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The Best Chargers I've Found To Date for My SGN

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by PetiePal, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    For anyone interested in quality chargers, the best quality chargers I've come across:

    Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable This is the stock Samsung charger that came with the phone. For $6 to get it WITH a MicroUSB cable is pretty darn good. I ordered two of these. Note the MicroUSB is an older model not the same glossy plug one included with the phone, but a cable's a cable as long as the charger is the right 1amp output!

    Verizon Wireless Branded Dual Cigarette Lighter (No Link sorry :L) I order these at work all the time as an IT manager. They're basically the same as the below Griffin model. I **believe** they output 1amp as well from both USB ports. (I'm a big fan of straight USB ports from the cigarette lighter jack so no matter what device you have if you've got the right cable it will work in any car etc) The nice thing is they sit "flush" in the jack and don't stick out much.

    Griffin Technology PowerDuo Universal Micro for Smartphones - Black $16.82 on Amazon Comes with a cigarette lighter AND an extra wall brick (brick is a loose description it's rather small like the OEM Samsung charger) It's a micro edition of the older PowerJolt Duo I own which is only 500amp output and chargers so slow!

    I'm still on the hunt for a really thin and flexible USB-->MicroUSB charger. In the winter when it gets super cold thicker cables/plastic get really touch to bend etc so the thinner the better. Haven't found a great one yet, although I was considering Best Buy's RocketFish brand, albeit the overpricing. ($19 for JUST the cable) The ones I'd been using were from either MonoPrice or CablesToGo.

    Any suggestions for excellent cables of this sort?

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  2. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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  3. denzelwash

    denzelwash Newbie

    As far as car chargers with USB ports go, most of them aren't wired correctly to allow an Android phone to pull the current that it should to take advantage of the charger's capacity. The data pins should be shorted together inside the charger, but in most cases are not, so the phone identifies the charger as a USB source, rather than an "AC charger", and subsequently limits the current draw.

    You can verify this if you go to Settings, About Phone, Status. The "Battery status" will either show USB or AC. If it shows USB, your charger sucks and is causing your phone to draw less than it could. This is a problem if you're running it in your car with the display on, navigation on, and bluetooth on. Sometimes the charger will not keep up with all of this.

    The solutions are:

    1. Get a proper charger.
    2. Crack open your crappy charger and solder the data pins together and cut any traces that lead elsewhere from the pins.
    3. Buy this cable: Amazon.com: Naztech Micro USB Charging Cable - BlackBerry, Cal-Comp, HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson: Cell Phones & Accessories It shorts the data pins internally, so any charger will appear as AC and you'll charge accordingly.
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  4. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

  5. Neera

    Neera Well-Known Member

    I bought this exact one a little bit ago and I can confirm it works flawlessly for charging and also data transfer. :)
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  6. mattywalnuts

    mattywalnuts Well-Known Member

    I've been using the same Motorola chargers from my D1 and D2 and they seem to charge up the Nexus faster than the charger Samsung provided.
  7. gapi

    gapi Android Expert

    I don't see how. What output ratings are printed on them? The GN's is 1.0A. Motos are usually in the 750mAh. range. But you never know eh?
  8. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    So weirdly the Griffin cigarette charger charges at full 1amp, but the wall unit doesn't detect as greater than USB :L It's a defect inherent in the product as you'll see on the reviews on Amazon...for some reason the Galaxy Nexus doesn't view the charging block as an AC charging device but a USB...and not even at the full amperage :L
  9. gapi

    gapi Android Expert

    I'm not sure how you or the Amazon sources are coming up with the lesser than claimed charge rate or output of the GN's supplied wall charger but mine seems to charge pretty darned fast leaving me to believe its outputting the full 1.0A as printed on the side of the block. From 10% to 100% in under 1.5 hours is not too shabby. Unless one puts a meter on it how does he know?

    As for the car I found a dual cigarette lighter socket USB 1.0A per port @ Wal-Mart for $12.00. There are some dual USB socket chargers out there online with 1.0A & 2.0A ports.

    Another option is a Proclipusa.com charging car cradle that pumps 2.0A.

    I'll report that with 2.0A powere source connected while wireless tethering to laptop with two browsers open to two live GPS tracking sites loading large map tiles and running Google Maps navigation on 4G all at the same time impressed me. I started at 95% battery and was @ 100% when I checked about 30 minutes later.

    Loving this thing! I waited through the bionic and the SGII rumored for Verizon and am glad I did. Mine has been some real smoking fun.
  10. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    Well the easiest way to tell was the following:

    -Battery Info - On the PowerBlock Universal Micro wall AC plug, the SGN lists as "charging USB" not AC, like with the standard Samsung plug.
    -My standard full extended battery charge takes roughly 2-2.5 hours. The charge on this device lists 6-7 hours.
    -When plugged in over the weekend to test it out I also found out that the phone WASN'T charging on the AC micro unit...it listed the phone again as charging on USB, and there was an estimated *seven* hours to charge from empty. (It actually seemed to be DRAINING more than charging...)

    Something definitely has to be up-On the Samsung branded charger and two of the samsung ones I purchased last week they work flawlessly, but not the Griffin. (Again the car micro half of the package worked fine, not the AC one for some reason...)

    This is the amazon page, and here is the review from the user.

    Amazon.com: Griffin Technology PowerBlock Universal Micro for USB-Charging Devices (Black): Electronics

    "I have an iphone 4 and a T-Mobile GS2. Before buying this Universal charger, I bought the Griffin 2A wall charger for iphone/ipad in the hope that it would work for both. It did for the iphone, but would only charge the GS2 at 0.5A, half that of the OEM charger. So I bought this Universal version for the GS2. No luck either, still charges at 0.5A only.

    To see if the charger I recieved was defective, I borrowed my friends' HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid for testing. Still 0.5A for the Nexus, but 1A for the Droid. It has something to do with how the phone senses the charger and draws the appropriate current. I wish Griffin would supply a device compatibility list ... hence, just 3 stars."
  11. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    To clarify for anyone following or just catching up:

    This is the product I bought:

    Griffin Technology PowerDuo Universal Micro for Smartphones - Black (Includes PowerJolt Micro Universal and the PowerBlock Universal Micro, both output 1amp I've verified) Cigarette charger works at full 1amp charge, wall unit doesn't seem to for some reason.

    I also bought two of these Samsung branded ones: (They work perfectly)

    Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable
  12. gapi

    gapi Android Expert

    Ah! I misread you. I was thinking you said the Sammy supplied was not putting out as rated. Sorry. That little block does great for me.
  13. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    That's why I figured I'd clarify :) I originally had the older Powerjolt which definitely only output 500maH. The new micro is great. The Sammy ones are also great, but the idea for the Griffin one was that the plug spokes are retractable so that it can't scratch anything it's stored with...I may put in a ticket with Griffin and see what they say about it.
  14. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    Ticket submitted to Griffin. Hope they have some kind of solution or info on this, as it's an "updated" product that the sole purpose of was to be smaller and output a full amp lol.
  15. PolishPauL

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  16. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    Get this.

    Amazon.com: Samsung OEM 1.0A Original Home Wall AC Travel Charger Adapter + USB 2.0 Data Sync Connect Transfer Charge Cable: MP3 Players & Accessories

    For $7 you get the charger AND the cable, and you can never have enough microUSB ones.
  17. PolishPauL

    PolishPauL Member

  18. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    Just want to bump Monster's query... We're in the market for a new car charger as all we have no is some POS RocketFish one that rarely even charges my Nexus. The first one seems to be just the charger but not cable?
  19. daddyd302

    daddyd302 Android Enthusiast

    Is this the one you're talking about? I bought that one when I had the Droid. It worked for the Droid, Epic 4G, and Droid X but for some reason it won't work with my GN. It works about 1/4 of the time.

    Rocketfish™ - USB Vehicle Power Adapter - Black - RF-M357
  20. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The Griffin PowerJolt Duo Micro Universal USB works fine for charging nexus I can confirm. I bought the PowerDuo pack which was both the car adapter and a wall one. (No cables included) The wall one didn't charge at full speed which is a large portion of my posting in here but the solitary car one is fine.

    Both don't come with a cable, but you can get any microusb cable super cheap.
  21. speede541

    speede541 Android Enthusiast

    That's peculiar, because my PowerJolt Dual (12v car) only shows USB charging, even though it's rated at 1A per port. I've tried it with a variety of USB cables, including the once included with the Nexus.
  22. PetiePal

    PetiePal Android Expert
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    Oh yes mine only shows USB charging as well, but it charges much faster than my old single port one which was likely only 500volts out. I believe the PowerJolt Micro is rated for 1amp so while it shows as USB it's still charging at a higher voltage.
  23. dhworph

    dhworph Android Enthusiast

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