables work for data, and 2 of my 3 non-htc cables dont actually charge my phone, even though the orange light comes on.
  15. MatthewV

    MatthewV New Member

    I've just bought a cheap USB-micro USB cable from Ebay to charge my HTC Sensation at work.

    The cable doesn't charge (although orange led and charging symbol). Strangely enough data-sync is working....
  16. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    If you use your phone while charging and if you don't use the HTC wall charger with this cable, it could be that there isn't enough charging current because the phone needs all the current for its operating.

    Never heard of a USB cable that only has data wires ;)
    But maybe one of power wires is brocken.

  17. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    cheeply made usb cables cannot handle the throughput required to charge a device properly
    i also found that some could just about chare but couldnt transfer large files without disconnecting.

    buy official blackberry/palm pre cables. they are the best and most compatible while remaining cheap
  18. Fishyweb

    Fishyweb Well-Known Member

    I bought a Blackberry USB charging cable from Poundland for, ahem, one pound. It works a treat for charging my Desire. Haven't tried data transfer.
  19. hgmichna

    hgmichna Member

    Don't believe all the nonsense that gets written. Every cable can charge a smartphone, regardless of price. And every cable can transfer any size of file.

    The difference in quality between cables is essentially in their shielding. Again this has nothing to do with the function of the cable, but it makes a difference in interference. A poorly or not at all shielded cable will produce more interference, for example in the car radio when you receive a weak station.

    However, the bigger factor than the shielding is the quality of the charger. Some chargers produce a lot of noise even with a shielded cable.
  20. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    im telling you 100% that you are wrong and purely talking in regards to theory and not fact.
    I have 10 microusb cables at my work for various different things bought at different times purely because of what i do at work.
    I can catagorically tell you that some poorly manufactured cables do not charge properly and have data transfer issues. this is for whatever reason like the wiring used is not actually capable of coping with 500-1000ma or the build is bad so there are crossed wires.
    there are also issues of the official htc usb cable melting at the end due to poor quality connector.

    so saying they are all the same is wrong
    you buy a poorly manufactured cable (cheeper than the cheep blackberry ones) you can get issues charging.

    you think the op was lying when he said the aftermarket cable couldnt charge but the official one could?

  21. hgmichna

    hgmichna Member

    Of course a cable can be defective.
  22. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    also if the manufacturer doesnt meet usb standard and has thinner wiring than required.
  23. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    A cheaply, low-grade copper alloy for the wiring could do the worst.

  24. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

    exactly im just going against people who say any microusb is fine its not
    any well made good quality microusb is fine
  25. stephylee09

    stephylee09 New Member

    I have an HTC Sensation 4G and there isn't a single NON HTC usb cable or wall charger that works with it. Only the HTC branded usb cables and wall chargers work. I have tried multiple other non HTC branded cables and chargers and none of them work. Just my input! :)

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