Very strange charging issues with non-OEM cablesGeneral


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  1. SilverGS

    SilverGS Active Member

    I bought a bunch of micro USB cables from monoprice.com (some 6 ft and 9 ft) so that I can charge my Note 2 in the car or in the house.

    Here's the strange part, sometimes the cables work (as in the Note 2 starts charging) and sometimes the Note 2 does not get charged at all. Exactly the same cables used with my sons Galaxy Nexus never have any issue. As soon as I plug in my sons phone to any of the cables, it begins to charge. Simple and straightforward.

    With the Note 2, it appears to be so finicky, I just don't get it. The port is a universal micro USB and I'm using the OEM wall plug, so why should the cable not work in my Note 2 but works with other devices? I have a Nexus 7 tablet, and I don't have any of these wacky issues with that either.

    Anyone else experiencing this? Is this some weird bug in the software on our Note 2's????

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  2. Elantric

    Elantric Well-Known Member

  3. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    Exactly that Naztech cable. It works with them all. It's got "data shorted pins" which means it's charge only but it will charge as true AC.
  4. SilverGS

    SilverGS Active Member

    Thanks guys. What about recommendations for a cable that does both charging and data sync?

    The charge only cables are kinda pointless, because I would then need to keep track of which cable is which. I'd rather just get good quality charging and sync cables.

    I've never had quality issues with the cables from monoprice.com even though their prices are low, the quality is pretty high. I used them all the time for charging cables I needed when I had my previous phones (iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G).
  5. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    An official Samsung cable replacement.
  6. edlex

    edlex Well-Known Member

    I've been using my old Palm pre cables since day one with no problems.
  7. SilverGS

    SilverGS Active Member

    I'll have to look that up and see if they come in any lengths longer than 3 feet. I need one 6 ft and one 9ft
  8. SoulSmilen

    SoulSmilen Well-Known Member

    The 2amp charger is the most important factor. This beast of a battery laughs at less... literally. Cuz while it's laughing it's using power, so you won't get a charge.
  9. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Where's the least expensive place to pick up 2amp charger/cables?
  10. james27007

    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

    The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the same issue. I only used to use it once a week, then put it on the cheep 0.5A charger and never noticed there was an issue until I started using my Tablet every day. It was always going dead:mad: quickly. Found out it uses and needs a real 2A charger; got a replacement for $30 and it fixed the issue.

    Going to make charging in my car a task now. Oh well, I still can't wait till Friday when my Note 2 arrives
  11. Elantric

    Elantric Well-Known Member

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  12. SoulSmilen

    SoulSmilen Well-Known Member

    You can get a car charger that puts out enough, too. I left mine at work, but I think my wall/car combo from Sprint puts out 1.6 amps dc for the car.
  13. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna have to do a little more research on chargers, as well as all my cables before buying another charger. I'd prefer a dual port plug that I can use any microUSB cable with, but the problem is the universal dual ports that are available all seem to split 2amps (e.g. 1 amp each port).

    As for USB Sync cables...I've seen devices before that didn't work properly when plugged in. From time to time, when I'm charging through my computer, it doesn't have enough juice coming from the USB port to charge, so I have to unplug, then re-plug, but this is something to think about with the Note 2 that I never really had to before.
  14. nlitenme

    nlitenme Well-Known Member


    If you're looking for a dual port car charger that puts out a dedicated 2+ amps to 1 port, this may work for you - Amazon.com: Mediabridge High Output Dual USB Car Charger For iPad and iPhone (3.1 Amp): Cell Phones & Accessories

    The description says that it may not work with anything that's not iOS, but reading many of the reviews shows that it does work with many Android devices.
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  15. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I added that one to my wishlist, but wanted to continue doing research. I also want to check what my OEM Motorola car dock charger is, but it doesn't specify on the Motorola website.
  16. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    I wish these were made shorter. I don't have a lot of room in the front so I try to keep the look in my car as minimal as possible.
  17. nlitenme

    nlitenme Well-Known Member


    You could try a generic power socket or something like this - Amazon.com: BESTEK car cigarette lighter socket usb car charger Cigarette Lighter adapter dc to dc charger usb car adapter socket car splitter adapter 3 way plug socket usb outlet three way car splitter charger: Camera & Photo

    If you really want a clean look, cut the plug off, wire it directly to your fuse box & mount it under the dash. If you don't know how to do that properly/safely, bring it to a car stereo shop & they should be able to do it fairly quickly.
  18. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    Thank you. I purchased a shorty from Sprint; just don't know where I laid it down at. :p
  19. nlitenme

    nlitenme Well-Known Member


    Maybe it's too short if you can't find it. :D
  20. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    Griffin Technology makes one that's nearly FLUSH with the outlet. It's only 1amp output though. Kensington makes a 2.1 amp one though in two form factors.

    Larger This one has 2 ports, worth the extra length but much shorter than the one discussed in this thread.

    Smaller. Super micro one!
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  21. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this. I like it, but I noticed on the picture that it doesn't indicate which is the 2 AMP port and which is the 1amp...LOL.

    Never thought I'd be looking for this type of accessory...hahaha.

    I think this one would be the correct one for Android though (or does the Kindle Fire have some sort of weird proprietary microUSB):
    http://www.kensington.com/kensingto...lt™-duo-usb-car-charger-for-kindle®-fire.aspx
  22. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    AS I was posting that I totally thought of the same thing. I think the bottom port is the 2.1 amp, you see the little different in the picture to signify it.

    But honestly the easiest way is to go to your battery info in settings and see if it's charging via "AC" or "USB." AC is the 2.1, and USB will be the 1 amp :)
  23. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Just did a search for 3.1amp usb charger on amazon and look what I found:

    Amazon.com: 3.1A Dual USB Car Charger Adapter for iPad iPad2 iPhone iPod (White): Cell Phones & Accessories

    I think I'll be swooping this one up.
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  24. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    Thank you sooooooooooo much. I was just thinking today that I'd like to have one in white. You know I'm a huge fan of the color and now your link. Feels like new Note 2 day all over again
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