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  1. skittlesV1

    skittlesV1 Well-Known Member
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    Ive been using my OEM charger cord untill the other day it fell off my desk while charging and bent the tip. I started using another cheap 99 cent ebay cord with a blackberry logo on it and it seems like my phones never charged slower. So I installed current widget and it seems to be charging at 280MA while the OEM cord charges at 380MA. Does anyone know where I can get a new cord that charges just as good as the OEM one for cheap?
     

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  3. skittlesV1

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    yeah its a good widget but now im going to want to test every cord =/
     
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  4. msvnlu

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    interesting!! im going to test every cord now, LOL. i will report back!
     
  5. NicksGarage

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    I installed that widget and got the following results. Battery at 75%.

    Stock cable in PC usb port - 290mA
    Stock cable in wall adapter - 562-890mA (varies each time I plug it in)
    $2 cable in PC usb port - 306mA
    $2 cable in wall adapter - 730-768mA
    Stock cable in 1 amp 12v car adapter - 336mA
    Old 1 amp Motorola car adapter - 388mA

    They all varied somewhat each time but the stock cord in the wall adapter varied the most. Not a big enough sample to mean anything. But does this mean that a 1 amp car adapter really isn't needed? I have a 500mA hour one that I'll have to give a try.
     
  6. lsbzss

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    has anyone used a mini usb to micro usb adapter with a blackberry charger on the evo?
     
  7. docprego

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    Funny you should post this. Today I forgot my HTC micro USB cable that came with my EVO. I had another cable lying around in my car that came with a $4 car charger that I got at Walmart. The car charger croaked a few days after I bought it but I kept the cable as a backup in case I ever needed it. Well the "backup" cable couldn't even connect my EVO to my laptop, I mean it was not recognized at all. Once home I plugged in the HTC cable and it worked immediately. As you said, not all micro USB cables are the same.
     
  8. Mr. Ed

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    Had one...used it but didn't have the current app. It worked fine on every cord I tried ...ps2 cables old jabra cables even tom tom cable..all charged..all transmitted data...the I misplaced the dang adapter
     
  9. skittlesV1

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    yeah all my usb cables work but some wont do data and some wont charge fast enough, I ended up finding this guy on ebay selling OEM cables and I bought a few for 4 bucks each
     
  10. Palmetto Fellow

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    That's a sweet widget for sure.

    I get 718-734 on the OEM charger for the past 5 minutes. that's about 2 hours to fully charge a dead battery at this rate...so that sounds about right.

    I'll have to charge it in the car later today to see what I get there.
     
  11. Palmetto Fellow

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    I've noticed that charing slows down after 85% or so.

    I seem to get less than 300mA of current around 90% and about 150 or less after 95% full. Currently 108mA at 97% full.

    At 60% full, I get easily 600mA +

    Topping off the battery is hard to do...
     
  12. JeffC

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    I bought a few cheap MicroUSB cables online before I the release of the Thunderbolt in preparation for my iPurge. I'm using the Current widget and estimate I'm pulling a full 1000mA on the stock (based off of current pulled when unlugged plus current received when plugged, don't forget when charging, the cable is also powering the phone). But I get about 200-300mA less when using the cheapy cables. Anybody have links to cables they've had better luck with? BTW, I LOVE the Freedom of Android.
     
  13. Tyler Perez

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    be carfule with cheap chargers, they tend to ruin the charging mechanism on the actual phone to where you can't get a charge through the port anymore...
     
  14. congaman59

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    I also noticed that the jack for the phone end of the cable snugs up better on the Origional HTC cable.
     
  15. archercc

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    Ive been rocking a few of the Amazon "blackberry" ones that sound like the one described in the first post but with no issues. Might have to hit up this widget to check them out. Their build quality doesnt feel like a knockoff though.
     
  16. whoodiestyle

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    I bought a new stock charger its so much faster 900 screen off 600 screen on afteri realized how slow my cheap 99cent chargers were like around 200
     
  17. flatlander

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    Help cannot find the current widgit???
     
  18. maluminse

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    Radioshack five foot cord ROCKS. I mean it charges my phone really really fast. The oem cord is shite. It shorted my sound card but thats another story. Totally totally recommend the radio shack charger.
     
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