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Advice on 3rd party cases and chargers..

Discussion in 'Droid X Accessories' started by GeneInMyrtleBeach, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. GeneInMyrtleBeach
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    GeneInMyrtleBeach New Member

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    I'm new to the forum, but thought I'd share these experiences...

    I've purchased several different 'Droid X' cases and chargers from sellers on ebay. Here's what I've found...

    Cases:
    I tried 3 different jelly 'skins' and all seem to be ok. Didn't have any problems with any of them. I tried 2 different 'pouch' style cases with belt clips. My advice here is to either buy the cases from Verizon, or find cases that are truly designed for the Droid X. Both the generic cases that I got had magnets that hold the cover closed. Due to the placement of these magnets, when you put the phone in the case face-forward, the phone thinks it's installed in the multimedia dock, and the display stays on. When you put the phone in these cases facing backward, the phone thinks it's been installed in the car dock. Both the display and GPS come on. Also, these cases have no holes where the top button is, so whenever you move, the button gets depressed, and the display quickly toggles on and off... and doesn't stop until you remove it from the case. Battery life with the phone in either case I bought was about 90 minutes. And the phone got *hot*.

    I bought 2 AC chargers from different vendors. Both worked fine. Both were rated at 650mA. They actually charged the phone fairly quickly.

    I bought 2 micro-usb car chargers, and neither worked. Well, both of them *worked*, but neither of them would charge the phone.
    One actually acted as a trickle charger and charged the phone from 50% to 60% in an hour. Charging with the 2nd charger didn't show any additional charge on the phone. On the other hand, the phone showed the same charge that it had when I started, so I guess the charger did prevent the phone from running from the battery. Both were rated at 450mA (said so on the box, anyway.)

    All of the charger tests were performed without making any calls, and with the display off.

    I'd recommend sticking to chargers labeled as 'rapid chargers' or 'quick chargers', as these typically have higher output. The charger from Verizon (the one with the USB port on top) will charge the phone from 50% to 100% in an hour or so if you don't make any calls and don't use the display.
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    grimbergen New Member

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    I agree on looking for "rapid" chargers... I got this cheap POS charger for my old LG phone and it took 5 hours to charge (whereas using the usb charger that came with it took about 2 hrs).
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    I was able to find an "OEM Verizon" charger on eBay for cheap. It is the same as my girlfriend has for her Eris, but of course it has micro USB instead of mini. It looks the same as the one Verizon offers, but doesn't have a logo on it. I did come in the same packaging and has a similar sticker on the cord. Keep your eye out for it.