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  1. pierceNKC

    pierceNKC Well-Known Member
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    Has anybody had issues with this? I've had my Hero for a week, and I purchased a Sprint car charger for it. It was working fine until today. It seems that the connection is a bit off...the phone has to be laying down in the passenger seat to charge. When I pick it up or move it around, it doesn't charge. Is this going to cause problems down the road? And why would it be doing this after only a week???
     

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  2. kdh77

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    Could be a bad Mini-USB jack. I had that same problem with my Touch.
     
  3. JB in AZ

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    Is the connection between the charger and the phone solid? Is where the charger plugs into the socket a good fit? Otherwise, I would take the car charger back to Sprint for a replacement, could be a bad connecton in the wire of the charger.
     
  4. pierceNKC

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    its just the car charger im having problems with...the phone is hooked to my pc now via usb, and its charging just fine.

    i just don't understand why it would work fine for a week and then do this...hopefully its not messing up anything on the interior of my little baby!
     
  5. pierceNKC

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  6. SamuraiBigEd

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    It's just a defective charger. I had one last a year, then the identical charger that replaced it only lasted a week.
     
  7. MadBrown

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    Yeah, that charger is awful. What I really don't like about it is the end that plugs into the phone is perpendicular.

    I'm considering going with a straight-ended charger, maybe one of the BlackBerry ones since they have the same connector.
     
  8. hempwallace

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    I use the BB car charger that I got several years ago for my first Curve. Be careful when you get one though as the newer models have gone to a micro plug instead of the the mini.
     
  9. SamuraiBigEd

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    Did you get the combo charger? It can be used as a car or home charger.
     
  10. DLM

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    OMG, this has been a constant issue with me too, they replace it for free but it is annoying. Mine breaks every few weeks since I got the phone, I have had 5 of them. I do nothing more than charge it and put it on my seat or cupholder or dashboard. I dont mess with it, pull it or articulate it excessively. No other cable has an issue so its not the phone and I have swapped the phone twice already due to resetting issues so its not the phone. WTF? I think its a future known problem that hasn't been deemed as such yet!
     
  11. tazcollins

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    I got an htc OEM car charger off eBay for $19.95. Works great and the end lights up in blue htc. However it does not have the newer propritary mini usb plug. I was told htc does not make these any more and it was before they went to that plug. Anyone know anything different about it? TC
     
  12. jamesdal1

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    i have a cigarette usb adaptor, i can plug any usb type cable and i'm fine, costs me $4. I just plug my cable and into the phone and hav no problems.
     
  13. Maipuwebo

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    I'm on my third as well on two different Hero's.
     
  14. DLM

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    doesn't make the fact that I spent $35 on a car charger, that consistently breaks, better.
     
  15. SamuraiBigEd

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    Which charger did you get, the combo that does 110 and 12 volt? That is what I have had for over a year and it works perfectly. Didn't cost $35 either.
     
  16. redandblack1287

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    Definitely -1 for the Sprint charger... I got one off of ebay for like $6 and it was DoA. I could only get ONE phone (that had to be positioned perfectly) to charge.

    Never, ever, for any reason buy any kind of accessory from a Sprint store, no matter what. Even if its a good product, you're paying probably 500% of the price you could get it anywhere on the internet.
     
  17. DLM

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    this one
     

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  18. SamuraiBigEd

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    This is the one to get, does car and home. Mine is over a year old and still works great. It is called a Double Talk Charger.
     

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  19. Warrior 3000

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    i have the SAME problem. iv been using the car charger for months now. up until about 2 weeks back it stopped working. it only works when the wire is held a certain way. all i did was tape it still in the way it would charge. problem fixed ! =)
     
  20. Syphon

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    I have the same one and the same problem. Luckly I got mine for free from Sprint so no complaints on it.
     
  21. DLM

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    yea well, I got customer care to give me a credit for it today as the store would only swap it out, so I got a new one that will eventually break, that I won't use and I am going to bill one now to replace it with one of the new ones they have listed on the site.
     
  22. mozman

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    For those who have a good working car charger, please share where and how much you got. I'm looking to buy one now but not spend $$$$ for it. Anything good in the $10 range or cheaper???
     
  23. mlblack16

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    Same here. The sellers play around with the prices, but then you have to look at the S&H charges to see your total investment. I got mine for pretty much the same price.

    For those of you buying your stuff from Sprint stores, especially if its not a corporate store, that equipment is sometimes JUNK. I was afraid the el cheapo I had was going to damage my phone because it started acting flaky, so I figured an actual htc branded oem would do the trick. So far, it works perfect.
     
  24. JB in AZ

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    Just an FYI...If you have a Garmin GPS, the car charger from many Garmins will also work on your Hero.
     
  25. joseamirandavelez

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    Any USB charger will work. Just make sure the output voltage is 5.0V. More than that will break the phone.
     
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