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USB Port not enough to charge EPIC while using it

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cyberpine, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. cyberpine

    cyberpine Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    When I plug my Samsung Epic into the usb port of my dell desktop at work I can see it's charging, but the charge is apparently not enough to even remain at battery level if I'm using it to phone, message, speaker or tether.

    This is not the case when I plug the phone into the wall charger (espcially my wife's 900ma Evo charger or my Dodge Ram's USB port)

    Damn shame really as It limits how long I can tether for.

    Anybody else?

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  2. razer

    razer Newbie

    When you plug it into the wall you will get a ton more juice flowing into charging the battery.

    USB doesn't have that kind of power. I've been wondering if USB2 has that type of power, but I am not sure.
  3. manticore

    manticore Lurker

    When using apps like pandora or tune-in, even plugged into desk dock it can't maintain the battery.
  4. Aero1

    Aero1 Android Enthusiast

    wall chargers and other data pin short chargers will charge at about 680 ma. standard usb, including plugged into your computer or chargers not specifically altered so they are not usb spec will charge at about 380. The epic is able to draw over 650ma in certain uses.

    if you are putting 380 in, and using 400 or 500, you will drain battery
  5. Howard Packer

    Howard Packer Member

    Along the same lines, how come my Epic drops to 85 percent on the battery within a minute (usually instantly or within a few seconds) of when it shows that it was fully charged on USB? It stays at 100, or maybe drops to something like 98, right after I unplug from the wall charger, and goes down from there at a rate that seems correct.
  6. randroidepic

    randroidepic Lurker

    I've also been frustrated by this behavior. I went looking for an app to show me the charge rate, but came up empty. Then I noticed the following in System Profiler:

    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500

    SAMSUNG_Android SPH-D700:
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 96

    My iPhone has always charged very quickly. Is this an OS bug? It seems to happen on other Android models ...
  7. Same here negative charge in use, even with the wall charger. My phone also takes over 3.5 hours to fully charge a dead battery with the phone off. Thats using my 700ma Blackberry charger. Thats ridiculous.
  8. randroidepic

    randroidepic Lurker

    And look here (from a Droid)!

    Motorola A855:
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500

Samsung Epic 4G Forum

The Samsung Epic 4G release date was September 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

September 2010
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